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Nicole D says ...
When I make purchases, I try to limit my purchases to products developed close to where I live to lessen the impact on the environment, however when that is not possible, I try to stick to items that have been produced in sustainable or socially-conscious ways. We have only one world to live in, the people and resources in it should be protected.
02/12/2011 12:29:37 PM CST
Holly B says ...
I am becoming more and more conscious of what I purchase, in terms of how it impacts the environment, and how it impacts people. I am excited to hear what Alaffia is doing and will look for their products in the future.
02/12/2011 1:22:01 PM CST
Darcy B. says ...
I use my dollars to "vote" on the products with the least packaging. It's better for the earth and it means that I don't have to take the trash out as much :-)
02/12/2011 1:58:27 PM CST
Carrie says ...
I love the feeling of buying products that are not tested on animals, that use recycled materials to cut down on pollution, and products from other countries whose workers are treated fairly. Using those friendly products I buy is a daily reminder of how fortunate I am to be able to support the efforts of those companies who have fair trade, recycling, and environmental protection in mind.
02/12/2011 4:10:25 PM CST
Victoria Murphy says ...
As a single mother I struggled to provide for my son, I con't imagine the challenge it must be for the women in Togo. Buying products which help women to be self sustaining put a smile in my heart.
02/12/2011 5:33:45 PM CST
devona wiedenmeyer says ...
I have been using natural products since the 70's.I began when my next door neighbor got me started on organic foods.She said one day it will change the world for the better, of course at that time there were only a handful of stores around and they were little with a few products to choose. I wish that she was alive today to see the progress that has been made.I lost my friend a few years later at a young age. I wish she was alive today to see she was right. It did change the world.
02/12/2011 6:01:41 PM CST
Lauren says ...
My preference is to buy fair-trade and support local businesses and farms when I can.
02/12/2011 6:48:27 PM CST
Lucy says ...
I support businesses who are committed to helping others. If I win this gift basket, it will be used as part of a fundraising effort aimed at assisting orphan care groups.
02/12/2011 6:57:22 PM CST
JoLynn-dreaminitvegan says ...
How wonderful to see these people and the community. We use Everyday Shea body wash in our family. I feel even better about using it after reading this.
02/12/2011 6:57:29 PM CST
Paul F. says ...
Sometimes I feel really jaded about making a difference in our political system. One place I still feel like I can make a difference is where I spend my money. If everyone puts their money where their ideals are we can make a difference.
02/12/2011 7:34:15 PM CST
C says ...
I only purchase plant-based foods, in order to reduce my ecological footprint and help reduce human hunger. We use to much of our resources to produce meat and if we re-directed that toward feeding other people, no one on this planet would need to go hungry.
02/12/2011 7:50:45 PM CST
Alicia Berg says ...
I try to look for products that have some kind of incentive like contributing part of their profit to some organization.
02/12/2011 7:55:37 PM CST
Sheryl Snow says ...
I fell in love with Shea butter a few years ago while making my own soap. I have since watched the women and children of Africa process the Shea butter by watching videos on YouTube. I plan to share the products with my children, grandchildren and adoptived nieces and their children. I appreciate the work and spirit that go into a community venture.
02/13/2011 2:16:48 AM CST
Yasmin Butt says ...
On a personal level, even though I'm on a seriously tight budget at the moment, I always read product packaging when I'm shopping. If it's not cruelty free tartware, it's not going in the basket. Nothing by L'oreal has ever entered my home in 21 years! I also recycle everything I can and use freecycle to keep those pesky landfills empty. I try and avoid stores that knowningly exploit sweatshops but haven't made a concerted effort to change. I've not shopped in a Primark in years despite digging the clothes. Fairtrade bananas, hot chocolate, chocolate and coffee keep the home running too ; ) xx
02/13/2011 4:03:32 AM CST
Erin Roy says ...
I try to buy chemical free fair trade and local products whenever possible. I also look for products that donate a portion of their revenue to worthy causes. I feel investing in Women, is investng in the future. Women, through motherhood shape the next generation; its morals, values, and beliefs. Supporting mothers ensures a brighter, healthier, safer future.
02/13/2011 7:21:23 AM CST
Nicholette says ...
I think about my purchases a lot more. Is this good for my body? Is this good for the enviornment? Is it local? Is it fair trade? I purchase items as true to nature as possible. I also love sharing what I have learned about health and the enviornment with other people. How can you go wrong shopping at Whole Foods?
02/13/2011 8:35:15 AM CST
Freda says ...
We are all sisters and brothers so that I think that its very important to purchase products that are fair trade. I make an extra effort to locate the symbol on coffee, hair and body products that are from abroad.
02/13/2011 10:34:59 AM CST
Amanda says ...
With so many problems in the world it can feel overwhelming trying to think of ways to help. We forget that simply buying from responsible companies who give back, pay fair wages, and support social justice can make a huge difference. Where we spend our money is a powerful yet easy way to speak out!
02/13/2011 10:45:58 AM CST
Lisa Gruen says ...
By purchasing products from eco-friendly businesses, I believe that I am supporting people who understand the global importance of values and respect. Hopefully by supporting ethically responsible companies, I am enabling them to grow and flourish. I want these businesses to prosper because their methods directly impact the earth in a positive way. When my friends see the beautiful no-waste lunches that I pack for my children, or the beautiful organic soaps in my bathroom, they ask where they can get the same beautiful products. This is where the chain reaction occurs and the impact becomes greater and greater! If "strangers" compliment my re-usable bags, I give them one. I figure that's one less plastic bag that will be used! :)
02/13/2011 10:52:08 AM CST
Jeslyn Hamming says ...
I believing in living by example so I try to live a simplistic life. Knowing each choice I make about my purchases has long term consequences, I try to make choice which will have the best positive to negative ratio. Reading stories like the one above serves as inspiration to continue and reminded that my choices do make a difference. Also when I am complimented on an item (such as my basket) it opens the door to have a conversation with someone new!
02/13/2011 10:58:15 AM CST
Sunny Childs says ...
It is a testiment to Whole Foods mission that they bring us products like this!
02/13/2011 11:03:43 AM CST
Haley M. says ...
I buy from local farmers and shop seasonally. I also try to remember to bring my own bags when I shop.
02/13/2011 11:23:19 AM CST
Yanee Sopitarchasak says ...
As possible, I buy the products from farmer markets which all the profit go toward farmers. I try to buy organic and healthy products to support healthy lifestyle.
02/13/2011 11:48:37 AM CST
Ali says ...
I purchase fair-trade crafts and food products, by locally grown and organic produce, and utilize only natural home and body products made from recyclable materials.
02/13/2011 11:51:37 AM CST
Shari says ...
We try and buy local and organic whenever possible to help our community. We joined a csa a year ago to support a local farm and the veggies are fantastic! We feel good about joining and know we are eating healthier
02/13/2011 12:02:15 PM CST

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