We live in an age where more and more companies are partnering with like-minded not-for-profit organisations or charities, to ensure that for every sale they make a portion of their profits are donated, or a gesture of goodwill is made, to a nominated cause.
Here's an example of some Australian businesses currently doing their bit towards the greater good.
Tasmanian-based luxury bedding brand The Good Sheet announced its partnership with non-profit organisation One Tree Planted, planting five trees in its home state with every bedding set sold. Allowing customers to make a positive environmental impact with their purchase is in harmony with a recent change in business direction towards sustainably-produced bedding.
"We're very happy that beyond creating beautiful bedding, we can also do something positive for our local environment, right here in Tasmania," said The Good Sheet founder, Kamila Scholz.
"We want our customers to sleep even better knowing they helped plant a forest while they sleep."
Trees planted through this project are chosen for their suitability and benefit to the local environment. They include several types of Eucalyptus and Acacia trees and others, depending on the specific needs of the local habitat.
The Beysis cotton shopper not only helps replace the use of single use plastic bags, but all profits from sales are being donated to Project Change International, which aims to empower disadvantaged girls through education.
Purchasing the bag helps to fund the university degrees of young women in Cambodia who are determined to break out of the poverty cycle. Co-founder of Beysis, Ariana Hendry is a director at Project Change International and therefore able to ensure funds go directly to the charity and that the girls are all being set up in the way they have been promised.
The product is available to shop via the online store, and is also set-up to pop up at checkout, as an option to add to cart. At $4.80, the brand are seeing most transactions include this item and as a result, the first round of female students are set to finish university early next year.
Social enterprise Thankyou supports a world where everyone has access to clean water, sanitation and health care, with 100 per cent of profits committed to helping end global poverty. Continuing their spirit of giving, and in a further quest to encourage family and friends to show gratitude this Christmas, Thankyou is launching its Christmas collection on November 12.
Creatively designed with sensorial embellishments, the thought is to help people pause, touch, inspect, and truly be in the moment when they receive the gift, rather than just moving on to the next. The Christmas collection includes seven sets from $30 - $70 that are thoughtful, practical gifts, such as the Home Starter Pack, for hardworking hands that need some extra care.