Shop, purge, repeat. My relationship with fashion was toxic. Every other week I’d buy a dress, a sweater, a new necklace. Twenty bucks here and there added up to hundreds of dollars per month, and as a grad student I was always wondering how to pay off my credit card and get out of debt.
Unilever is one of the largest publicly traded benefit corporations in existence.
They own quite a few brands such as Lipton, Seventh Generation, Knorr, Ben and Jerry’s, Hellmans, and Talenti Gelato.
They give the planet and people the same consideration as profit.
You can regularly find coupons for their products HERE:
Did you know that you have a way to save money and support one of the largest Benefit Corporations in existence? The name of the company is called Unilever and they are responsible for some really great things such as giving the planet and people the same consideration as profit.
They also regularly publish coupons for their products such as Lipton, Seventh Generation, Knorr, and Hellmann’s.
Now, if you happen to have a Kroger supermarket around, you are even in a luckier position. Kroger happens to be certified Fair Trade. They also carry their own brand of organic and cruelty free items called Simple Truth.
They also regularly issue coupons for their Simple Truth products as well as hold regular sales of Unilever products.
This means is you can match the coupons up with the sales, you are in for some major savings on groceries and you are able to support some sustainable companies.
Happy Shopping and don’t forget your reusable shopping bags!
PS- If you happen to get to Kroger in the early morning hours, you will also be able to find markdown items on their organic perishable items. This means $3.50 for a gallon of organic milk…
This is a picture of a little boy in Dhaka that worked in a sweatshop for 10 hours a day to earn US $1
So, when you buy that cheap article of clothing, know that the reason it is so cheap, is because the person that made it was basically paid chicken scratch. They also probably worked in precarious conditions to make that shirt hanging on the rack in front of you.
As a conscious consumer you know your dollar vote counts for quite a bit. Don’t buy a company’s product, and they cannot make any money. Plain and simple. So instead, you choose to support ethical companies. Such as THIS ONE. You support companies that give people and the planet the same consideration as profit in their business model.
What if I told you that as an Ethical Consumer, you have alternatives to “Fast Fashion.
Besides purchasing from the companies that are considered ethical, what if I told you there is a way to save money on your clothing budget, plus end up with original pieces that nobody else possesses? What if I told you, that you could be a trend setter instead of a follower?
Also known as “Creative Reuse.” Ok, that is actually two words. But, by mastering this craft, you can help with cutting down textile waste, keep money out of the pockets of fast fashion companies, and just spread the love in general.
A Strapless Summer Top. Who in their right mind would not want to strut around in this upcycled dandy on a warm summer night? The stretchy T-Shirt material keeps things in check…..if ya know what I mean 😉
Or, what about this cute little number for a child that will be made out of recycled t-shirts with different patterns and colors? How cute is this?!?!?
These items can be made with minimal effort and sewing skills. However, if you are sewing machine challenged such as myself, you can watch YouTube tutorials that involve no sewing such as THIS ONE or THIS ONE. Then end up creating a masterpiece. You can match your new additions with vintage jewelry pieces and VIOLA! You will have everyone asking you how you ended up with what you did, and then you get to watch their faces when you inform them that, “I made it.” ‘
I will also have you know that upcycling is a form for being creative. Which in actuality is a form of art and being creative is actually clinically proven to lower stress and raise self-esteem. I don’t know about you, but I can use as much low stress and high self esteem as I can get!
In addition to upcycling trends, there are also growing movements involving swapping clothing via online platforms as well as movements to repair your clothing vs just throwing it away because it ripped.
These alternatives are an effort to become conscious and mindful of our resources that are available to us. They offer viable solutions to the problems we are facing in terms of what Fast Fashion is creating. I don’t know about you, but I find alignment in this and you should too. Now if you will excuse me….I am off to the thrift shop to find my next project 🙂
Until Next Time,
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In this day and age, when we are moving at a break neck speed, it is very easy to become caught up in all the white noise. I am not even going to list all of the things we encounter every day as grown-ups, spouses, parents, siblings, and children. Our lives are interwoven with complex anomalies waiting to be solved and just usually succeed in overwhelming the senses, and leaving us listless by sundown.
This in turn leads to a vicious cycle of commitments, appointments, after school awesomeness, and lots of cool stuff that make it convenient to run around like we don’t have a lick of sense. Whatever the reason is for chronic busyness, I know most days it causes me to be reduced to becoming a brain dead zombie by nightfall that secretly wishes for take out to magically appear on her counter.
I know I am not alone.
Seriously, all statistical evidence aside, how many times just in this week have you or someone else made a comment pertaining to the whip lash they are receiving from life in general? Fess up.
Because of the ancient law of cause and effect, now that we are a fast paced society, we have also fallen into the habit of becoming a fast paced consumer.
All in the name of convenience to suit the need to keep up with whatever it is we are trying to keep up with. Everyone is guilty of subscribing to this at some point in their lives. Not because we woke up one morning and decided to be this way. No. Things just kind of progressed and here we are.
Creating more waste so we can have convenience to keep up with our busyness and progress.
Case in point:
According to the Center of Sustainability and Commerce, The average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste per day. This is 1.6 pounds more than most produced back in 1960. We are producing more trash than our parents did. Companies are also observing that we are too busy even for small tasks these days.
Such as peeling oranges and slicing avocados.
So, they are helping us, and therefore there has been an uptick in packaging to assist us with being busy. This is producing more waste.
Consumers also pay more for convenience. You do know that 15% of a product’s price is due to packaging? Right?
In addition, according to the World Bank Group, global trash is on track to TRIPLE by the year 2100.
Besides what one would think of as the usual “trash,” it does not cross someone’s mind of all of the other things we throw away that end up in a landfill.
According to the EPA, 13.1 million tons of textiles are thrown away and The Council For Textile Recycling says that only about 15% of clothing is donated each year. The average American throws almost 65lbs of clothing away each year!
According to the Clean Air Council, cell phone disposal is a major waste problem and that in 2007, only 10% of the 140.3 million cell phones decommissioned that year were recycled.
What I am getting at is this:
I am well aware they may be steps we all can take in order to slow our lives down. I also know for some, there are not a lot of options available to do just that. So in addition to trying to slow our lives down just for the sake of sanity, maybe it is time to be more mindful of how we are consuming our resources, and figure out ways to be better stewards to what we have at our disposal?
I know it’s easy to be overwhelmed where your day to day tasks get lost in translation. But, I am a firm believer that perhaps if we take a second to really be aware of our surroundings, and really think about what we are doing, not only will we benefit from it, everything we come in contact with, will as well. Not to mention it will be easier on the pocketbook.
Be Mindful Of Your Purchases – Before you purchase it, ask yourself if you really need it. Or, do you just WANT it….
Buy in Bulk– Not only will you save money, you will save on packaging (trash) costs in general.
Stop Buying Water Bottles – Did you know that currently, 38 million plastic water bottles make it to the dump each year? Instead, try purchasing a bottle you can wash and reuse each day.
Recycling – No, I don’t mean having recycling bins that divide up plastic and glass (even though those are good and you need to do that.) What I am talking about is just recycling things in general. Those old whipped cream containers can make very whimsical cereal bowls. You know those gelato containers that have screw on tops? They make perfect food storage containers my friend. I also use those things to pour glaze in before letting my Jr. High kids paint their ceramics. I have it on good authority that used (washed) TV dinner trays make superb painting trays for young children and husbands alike.
Upcycling – MY FAVORITE!!!!!!! How many times do we make an object into something else and use it for NOT its intended purpose? The sky is the limit for this. Go for it. God speed. Go get on Pinterest. Type in Upcycled Projects. You are welcome.
Use Reusable Shopping Bags– You can search ways to make these things out of old T-Shirts by the way. These are my favorite types of reusable bags because they are soft and stretchy. Here is a great tutorial for one.
Shop Thrift Stores – Once again, easier on the pocketbook. If you manage to get good at the upcycle thing, you will end up with gorgeous, one of a kind pieces.
Hopefully this gives you some ideas as to how to cut down on waste.
Until next time,
Bare Philanthropy LLC
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PS- If you are looking for a more in depth information as to why you should be more mindful of the waste you produce, by all means, feel free to check out Morgan Spurlocks documentary series called: Inside Man. One of his episodes is titled: United States of Trash, and its available on Netflix. It is a pretty interesting little piece.
Do you ever wonder what a company means when they say their product is “Sustainably Sourced?” Have you read any articles lately that are talking about things such as “Benefit Corporations,” or “Fair Trade,” and it has peaked your curiosity? I myself have been witnessing quite a few terms being used these days to describe a business model. Such as Social Purpose, Benefit Corporation, Corporate Responsibility, Ethical Capitalism, Mission Driven, etc.….and I am sure there are many more. The bottom line for all of these names are the same:
Harnessing the power of business to do good in this world.
This concept is not a new one by any means. One can attest to this by what Charles Dickens wrote about in his story, “A Christmas Carol,” in 1843. Everyone is familiar with the plot of this story and it ends with the main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, deciding to use his financial position to promote good will in his community, instead of spreading negativity, so to speak.
I think that perhaps since you are reading this, you too are in a position to try and make a difference in others lives. Maybe you are wanting to be more mindful of your purchases? Maybe you are a new business that is looking to incorporate a positive aspect into your business model? Maybe you are an already established business? Maybe, you were just visiting by three ghosts last night and they told you to look me up, maybe not. If they did, I don’t want to know. Either way, I want you to know that this is a very murky area right now.What I am getting ready to tell you all falls under the term “Social Enterprise.” Well, at least right now it does. As of Feb 2016, the time frame that I am writing this, the following is what I am witnessing.
Don’t be. Think of all of this as a really cool Van Gough painting where all of the colors stand out, but yet complement each other and are connected in some way. Close up, it looks like a mess. But when you stand back and look at the whole thing, it takes your breath away.
Do I think any of these stated ideals will fix everything? No. I can see how some of these methods need to be modified and some may even fail.
I also know that there are many critics in the background voicing their opinions pertaining to social enterprise.
But, you know what? I liken all of these concepts with a rage against the dying of the light in this crazy world that we are residing in. This is a step in the right direction and God Bless the ones that have honest intentions with any of this, and are really trying to make a difference. That concept right there ladies and gentleman, makes me feel a bit better, and it should do the same for you too. If that makes me a naïve little Pollyanna, then so be it.
You can show your support for these companies as well if you would like, by visiting my ethical business promotional page HERE. They have some really great things going on I think you may need to go check out 😉
Until Next Time,
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