Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer. You can view past posts from the series here.
Being the day after a major US holiday, I thought I’d share an older post for Philanthropy Friday. (I have some new ones lined up for you in the coming weeks. Don’t worry!) As you will see, there’s a summer theme to it. As you read it, I just might be lounging by a beautiful Maine lake wearing flip flops. Maybe.
The following post was originally published on NOVEMBER 11, 2011.
Give + Give + Recycle
VOS was established to answer a simple but profound question: Can you afford to care? According to founder José Alejandro Flores the eco-friendly brand is “driven by philanthropy and the desire to help those in-need by providing the marketplace affordable and quality products tied to an international social initiative.”
VOS is an eco-friendly brand that is affordably changing the world through healthcare, footwear, education and recycling programs. The collection of 100% recyclable natural rubber sandals are tied to a Give+Give+Recycle social initiative that brings a happy medium between business and philanthropy.
For every sandal sold, a pair is given to someone in need of footwear through the partnership with Soles4Soles, the international shoe charity. Basic healthcare and education is bestowed to the natural rubber-producing communities which cultivate the sustainable raw material for sandals. In addition, a recycling program is designed to offer more than 900 recycling bins across the U.S. where the product can readily be recycled.
While VOS is initially focusing in Guatemala – the parents of founder José Alejandro Flores are from the United States and Guatemala – their vision is to take their cause around the globe. Check out the collection of VOS Flips and find out more about their social initiative.
And you thought you were just buying a flip flop.