Shopping for a Cause

Causegear wristbands promoting 5x jobs image via causegear.com

Everyday another company pops up with the goal of giving something back to the society from which it was formed. But only on rare occasions does something truly and uniquely good come from the minds of one of the 7 billion of us. One such gem is a company that goes by the moniker Causegear. With a wide variety of items from bracelets to laptop cases, Causegear designs all of their goods in Chicago and then handcrafts them in India using the 5x

Causegear wristbands promoting 5x jobs image via causegear.com
Causegear wristbands promoting 5x jobs image via causegear.com

employment model to help lift up as many of the world’s 2.8 billion impoverished people as they can. In doing so, Causegear is rescuing many from a life of modern slavery, prostitution, and pan handling.  5x jobs entail paying an employee 5 times the average wage so that a crafter can realistically support themselves and 3 others with the food, water, clothing, housing, medical and educational supplies they need to not only survive, but prosper. These jobs serve as an efficient alternative to handouts and provide a dignified way for impoverished people and their families to thrive and handle the ever rising cost of living. To give you some perspective on how you can have a direct impact, 1 Causegear purchase, on average, provides a day’s worth of life’s essentials for 4 people. You read it right, 4 people. Causegear gives an ASTONISHING 90% of its profits directly to the crafters. So you take home an awesome handcrafted new book bag or laptop case and support a family at the same time. When 25% of the country shifts as little as $65 in fashion and accessory purchases to 5x companies like Causegear, 1 million lives will be transformed for the better. And unlike other charitable organizations that claim your money is going, “where it’s needed most” *cough cough* CEO’s pockets *cough* Causegear shows you exactly where it went. Each and every Causegear product has a tag affixed to the inside with the face of the person it was handcrafted by. In addition to the cool block print style portrait, you get to learn the name the name of the person who made your item and find out

Just some of the Crafter Profiles you can check out online at causegear.com image via causegear.com
Just some of the Crafter Profiles you can check out online at causegear.com image via causegear.com

where you can read their story. It’s so refreshing that a company has finally added a human touch to the items we use every day without a single thought as where they came from. The ever expanding inventory includes a different shoulder bag for every day of the week and any activity you could need it for. In addition, they carry some other smaller accessories like laptop cases and bracelets. Every piece is made by hand ensuring the highest quality in addition to being well designed, timeless, and available in a bunch of colors. You can be sure when you order anything from Causegear it will be well worth the money, you’ll get an awesome bag and feed a family and in 2016 that’s pretty much the ultimate multitask.

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