Changing the World One Purchase at a Time {Guest Post}

I'm excited to share this guest post with you, written by Michael Fields of Mountains & Fields.  I've definitely learned more about eco-friendly companies that are new to me.  I hope this article sheds more light on companies that are working hard to be socially and environmentally conscious.

Do you ever wish you could combine your efforts for doing good with that of hundreds of others? As amazing as it sounds, you can do exactly this. Many businesses that offer products you use also give back to their communities and the world. Let’s take a look at a few of these companies and how you can join with them to do good and help preserve the environment and create a better life for others.
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The founders of Blu Democracy consider themselves accidental environmentalists. As young entrepreneurs, they were shocked by the environmentally abusive practices that pervaded the fashion industry. Fortunately, while looking for the best way to create high-quality clothing, they discovered that sturdy, high-quality fibers such as bamboo and modal actually require less water and are far more sustainable than common cotton fibers. By switching to natural alternatives rather than using cotton, the company has reduced their water usage by about 95 percent.
To take conservation a step further, Blu Democracy partnered with Generosity Water to bring clean water solutions to humans in need. Every purchase you make with Blu Democracy helps someone else gain access to safe, clean drinking water.
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Founded by the offspring of an Italian shoemaker and a couple of eco-conscious entrepreneurs, WeWOOD proudly fashions remarkable wooden timepieces using recycled and scrap wood. After humble beginnings in Florence, Italy, the company established a branch in L.A. and partnered with American Forests. For every timepiece WeWOOD sells, a tree is planted!
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Four friends had a vision of making attractive, high-quality eyewear affordable for everyone. When Warby Parker was born, the company did exactly that by working directly with online customers to fill eyewear prescriptions. The company didn’t stop there, however. In order to bring the gift of sight to those without access to corrective lenses, Warby Parker partnered with various non-profit organizations to give eyeglasses to those in need. Today, for every pair of glasses they sell, Warby Parker gives a pair to someone in need.
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Every fashionable woman buys jewelry occasionally, and 31 Bits provides a way for women to help other women. Currently, 31 Bits purchases jewelry from over 100 women in Uganda who create their offerings from recycled paper and other local materials.

The founders of Smile Squared came up with their idea to give to others during a humanitarian trip to Central America. Here, they came face-to-face with the importance of dental health and hygiene for children worldwide. Today, each purchase of an eco-friendly toothbrush from Smile Squared also provides a toothbrush to a child in need.
One person can make a difference in this world. You can make even more of a difference by supporting others also working for positive change for our environment, children, and communities that need our help. 

Be sure to check out these companies and see what they have to offer.  Thank you, Michael, for submitting this wonderful post.

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  1. Amazing companies. Those wood watches are so cool.

  2. Don't you just love the feeling of tidying things up and putting things away. I so need to clean out my office/den/studio/craft space whatever I'm calling it this week. Maybe I'll do it tonight.

    Thanks for the push in the right direction!


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