Cause and Affects

Lei ChicReusable shopping bags? Check.

Refillable water bottle? Check

Biodegradable payment option? Ethnically diverse girlfriends for a car pool? Sustainable bamboo tank with thought provoking message and sleek reused denim jeans? Checks. Chicks. Chic.

You have all the usual gear for a socially conscious shopping trip but at the register, your mind has a tendency to check out.

Kickstart your cause with Lei Chic’s shopping pass.

Starting today, various stores around Oahu will begin selling the pass good for 20 percent off 20 boutiques and designers’ websites until the end of September. The cost is five dollars, which will be donated to With Aloha.

Lei ChicThe non-profit organization started in March to raise money for victims of the tsunami and earthquake that claimed nearly 20,000 lives. Six months later, pictures photographer Rich Lee just took in Japan show the story is not over; more than half of the 22.6 million tons of rubble left behind still has not been cleaned up. Rebuilding the 31 towns and villages destroyed in a few hours, if they're rebuilt at all, will take years if not decades.

Money raised from the shopping pass will go to non-profit groups currently working on the ground in Japan. So far, With Aloha has given $200,000 to Tohoku University Hospital, which has served as the main health treatment center in the hard hit area. Donations will go to replace valuable equipment damaged that day.

Every dollar helps and your gift comes with a great discount (some restrictions apply) at favorite shops such as Eden in Love, The Butik, Super Citizen, Owens & Co., Therapy, Olive Boutique and more as well as favorite local designers sites like Ginger13, Organik, and ccdoodle.

It’s an easy way to restore your reason for giving.

The Lei Chic Shopping Pass is $5 and can be purchased at Eden in Love in Ward Warehouse; House of Aria, 450 Kamehameha Hwy.; Olive Boutique, 43 Kihapai St., Kailua; Owens & Co., 1152 Nuuanu Ave., Super Citizen, 22 S. Pauahi St., therapy at Kahala Mall.

Click here for your full list of discounts. Click here for more on With Aloha.