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Bp says ...
I vote with my dollars, I try to purchase from companies that have good practices--such as Alaffia (I just ordered from them a few days ago), or shop at Whole Foods. I avoid buying products from companies like Proctor and Gamble, who continue to test on animals.
02/13/2011 10:15:54 PM CST
Ann says ...
Every person can make an impact. The power of one, multiplies to the power of many. Making a conscious effort to recycle, ingesting organic whole foods, and understanding the impact of the dollar (buying power), have a domino effect on our bodies, community, and the world.
02/16/2011 4:35:14 PM CST
Tanya says ...
What an inspirational story. This story shows that we can actually make a difference when we make choices with our buying power. Thank you for sharing and thank you for providing us such lovely and 'powerful' products.
02/17/2011 1:48:06 AM CST
Shelley Quezada says ...
Having spent time in both Sierra Leone and Liberia, I know full well how participating in these cooperatives help people be able to work with dignity and support their families. And we are the beneficiaries because any product made with Shea Butter is excellent for your skin. We are fortunate to be able to have access to these products.
02/17/2011 4:27:14 AM CST
Kevin says ...
I purchase items that will allow for a healthier me and in turn, this helps bring more harmony to the world around me.
02/17/2011 5:18:58 AM CST
Deborah Brouse says ...
I try to purchase from independent craftsmen and farmers when possible; second choice--from small businesses.
02/18/2011 9:15:41 AM CST
Tracey C. says ...
Whenever we buy products we consciously look for ones that are produced or grown not only in a way that is good for the environment, but that will also benefit people, while still being produced ethically and with good values. It is great to be able to help communities and "speak" with your your dollars by the purchases you make. It is even better when the products you purchase with these values in mind are actually better than products produced purelly for corporate profits. :)
02/18/2011 12:36:04 PM CST
Martha ODell says ...
I really appreciate having products that not only benefit me but others. It's great what the Togolese Communities can do to improve their lives.
02/17/2011 7:13:55 PM CST
Sara says ...
I try very hard to make my purchases matter. I only purchase organic paraben-free beauty products. I buy locally, eco-friendly, organic, food products. I've become a more conscious and aware shopper that reads labels and ingredients closely because I believe how a product was made and where it was made matters not only to me but to my community.
02/17/2011 5:22:55 PM CST
~Mrs. Vidal says ...
Greetings, and thank you kindly for the opportunity to enter this generous gift basket giveaway. For me, I have been trying to keep abreast of the important consumer-related issues and concerns, and do a lot of online research on companies, brands, products, etc., especially for repeat purchases. All consumers should try their best to do so, in order to make the best possible choices, decisions that would do the most good overall (i.e. spiritual, physical/health/wellness, environmental, humanitarian, poverty/disaster relief, world economy, etc.). I prayerfully do this by reading through current articles, reviews, manufacturer labels, seeking out green/eco-friendly and socially-conscious/socially-responsible companies (particularly cruelty-free/vegan), etc., as well as maintaining and implementing needed changes in our own household, where possible. Examples include: becoming vegans/vegetarians; recycling products; purchasing more locally-grown ingredients and locally-made products, esp. those Made in the U.S.A. (avoiding overseas products as much as possible); purchasing used/recycled items; using reusable shopping bags; digitizing/scanning records and other paperwork; canceling mail subscriptions (and where applicable, reading them online instead); registering with the DMA to cut down on printed junk mail; supporting and recommending good companies (as described previously above); etc.
02/17/2011 5:25:31 PM CST
Terrill says ...
I love companies who give back or who are there for the purpose of enabling and equipping. Any time I can purchase from one..I do. I like to ck out company profiles and see their real heart. I raise alpacas to simply give 100% away....to enable and equip and change. Thanks Alaffia
02/17/2011 7:40:14 PM CST
Bonnie Louie says ...
I purchase vegan, locally, cruelty-free, and organically and sustainably grown whenever I can. I always look for the organically grown label. More and more, I will not purchase a product if it isn't vegan and organically grown - I'd rather go without.
02/17/2011 8:04:18 PM CST
Julie Ostoich says ...
Alaffia products are awesome!!! My purchasing practices create positive change for the world by supporting cooperative & fair trade projects, buying organic & local as much as possible, and using chemical free & reduced packaging/recycled materials when available. Additionally, by being a vegetarian, I am reducing environmental impact: water conservation and pollution from pesticides and animal waste including antibiotics, ocean protection and sea life preservation, greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, deforestation (livestock production is responsible for destruction of 70% of the Amazon)...and more. And remember to bring your own bags every time you shop!!! I do.
02/17/2011 10:17:59 PM CST
liz rosenblatt says ...
"Changing the world" is my goal. And I can start accomplishing it by choices I make. One being purchasing "Everyday Shea". It's amazing..by helping myself and my body, I am helping so many others....
02/18/2011 2:09:00 AM CST
Daniele says ...
I LOVE knowing that when I purchase a product for my family, it contributes to other families and their communities <3
02/18/2011 4:01:29 AM CST
Janet says ...
How I'd use my purchases to change the world? It's simple, really. If I'm healthy and happy, that makes me a better member of society and much more likely to pay it forward. I love random acts of kindness. :-)
02/18/2011 3:27:13 AM CST
Megan J says ...
I usually buy from companies that don't test on animals, that are eco-friendly and when possible, local if it is affordable. I never realized there were companies selling products I use that also make such a big difference for others in need around the world. Considering I have been through hard times financially over the past couple years, the program your company does in Africa really touches my heart and I will check out your products because of it.
02/18/2011 12:53:15 AM CST
Joetta says ...
This knowledge truly brings tears to my eyes, but lets me know that as an individual in the United States taking care of my own basic needs, I can help take care of the needs of others. I am overwhelmed with joy and will continue to use this Alaffia hair conditioner, it's one of the best one's that I've used in a while. I feel good knowing that I can support an entire community and encourage my friends to do the same. Thank you for sharing this story. If there are ways for others to help (i.e. purchasing bicycles), that would be nice to know as well. Thank you.
02/18/2011 1:06:06 AM CST
Laurie says ...
I like to buy products healthy for my body and the world.
02/18/2011 2:34:22 AM CST
Catherine says ...
I try to buy products that are local and organic to reduce my carbon footprint. I also try to buy fair trade in order to support the subsistence of deserving workers.
02/18/2011 10:33:42 AM CST
Cherie says ...
Whenever there is a choice, I choose fair trade, sustainably produced, cruelty free products. I believe that one way we can change things and make the world a better place is to lead by example and to speak through our purchases.
02/18/2011 7:00:20 AM CST
Joan says ...
Very impressed with how Wholefoods has their body and soul into charitable causes and goodwill. Because I shop at Wholefoods often, they make it easier for me to give back to the community and the world. I look for products that help me do this, and this is not hard to accomplish since so many purchases available donate some portions to those in need! Thank you Wholefoods!
02/18/2011 6:02:53 AM CST
michelle says ...
I try to make conscious vs. unconscious purchasing decisions. Is it fair trade? What do I know about the manufacturer? Does the product contain natural ingredients? Is the packaging recyclable? Am I grateful for my purchases? I like to take the time to savor and enjoy them with all my senses! Being a conscious consumer helps me to really appreciate what I have and support the good works of others. :)
02/19/2011 6:53:26 PM CST
Jenny says ...
I started shopping at Whole Foods exclusively a year ago. I like knowing that I am buying real food and contributing to fair trade and real organizations such as this.
02/10/2011 10:41:49 PM CST
Shari Shoemaker says ...
I like Alaffia products. I have ezcema and shea butter is a good product for that. I try to buy fair-trade produced and chemical-free items. I like that the products I purchase are not only helping me; they are helping others. Thank you for carrying health products that help others.
02/19/2011 11:51:41 PM CST

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