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Susan says ...
I research companies that I buy from to make sure that they treat their workers, the community, and the environment responsibly. I also look at the packaging materials and labeling to make sure they leave the smallest impact on the environment.
02/19/2011 6:24:49 PM CST
alh1203 says ...
I purchase as responsibly as I can on a budget with a focus on the the best options for the health of my husband, four year old daughter and myself and the environment. Knowing that there are effective skin care producs out there that are helping other families is heart warming and I will certainly check them out.
02/19/2011 4:06:31 PM CST
Mary Kay says ...
I purchase mindfully, considering all aspects of a product. Quality and ethical practices in manufacturing are important. When any proceeds of a product are applied toward a greater cause, this benefits everyone.
02/20/2011 7:18:44 AM CST
Misty says ...
I buy as much locally produced goods as possible, supporting local small businesses and farms. I love buying gifts through organizations that help build communities and teach them skills and how to provide for themselves like Heifer International. Some of my favorite jewelry is made by widows and orphans of the genocide in Rwanda. Its beautiful rolled paper beads and made into countless different styles and patterns, so beautiful.
02/20/2011 1:02:43 PM CST
pam olichwier says ...
Knowing that a product can help people and the ingredients are healthy I would be motivated to buy it.
02/20/2011 1:35:02 PM CST
michele says ...
We all make choices each day - and those choices really affect the lives of others. Yes, there are a lot of great shea products on the market and some that have little shea in them. But these are BIG products because they can really affect lives in so many ways. A good reason to make a BIG choice.
02/20/2011 3:52:19 PM CST
Jennifer H says ...
It makes me very pleased knowing that the proceeds from the product touches so many lives whether from receiving funds to replanting trees where deforestation is occurring. It's an excellent concept and I only hope more retailers pick up Alaffia so that it may touch others hearts and minds - knowing they are helping families across the world.
02/21/2011 8:11:47 AM CST
Brenda says ...
I like to avoid excess packaging and Whole Foods' bulk section has consistently high quality products: oats, nuts, rice, etc. I'm an avid recycler and am conscious of ways I can reuse yogurt containers and the like.
02/21/2011 11:27:37 AM CST
Wendy Lohr says ...
I try to purchase 'green' products, avoid overpackaging and buy products that benefit people trying to make their lives better.
02/21/2011 12:57:41 PM CST
Jennifer Hawkins says ...
I love shopping at Whole Foods because I trust they have done their homework and offer to the customer fair trade, organic, and/or natural products. I always read labels for ingredients and look for symbols such as "Fair Trade" "organic" and "not tested on animals". I think by doing my own small part I do make a positive impact on the world and farming communities. I have used Alaffia soaps in the past and hope to win the basket so I can try the company's other products!
02/21/2011 3:25:29 PM CST
EK says ...
I shop local, vegan, and fair trade whenever possible - and use my own bags.
02/21/2011 3:58:55 PM CST
Christy says ...
I just know have learned about these wonderful products. I'm truly exctied to try them and knowing they help other communities as we is a blessing!
02/09/2011 1:44:07 PM CST
Hari says ...
I try to be aware of every choice I make in my life in order to maintain the ecological balance. I buy organic, local and sustainable products. It gives me great pleasure supporting small businesses that have not lost their soul. I also try to buy basic foods with less packaging material. Above all, I turned Vegan few years ago when I decided that I didn't want to be a part of that system. "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi.
02/09/2011 3:22:57 PM CST
Jo says ...
I LOVE Alaffia products - for the way they nourish and enliven my skin, but especially because they put resources into the hands of women, enabling them to live with greater dignity and in turn to nourish their families and communities. I've started buying Alaffia products as gifts for my family and friends, to honor them as well as the women who produced such wonderful ingredients!
02/09/2011 4:05:02 PM CST
K Jahnke says ...
Thank you Whole Foods for bringing us these wonderful products that in turn help people around the world.
02/09/2011 4:26:43 PM CST
Amy Kelly says ...
What a wonderful program. I would definitely like to try the products and be able to help give opportunities to women their families.
02/09/2011 4:38:18 PM CST
Thomas Pio says ...
I always consider how my purchase is effecting the community. Knowing your purchase is helping change a community is a great feeling.
02/09/2011 4:36:11 PM CST
Rachael C. says ...
I try to make conscious purchases- really think about what I am buying. When you purchase something you are promoting it, whether you mean to or not. I try to only promote items/companies/ideas intentionally and by choice rather than by lack of attention to what I am buying/where it is coming from/who is presenting it to me. I also try to explain media properly to my children so they understand the relation between where you put your money & how it affects your world, and how (as my 5 YO put it) 'everyone wants your money.'
02/09/2011 8:46:57 PM CST
Katie says ...
Whenever possible, I make sure my spending power supports local, eco-friendly, cruelty-free, no animal testing, and/or sustainably produced products. My purchases may be small but they still make a difference!
02/09/2011 9:21:01 PM CST
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
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
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

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