Stuff We Love

Whether you’re shop­ping for your­self or for a loved one, these prod­ucts make for good karma—they’re all made by com­pa­nies that give back in mean­ing­ful ways.

Yoga Journal - - CONTENTS - By El­iz­a­beth Mar­glin

Five buys that make for good karma.

1 Help fight breast cancer with Man­duka’s Project: Om Yog­i­toes mat towel fea­tur­ing art­work from Chicago tat­too artist David Allen, who is renowned for his work tat­too­ing over mas­tec­tomy scars of breast cancer sur­vivors. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Su­san G. Komen Foun­da­tion’s Bold Goal, which aims to cut the cur­rent num­ber of US breast cancer deaths in half by 2026 ($100, man­duka.com).

2 Stud­ded with earthy stones like lava and howlite, Bali Malas’ War­rior Mala and War­rior Bracelet were de­signed by Robert Stur­man, a yoga pho­tog­ra­pher and an OMbas­sador for the brand, whose pho­to­graphs of prac­tic­ing vet­er­ans helps to raise aware­ness of yoga’s heal­ing ben­e­fits. Twenty per­cent of mala and bracelet sales sup­port yoga pro­grams for vet­er­ans, such as War­riors at Ease, Con­nected War­riors, and Vet­er­ans Yoga Project ($78 and $30, bal­i­malas.com).

3 3Strands Shop pro­vides job op­por­tu­ni­ties, trade skills, and sus­tain­able in­come to sur­vivors of hu­man traf­fick­ing and those at risk, teach­ing them to cre­ate hand­made ac­ces­sories. This light­weight, cot­ton-silk­blend fringe scarf, made by ar­ti­sans in Viet­nam, is a per­fectly light layer for crisp fall days and comes in an ar­ray of vivid hues ($14–$20, 3strandsshop.com).

4 Hand­wo­ven with Love’s Tri­an­gle Bucket Tote is fair trade and hand­made in Haiti us­ing an­cient weav­ing tech­niques and eco-friendly dyes. Each sale sup­ports the Haiti De­sign Co-op, which of­fers fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity to lo­cal ar­ti­sans through em­ploy­ment and train­ing ($49, hand­wo­ven­withlove.com).

5 Or­ganic In­dia’s Tulsi Turmeric Ginger Tea com­bines stress-re­liev­ing tulsi (holy basil) and warm­ing, im­mune-sup­port­ing spices in a de­li­cious pre- or postyoga brew—one that also helps sup­port In­dia’s en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial fu­ture. This con­scious com­pany is com­mit­ted to re­gen­er­a­tive agri­cul­ture, a set of holis­tic prac­tices that aims to re­build soil health and crop re­silience, while em­ploy­ing thou­sands of small-fam­ily farm­ers and wid­ows, al­low­ing them to earn fair wages ($6, us.or­ganicin­dia.com).

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