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susan says ...
Alaffia products are amazing for the social/economic change they provide, as well as the product themselves. The Moisturizing Body Lotion was one of the few products that I felt comfortable using while I was pregnant due to the purity of the product. I am always conscious of how my role as a consumer effects others here and around the world, as well as the environmental impact that it has. We are all responsible for being aware of how our daily decisions effects the lives of others.
02/14/2011 8:35:48 PM CST
Kristina Kemp says ...
My purchases help to change the world because as a vegan, I believe in the sanctity of all life and believe that harmony cannot be a product of violence, greed, or conflict, and that everyone should do their part to care for eachother as a community no matter what race, religion, or ethnicity and be respectful of one another and our planet. Because of this, I purchase most of my clothing and materials made from recycled material, I buy only green eco friendly products for the home and office, eat only a strict vegan diet, and contribute to charities like Coexist Foundation, and the International Foundation for Education and Self Help (IFESF).
02/15/2011 12:20:57 AM 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
Kathy O'Brien says ...
Helping those in need brings a lot of happiness into my life... If all of us team together imagine the world records we could break by lending a hand, or donating! Feel from the heart and not the head in helping out, and you will be surprised how well you feel after...
02/15/2011 7:32:57 AM CST
Dianne Bruce says ...
Just reading the comments from the women in the Togolese communities really made me think how blessed I truly am. I also felt shame for not doing my share to help others. I feel that when we are blessed beyond measure we should share our blessings with others. I am thankful that Whole Foods Market takes such a great part in the love and compassion of humanity, and I will be more aware of the help I may be able to offer. Thank you.
02/15/2011 8:48:57 AM CST
Natalia says ...
I've been using the Every Day Shea line for some time now. I love this product and how it supports the comminity in helping those in need. It's a pleasure to read/meet the women who make this product.
02/15/2011 9:50:22 AM CST
deborah says ...
wonderful work! The arts are what communicate universally to produce human connections in the most positive light! JFK said to never forget that the arts are not propaganda but the highest form of human endeavor.
02/15/2011 10:37:55 AM CST
Keith says ...
What a great story, and testimonies of transformed lives. Affecting positive change via purchases from such suppliers is the one of the main reasons I shop at Whole Foods. I have joined a great community of folks at Whole Foods, and am glad that company policy promotes unity and betterment of community at the local level. Blessings to all ...
02/15/2011 11:15:54 AM CST
Sharon says ...
When I shop, I pay close attention to the origin of the product. I conciously shop with geographical origin in mind, as well as how many ingredients are in the prepared foods that I buy. One college summer I interned for a young woman in NYC who imported items produced by women-only cooperatives in developing nations. The experience changed the way I shopped from that point on. It gave me a wider viewpoint of the global business arena, and how to support people that were not afforded the simple luxuries of life that I take for granted on a daily basis.
02/15/2011 11:25:07 AM CST
maryann says ...
I always strive to purchase only locally grown, fair trade and organic health and beauty products as much as I can. In doing so I feel as if I can do what I can to help support the communities that are producing these products.
02/15/2011 11:29:11 AM CST
Lesline Colden says ...
Sometimes in just everyday life when watching the news or reading the paper you feel so helpless. You want to help the world but you just don't know exactly what to do. Now after reading this article & knowing that my simple purchase is helping someone across the world to better healthcare, is helping them have a job that can sufficiently support themselves & their families, etc. feels so good! It feels as good as the Alaffia Shea Butter!
02/15/2011 12:31:59 PM CST
sharon daniels says ...
I try to buy locally grown products.
02/15/2011 12:51:22 PM CST
Emi says ...
Our desire to fill our homes with and bodies with cheap goods creates poverty around the world. When we simplify our lives and decide to spend a little more even if it means buying a little less (in quantity) by buying fairly traded and environmentally responsible goods, we ate taking steps to create a world everyone, everywhere, will want to live in.
02/15/2011 1:46:32 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
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
Stephanie Collins says ...
my husband and i purchase products whenever possible that are made by people in uganda. our hearts, finances, projects, sponsorships are very much for this war ridden country and it's people who have been under the effects of joseph kony for years (particularly children kidnapped into the LRA and need help recovering or making it home). so anything we see or can do that goes to help change their lives is for us!
02/15/2011 2:58:28 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
Alyssa Devries says ...
I just bought my first FEED bag yesterday!! The FEED 2 Kenya bag. I am a working singe mother going to school, and do not have the most money. But! I have enough, therefore I found it important to use my money wisely and help feed children in this world. Purchases like this make me excited about the future!
02/15/2011 4:09:50 PM CST
Pat Wade says ...
If I can only do a single thing to help change the world, it is to be aware of the needs of people in poverty and to share my understanding of those needs. By puchasing products which provide support and encouragement to sustain these people, I contribute to ongoing well being.
02/15/2011 4:47:20 PM CST
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
Samantha Salerno says ...
I am pleased to say that my family and I shop at whole because we know that 5% of the money I spend goes to local and non local charities therefore helping to change the world!
02/15/2011 9:27:44 PM CST
Cecilee says ...
The first time I discovered the body wash was in my mom's shower! I "borrowed" it, and have been hooked ever since!
02/15/2011 9:59:27 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
Susan V. says ...
Every time I spend my money I try to think who and what I am supporting and tend to match my spending to my ethics. It can be a bit daunting and exhausting but at the end of the day I sleep well remembering that I'm doing my part in making the world a better and more just place.
02/16/2011 7:12:21 AM CST
Kelly says ...
I love these products and I love Whole Foods!
02/16/2011 9:24:55 AM CST

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