Updated: Apr 21, 2020
Small Business Saturday is one of our favorite days here at GRLKND. Not only is it meant to call attention to local small businesses, but also encourages people to support small organizations and charities. Today, with the holiday season in full swing, we are highlighting some ~ women-owned ~ small businesses we love and support.
Devastated by seeing women suffer from stress and unhelpful habits, Amy (along with her adorable therapy dog, Evie) set out to "inspire mindful and compassionate change in young women, and the young at heart." She does this by practicing Psychology, creating online courses, and making mental health tools and strategies accessible to women. Her goal is to teach women how to take care of, nurture, and value themselves by focusing on the use of mindfulness, compassion, and other stress-busting techniques.
Project Glimmer's mission is to "inspire at-risk teenage girls and women to believe in themselves by letting them know their community cares." The organization does this by giving gifts through "Glimmer Drives," which leave teens and women feeling inspired, loved and worthy. They also host a series of events called "Work Your Magic, A Day of Empowerment," where, through a series of workshops, teenage girls and women are taught about building confidence, inner beauty, and professional skills.
When Emma noticed there was a market gap for fashion-forward wear for pet owners, she and her husband set out to create a "fun, ethical, iconic brand that reflected the proud identity and sassy attitude of their puppy-lovin’ posse, while celebrating the special bond between humans and hounds." Handprinted in Brisbane and ethically-made, The Dog Mum makes items for "all members of your wolfpack." To top it off, every order over $25 you make donates to your animal-loving charity of choice!
After traveling in Uganda and meeting a young woman who was raising money to attend school, co-founders, Chantelle and David, founded One Girl – a non-profit organization that "harnesses the power of education to drive change for girls and their communities." There are many ways that you can get involved with One Girl, from hosting a fundraiser to becoming an ambassador to participating in "Do It In A Dress" drives or just spreading the word about the importance of girls' educations.
After losing her sister to suicide, founder April Peck wanted to do more to advocate for suicide prevention, so she combined both her passions and created Save Me From, a haircare brand whose mission is to save hair, save lives and empower. Peck believes that "a good hair day helps us feel comfortable with ourselves and that self-love enables us to do so much more." Save Me From also donates 10% net income to organizations that help save people who are in real crises.
Julisa founder, Juliet, began blogging five years prior to starting her own brand. After switching to clean beauty and struggling to find a range of perfect "mermaid" shade nail polishes, she took it upon herself to make ethical products and mindful beauty choices that "make impact physically, emotionally, psychologically and socially."She first began with a certified vegan non-toxic nail polish range but has since expanded to gemstone facial massage rollers and wild-harvested organic tamanu skin oil. It's all cruelty-free too!
"Fostering human connection and sustainability, one lollipop at a time," Amborella Organics makes seed-bearing lollipops, "an organic candy with edible herbs and flowers that weave throughout." Amborella Organics is proud to foster a connection between the person eating the lollipop and nature, so the biodegradable sticks can be planted and grow a herb or flower. These delicious lollipops are vegan as well as gluten, dairy, soy, nut, artificial dye, and GMO-free. They ship worldwide and make for a beautiful Insta flat-lay (see proof below).
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At GRLKND we are inspired by girls and women on a daily basis and today is no exception! From amazing non-profits working to improve the lives of girls around the world to ethical and sustainable buying choices, we are proud to be able to share these women-led small businesses with you.
What small business will you be supporting today?