Cause conscious consumerism is all the rage, allowing socially-responsible shoppers to vote their values through commerce. Companies are increasingly learning that good deeds are good business. Breast Cancer Awareness is one worthy cause-based shopping opportunity, allowing caring consumers to offer support while spending. With October Breast Cancer Awareness Month upon us, here are a few notable program-promoting products that'll leave you tickled pink:
Not Just Any Old Day "Your Cancerversary" Key Calendar Charm (http://www.NotJustAnyOldDay.com/) - $70
Cancer is a life-changing event, not only for the patient, but for family and friends, too. Not Just Any Old Day helps individuals celebrate a relevant "Canceversary" with a Calendar necklace-the perfect milestone "Datesake" gift to yourself, a family member or close friend to acknowledge an incredibly important date! A "Cancerversary" can help survivors put their cancer experiences into perceptive by acknowledging milestones in their lives; celebrate the successful completion of treatment of a cancer survivor; or honor the special memory of a loved one who may have lost the battle with cancer. By purchasing a "Cancerversary" necklace, you too, will be giving back to cancer research and early detection as the company will donate fully 30% of each purchase to Fran Drescher's Cancer Schmancer Foundation and the Tigerlilly Foundation (15% each) to support them in continuing their amazing work in early detection.
Ford 'Warriors in Pink' Strength of the Warrior Yoga Pants and Tank Top (www.FordCares.com) - $22 - $36
These bright and cozy new yoga pants are the perfect fit for yoga or any of your daily activities. They feature a wide, fold-over waistband and are 95% cotton and 5% spandex. Pair it with the Ford 'Warriors in Pink' Tank Top tank top that has a fitted shape in a bright pink color that makes it 100% awesome. Constructed of 95% cotton/5% spandex, this tank runs on small side so it is recommended that you buy a size up from your normal size. In making a generous contribution to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company will give 100% of the net proceeds for these items to breast cancer charities. Shoppers can choose from one of four charities when they check-out, allowing them to make the choice on where the money should go to support breast cancer awareness and research. The charities include Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (DSLRF), The Pink Fund or Young Survival Coalition (YSC).
Hard Rock International's 2012 PINKTOBER Products (https://rockshop.hardrock.com) - $4-$95
Get noticed in various stylish shades of pink with Hard Rock's PINKTOBER merchandise, including the PINKTOBER 2012 T-shirt, bracelet, scarf, pin and tote. Products are sold exclusively at Hard Rock properties worldwide, including cafes, hotels, casinos and online. Hard Rock's commitment to breast cancer awareness and research continues throughout October. Proceeds from the sale of PINKTOBER products will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Caron Keating Foundation (U.K.) with 75% of the retail price of each pin, 100% of the retail price of each tote, and 15% of the retail price of other products going directly to the cause.
Nine West Leopard Print Calf Hair Slip-On Loafer Flats (www.QVC.com) - $34.50
Adding a little animal appeal to your outfit has never been easier than with these Nine West leopard print flats! The soft, calf-hair leopard print gives added dimension and interest to these comfortable loafer style shoes that have a rounded toe and padded insole. Black leather trim creates an accent around the opening, and the heel height is comfortable at approximately 1/4?. Available in brown or pink, there are whole and half sizes offered from 5-10 as well as 11 Medium. Just slip these comfy flats on and go! These stylish shoes, along with hundreds of other brands, will be offered at half the MSRP with net proceeds benefiting breast cancer research and education during QVC Presents "FFANY Shoes on Sale" event. Tune in to QVC October 22 at 5 PM (ET) to shop for a good cause!
Danielle Nicole Pink Taylor Clutch (www.Danielle-Nicole.com) - $78
Looking for a small bag that still makes a big statement? The pink Danielle Nicole slim envelope clutch is sure to get you noticed. Made from rich faux python material and equipped with an optional gold chain for added bling, this bag is great for day or evening use. The Taylor clutch also features an interior back wall zip pocket, two front wall pouches, and a magnetic snap closure so that function matches its fabulous form. For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 20% of purchases from this haute handbag will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation to lend support for such an important cause.
RAINRAPS (www.RainRaps.com) - $48
The is reversible, lightweight, and fast drying RAINRAP is a supplement to the cumbersome umbrella and raincoat. It is easy to store because it simply folds up to fit in your handbag and/or suitcase). The RAINRAP comes in four color combinations, including pink and orange, navy and turquoise, brown and bronze, and black and gray, During the month of October, 15% of sales on the pink/orange RAINRAP will go to the VCU Massey Cancer Center in Virginia to support cancer awareness, research, and education.
Pink Ribbon Cufflinks (www.Cufflinks.com) - $60
Even well-dress men can show their support for the cause! Constructed of pink enamel and rhodium-plated silver, the design of these cute and cause-driven cufflinks depicts the globally-recognized pink ribbon icon for breast cancer. With every purchase of the Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Cufflinks, CuffLinks.com will donate 10% of sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Breast Cancer Support Scarf Luxurious Knit Kit (www.JimmyBeansWool.com) - $65
The Breast Cancer Support Scarf Knit Kit is both simple and socially conscious. Packed in a sparkly organza drawstring pouch, the kit comes with a selection of five fine yarns in different shades of pink with varying textures and accents and a simple scarf knitting pattern to make a gorgeous scarf to be worn or given away during the month of October and beyond. As part of the contribution to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, $5 from every kit sold will be donated. Knit for the cause!
RUBR Watches (www.RubrWatchNation.com) - $25+
The RUBR watch is a trendy unisex time piece that doesn't break the bank. This oversized silicone watch is available in several shades of pink to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In fact, the company will donate 50% of sales on the pink RUBR I & II designs during the month of October. With the ability to create custom color combinations, each RUBR watch enables its owner to make the accessory a true reflection of who she is. Fashion perks aside RUBR is extremely light weight and water resistant, making it perfect for the fashion AND fitness minded.
Flower Power WhatchyaGot Bag (http://WhatchyagotBags.com) - $49.97
WhatchyaGot bags are revolutionizing how we pack, organize, and transport our most important possessions in privacy. These beautiful bags were, in fact, inspired by a woman who was battling breast cancer herself. The "Flower Power" WhatchyaGot Bag benefits include versatility, organization, an insulated pocket, functionality, convenience, comfort and freedom. Each 100% polyester bag has three-sided zipper closure, back zippered pocket and 1? exterior metal hardware. All WhatchyaGot bags feature full gusset construction, providing expansion and reinforcement to hold a wide range of necessities that are all within easy reach. The company donates directly to breast cancer patients, and 10% of proceeds benefit breast cancer research.