5 Brands who give back

Do the brands you patronize sow good
vibes into the world? 
Hey y'all! I know it has been a while since I have posted, but I'm back! Today's blog will be all about things that are (or are becoming) near and dear to me and brands that represent those things. For me, at the core of any good brand is that brand's effort to sow good vibes into the world.

Having a purpose greater than profits will gain loyalty for a brand quicker than how on trend the brand is, any day! At least, that is true for my loyalty. What about you? Do you consider how a brand gives back when you decide to become a patron?

From food to luggage to beauty and health, YBBG Style wants to celebrate brands who give back. Some of these brands I have personally patronized, and others I have learned about through various

Check out these brands who make giving a part of their mission!

The King’s Kitchen 

My office is in Uptown Charlotte, and I make it a point to dine at this restaurant at least twice per month. They staff the place with a number of people who need not only second chances, but some who need first chances. 

The food is delicious and the atmosphere is warm and loving. Yes, they know my name when I walk in! 

Established in 2010, The King’s Kitchen is managed by Jim Noble Restaurants and donates 100% of profits from sales to feed the poor in the Charlotte region. Additionally, The King’s Kitchen partners with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center and other local area ministries to provide job-training, life-skills training, social etiquette workshops, financial management guidance and employment intern opportunities to Charlotteans in search of a new beginning.(KingsKitchen.org

Mahi Leather

This is my season for travel, so I was thrilled when the *Mahi Leather brand reached out to introduce their line of made to order leather bags (holdalls, duffles, satchels and backpacks). I have not had a really chill vacation in several years. This year, I have multiple vacay plans and I cannot wait to get going!

Over the years, I have learned to pack lightly and buy the extra things I need when I arrive at my destination. Sturdy luggage is so necessary when traipsing around the planet! Not being big on labels, the Mahi bags seem to be right up my alley. Mahi purports to keep their prices low by creating their bags on a made-to-order basis, and direct shipping them within 4-5 business days all over the world.

Lady In Red

I've read quite a few reviews from ladies purchasing the bags for their dads or significant others... Most of the duffle bags do appear a bit "masculine" but they also offer unisex duffles and totes (If you ever see me...you will most definitely see a tote on my side. I love them!), satchels and accessories!

Most intriguing about this company is their foundational principle of giving back.

*$1.50 From Every MAHI Is Donated To Clean Water Causes

MAHI Leather takes its name from the Mahi River in India.  For many this is a sacred river and in a country where 103 million people lack safe water its significance is more than symbolic; that’s why MAHI Leather donates $1.50 from the sale of each bag to FRANK Water, a UK based charity which has helped over 300,000 people gain access to clean water since 2005.(MahiLeather.com)

Photo from RubyCup.com

Ruby Cup 

I have highlighted *Ruby Cup here before. In January, YBBGStyle introduced you to Ruby Cup and the menstrual cup product with a little blurb about how they give back to young ladies in East Africa, namely Kenya, with their "Buy1Give1" platform. 

January's post was an interview with one of the founders, mainly about the product and how menstrual cups are becoming more popular. Today, I want you to learn how Ruby Cup works hard on its social mission. A great place to learn more about Ruby Cup leading the way in cutting down landfill waste, encouraging education and helping promote the health and fitness of women all across the globe, is on their blog


In a few minutes, I will be on my way over to Ulta to reup on some beauty products. BeautifulBrwnBabydol, a vlogger I sometimes follow, posted a YouTube video about skin care that caught my attention a few months back. In the video, she highlighted purity, a cleanser by the company philosophy.

I've seen purity at Ulta a few times, but never picked it up. When I glanced at philosophy's website, I was struck by their "charity" section. I planned on buying the purity cleanser anyway, but now knowing about the hope&grace initiative, I am a fan! So what is this "hope&grace" initiative, might you ask?

"for every product sold (this includes all products, no limitations), philosophy will contribute 1% of sales to the hope and grace fund, and will award multiple financial grants each year to local organizations working to empower women through promotion of mental health and wellbeing, and the prevention and treatment of related issues." (philosophy)



I happen to personally know the owners of this brand. When I say they are great people, I mean that intently. For some time, I have wanted to highlight this company because I was there at the inception of their desire to give through their back to school rally each year at the Salvation Army Center of Hope.

From motivational speakers to school supplies and back packs, from carnival games to funnel cakes and food, FunOhCakes endeavors to sow joy into the hearts of the most vulnerable in our community. Every year of the "Refuse2Lose Stay in School" program, I have been there wearng my attorney title, but hoping to also sow good seeds of motivation, love and joy to the women and children who live in the shelter.

When making purchases or patronizing particular businesses, do you consider the impact that business has on your community or the world at large? Would knowing that a brand gives back impact your desire to become a client or customer of it?

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*As an introduction to some of these brands, products were supplied at no cost to this blog. All reviews and views regarding the product or brand are honest and forthright and those of CM Writer, the editor. 

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