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{Weekend Wonders}

{Weekend Wonders} – A little something to read while drinking your coffee Saturday morning in the hopes that it will give you something to think about, talk about or the inspiration to do something!}

Okay folks it’s time to put our money where our mouth is.  I know how hard it is to make good decisions for the world at large while trying to balance a check book; but even a small change is a change.  Go here to learn about a project to inform consumers about their favorite products and companies.

Each business is ranked according to 5 key issues – human rights, the environment, animal protection, community involvement and social justice.  It is a growing project and will be offering detailed look at their ranks on certain products every month.

I would encourage, not a full turnaround (like binge diets they only work so long), but a slow and steady change.  Choose 3 categories/products most important to you or are on your purchasing list in the immediate future – this could be body care/clothing/coffee or car/ice cream/paper products and start at the bottom of the list.  Make a pact with yourself not purchase from companies with the worst, “F”, rating to begin with.  Since many of the “F” ratings are big, known brands – think Kraft, Budweiser and Nestle – take a couple months looking for the brands higher on the list, researching alternatives (can you make your own or buy local?), and finding out just how much more wiser purchasing decisions will cost.  Once this happens cross another letter of your list – take the “D” ranked items out of your rotation. And continue, personally I’d allow myself to purchase from any company with a B ranking or better – ideally if we start supporting the more sustainable companies and they stick to their moral guns a large population could affect prices, making the items more affordable (I know this isn’t a perfect economic assumption, but go with me I’m an idealist).

I would choose to focus on 1) Body Care, 2) Hair Care and 3) Cleaning*

*I’m fully intending on going over to vinegar and baking soda within the next couple months, but for the items it doesn’t cover.

What three products would you choose to focus on?

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  1. What a great website! I’ve trying my darndest to move more of our purchased products to things that are less toxic, locally produced (what I can find), or smaller companies.. but these other categories are certainly worthy of consideration too – especially for things that we can’t get locally. I always check http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ for toxicity of personal care products too.

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  2. Great post, thanks for sharing! We already try to buy mostly ethically produced/sustainably grown/organic etc. for food, but I want to look more closely at household items, baby items (toys!) and personal hygiene products.

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  3. Yeah, I’m really excited to delve more deeply into this stuff. I’m disappointed that our library system doesn’t have the book, but the website looks really helpful. Even though I’m already overhauling our diet in favor of local/real/whatnot, I’d probably find it most helpful to work on canned foods and rice/grains (since those are still stuff I always buy at the grocery store), and also disposable paper products.

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