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Kate Maldonado says ...
I have been making a concerted effort to be more conscious of what I buy, where it comes from, and the impact my choices may have on others. It is essential that we support locally and globally when we can to support the continued efforts of people and communities worldwide. Thank you for sharing the stories of these women who represent a great many more. I will continue to make conscientious purchases as well as share what I learn with those around me.
02/11/2011 12:52:15 PM CST
Stephanie Vining says ...
I love these products and love Whole Foods because they are a great store with great products to help the entire world.
02/11/2011 4:00:47 AM CST
Mary Ibis says ...
I buy in bulk, organic, local when I can. We eat low on the food chain, and I research brands before I buy them. Thanks for adding a new option to my shopping list! I'll be glad to test these products in the near future.
02/11/2011 10:03:21 AM CST
anna says ...
I know my purchases affect the economy and i try to avoid buying things all together. Further, I only invest in products I know are good. This seems like a great bet. thanks
02/11/2011 10:22:06 AM CST
Anne says ...
These are amazing stories! This is what life is all about "opportunities" I am always looking for new natural products that are not full of chemicals, that nourish our bodies. All though i have not tried this product line, i definately will be looking forward to purchasing it the next time i am at whole foods. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, keep up the awesome work do whole foods!
02/11/2011 6:36:08 AM CST
Claudia Keys says ...
What a wonderful idea..
02/11/2011 7:58:07 AM CST
Vicki G says ...
Purchasing items, like Alaffia that benefit so many, are one of the pleasures in going to Whole foods!! Knowing that my small purchase can touch so many lives makes it a better day for everyone!! Thank you for giving us this opportunity.
02/11/2011 9:08:53 AM CST
Xandi Rae says ...
i like to think that by being aware of where the products I buy come from I am actively choosing to help others who may not have been as lucky as I am and this helps make their world a bit better.
02/11/2011 7:49:07 AM CST
David Watt says ...
I recently applied for the position of construction project manager, SE Region. After reading the Everyday Shea and other articles I am sold on Whole Foods as my grocer. I hope to support your positive global acts by starting to shop at your store. Thanks for the good work and keep it up!
02/11/2011 9:15:41 AM CST
Rachel C says ...
I am just trying to do my part by bying smart. I try to avoid making needless waste, by re-using and recycling. I buy products with local people in mind, and also those less fortunate in other poorer countrys, who work hard to produce things to make a living. In doing so, I can keep a moderately clean conscience, and feel good about myself.
02/11/2011 9:36:27 AM CST
Sara says ...
As consumers we vote everyday with our dollars.
02/11/2011 9:54:13 AM CST
Susan March says ...
Helping women of the world and celebrating there beauty with Everyday Shea. Alaffia Body care products bring out the beauty in all of us to be who we are and help women of the world be who they want to be..........
02/11/2011 10:27:19 AM CST
sarah says ...
Thanks to Whole Foods for making it easy for busy people like all of us to make a difference even in the smallest ways by providing essential products as these that has a bigger story and impact.
02/11/2011 11:32:39 AM CST
Rusty L says ...
Wonderful testimonies of lives being changed by the EveryDay Shea co-operative. I have used shea for many years not knowing who specifically was benefiting from the sale, am now happy to be a part of these families by buying their products.
02/11/2011 11:30:43 AM CST
Heather says ...
When I buy something new, I give something away. So I am mindful of the quality of items I buy knowing that eventually I will be giving it away. It also inspires me to take good care of what I have, knowing that someone else will use it too.
02/11/2011 11:57:21 AM CST
linzi Murray-Hendry says ...
This was a few months ago but i causually mentioned when shopping with my children that I wanted tea..." go find the tea for me ". . Just to keep them busy in the store . .I have 3 boys and 1 Girl . .Murray is 15, Lewis is 8, Finlay is 5 and my fairy princess Lyla who is 3. . . So they find the tea and my eldest asks me what kind of tea fair trade is? He thinks its a blend!. ....anyway I explain to them all and now when we go shopping they look for every brand that is fair trade. . And get disappointed when something doesn't have that label. . They like that they are helping people and all we are ding is shopping. . . I hope they do the same with their children.
02/11/2011 12:46:07 PM CST
Anita Brower says ...
I don't exclusively purchase Alaffia products. In the past nine years I have become aware of how toxic laden our world has become. From my perspective, I attempt to make the best purchases possible. In that regard I help the world as one(unity) and when I have an opportunity to share what I have learned. Looking into Fair Trade and sustainable and humane practices of farmers here and abroad do have in influence in many of my purchases as I slowly make the transition a healthy lifestyle. I briefly read the Togalese communities article. It's nice to read such articles and the effect it has on indivduals as well as the whole community.
02/11/2011 12:50:25 PM CST
Josette Sloley says ...
I love the idea of making a purchase that provides goodness to both me and the community. There are so many people struggling to make ends meet and this is such a great and unique way to make a lot of people happy. I love the product and like the fact that I am not the only benafactor. Thank you Whole Foods for bringing the community together with shared common goal. Josette Sloley
02/11/2011 2:06:34 PM CST
Lynn says ...
While I am trying to simplify, to not partake nearly as much in this rampant culture of consumption, the truth is one still needs things--and I still want things of quality and which make my world/life easier and richer. I want to continue to raise my awareness of the long and short term impacts of my purchases--not only environmentally--their carbon-footprint, but socially as well. The Everyday Shea Story helps inspire more informed consumer decisions.
02/11/2011 1:20:26 PM CST
Jody says ...
I am glad more and more companies are working to help communities in need. We are part of a global race and every bit will help.
02/11/2011 2:31:05 PM CST
NARDA MARTIN says ...
WOW I AM IN AWE BY THE STORIES OF EACH WOMAN & WHAT THE MONEY EARNED IS PROVIDING FOR THEM AS WELL AS THIER FAMILIES EVEN MORE TO I ANY ECO FREINDLY PRODUCTS OR PRODUCTIONS THAT HELP THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA IS A PLUS FOR MAMA EARTH HER SELF ! AS I HAVE SEEN FIRST HAND WHAT NON FREINDLY ECOLOGIGALLY UNSAFE MATERIALS DO IN THE CARRIBEAN & THRU OUT OTHER PLACE WITH OUT A RECYCLING PLANTS OR CENTERS SET IN PLACE CAN LEAD TO , WHAT I SEIS NEEDED IN TOGO AS WELL AS AFRICA & MANY OTHER PLACES IN THE WORLD IS THE POWER & KNOWLEDGE TO RECYCLE !! AS A VEGAN FOR 31 YEARS EVERTHING I TRY TO PURCHASE MUST BE ECO FREINDLY , FOR THE EARTH IS THE INHERITANCE OF OUR CHILDREN & NEXT GENERATIONS AND I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE PLANET IN A BETTER CONDITION / STATE THAN IT IS AT PRESENT !@ WHAT IS NEEDED MORE RECYCLING PLANTS & MORE PERSONS WORLDWIDE TO CARE & LOVE MAMA EARTH MORE !LOVED THIS STORY ~ N'N MARTIN P.S LOVE ALAFFIA SHEA BUTTER MY FAVORITE !
02/11/2011 3:22:40 PM CST
patty b says ...
I have been trying to choose products that give to a good cause. I have slowly been switching from brands that I use out of habit and experimenting with new brands that do some positive good. I love supporting real people rather than large companies. And I especially love knowing that my purchase is improving the lives of people less fortunate than me. I recently discovered Alaffia conditioner and am in love! It smells amazing and actually makes my hair look great! It is awesome!
02/11/2011 5:49:42 PM CST
Laura Schofield says ...
I actively search out fair trade products. I avoid plastics and look to reuse items I already have rather than purchase new. I buy organics to take away from Monsanto's profits and influence as well as preserve my own health.
02/11/2011 5:52:26 PM CST
Ben Roberts says ...
What I purchase, for better or worse, determines who I am in America. When I buy sustainably I'm depicting a public opinion in support of such practices and help to further its popularity and support. I also slip the occasional comment to a friend or family member regarding why my well purposed purchase was fantastic.
02/11/2011 8:12:24 PM CST
katrin says ...
I purchase only organic & locally grown produce from the farmers markets. Helping our planet and our farmers! I also don't use any plastic bags! I bring my own cloth bags everywhere!
02/11/2011 7:52:34 PM CST

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