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30 Localized Social Initiatives

From Community-Building Consulting Companies to Clean Air CLothing

— January 25, 2013 — Social Good
From community-building consulting companies to clean air clothing, these localized social initiatives take to heart the "hear globally, act locally" phrase. Rather than looking internationally to the world's problems, these social enterprises consider what could be improved in their own backyards.

Unfortunately to some extent, the term "local" has been appropriated by the food industry to designate food grown and/or produced within a certain range. There's the 100 mile diet, for instance, among other initiatives getting people to think closer to home. But according to Tree Hugger in its "There Is More to the Local Movement Than Just Food," it also matters if you're shopping from non-local businesses or locally owned ones. After Hurricane Sandy, New York City adopted many localized social initiatives to get people shopping, especially downtown.
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Resource-Bridging Organizations
Resource-Bridging Organizations
The Bridge Fund Works in Tibetan Communities Fostering Development
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Good Cause Currency Services
Good Cause Currency Services
Global Ethical Brokerage is a Charitable Foreign Exchange Company
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Community Building Consulting Companies
Community Building Consulting Companies
Fresh Horizons Provides Employment And Social Activities
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Apartment-Based Vacation Providers
Apartment-Based Vacation Providers
Untours is a B Corporation That Lets You Travel Independently
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Hunger-Curbing Fashion
Hunger-Curbing Fashion
Fancy Rags Trades T-Shirts for Meals to Local Community Members
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Rehab-Funding Mocktails
Rehab-Funding Mocktails
The Brink Liverpool is an Alcohol-Free Bar and Recovery Social Enterprise
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Community-Serving Shorts
Community-Serving Shorts
Streaker Sports Supports Programs in Local Underserved Areas
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Localized Travel Companies
Localized Travel Companies
Adventure Alternative is a Vision of Responsible Tourism
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Altruistic Business Accelerators
Altruistic Business Accelerators
Seed Spot is a New Arizona-Based Social Incubator
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Female-Centered Educational Programs
Female-Centered Educational Programs
She’s The First Provides Donations to Send Girls to Sch
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Localized Renewable Energy
Localized Renewable Energy
Water Power Group Works with Aboriginal Communities in Canada
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Community-Producing Picture Frames
Community-Producing Picture Frames
Spark Framing Minimizes Eco Impact and Maximizes Job Creation
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Fashion-Fueled Community Initiatives
Fashion-Fueled Community Initiatives
Royal Dynamite T-Shirts Generate Buzz About Education Issues
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Italian Market B Corporations
Italian Market B Corporations
Zullo's Serves Organic and Seasonal Italian Food in Chicago
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Labor-Reducing Dairy Farms
Labor-Reducing Dairy Farms
Arohana Works in India to Reduce Dependency
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Clear Air Clothing
Clear Air Clothing
Ten Tree Restores Natural Forests With Every Item Sold
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Community Funding Platforms
Community Funding Platforms
Smallknot Helps You Invest in Small Businesses in Your Neighborhood
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Socially Conscious Vertical Harvesting
Socially Conscious Vertical Harvesting
VHJH Introduces Efficiency & Job Opportunities
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Inspiring Altruistic Skateboarding Schools
Inspiring Altruistic Skateboarding Schools
Skateistan is a Non-Profit Empowering Youth in Kabul
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Malawian Cotton Tees
Malawian Cotton Tees
AFRCN APPRL Funds Sustainable Entrepreneurs in Africa
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All-American T-Shirt Initiatives
All-American T-Shirt Initiatives
Scuba Steve Clothing Donates Apparel to U.S. Homeless Shelters
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Crafty Microfinance Blogs
Crafty Microfinance Blogs
Ahkun Takes a Different Approach with Local Artisans
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Family-Owned Social Businesses
Family-Owned Social Businesses
Yala is a Lifestyle Company with Ethical Clothing and Accessories
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Social Good Performance Venues
Social Good Performance Venues
Creative Common is a Place Where Community Comes Together
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Sustainable Conference Companies
Sustainable Conference Companies
15Hatfields is a Social Enterprise That Offers Spaces Big & Small
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Empowering H20 Nonprofits
Empowering H20 Nonprofits
Community Water Solutions Opens Women-Run Businesses in West Africa
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Design-Focused Social Products
Design-Focused Social Products
Matter Inc. Creates Products Helping Local and Global Communities
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Chic Poverty-Combating Fashion
Chic Poverty-Combating Fashion
HALF UNITED Pledges Half of Its Profits to Charitable Causes
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Ecotourism Development Cooperatives
Ecotourism Development Cooperatives
Travel for Change Melds Community-Based Initiatives and Tours
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Philanthropic Woven Accessories
Philanthropic Woven Accessories
Pura Vida Bracelets Supports Artistans in Costa Rica
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