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Responsible Consumption

Anne Lappe Blazon LaurelsResponsible consumption begins with awareness. Then a deliberate decision can be made based on knowledge and values. Public opinion and our purchases have already made some leeway!

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Tribute Circle | COMPANY | Honest Co

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Last month, I received a lovely gift in my monthly shipment of safe and healthy personal care and home cleaning supplies from The Honest Company. I received a small tree to plant. What could be more perfect than a tree? This is my thank you note for your thoughtful and generous gift.

Sincere Thanks

Dear Honest Company,
 
Thank you for my holiday gift! I’d like to extend my thanks not just for the tree but for creating products that I trust for my family and my home. The legacy that you are building is a gift to the world. The service you are providing is exemplary. The products are not only safe and healthy but also high quality and effective. 
 
I am grateful that you care for our children and our earth as much as I do. You are packaging responsibly. You’re optimizing your energy usage at your offices and buildings. You have pursued and earned your B Corp certification. You follow PETA guidelines for cruelty free and vegan product development. You purchase Renewable Energy Certificates. You even “give back” by donating to Baby2Baby. I have 1000 thank you’s for your business ethics and practices!
 
My biggest wish for you is success and prosperity. I hope you make so much money that other businesses will follow in your footsteps.  You are a prime example of “Business with Integrity” that any company in any industry could learn from and emulate.
 
Sincerely yours,
Hollan McBride
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Tribute Circle | RELIEF | Tzu Chi

My first exposure to the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation wasn’t random but was a pleasant, heartwarming and serendipitous surprise. My involvement in social and environmental justice education basically planted me in this tranquil San Diego downtown cafe and bookstore called EcoVerse: Jing Si Books & Cafe. Upon entering, I felt a calming effect. Perhaps, it was the warm smiles? The beautiful artwork? The zen decor? The smell of freshly brewed tea? The soft music? Whatever the reason, I felt at home.

Tzu Chi Environmental AdvocateMy original intention was to use their knowledgable staff and inspirational learning space for an upcoming “Zero-Waste Living-Party” to promote the sustainable lifestyle in our community. Then, in the future, I had hoped to plan other educational events there. I had no idea what else this experience had in store for me.

Pure. Authentic. Inspiration.

What inspired me

"Tzu Chi’s core values in disaster relief included a deep respect for the environment and an emphasis on personal connections."

— www.us.tzuchi.org
I learned that the blue and white clad volunteers of Tzu Chi were first responders in many worldwide disasters. What seemed incredible to me was their sustainable methods used in disaster relief. They pitched tents, ate sustainably and left no trash behind. They entered quietly and left just as quietly. I am still surprised that there is no fanfare, no publicity … just immediate service to those in need.  I was touched by a story of how each handout is given with both hands, accompanied by a smile, with a bow or hug ensuring the dignity and respect for each recipient. The blankets given are made from recycled bottles. The rice only needs water (doesn’t matter whether it’s hot or cold). The mattresses are portable. Mostly, I was, and still am, impressed at how this organization is able to offer impactful assistance with incredible compassion.

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Tribute Circle | NGO | Kids for Peace

184073_2081499110130_1024626111_32303418_4775514_n_2Kids for Peace

           Inspired by children.
              Designed for children.
               Developed by children.
Benefits the world.

 

This global non-profit organization (501c3) embodies KIDS leadership, opinions and direction. The KIDS, toddlers to teens, lead the way toward peace. This is what makes KIDS FOR PEACE different than any other NGO. The motto – “KINDNESS MATTERS” is indisputable and is strengthened by participation in the Annual Great Kindness Challenge. The byline – “Uplifting our world through LOVE and ACTION” is encouraging and hopeful. The guiding principles – “The Peace Pledge” was created in 2006 by the kid members of the first chapter after they were asked these fundamental questions:

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“What does peace mean to you?”
“What do you want our world to look like?”
“What can you do to create the world you wish to see?”
“What do you want to pledge yourself to?”

 

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Tribute Circle | COMPANY | Levi’s

LEVI’S <Made of Progress>

Imagine the possibilities for business. Rather than take, companies give. Rather than follow, companies lead. Innovative businesses lead the way to a sustainable future just by changing their thinking about manufacturing and production processes. Levi’s did and look at them continuing to build their legacy with jeans made of garbage and clothing made with virtually no water. This is an example of a company staying competitive and cornering their market using corporate social responsibility values. Let’s support them, as conscious consumers, in their admirable and risk-taking <Made of Progress> venture.

Levi’s Brand + will.i.am = EKOCYCLE

 

"Waste is only waste if we waste it."

— will.i.am

Waste < Less. These jeans are made of garbage.

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