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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
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
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
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
karletta johnson says ...
Whenever I see products are giving a percent of money to help out brest cancer or just people with less. I always try to buy the product or give a donation. I don't have alot of money but I know a little goes a long way. I have just become natural so I don't get relaxers anymore. Relaxers have chemicals in them that are harsh and dangerous and when wash out it gets in our water suppply and who knows what else. So now I am only buying hair and body products that are natural or organic, not only for myself but for my family. This in turn will help out everyone.No more chemicals down the drain.
02/10/2011 1:01:26 PM CST
Miranda Jane says ...
I cook for a number of people in my community, many of whom have had little exposure to natural foods. By avoiding packaged/processed foods, preservatives & chemicals in my shopping and cooking and by focusing on recipes featuring whole grains, vegetables and fruits; I'm changing the eating habits of the people I cook for one at a time. I do my best to purchase locally to keep money in my community, and seek to buy produce from farms not more than 100 miles from where I live. I believe these little things can add up to make a change.
02/10/2011 1:28:11 PM CST
Sandy says ...
Wow amazing how a product can support a whole community.
02/10/2011 2:13:30 PM CST
Jason says ...
Thanks for Sharing this great story !!! So good to know that buying something good for us is also good for others !!!
02/10/2011 2:41:18 PM CST
Sylvia Henheffer says ...
I would use the purchases and share the product with my friends and family, and tell them that everytime they make a purchase they would be helping the people in Togo have safer and better living conditions. It is a great way for people to contribute to other's with very little effort on their part.
02/10/2011 2:43:06 PM CST
Ashley Huntey says ...
I am all about supporting others and communities. If I have the availabilities to help others because I have been bless, then it is my job to go out and bless others! What a great cause and way to raise money!
02/10/2011 4:45:45 PM CST
Bonnie Johnstone says ...
I am a grandmother living on Social Security Disability.Heaven knows that it is hard to make ends meet. The light in my day is finding ways to respect the Earth and care for my neighbor even in small ways like buying products that allow the poor to thrive without harm to the environment. I've been teaching my 6 grandchildren to do the same. We often take trips to Whole Foods to wander and read labels, identify fish or vegetables or the scent of a handmade soap. We check out where the food comes from and who made it. The story makes our meals taste better. The wonderful Shea products have a story that make my skin feel better and it sinks right down into my soul.
02/10/2011 6:33:31 PM CST
Michelle says ...
I love the lavender scented body wash and body lotion. The smell of the body wash is sensational and the lotion is light but moisturising. Best of all, it comes in a giant bottle which means I keep it next to me when I watch tv and just pump away and moisturize!!
02/10/2011 7:13:38 PM CST
Ann says ...
I have always believed in supporting good, whole, organic products that are best for our bodies and when it supports others in a good way, I am all for it!!!! I order many products that are "green" from the Green tea world...Japan because they are good for us and I love the people in Japan.
02/10/2011 7:43:31 PM CST
Yvette Greene says ...
It's nice to have a product that works so well and isn't filled with chemicals......I work outside in all kind of weather and the product works wonders on my skin and hands.......I share the info and products with my sisters and I am so glad my purchases help the good people of the Togolese Communities.....
02/10/2011 7:58:41 PM CST
liz says ...
Good to know - I did not know of these folks and I try to pay attention to who I buy from, where it is from and where it goes. Next time I will look for Alaffia!
02/10/2011 8:29:54 PM CST
Shauna West says ...
I am recently becoming more and more aware of the opportunities to buy product that is free trade. I have been researching Alaffia in particular, desparately trying to find a product that is safe for my skin, and am so encouraged that it is also good for the dignity and justice of people whom I will never meet. I currently, have been repurposing containers/furniture and products within my home. I would like to continue to make more educated purchases as well as educating my friends (and have been) as I make new discoveries!
02/10/2011 8:47:25 PM CST
suzanne says ...
I prefer to purchase goods from local suppliers but I also love to buy goods from people who are working in their communities to make a better life for their children and extended families. I would be fun to share these products with friends and let them know the good that is coming from this community program.
02/10/2011 9:24:55 PM CST
Amanda S. says ...
I work at Kroger's and I just recently started buying Whole Food Products. I made the transition because of my allergies. I love the fact that the products are chemical-free.
02/10/2011 10:00:11 PM CST
Kathryn says ...
I pay attention to the packaging, ingredients, and origin of the products I purchase in order to make better choices not just for me but ultimately all of us
02/10/2011 10:33:59 PM CST
Melissa Coy says ...
I haven't ever used the products but I love to shop at places that I feel very strongly about because I know they really do care about the community and that is how I feel about Whole Foods. Thank you for inspiring people to do more like in this story.
02/10/2011 11:19:49 PM CST
vilte says ...
My heart goes out to these women. I hope that in some way, although it may not be much, my purchase can help contribute towards helping the Togolese communities one person at a time.
02/11/2011 12:45:50 AM CST
Jon hannis says ...
Just comment to win... I really like the idea behind the products. Keep up the good work
02/11/2011 1:15:18 AM CST

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