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Danielle says ...
I too try to buy Fair Trade as much as possible...organic fruits and veggies...natural meats...I've been buying like this for over twenty years (whenever possible)...living in Jax,. FL that was a tough one too! Now our choices are basically endless, and it's a pleasure to shop!
02/12/2011 6:35:41 AM CST
Nicole D says ...
When I make purchases, I try to limit my purchases to products developed close to where I live to lessen the impact on the environment, however when that is not possible, I try to stick to items that have been produced in sustainable or socially-conscious ways. We have only one world to live in, the people and resources in it should be protected.
02/12/2011 12:29:37 PM CST
Ivy says ...
This is good for everyone to be more conscious about their food choices and purchases! Thanks!
02/16/2011 4:35:42 PM CST
ConstanceG. says ...
Purchasing products from disadvantaged communities helps bring them support instead of stuffing the pockets of soulless, greedy CEOs in American corporations. Fight the power and do something good!
02/16/2011 4:35:32 PM CST
SandyGiallanza says ...
I enjoy purchasing/using fair trade products as I know it lifts others. Thank you!
02/16/2011 4:30:47 PM CST
teresa swenson says ...
changing the world is about more than just making a purchase; it's about making an impact; I try to think before I buy anything - how will my purchase impact others as well as myself? With alaffia products it's win / win all the way around - I benefit from products that beat overpriced high end department store products in efficacy, safety and beauty. And i am confident that my purchase will improve the lives of others while leaving a responsible environmental legacy. Now that's beautiful.
02/16/2011 4:22:08 PM CST
Linda Werner says ...
It is important to buy products that are made in a sustainable way. It is important that the growers/producers have a job that can sustain them and their families and that the land used to grow a product is available to be used by generations to come.
02/16/2011 4:18:20 PM CST
Yasmin Butt says ...
On a personal level, even though I'm on a seriously tight budget at the moment, I always read product packaging when I'm shopping. If it's not cruelty free tartware, it's not going in the basket. Nothing by L'oreal has ever entered my home in 21 years! I also recycle everything I can and use freecycle to keep those pesky landfills empty. I try and avoid stores that knowningly exploit sweatshops but haven't made a concerted effort to change. I've not shopped in a Primark in years despite digging the clothes. Fairtrade bananas, hot chocolate, chocolate and coffee keep the home running too ; ) xx
02/13/2011 4:03:32 AM CST
Shari says ...
We try and buy local and organic whenever possible to help our community. We joined a csa a year ago to support a local farm and the veggies are fantastic! We feel good about joining and know we are eating healthier
02/13/2011 12:02:15 PM CST
Yanee Sopitarchasak says ...
As possible, I buy the products from farmer markets which all the profit go toward farmers. I try to buy organic and healthy products to support healthy lifestyle.
02/13/2011 11:48:37 AM CST
Sarah Gray says ...
Slowly but surely my family of 6 is making little changes every day to improve our lives and our environment.
02/16/2011 4:12:04 PM CST
Alda Cummings says ...
shop for what I need and still help others at the same time.
02/16/2011 4:04:34 PM CST
Missy says ...
I try and choose wisely when purchasing to ensure that only ethical companies profit.
02/16/2011 4:10:16 PM CST
anne says ...
It is wonderful to know that this is beneficial to this community.
02/16/2011 4:00:29 PM CST
Felina J. Maris says ...
Just a little thought before purchasing anything can have a big impact. I am much more aware of how my dollars can impact so many lives and I try to use this knowledge to do a greater good for everyday people instead of feeding the giant companies coffers.
02/15/2011 2:51:09 PM CST
organiccents says ...
I love supporting companies that are really making a difference and are not just about the bottom line. I wasn't aware of the Everyday Shea line but find this story inspiring. I will add this company to the list of others like 3Seams, Moksa Organics, Toms shoes, Warby Parker glasses. If anyone knows of more companies like these please share!!!!!!
02/15/2011 3:10:37 PM CST
Darshna says ...
I use my spending power to purchase from companies that nurture the environment and my children. Our choices today impacts the future of our children
02/16/2011 9:32:48 PM CST
Michael Weber says ...
I think of how my purchases affect the environment every time I use my fair trade basket I bought at Whole Foods - I take it with me to the farmer's market and especially to the quilt fabric store. It saves wasting an paper or plastic bag and someone always comments which gives me an opp to talk about how going beyond fair-trade can impact someone's lives positively.
02/16/2011 9:33:22 PM CST
Peggy McConnell says ...
It makes a big difference to me, when I hear stories like this. If products deliver help to people in need, I am very influenced to buy
02/16/2011 9:29:54 PM CST
barbara Wilson says ...
everytime I make a purchase I say "I am okay with you business practices." I say "This is okay to put in my body. It is quality enough for my family" When I shop I know I say "I love you" to my family. Giving them the best. When I buy fair trade I say "I appreciate you". When I order my CSA I say "This is my town"
02/14/2011 2:12:30 PM CST
Effie says ...
I try to adhere to the rules of nature and participate in activities that will help make the world a safer and healthier place to live. I try to contribute every chance I get, and purchase products that will directly or indirectly benefit others, especially a group of people. We are our neighbors' keeper even if they are a continent away.
02/16/2011 9:29:13 PM CST
Cree Myers says ...
While trying to maintain a healthy vegan lifestyle on a very limited budget, I realized that since I did not necessarily have a problem with eating animals and their products (more it was that I had a problem with their treatment during their lives), I could undoubtedly do more good for them by buying products from companies that went to great lengths to provide a quality of life for the animals they kept. I do believe this makes more of an impact.
02/14/2011 3:03:54 PM CST
Lydia says ...
I make sure the products are cruelty free and vegan. Organic and naturally sourced ingredients mean no chemicals used to harm the local ecosystem. I'm lucky to be able to find bath and body products that fit that description and they are made locally right here in the Bay Area. Their philosophy benefits everyone involved and many who may never hear of them just by the honesty of their company philosophy. Whenever I shop I do the best I can to make sure I know that no one was negatively affected by my purchase. I no longer by leather shoes, hand bags, belts, etc. I feel happy when I find a cute pair of boots made out of PVC. A lower demand for leather shoes, purses and accessories will mean that fewer animals in foreign countries will be killed (with no governing body protecting them) in heinous ways to produce the items that I and people like me will no longer purchase or wear.
02/15/2011 2:17:11 AM CST
Mary Rose Barron says ...
I really feel it is our duty as citizens of this planet to do everything possible to reduce our footprint. Something as simple as using your own bags, walking & taking publicnsportation when possible, recycling buying and using as many local products as possible can be a small start to a greater end. Most people think that they can't change the world but they are wrong. If every person did one thing every day toward a more sustainable and concientious lifestyle, we could make a difference.
02/16/2011 9:28:36 PM CST
mcintosh says ...
I try to shop as locally as possible and choose fair trade organic for other items when possible. I am a huge fan of Ten Thousand Villages and particularly try to support women-based businesses!
02/15/2011 2:33:01 PM CST

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