Shop for a Cause

Description: Leave your buyers’ remorse at the door. There’s no need to feel guilty when you’re shopping for a good cause. Whether you’re purchasing your favorite nail polish or accessorizing your look, there is a multitude of ways your spending habits can help others. Don’t know where to start? Here are some worthy, cause-friendly items.

ESSENCE.COM Oct, 21, 2008

1 of 8 couturecandy.com

Have the audacity to hope—and spend! Signorelli Clothing has teamed up with the Millennium Promise Project in its mission to eliminate poverty worldwide by 2025.

This trendy Signorelli Omni Peace Tank, $81, at couturecandy.com, features a peace sign with an African-shaped palm, so you can make a fashion statement and spread the word. In addition, an inspiring message is screen printed inside of each tank. 100 percent of the proceeds from your purchase will benefit the Millennium Promise Fund.

2 of 8 toryburch.com

Buying for a cause doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. This exclusive Tory Burch Tote bag, $195, at toryburch.com, offers easy comfort with a sophisticated look for the woman on the go. Hurry and get them because 10 percent of sales for the month of October will go to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.

3 of 8 strongheartfellowship.org

Put your heart on the line when you purchase an Akawelle Bracelet, $75, at strongheartfellowship.org. Akawelle, meaning “also known as love,” was created by Liberian native Lovetta Conto.

The line that includes charm necklaces and bracelets was inspired by the deadly Liberian civil war, which ended in 2003.

A portion of the proceeds from your purchase will benefit Strongheart House, a facility devoted to the learning and excellence of young people in Liberia.

4 of 8 esteelauder.com

Jewels are in this season, but giving never goes out of style. Dress up your duds with this Estée Lauder Jeweled Pink Ribbon Pin, $12.50, at esteelauder.com.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Breast Cancer Research Association.

5 of 8 essie.com

We love Essie Pink is the Link Limited Addition Nail Polish, $8, at essie.com. Spread breast cancer awareness with the flash of your nails, and splash some cute femininity into your ensemble.

A portion of the proceeds from your sale will go toward Living Beyond Breast Cancer.

6 of 8 gap.com

Don’t just go green this season, go red with this Gap (PRODUCT) RED Redefine Tote, $14.99, at gap.com. This everyday tote will do the trick, not to mention save lives. Half of the proceeds from your purchase will benefit the Global Fund to Help Fight Aids.

7 of 8 simmonsjewelryco.com

Fashion meets philanthropy as the Simmons Jewelry Company, founded by hip-hop moguls Russell and Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons, team up with the Diamond Empowerment Fund to create the Rough Diamond & Malachite Green bracelet, $125, at simmonsjewelryco.com.

All proceeds from bracelet sales will go to the Diamond Empowerment Fund, which raises money for the empowerment and development of the people of Africa, where diamonds are a natural resource.

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Leave your buyers’ remorse at the door. There’s no need to feel guilty when you’re shopping for a good cause. Whether you’re purchasing your favorite nail polish or accessorizing your look, there is a multitude of ways your spending habits can help others.

Don’t know where to start? Here are some worthy, cause-friendly items.

—Lauren Blassingame

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