Fashionably sporty and ready to join some friends for a picnic. Thrilled you have a new shirt that shows your sense of style and good taste. What else does it say about you?
This particular stone-washed shirt shows a surfer at sunset. You like the ocean. You like to surf. You’re romantic. You wear it proudly. The brand is prominently displayed. PATAGONIA!
You chose this brand intentionally because you commend their values. You like what they stand for. You want to support businesses doing well AND doing good. You loved their newsworthy and revolutionary campaign, “Don’t Buy This Jacket.” Their owner, Yvon Chouinard, wrote a book called “Let My People Go Surfing” and trusted his employees to manage their own schedules. You admire his commitment to being a good boss. He started 1% for the Planet where Patagonia, and other companies, pledge to give 1% of their total income to help NGO’s working toward environmental and conservation solutions. You are proud to wear Patagonia because you TRUST the brand, their business ethics and their values. Wearing this brand makes you a good citizen for all the world to admire.
Patagonia is one example of an honorable and sustainable business. They clearly care about people, planet and profits. Their company’s mission statement is “Build the best product, do no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” Read more about their philosophy on Becoming A Responsible Company.
Another company is H&M who are leading the pack in fair living wages for garment workers. They also care about animal welfare by a public commitment stating “We care about animal welfare and endangered species. We’ve banned the use of real fur in our products for years, and don’t test any of our own brand cosmetics on animals.” For a full list of their corporate social responsibility commitments, check out these Conscious Actions.
TOMS is one of the first to launch a buy one, give one model. One for you and one for a child in need. Blake Mycoskie wrote an inspirational book, “Start Something That Matters,” that outlined his transformation into retail as a social entrepreneur. He wanted to do something to help children worldwide after he saw the poor conditions in which they lived. He thought, I could open a non-profit and get donations. Then, he thought some more and found a way to help 3rd world economies, their children in need and create a viable business model. “I’ve learned that the keys to poverty alleviation are education and jobs. And we now have the resources to put investment behind this,” says Blake Mycoskie. (Source: TOMS Sets Out To Sell A Lifestyle, Not Just Shoes in Fast Company)
Vote with your Dollar$
~ Every time you purchase from Patagonia, you are helping our planet.
~ Every time you shop at H&M, you are ensuring fair wages for people employed worldwide.
~ Every pair of shoes you buy at TOMS will also supply a pair of shoes to a child in need.
What other companies do you support that are “doing good and doing well?”
Consider, not buying at all
Or only buy what you need. Not making a purchase is also a statement about your values and how you choose to live your life. If you do decide to buy something new, why not buy clothing you are proud to wear AND support a company you trust?REGISTER FOR NEWSLETTER Read More »
PART 1: Green Cities, States and Countries
We have such busy lives, we’ve forgotten how refreshing nature can be and how some fresh air can replenish our souls. The hustle and bustle of crowded walkways and roadways can clutter our minds. The stress of deadlines hinders our self-preservation and obstructs our healthy habits. We tend to drive instead of walk or bike. We skip lunch or worse, vacations, because the office cannot do without us. We don’t exercise because of the time commitment away from our many responsibilities. Sometimes, it’s a choice between convenience or exasperation. Other times, our location doesn’t offer amenable resources or inspiration. We are blinded by a concrete jungle and lose sight of what’s important.
We need a safe and healthy environment at home, at work, and in leisure. The importance of integrating nature, conservation and recreation into our cities cannot be emphasized enough. After all, the cities are our hub. The integration of career, recreation and nature leads to more productivity at work and generally more satisfaction in life, not less. It’s a relief that many future-forward cities agree!
Cities around the world have been making the move toward more sustainable living and working spaces, both indoors and outdoors. States are striving to be the greenest. Some countries are leading the way with innovative policies and legislation. The trends show more focus on energy efficiency, increasing green spaces, offering more activity opportunities, zero carbon goals and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, LEED certified buildings, eco rooftops, public transportation overhauls, waste reduction programs, water purification and conservation, and tree planting projects. Below highlights a few of these trends with corresponding locations.
San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; Phoenix, Arizona; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; New York, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Birmingham, England; Wellington, England; Oslo, Norway; Singapore; Brisbane, Australia; Perth, Australia; Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; Seoul, Korea
"We need nature in our lives more than ever today, and as more of us are living in cities it must be urban nature. Biophilic Cities are cities that contain abundant nature; they are cities that care about, seek to protect, restore and grow this nature, and that strive to foster deep connections and daily contact with the natural world. Nature is not something optional, but absolutely essential to living a happy, healthy and meaningful life."
For more information on Biophilic Cities, click here.Read More »
"If you want to change the world, there’s nothing to it."
I believe Chipotle has a strong company culture around sustainability. After watching the video, please share your thoughts about Chipotle AND their company culture. What do YOU think?
“Food With Integrity is our commitment to finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers.” -Chipotle
Progress over time
- 2000-Started serving naturally raised pork
- 2002-Started serving naturally raised chickens
- 2004-Started using zero trans fat oil
- 2007-Started serving naturally raised beef and removed rBGH in cheese and sour cream
For more milestones, click here.Read More »
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Being green-minded is not just for tree-huggers anymore
Consumers worldwide embrace green practices as part of everyday life. Savvy business owners reap benefits from Earth-conscious practices. A study by Cone Communications reveals 71 percent of Americans consider the environment when they shop. If you’ve considered breaking into the eco-business industry, now is the time. New businesses looking to gain exposure turn to niche conventions to maximize visibility. Regardless of your home-base, select trade shows throughout the country offer great networking opportunities. Oregon, Washington and Colorado lead the nation in sustainable efforts. Residents of these cities seek ways to improve their sustainable efforts. Innovative products and services that support the cause are in high demand. Integrate any of the following events into your marketing strategy and gain a loyal following of ideal customers.
Sustainable Living Fair
Nestled in the Rockies, this college town lives up to Colorado’s top-rated green community culture. Fort Collins welcomes eco-focused entrepreneurs with open arms. The Sustainable Living Association hosts an annual to support natural and sustainable concepts. Through outreach and education, the event hopes to inspire eco-friendly practices within the community. Connect with prospective customers and gain industry insight. Regarded by environmental advocates, the event draws thousands of eco-minded attendees.
Event tip: This fair is all about hands-on interaction. Make the most of your exhibition by hosting a workshop. Not a great speaker? Presentation skills are a must for business owners. Perfect your technique with a few visits to Toastmasters and become the voice of your brand.
AASHE Annual Conference and Expo
Rated among the top 10 most sustainable cities in the nation, Portland is the hub of sustainable innovation. The city expands its goal to become the most sustainable place in the world into all aspects of business and life. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) hosts its annual expo in October. The focus is on greening the education industry by promoting on-campus sustainability. Businesses big and small take part in the opportunity to present their products to this niche segment.
Event tip: This event hosts thousands of exhibitors. Make your display stand out from the rest. Popup stands that are light weight and portable present a professional appearance. Always use high quality banners to display your logo and message with. No last-minute Walgreens runs for these events.
South Sound Sustainability Expo
Targeting local market segments can reap national results. Companies big and small target niche markets as part of strategic marketing efforts. Rather than appealing to the masses, businesses maximize program effectiveness by growing in segments. Tacoma residents further their sustainability knowledge at The South Sound Sustainability Expo. Sponsored by City of Tacoma and the University of Washington, this local event has strong community ties. The expo welcomes new small businesses as well as growing national companies like Zipcar.
Event tip: Make your business memorable with promotional products that support your brand. Small take-aways like pens and key chains keep your business at the top of peoples’ minds. For best results, make sure your promo item stays true to sustainable practices.
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