The Black Friday Guide To Brands Giving Back
The day after Thanksgiving has long been viewed as the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. But sometimes, giving money towards something meaningful can be just as rewarding as spending it on yourself and your loved ones. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of brands that are focused on doing good. Whether they’re benefiting animal rescues, veterans, women, or members of the LGBTQ community, these remarkable companies are just a few of the many cannabis-friendly brands that are doing their part to help make the world around us a better place.
Known for its active, outdoorsy aesthetic and decidedly environmentally friendly vision, Oregrown Industries is a lifestyle cannabis brand that offers a full range of cannabis products as well as apparel, headwear, and other accessories. Through its Nya Fund, Oregrown also maintains a partnership with the Humane Society of Central Oregon, focusing on senior pets in need. By contributing to the Nya Fund, customers can help subsidize the cost of supporting these lovely animals. With a $5 donation, buyers will also receive ten percent off their purchase while Oregrown matches all donations as well.
Many people already know Goldleaf as the purveyor of guided journals geared to consumers, growers, and other cannabis enthusiasts. What people may not know, however, is that the Ohio-based company also makes art supplies and stunning prints, and that proceeds from the sales of some of those prints, like the Project Sanctuary Cannabis Prints, for example, go towards helping others. In this case, proceeds benefit the eponymous Project Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 that’s dedicated to helping military families thrive. Goldleaf has also partnered with the Last Prisoner Project, donating proceeds from sales of the Southern California Cannabis Travel Art Print to the organization dedicated to helping prisoners convicted of cannabis-related crimes.
Founded in 2015, W!NK is a trailblazing women-centric CBD brand that’s fiercely focused on crafting high-quality vegan beauty and wellness products, spanning everything from capsules and tinctures to lotions, scrubs, vapes, and more. The company’s founder Stacy Verbiest started W!NK as a way to create specially formulated products for a friend who was undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with breast cancer. In this spirit, W!NK’s nonprofit MB Beach Buds was established to fund mammograms for uninsured or under-insured women in order to further the opportunity for early detection.
Magical Butter’s iconic push-button countertop extractor has made cooking with marijuana much easier for cannabis chefs while also facilitating the crafting of herb-infused beauty serums, lotions, creams, and more. Perhaps just as impressive as the extractor itself is the fact that the inventor of Magical Butter, Garyn Angel, has also established the Cheers to Goodness Foundation with a simple goal in mind: to bring treatment to medical refugees who are caught behind the bureaucratic red tape of state-mandated cannabis laws. Supporters have the option of donating to the nonprofit directly or requesting that their funds go towards a specific individual in need of treatment.
LolaHemp makes full-spectrum, hand-harvested, organic hemp oil with CO2 extraction, which is lab-tested exclusively for pets. For every four bottles sold, one bottle gets donated to a rescue dog in need. LolaHemp works as an official partner with a number of organizations, including Rescue Dogs Rock (NYC), Social Tees Animal Rescue (S.T.A.R.), Bandit’s BandAid, Wyoming Dachshund and Corgi Rescue (WDCR), Imperial County Humane Society, Siouxland FOTAS, S.N.O.R.T. Rescue, Ruff House Rescue and many other rescue organizations worldwide.
Using responsible practices, Bloom Farms makes medicated oils from California-grown cannabis, always offering a full satisfaction guarantee. As an extension of its holistic vision, the company has set out to donate one meal for every product it sells, which goes towards one of the five million Californians battling food insecurity. With support from its food bank partners, Bloom Farms has been able to donate countless meals to date, and also encourages its employees to volunteer in the community, too.
GirlsGoneHigher.com is a new brand dedicated to supporting members of the LGBTQ community, which is a vital yet all-too-often ignored sector of the cannabis industry. “As a bisexual female who both enjoys cannabis and appreciates its value to society, I’ve found it very disappointing that our ‘community’ is being overlooked,” said GirlsGoneHigher.com’s Chief Creative Officer, Isabel, in a press release. “With this new brand, we hope to quickly change any associated stigmas by getting the LGBTQ community – as well as females in general – to proudly wear their love for getting higher.” GirlsGoneHigher.com features a line of fashionable apparel and accessories with the iconic cannabis leaf in solid green or rainbow colors, with a percentage of proceeds going towards LGBTQ-friendly non-profits.
A family-owned and operated company, Earthly Body is responsible for a range of sustainably-made hair and skin brands, including CBD Daily, EMERA CBD Haircare, Marrakesh Hair Care, Hemp Seed Body Care, and ColorpHlex. The company’s founders Kevin and Mare Wachs are also responsible for the nonprofit Get Together Foundation (GTF), which is entirely supported by a percentage of Earthly Body’s yearly revenue, along with sponsorship and private donations. By supporting GTF, consumers can rest assured that part of their money goes to one of dozens of worthy organizations, including City of Hope, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Music to Heal, Pure Water for the World, and many, many more.