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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Expanding One for One® to Coffee

March 19th, 2014 by TOMS

We couldn’t be more excited to launch our newest One for One® product – TOMS Roasting Co. Below is a piece written by Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Founder & Chief Shoe Giver, sharing his thoughts on entering the coffee business.

Many of you know TOMS as a global Giving company, famous for the One for One® model. We started with shoes and then, five years later moved into to eyewear. But for a long time I’ve wondered, could we become a global Giving company in something other than the fashion and lifestyle business? Now, I can give you a definitive answer: it’s “Yes.”

Last week, TOMS expanded into the coffee business with the launch of TOMS Roasting Co.

Bag provides water

You may be wondering, “Why coffee? And how can TOMS apply the One for One concept to it?”

Let me step back. Despite the success of TOMS, we’ve had some pretty big criticisms. One of the biggest criticisms I’ve heard was that we were too focused on aid and not on economic development. The more I listened, I agreed that the One for One model could do more. We were giving shoes to children who needed them, but our model wasn’t helping create jobs in their communities. So I started to learn as much as I could about economic development. This spurred new programs like our local manufacturing and the Haiti Artist Collective. It also shifted my thinking about the next One for One.

While studying up on economic progress in the developing world, there was one business that continually came up: coffee and coffee farms. Many of the world’s most impoverished countries produce some of the greatest coffee. And many of these countries happen to be where TOMS Giving Partners are giving shoes to children and helping restore sight to patients in need. In addition, over the last five years, there’s been more and more emphasis on trading directly with coffee farmers — ensuring they receive the best price for their beans and exposure to new agricultural development techniques, thereby getting a higher yield from their crops.

We knew we wanted to have a greater impact on the places where TOMS gives, and working in coffee seemed like a natural fit to continue our mission of using business to improve lives.

But there was the question of how to apply the One for One approach to this new business. As we did more research, we realized the answer was in water. It takes a tremendous amount of H20 to wash and preserve high-quality coffee beans. At the same time, many of the people in coffee-growing countries don’t have access to safe water.

That was our ah-ha moment. TOMS works directly with farmers and, in return, invests in long-term water systems to help provide safe water to communities without it. This led us to our next TOMS Roasting Co. With every bag of coffee purchased, TOMS will provide one week of clean water to a person in need. One for One®.

where we help give water

The key to TOMS Roasting Co. is our Giving Partner — Water For People — an innovative organization helping communities implement and maintain long-term water systems and services. It is amazing to see these systems in place. Pipes, gravity-filled tanks, downhill filtration systems — it is an engineer’s puzzle. And the impact on a community is amazing.

We are excited to bring TOMS Roasting Co. to the TOMS community across the United States, first through cafes. With the launch of TOMS Roasting Co., we also opened our first TOMS Roasting Co. Café in Austin, with plans to launch in New York, Portland and more. TOMS Coffee will be carried at Whole Foods and is also available online. We’ve even launched a coffee club for coffee lovers! The TOMS Roasting Club allows you to sign up for monthly shipments of different coffee from the parts of the world where we’re working.

Ultimately, it’s a form of One for One® giving that can become part of the fabric of our customers’ daily lives. And by providing safe water to countries from where we source our beans, we have the opportunity to have a greater impact on communities in need.

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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Locals Who Give Back: Judith | Amsterdam

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today we meet Judith, who set up the restaurant Geef Amsterdam based on the ‘pay as you can’ concept: a social non-profit restaurant where the customer decides on what they give in payment. There are no prices on the menu, since this is determined by the customer. And in addition to your donation, you also give a meal. Judith has written a book about the concept called Tijd voor Nieuwe Zaken…

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Saving Sight in Cambodia: Din’s Story

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Read more about Din, a farmer from Cambodia, who had his sight restored: Din is a 55-year-old farmer that lives with his wife and six children near Battambang, Cambodia.  He started to lose his eyesight three years ago but it became a serious problem for him in the last year. Din and his family tend a small patch of land and grows rice. Without sight,…

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Employee Giving Experience: Erik, TOMS Eyewear

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s post was written by TOMS Eyewear Merchandiser and Product Developer, Erik!   I started at TOMS five years ago, just after TOMS Eyewear launched. I’ve had an amazing time building the collection to what it is today. One of my favorite things about TOMS Eyewear is how we give to restore sight. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world,…

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Seva: World Sight Day 2016

On October 13, 2016, TOMS will join other organizations around the world in recognizing World Sight Day. World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to bring global attention on blindness and vision impairment. Today’s story comes to us from Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation and their Program Grants Coordinator, Maggie Vizcarra: I have a morning routine. After snoozing my alarm two or six times, I get out of bed blurry and bleary eyed. I put on my glasses to fix the blur and make a strong cup of coffee to combat the blear. I’ve been wearing glasses and…

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Locals Who Give Back: Ed | London

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Ed Vickers founder of Jollie Goods. Ed who, whilst a student at University, became frustrated when walking past the same people every day who were sleeping rough and not knowing how he could help. This frustration led him to help out at a homeless charity where he soon realised the serious demand for fresh pairs of socks. He saw how far a simple change of socks could go…

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LOCALS WHO GIVE BACK: Lotte | Amsterdam

We are always inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show their appreciation and how they give something back to the community in their daily lives. Today you will meet Lotte Rensen, who developed a special handbook called ‘Hand-in-handleiding’. This handbook helps young cancer patients talk about their disease in such a way that they stay in control of all fundamental issues and can hold on to the people who are important to them. Name: Lotte Rensen Residence: Lives in Amsterdam, works in Nijmegen Occupation: Design Researcher Hobbies: Museum visits, ballet, poetry What inspires you most in…

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Locals Who Give Back: Caroline | Brussels

Giving back to society, and being caring and attentive towards our community are key values that we strive to celebrate every day. Hopefully this will inspire you to do the same today. We’re delighted to share with you the story of an entrepreneur who cherishes these values and applies them to her daily life, in her own personal way. Meet Caroline Weiler and read about her story. Name: Caroline Weiler Lives in: Brussels Occupation: Visual Storyteller/Creative director of Visual Story Mapping; Co-founder of the Travel Storytelling Festival Hobbies: Travel, meetings, entrepreneurship, well-being, music, co-living, writing What makes the area in…

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Locals who give back: Maximilian | Berlin

We are constantly inspired by where people go in their TOMS, how they show gratitude and give back to their communities in their day-to-day lives. This time let us introduce you to Max, one of the co-founders of Goodnity. After his studies at the German business school WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he and his co-founder Marc started their own business in Berlin. With Goodnity, they follow the mission to build a healthy business with strong social impact. Goodnity provides the chance to contribute to social causes on a daily basis without having to spend your own money…

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TravelingTOMS: @SylvieFarr

We are always inspired to see the places our customers go wearing TOMS, especially the way that every experience is a token of gratitude, both while travelling and day-to-day. This time, let us introduce you to Sylvie, a passionate, nomad and entrepreneur who works in the field of music and travel. Name: Sylvie Farr City: Brussels Occupation: Band manager, writer of the personalised travel diaries “Hit The Road Book“ and cofounder of the Travel Storytelling Festival. Hobby:  Travel diaries. I love travelling, exploring, meeting people, and setting challenges for myself. I never go out without my notebook and a few of my favorite…

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