You know those times when you’re shopping—whether in store or online—and you have the option to donate an extra dollar or round up your purchase for charity? Or when you’re at the grocery store and they ask if you want to “keep or donate your bag credit,” mind you, all without ever knowing where your money is actually going? Is it even going anywhere, or is the company just keeping it? Who am I helping and why?
If you’re curious like me, here’s your answer. At least in Pact’s case. For months, Pact gave customers the option to donate an extra dollar to the Good Textiles Foundation at checkout. Turns out, all those single-dollar donations added up. Pact was able to donate nearly $10,000—$9,481, to be specific—on its customers’ behalf to help clean up and “green up” rural villages in India.
Here’s the scoop. Pact partners with Chetna Organic—a sustainable, organic cotton farming cooperative in India—to source all the cotton used to make its products. Chetna is focused on protecting and improving the livelihoods of cotton farming families in the Adliabad and Asifabad villages. Starting in July 2019, the Pact donations, by way of the Good Textiles Foundation, have begun to benefit Chetna Organic and its surrounding communities.
They plan to keep the project going up through the year 2022, with goals of educating communities on recycling, planting trees, making renewable energy accessible, and promoting more hygienic living conditions.
I greatly appreciate transparency. Especially when it comes to corporations. And especially when it comes to where my hard-earned dollars are going. It makes it easy to slap some extra green on top of the purchase I’m already making. As they say, no one’s ever become poor by giving—and I hope to keep on giving wherever I’m able, with help from generous companies like Pact.
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