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Arpita says ...
first i want to thank WFM for existing. Its bcos of you I get to choose products that's good for me, my family and the whole environment under one roof.
02/15/2011 4:54:35 PM CST
Jill Moore says ...
I try with each purchase I make to be wawre of how it can help-or hinder-our community of humanity in this world. I have used the Alaffia products for several years (purchased at WFM) and truly enjoy them. We love the soaps, so creamy and hydrating. I realize that each purchase cannot be as helpful to the world as I might like, but I have made the commitment to choose the products that will benefit the most, harm the least. I am stringent about sticking with it, even if it m eans that I can purchase less because of the sometimes higher pricing. It is worth much more than money to be able to help others (myself included) and learn that we really can live with less while giving more to others.
02/16/2011 6:18:21 AM CST
Joanie Pley says ...
I would share with others how much we need to be part of the bigger picture, by patronizing products that help us and others. We need to develop a consciousness about who we buy from, corporate owned companies do not need our help, people living in a community do. It's time to step up - think globally and act locally!
02/16/2011 3:55:42 PM CST
Randy Barrett says ...
As women of wisdom, dignity. and wealth in many areas, it is importsnt that we can help support the hope of our sisters on the other side of the world in their efforts to live w/ their own wisdom and dignity by something simple and good for us all RSB
02/17/2011 9:57:48 PM CST
Patricia M says ...
As part of the human family, it gives me great joy and a sense of contribution to buy only products/items which are completely healthy to use, which are produced (grown, manufactured, processed, whatever) in a totally responsible and ethical way, and which do as much as possible to benefit the people in any way involved with the production/growth of the product/item. I buy as much bulk as possible, so that I can have a part in reducing the need for packaging; and when I do buy something packaged, it's a very high priority for me to buy high-quality products with minimal packaging or at least recycled and recyclable. It is critical to support companies/organizations/fellow humans who are doing the right thing just because it's the right thing to do, not out of greed, etc. It is absolutely critical that everyone on our planet take responsibility for this, and I am deeply appreciative that I am willing and able to do my part on this. We all *do* make a difference in our world, with everything we say and do and think, and by what we do *not* say and do and think, such as regarding what we spend our money on and the businesses and other organizations that we support with our dollars. Never ever ever let it be said that we don't or we cannot make a difference. Many wise humans before us have known and said that we each do make a difference ... that indeed one person at a time is how we change our world! :-)
02/17/2011 10:19:35 PM CST
Carolyn Kost says ...
It's so hard to balance the desire to buy local, buy natural, and decrease the carbon footprint with that of supporting artisans, particularly wimmin in other places around the world. It leads to analysis paralysis. At some point, we need to choose.
02/18/2011 11:09:23 AM CST
Amy says ...
I know I can't fix the national economy, but I can support my local economy by buying most of my family's food at a farmer's market. Also, getting to know the hardworking people that grow/raise my food is a definite plus!
02/16/2011 3:54:18 PM CST
Marcia says ...
Using purchasing power to help others is what it's all about. Although I'm unfamiliar with Alaffia products, I would like to try them.
02/16/2011 7:36:22 PM CST
Cindi Koski says ...
We forget how our lives seemingly are easier than someone elses. We take for granted such simple things like fresh water, indoor plumbing, grocery stores. Anything I can do that helps someone else in some small way just seems like the right thing to do and makes sense.
02/16/2011 8:48:35 PM CST
Jody says ...
This product is wonderful and now i know how it helps a community. I will purchase.
02/16/2011 9:14:25 PM CST
Susan says ...
I hope to change the world through educating others on buying products full of chemicals which harm us.
02/16/2011 9:14:26 PM CST
Amy Butcher says ...
When I have the time and ingredients, I like to make my own skincare products for home use. That isn't always possible, however, so when I do have to purchase such items, I try very hard to "put my money where my mouth is" by making sure the products I buy are environmentally friendly and socially responsible. The Alaffia product line definitely fits the bill!
02/16/2011 10:30:31 PM CST
Elizabeth L'Abate says ...
I try to buy locally -made and locally- grown products to cut down on carbon footprint. I f I can't do that, I try to get fair-trade products made sustainably....If I can't do that....I examine if I REALLY NEED it...
02/16/2011 10:48:16 PM CST
Carol Sawaya says ...
Just to know that the sales of these products go to help these wonderful people is such an inspiration. xoxo. Our family buys fair-trade products and just knowing the effect of our purchase is helping change lives. Wow! How wonderful!! We recycle everything we can and pick up trash in our community. We also have a garden to grow our own vegetables and have some fruit trees. I would love to help our community learn to plant their own gardens and up-keep them. We buy/eat chemical and pesticide-free.
02/18/2011 12:38:55 PM CST
Danielle says ...
My favorite product is the coconut cream. I am glad to see that my contributions is helping a community. On my free time I volunteer for various causes and am glad I am contributing to society in the best way I can.
02/17/2011 2:55:49 AM CST
paris cassadine says ...
I love these products for the hair and skin; I find them to be the best and at a good price; I had noticed the logo fair trade when I purchased them and didn't fully understand what that meant and am really glad you feautured the women in Africa involved in making this great product; I am delighted to know that something I really enjoy using is helping anothers livelihood and esteem.
02/17/2011 3:29:44 AM CST
Melanie West says ...
I am more conscious in the last few years of how I choose to spend my dollars as it does represent my vote for change. I may not have time to give, but I choose to use products that are made in a way that positively impacts the world by being more environmentally friendly, more local, if possible, and make impactful changes to those who make them. Please consider me for the opportunity to win the basket of goodies
02/17/2011 3:44:11 AM CST
lauren caccese says ...
I always try to put my money where my mouth is...it is so easy for us to say and fully believe we support buying local, or fair trade, or organic from small farms, or make purchases that support whole communities in any country...it's another thing to actually do it. I talk about how wonderful it is to buy this way so often...and I try whenever possible to purchase products that "give back".
02/17/2011 5:44:53 AM CST
Ann P says ...
I am now more conscious of making sure each dollar I spend on grocery and store items count towards helping out my community as well as other groups in need. I carefully read the labels and do research on items as well.
02/17/2011 4:19:01 AM CST
Lynette says ...
It is critical for the sustainability of our global communities to purchase products like Everyday Shea and the Alaffia Body Care line because you can have an immediate impact on the working members of a cooperative,their families and land. It makes you a conscious consumer. Thank you for the reminder to be a better keeper of the environment!
02/17/2011 5:28:26 AM CST
Alice Furumoto says ...
I'm a member of a local, "Green for All" group. I'm impressed by the work of the Togo cooperative. Supporting this kind of fair trade should be part of building equitable and sustainable futures for everyone.
02/17/2011 11:13:18 PM CST
Sher Lombardi says ...
To change the world, we have to think globally. When I make purchases that are a result of people that live a considerably humbled life, I am humbled to be a contributer to that. I want my purchases to continue to provide education for the young people of countries like Niger. Bless.
02/18/2011 8:22:12 AM CST
Phyllis says ...
Look forward to exploring these products, it's about helping people and impacting their lives for the better.
02/18/2011 12:13:10 PM CST
Andrea says ...
I try to buy local products whenever possible to improve the lives of those in my community. If not local, I try to find fair trade products to benefit the lives of workers.
02/19/2011 9:05:24 AM CST
natalie goodwin says ...
I always purchase products that are fair trade or local and organic when ever possible.
02/19/2011 11:55:19 AM CST

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