OXO, a consumer brand from the Housewares segment of Helen of Troy Limited, has announced new nonprofit partners as part of its ongoing commitment to 1% for the Planet. 1% for the Planet is a global community of brands giving back to environmental nonprofits driving positive impact. OXO is proud to expand its nonprofit partnerships with eight new grantees, and to be recognized as the network’s leading housewares brand and the largest corporate donor of 1% for the Planet.
With its new group of nonprofit grantees, OXO will expand its reach to four international partners from France, Germany, Japan, and the UK, and four grantees in the United States. OXO’s next 1% for the Planet nonprofit partners are:
City Blossoms, based in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit that cultivates the well-being of local communities through creative programming in kid-driven gardens. They strive to create abundant, accessible green spaces in neighborhoods where kids may not otherwise have access and where they can build lifelong connections to the natural world.
FareShare, based in London, is a network of nonprofit food redistributors, taking good quality surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it as meals to community groups and food banks across the U.K. In the process, they divert food from landfills and prevent harmful CO2 emissions from entering earth’s atmosphere.
Food Recovery Network, based in Washington, D.C., is made up of 4,000 college students, dining providers, food suppliers, and local businesses in the fight against climate change and hunger. They recover perishable food that would otherwise go to waste and donate it to local nonprofits who feed people experiencing hunger. Their goal is to change the norm from food waste to food recovery – resulting in the recovery of surplus food to feed everyone who is hungry in the U.S., all the while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Harlem Grown, based in Harlem, NY, inspires youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability and nutrition. The organization operates 12 urban agriculture facilities and provides garden-based development programs to Harlem youth with community-based partners.
Mellifera e.V., based in Rosenfeld, Germany, is committed to promoting respectful beekeeping practices and fostering the protection of bees and their habitats. They develop, test and teach new concepts and techniques in beekeeping, taking into account the needs of the bee and changing environmental conditions.
The Nature Conservation Society of Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan, is dedicated to the conservation of ecosystems and biological diversity in Japan. One of the largest conservation nonprofits in Japan, they focus on protecting threatened species and ecosystems, research, and conservation education and engagement, including beach clean ups.
Urban Sprouts, based in San Francisco, California, plants the seeds of social equity to build healthy and thriving neighborhoods in San Francisco. The organization operates five community gardens and provides education programs in gardening, cooking and nutrition, in addition to job readiness programs, providing young people who face barriers to entering the workforce with practical tools and work experience.
Veni Verdi, based in Paris, France, creates school vegetable gardens in urban areas with the aim of raising awareness among the next generation of growers. Their gardens not only provide educational and vocational opportunities for children and adults, but also contribute to a more resilient city and the development of a local circular economy.
“Our new 1% for the Planet partners are a powerhouse group of nonprofits tackling big environmental concerns day in and day out,” said Indigo Teiwes, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Helen of Troy. “OXO’s commitment to 1% for the Planet helps ensure the impact of the grantees’ work will be felt for years to come. And because OXO commits 1% of sales to our nonprofit partners, it means consumers’ purchases contribute to the bottom-line impact we can make within our focused giving areas of Sustainable Food Systems, Cleaner Air, Land & Water, and Environmental Education.”
Since joining 1% for the Planet in March 2020, OXO has provided millions of dollars of funds and resources to organizations addressing some of the most pressing environmental issues of the day.