If you know me, you know I’m all about supporting brands! Did you know that currently, 75% of consumers age 22-36 consider it very important to support brands that give back to society? And 37% of those same consumers are more likely to buy items associated with a particular cause, especially the causes that they and their friends support?
You also know I shop local as much as possible for my produce and I’m always looking for ways to support friends who live nearby by sharing their creative spirit!
I’m a part the generation which is looking for the innovation! The Maker Movement is an umbrella term that encompasses the inventors, designers, engineers, artists and true craftsman. It is a social movement driven by the entrepreneurial and inventive spirit. Maker culture emphasizes informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning about products, services, and lifestyles. It is also motivated by giving back, having fun and finding self-fulfillment.
It is the overall spirit that is leading what others may refer to as the Indie Movement, the DIY (Do It Yourself) Movement, or the Shop Local Movement. The movement encourages information sharing, and enables local independent artisans.
One unique company working tirelessly to popularize the Maker Movement is IndieDoGood. They are a company which connects innovative, independent entrepreneurs with consumers in one, very-easy-to-use website.What I love about it, is that every purchase on the site includes a “do-good” … a 5% donation of the total purchase price to your favorite charity. Isn’t that amazing?
IndieDoGood.com founders Ron and Sue Otten are vested within the Maker Movement. This began when their passion for giving back to charities and local communities converged with their desire to provide an environment where entrepreneurs could tell their story, quickly go to market, and bring high-quality, artisanal products to shoppers around the world. Such an amazing mission, isn’t it?
When you purchase a product from one of Indie Do Good’s Makers you are supporting the independent thinking that continues to inspire growth and change in our communities and the world.
While the list of unique Maker Movement products is ever-growing on www.IndieDoGood.com, here are a few examples I love:
Cycle Force is the home of unique and hard to find bikes from around the world. Founded and operated by bike enthusiasts Cycle Force has a goal of a bicycle for every man, woman, and child on the planet. In addition to its awesome bike selection, Cycle Force also offers parts and accessories for just about any make, model or style of cycling. Company founder Nyle Nyms firmly believes that his company does not just sell bicycles … they provide Independence to their customers around the world.
Hammer Head Swim Caps
Hammer Head Swim Caps, the world’s ONLY protective swim cap. Water sports have more ER visits than football, Rugby, and Hockey! Hammer Head allows you to Protect your swimmers and improve their performance with HIT – Honeycomb Impact Technology™. Here’s a link to the Hammer Head Swim Caps video: https://youtu.be/cRNTBUMhHmE
Studies have long shown many health disadvantages of prolonged sitting, they call it “Sitting Disease”. Motion Wise, built a solution that counters these disadvantages. They engineered creatively-designed standing desks that provide improved blood flow throughout your body. They also offer increased energy and better posture, while actually helping you to burn more calories while you’re working. Motion Wise desks allow users to manage their sitting and standing time on a daily basis greatly reducing the threats of sitting disease.
Pickleball is one of the world’s fastest-growing sports, that few people have heard of, and it’s fun for ages eight to eighty. This sport has similarities to racquetball, tennis, table tennis and badminton, but pickleball is unique too. Indie Do Good has the latest paddle types and equipment to help you enjoy your best game.
This is one of my favorite categories on the site: the RefreshinQ Co. is all about optimizing health and fitness – period. Their supplement packs, patches, creams, and programs support anyone who wants to maximize their energy and their life. RefreshinQ was made for those who are already physically fit or working hard to improve your physical fitness. Especially if you never quit. A large offering of products are designed to inspire overall health and give your body what it needs, when your body needs it.
Fair Anita is a social enterprise that exists to create opportunities for women and girls. They sell trendy (and affordable) fair trade jewelry and accessories made by over 8,000 talented women in 16 countries. Fair Anita provides dignified jobs in countries of extreme poverty and domestic violence . The company’s talented artisan partners carefully design and create all products by hand—gorgeous accessories you can be proud to wear. Love the mission behind it and the jewelry too!
Shore Boards started by building hollow-wood paddle boards, that can even be customized and are gorgeous pieces of art. These top-quality, heirloom boards are handmade for all types of board sports including Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPs), Longboards, and Wakesurf boards. The company brings to life a high-performance art that is grown to ride by using sustainable materials. Here’s a fantastic video that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the way these boards are made and provides some insights to this home-grown artisan company: https://youtu.be/gJouphGl3-Q
The videos on IndieDoGood’s YouTube channel do a great job of telling their story, as well as the stories of their Makers, including who they are, what they offer, and why you should consider supporting them. Be sure to check it out here:
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