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Published October 18th 2015
Initiatives that put your money to good use
If you are going to spend money on a product, wouldn't you prefer your money go towards a good cause? More and more we are thinking about what we buy, where it comes from and who we buy it from. Shopping for anything from toilet paper to a bicycle can become an exercise in paying-it-forward if you know where to buy your bike or you loo paper from.Here are a few ways that your purchases can help work towards positive outcomes.

Who gives a crap
There are some things that every household needs, things you cannot avoid buying- so if you are buying toilet paper anyway, why not get some that gives back. Instead of simply flushing your money down the loo, 50 per cent of what you pay for Who Gives a Crap toilet paper goes towards building toilets in developing countries. Toilets might be something we here in Australia take for granted but in other places a lack of clean toilet facilities affects sanitation and health.

The toilet paper is made from environmentally friendly materials and works out to be pretty good value considering the rolls are double length, so less chance of sitting down on the toilet to find an empty toilet roll staring back at you. Also, Who Gives a Crap toilet paper is delivered right to your door. You can organise a regular delivery so you never run out and shipping is free to most Australian cities.

Bargains help bubs
Baby stores can be pretty overwhelming, so instead of entering the vortex of the mega-stores, why not check if you can find what you need online and support services provided for families dealing with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. SIDS and Kids Shop Online raises funds to support bereavement and education services across Australia. Different brands partner with the store to sell their products- sometimes at very reduced prices. As well as baby and kids items, there is a whole heap of other items such as jewellery, books, toys and clothes.

New wheels times two
In the market for a new bike? Atma Cycles can help you with that, while also helping young girls in India attend school. The founders of Atma Cycles wanted to do something about the low rate of girls finishing their education in India. Having found out that many Indian girls did not attend school because of an inability to physically get to school, they decided to contribute bikes to help them get to classes.
For every bike sold by Atma Cycles, one is donated to help girls get to school.

In partnership with Mann Deshi Foundation, more than 100 bikes have been given to schoolgirls as part of the program. Atma Cycles bikes can be bought from a number of bike stores around Australia or online.

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Image courtesy of Atma Cycles

All this shopping making you thirsty?
Those in Melbourne have the option of having a beer with a conscience thanks to a new initiative known as charity tap. A number of pubs have signed up to have a Charity Tap at their bar, from which a donation of between 10 cents and a dollar from the cost of any beer sold from that tap goes towards a charity that fights poverty.

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