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?
- 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?
- 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.’Read More »
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Hollan McBride, M.A.
Social Media Marketing, Content and Engagement Strategist
Hollan has more than 15 years of experience in sustainable business strategy, leadership development, organizational learning, talent management, sales, marketing and social media networking. Hollan built her career in hospitality with extensive experience in luxury resorts and highly acclaimed hotels, spas, retailers, restaurants, and wineries.
She aspires to lead as an agent of social change especially in the areas of sustainability, social and environmental justice, and corporate social responsibility.
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These questions address society’s view of women and girls.
They are a compilation of 12 social justice issues from around the globe.
They affect each and every one of us. Especially women and girls: OUR mothers; daughters; sisters; cousins; girlfriends; fiancees; wives; aunts; school mates; colleagues; acquaintances and friends.
1. Why are child abusers tormented in jail but rapists are not?
2. Why was there a law against raping married women on the books in several states in America but the same law didn’t protect unmarried women?
3. Why are women and children still being kidnapped (or sold by their own families) and placed into the sex trade and sex trafficking?
4. Why is it the fault of the woman being raped for wearing something provocative (or merely attractive) and the perpetrators are not blamed?Read More »