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Rachel says ...
This product is one of the few on the market which doesn't contain a single allergen I have to avoid (and believe me, I have to avoid a LOT).
02/09/2011 9:58:28 PM CST
Jennifer Windler says ...
I try to purchase products from socially and enviromenatlly concious companies
02/09/2011 11:44:38 PM CST
Allison says ...
I support workers all over the world by buying certified fair trade products whenever I have the option to do so. I love buying fair trade tea, coffee, grains, sugar, and other items. Alaffia is a wonderful company because it allows me to buy fair trade hair products.
02/09/2011 11:52:06 PM CST
Shirley says ...
I could probably do a lot more, but I try to buy fair trade, minimally packaged products. If I know the product isn't tested on animals, even better.
02/10/2011 12:40:55 AM CST
April says ...
I look for products that support sustainability and the local communities where the products were harvested, made. I purchase fair trade as often as possible and try to research products and companies prior to making purchases.
02/10/2011 6:11:21 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
Christy S. says ...
Have never tried this product and like that this product benefits a community.
02/10/2011 7:42:04 AM CST
liz says ...
I love to support other people,making great products,use these products all the time!
02/10/2011 7:44:30 AM CST
Ellen says ...
I try to use my purchases to support social and environmental changes that I want to see in the world- such as fair-trade products, to support labor standards, and organic foods, to reduce workers' exposure to pesticides and the effects of pesticides on the environment. I think projects like this that let us see into the chain of production are great for raising awareness not only of these positive projects, but of what we're supporting when we purchase alternative products where the supply chain is hidden.
02/10/2011 8:45:55 AM 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
Alison says ...
I try more and more these days to purchase products that are local and can benefit others.
02/10/2011 8:54:11 AM CST
Erin says ...
Sometimes it's what I don't buy that supports a better environment. I try to choose products that do not use excessive packaging and abstain from products that do.
02/10/2011 9:22:29 AM CST
Claudine says ...
I can't use my baskets enough, they go everywhere with me. I get so many compliments at the farmers market:)By using the baskets I'm saving the planet from hunderds of plastic bags.
02/10/2011 9:34:32 AM CST
Charlene Perrone says ...
These are wonderful inspirational stories about what a product/community can contribute! The knowledge that 1 purchase can help others is extraordinary.
02/10/2011 10:03:12 AM CST
Sneeka says ...
This is a great article! I like to shop using my own bags. It's smart and environmentally friendly. I use less bags = the store orders less bags (overall) = the factories are producing less bags. I'm only one person, but I believe I can make a difference!
02/10/2011 10:08:20 AM CST
elizabeth jeffreys says ...
HOW I USE MY PURCHASES TO CHANGE THE WORLD - GIFT BASKET ENTRY I view my purchases as 'votes' made with dollars. My dollars 'vote' for fair trade, organic, sustainable and humane practices each time I make an informed decision about products and packaging. These votes count in a capitalist society, where the collective consumer can impose a strong influence on business practices, even where corporations impose influence the political structure. Thank you.
02/10/2011 10:36:38 AM CST
Florence Farley says ...
Heartwarming.......to know that our purchases here will help them there!
02/10/2011 10:38:34 AM CST
Kerri says ...
I have recently begun changing my life and the life of my family as we look at what we purchase and how it impacts our community and our Earth. We have switched our diets from processed, chemical laden foods to whole, fresh foods. For over a year now we have used re-usable shopping bags for all our shopping, (the same bags) We recycle almost every container we buy and strive to buy recycled and recyclable products. We will further our efforts in this new year buy purchasing locally farmed goods and produce and by eliminating paper towels/napkins and plates. It feels good when our dollars work within our community to promote our local economy and responsible use of our resources.
02/10/2011 11:08:05 AM CST
Dawn says ...
We take so much for granted in this country. I tell my kids all the time that your choices can have a ripple effect on people around the world. It may start small, but can end in big changes. What better way to walk the talk than to start in this small way.
02/10/2011 11:33:35 AM CST
Angie says ...
AWESOME CAUSE!!! HELPING US AS WE HELP OTHERS
02/10/2011 11:45:08 AM CST
Nanci G says ...
I enjoyed reading this article. It shows that we can make a difference when we make choices with our buying power.
02/10/2011 11:52:47 AM CST
michele vollmer says ...
I make every effort possible to buy eco-friendly products. I think about the waste that is created by the product I am buying. I consider whether is can be recycled or not. I also, try not to buy anything that would be toxic to myself as well as the enviornment.
02/10/2011 12:00:31 PM CST
Jeff Davis says ...
Yest another reason why I prefer to choose items from Whole Foods over other grocers/retailers. There is a concerted effort not only to provide healthy, environmentally aware products but also to give we as consumers some idea of where products come from and who is involved in getting those products to us.
02/10/2011 12:23:06 PM CST
Sarah says ...
My husband and I are very dedicated to purchasing not only locally grown/made products but for products that come from other countries we make sure that those items were made humanely weather it be fair trade chocolates or co-op type producers.
02/10/2011 12:32:21 PM CST
Jaime Rodriguez says ...
I believe we, as consumers, are the main force of change. When we decide to purchase goods that make a difference and skip those that harm the earth, communities and ourselves, we all push for conscious production processes with fair trade; industries, small or large will have to listen.
02/10/2011 12:40:10 PM CST

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