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Mindy McAuley says ...
I eat very low on the food chain, and go for items with minimal packaging, organic where possible. Fair trade is also really important to me in making selections.
02/10/2011 3:39:03 PM CST
Jenn says ...
I look at the products and choose what is the most eco-friendly, local, fair trade product available and choose that product over the others. I think that every little decision we make helps, so if my purchases help sustain us locally or somewhere in the world that is the better choice.
02/10/2011 3:41:01 PM CST
Carrie Scott says ...
I love these products. They work great and make a difference in so many lives. That's why I love to shop at Whole Foods! I can be confident the products I buy are helping so many and not hurting others or the planet. Thank you, Whole Foods! :)
02/10/2011 3:45:56 PM CST
michelle austin says ...
i purchased a number of Feed 100 bags and gave them out as christmas gifts
02/10/2011 4:01:46 PM CST
Zee says ...
I have recently been buying only products that benefit somebody. It does get expensive though but it's worth it!
02/10/2011 4:08:51 PM CST
Christy J says ...
Unless you've been brought up in a home that lives those beliefs or have been blessed enough to be exposed to it another way, we in America tend to be stuck in a consumer rut perpetuated by the news media, advertising, etc. to a shameful point. My journey to learn a better way of life began when I was pregnant and wondered about the best way to go about supporting true health and wellness. My children all have food allergies, and we love Whole Foods for all the options we find for them there. I continue to support the ideals of personal responsibility, awareness of how to live sustainable and generous lives to not keep the health and wellness to ourselves but spread it, recycling, and reducing waste as well as eating whole, nutritious foods. I will be speaking to some parents at my son's school about how to use diet to influence learning and behavior. I love supporting local producers and retailers who practice the ideals we share. Personally, I think it's a true shame that the majority of people are uninformed about the importance of pure, high quality products (and foods)that invigorate our bodies and spirits without heavy costs to the world as a whole. Frankly, every company should do things that way. This is a beautiful story of how we can all benefit from doing what we know best and being open to learning how to make that work for the good of all while eliminating or minimizing negative impact. I would love to share the basket and the story of its products with a women's shelter for abused women who need a lift to their spirits and bodies!
02/10/2011 4:13:23 PM CST
Traci says ...
I will not purchase any other body wash than the Everyday Shea. My family has a lot of skin issues and we have never once had a problem since we started to use Everyday Shea. I love the product because it is an excellent product, but I also love knowing my purchase helps others in a place not as fortunate as where I live. I believe my dollar is a vote in how I want to world to be. I vote everyday to keep toxins out of the earth, give small companies with integrity my business, and live in a world with compassion. I believe if everyone thought hard about what they spend their money on, we could make a real difference.
02/10/2011 4:19:41 PM CST
Mary Jones says ...
Great positive energy behind this amazing product. Would love to win.
02/10/2011 4:22:44 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
Anna Bryan says ...
I make a conscious effort to only purchase beauty products in recyclable packaging. I recently discovered the Alaffia line at Whole Foods. The shea butter baby balm is the only product I have ever found that heals my toddler's chapped cheeks overnight. It is an excellent, high-quality and affordable line. I will tell my friends.
02/10/2011 5:50:28 PM CST
Adrian r says ...
I try to purchase products that give back to the land they originated in. Everyone wins this way.
02/10/2011 5:53:51 PM CST
Emily Grossi says ...
As often as possible, I buy products directly from their makers (farmer's markets, sites like Etsy, etc) and research new products before purchase to see how they are created: is the land used to grow crops treated with respect and care, or doused in pesticides? Are the growers paid a fair wage? Are they and their products valued or treated as nameless commodities? Products like Alaffia benefit the community making them, make the world a healthier place, and enable consumers to keep away from toxins. I have shifted as much as possible to consuming/financing only products that are making this world a better place, especially for the people who inhabit it!
02/10/2011 5:56:40 PM CST
Victoria Worley says ...
I teach my daughter about purchases that help mother earth. I believe teaching kids as young as possible will help change the world for the better. It is then only hope our planet has. Glad that this purchase helps to continue that way of thinking by teaching in Togo.
02/10/2011 6:01:22 PM CST
Sara Haaf says ...
How awe-inspiring! Very awesome!
02/10/2011 6:01:46 PM CST
Shannon says ...
I carry a little bottle of Alaffia with me in my purse, everywhere I go, and refill from the big container whenever I'm running low. People ask about my lotion, and I am delighted to explain Alaffia to them!
02/10/2011 6:10:18 PM CST
Mary says ...
Knowing that buying these products is helping people in need is motivation enough to want to buy them. It is an added bonus that they are also wonderful, high quality products!
02/10/2011 6:14:37 PM CST
Gabriela Ortiz says ...
I realize that I cannot travel abroad to help those in need or to buy my necessities but I can still help developing communities. I enjoy purchasing anything from someone I know vs picking something of the shelf from a company that I don't know that created products from a machine. If i know who made the product and how they made it, it makes it mire personnal to me. Additionally, if make even the smallest purchases of products that I would normally buy and help a family in another part of the world, I think it is great.
02/10/2011 6:20:18 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
Andrea Carano says ...
I would love to try out these products and start buying them to support this great cause!
02/10/2011 7:07:52 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
Michelle says ...
Thank you for bringing this my attention. On my next visit to Whole Foods, I will look for and buy Alaffia body care products. After reading this article, I know I can make a difference. Thanks for the enlightenment.
02/10/2011 7:20:38 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

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