Best of Ecouterre: 7 Fashion Labels With a Conscience

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+ TOMS Shoes is arguably the best-known for-profit social enterprise. Its schtick? It donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair you purchase.

+ Taking a page from TOMS is 141 Eyewear. For every pair of retro-flavored horn-rimmed spectacles you purchase, the company donates a pair of glasses to a child who can't afford them.

+ FIGS ups the giving ante just a notch, funding a school uniform in Africa for every bow tie or necktie you buy. + The Red Rail is a line of designer clothing that can't be purchased at any store or for any amount of money--only blood donors have access to the one-of-a-kind pieces.

+ A bag that feeds starving children across the globe? It may sound like a pipe dream, but that's precisely what FEED Projects has sought to do since 2007.

+ Satara is a fashion label that also happens to be a nonprofit, one that promotes gender equality and self-empowerment in India by training and employing underprivileged women.

+ U2's Bono has been one of Africa's most vociferous advocates for the past 25 years, so when he and his wife started EDUN, it was as much about creating beautiful clothes as it was fostering sustainable trade in the continent.

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