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Capitalism. Consumerism. Consumption.

Capitalism. Consumerism. Consumption.

Americans … It’s in our nature to buy, buy, buy. Even after 9/11, as we mourned, our president asked us to go make purchases to save the economy. Capitalism is the basis of our system. We are bombarded with commercials and bill boards to increase our list of wants. Brand-placements have been subtly put in the movies to reach our subconscious. Every magazine offers a plethora of ‘things’ we must buy! If we could only have ____, we would be rich, thin or happy. It saddens me that we have built our self-esteem on what we have rather than the authentic relationships we nurture. This may be the environment we grew up in but it doesn’t have to be our reality.

What guides your purchasing decisions?

Green products

  • What is the best product?
  • What is the best price?
  • What is trendy?
  • What do the Jones’ have?
  • Is there free delivery?
  • What colors are available?

Now is the time to THINK DEEPER as a consumer and as a human being!

Have you thought about?

Green energy

  • What materials were necessary to build your coffee maker?
  • Who assembles your child’s Aurora doll?
  • How much water was needed to make your carpet?
  • How much electricity was used in producing your car?
  • How much waste was produced while making your wide-screen television?

All the questions listed above relate to the Supply Chain. These are valid and essential questions.

CALL TO ACTION #1

Consider every dollar you spend a vote!  When you vote for products made with values of sustainability, you will be a driving force in inspiring companies to do the ‘right thing.’

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Poverty Alleviation

Poverty Alleviation

We cordially invite you to join our Kiva Lending Team to fund micro-loans that help struggling Third-World entrepreneurs have a better chance for success. This is a small gesture that can make a grand difference in others’ lives. Inspired by the Bottom of the Pyramid theories of C.K. Prahalad, we want to be an example for others and create a legacy of compassion and contribution.

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The Republic of Tea

The Republic of Tea
This is a great example of a company who is doing well and doing good!  Please support The Republic of Tea mission to help Room to Read build a library in South Africa for well deserving kids. They will donate $1 per tin purchased!

Excerpt taken from Room to Read web site.

“The Republic of Tea, the innovative company that sparked a revolution of specialty and premium teas, chose Room to Read as its nonprofit partner for their new tea line for children called Little Citizens’ Herb Teas. The Fair Trade Certified teas, which are naturally caffeine-free and organic-Rooibos based, offers three flavors: Strawberry Vanilla Tea, Tangerine Tea and Apple Cherry Tea. For every tin of Little Citizens’ Herb Teas sold, The Republic of Tea will contribute $1 to Room to Read in its goal to establish 100 libraries, including a minimum of two bi-lingual libraries for underprivileged children in South Africa. Look out for the teas and complementary accessory line in specialty and natural markets nationwide.”

 

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SOLdining

SOLdining

To join the SOL movement, all you must do is seek out and support restaurants that offer seasonal, organic and local food sources.

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