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Ali says ...
I purchase fair-trade crafts and food products, by locally grown and organic produce, and utilize only natural home and body products made from recyclable materials.
02/13/2011 11:51:37 AM CST
Lynn says ...
I try to buy fair trade and local products whenever possible.
02/08/2011 7:56:57 AM CST
Vicki Olszewski says ...
I am excited to learn about these products and share my knowledge as well with others. It is wonderful to know that entire communities can be affected by simple purchase decisions we make in everyday life.
02/16/2011 4:38:28 PM CST
Nadia says ...
Purchasing power is an interesting concept that I have thought a lot about. Like some of the other respondents have noted, I also try to buy bulk, avoid excessive packaging and buy fair trade and cooperative products. I also try to stay informed on the political economy of certain everyday products that negatively transform landscapes, the environment and peoples lives. That said, I feel frustration with the fact that our economies our set up that our power is in our purchases. As we can see from our friends in the Togolese cooperative, these women do not have the purchasing power to choose more ethically sound products on the market. I hope that through more just and sustainable projects, the larger issue of resource extraction, manufacturing and human-environmental policies will be transformed so that we have fewer choices to harm the environment and communities through what we buy. Particularly those of us living in the global North. In the meantime, I continue to try to stay conscious of global politics through tracing the impact the products I purchase have on communities and the environment.
02/10/2011 8:53:21 AM CST
Madeleine F. says ...
I work with Indian Tribes to develop renewable energy projects on Tribal land and this would be another way that I could feel proud to purchase beauty products and make a real difference in peoples' lives. I am a very conscientious consumer and do my best to purchase fair trade coffee, organic fruits and vegetables from local growers, and frequent my local Farmer's Market. In order for all of us to do our part, it takes comprehensive change in our consumer behavior, an awareness of where our products come from, who makes them, what they are made of, who benefits from our consumption. When we as a country can start changing our behavior, one by one, we make the world a better place for all of us. And you can enjoy beautiful and healthy products that make a profound difference here and across the world, and are good for the environment, too!
02/11/2011 4:05:26 PM CST
Christy S. says ...
Have never tried this product and like that this product benefits a community.
02/10/2011 7:42:04 AM CST
Victoria Adcock says ...
I attempt to purchase wisely by choosing responsibly. Paying more now, protects future generations quality of life. We are all one. What happens to another, happens to us all. On my email signature I have a tag line added for kiva.org, another great example of paying forward to continue a universe of oneness.
02/10/2011 7:22:43 AM CST
Meg says ...
I really like the Alaffia shea-based products I have tried. They are of high quality, and I feel good knowing that my purchases are helping to improve the living standards of our hard working sisters and brothers on the Mother continent while fostering environmental sustainability. I appreciate that Whole Foods is showing the pictures on its website as proof that change is happening. I would love to work with anyone who is interested in making fair trade products such as EveryDay Shea the new Girl Scout cookies of fund-raising.
02/10/2011 1:05:56 PM CST
Brittany Boyer says ...
I love this. My new years resolution this year is to be a more conscious and educated consumer, so thank you for the wonderful information :)
02/10/2011 3:11:01 PM CST
Lorraine says ...
Whole Foods succeeds in their mission to educate the customer - and my relationship with them has enriched me in countless ways. I discovered how easy it is to learn about the world, about the importance of supporting growth in self-sufficiency, and about shea butter - all from WF. And, for my chemically sensitive skin, shea works so well for me.
02/19/2011 10:57:25 PM CST
Charlotte durnell says ...
We can all do our part to help keep ourselves and this earth healthy ... even small steps for each one of us to take are better than none! :)
02/14/2011 1:35:03 PM CST
Mara says ...
For me buying locally is so important... not only does it affect local farmers/artisans, it helps reduce carbon imprint of my lifestyle which benefits the entire world!
02/14/2011 1:25:08 PM CST
Ruth Lincoln says ...
I especially concerned about the mistreatment of women in Afghanistan. I am eager to make purchases that help and not only for women there but any underprivileged human beings.
02/17/2011 4:51:46 AM CST
Amy Keala says ...
Our family does our best to utilize our purchasing power to make smart choices that impact the future of our world and the people in it. It brings me joy to know that by buying the products we use every day will help to better someone elses life. I hope this movement continues to grow.
02/18/2011 10:06:49 AM CST
Rushian Hooper says ...
Hello, My name is Rushian Hooper. We are a very blessed family. Our needs are always met and we live a comfortable life. That is a quite a blessing. Our challenges extend to a different nature, but by the grace of God, taking care of our family's needs has never been one of them. A parent's heart toward their children aches when they are unable to supply the needs of their little ones. If there is any way that I perform the simply task of purchasing a product to ensure that a mother and her children feel some security in their lives, then let it be. I will make that purchase gladly and admonish others to do the same.
02/18/2011 10:47:16 AM CST
Beverly May says ...
It is said "it takes a whole village to raise a child" But in this case this village has pulled together to raise a new greener Earth! ... And May God Bless them all!! Are we not put on this earth to help one another.. This one is a no-brainer! Absolutely LOVE these products!!! and also Love helping those of us who are willing to help themselves!
02/18/2011 9:41:56 AM CST
Joy says ...
I'll do whatever I can to buy products like the Every day Shea line. It not only makes me look good on the outside, but makes me feel good on the inside too, knowing that by my purchases it is helping other communities.
02/09/2011 9:50:21 PM CST
Darcy B. says ...
I use my dollars to "vote" on the products with the least packaging. It's better for the earth and it means that I don't have to take the trash out as much :-)
02/12/2011 1:58:27 PM CST
Kate says ...
I try to do my part to make the world a better place, however little my contribution may be. I use natural cleaning and health products to minimize pollution in our waterways, recycle and buy products with less packaging. I also frequent my farmers market in the summer to help support local organic farmers. Perhaps the most important step I take is to encourage my preschool students to be aware of the world around them, and help them make a difference.
02/14/2011 7:50:12 AM CST
MARY VAUGHN says ...
I enjoy products packaged in recycled or recyclable containers, organic and rain forest protection production techniques ,sustaining shade grown plants.
02/14/2011 8:11:10 AM CST
Nkiruka Chuka-Obah says ...
I shop for my family and for the environment. I try to buy products raised in a sustainable fashion. Whenever I cannot, I decide if my family needs it or if it is a luxury. I also research companies I buy from and how their products are produced, in particular, how are they treating their workers, and what is their philosophy. I believe every company should be concentrating on social outreach rather than anything goes profit.
02/14/2011 12:18:54 PM CST
Joy Kjer says ...
It is wonderful to have a high quality choice of skin care products that also work towards creating an earth sustainable business and livelihood.
02/14/2011 12:23:27 PM CST
s says ...
80% of products I purchase are package-free.
02/14/2011 12:32:51 PM CST
Jennifer Currie says ...
What a wonderful program that provides work for people in poverty-stricken areas. I'll look for Alaffia products on my next trip to Whole Foods. I feel better about purchases when I can be assured they are produced responsibly with best practices for both people and the environment. Of course, I appreciate the Whole Foods approach to whole trade items. In Austin I support Ten Thousand Villages, a store devoted to providing fair income to artisans in developing countries by marketing their creations. I also enjoy delicious Nile Valley Hibiscus Mint Tea which sends a portion of profits to help African villages provide schools and clean drinking water to people among other projects.
02/14/2011 12:34:19 PM CST
Nicole says ...
I prefer to buy handmade and non-industrial items from people I can see face to face. I believe this can help change the world because it shows that quality goods do not have to be exclusive to the privileged, nor do they need to be cheaply mass-produced to be accessible to every day people.
02/13/2011 10:14:58 PM CST

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