"Every dollar you spend is a vote for the world you want to live in."
I have no idea who to credit with this quote, but its incredibly powerful. Maybe its because I am 25 and making my own decisions about how I want to live and how I want to spend my money, or maybe its an overall awareness happening in the United States... this I don't know, but I want to give my money to companies that are responsible.
First off, I try to buy locally as much as possible. My rule of thumb is, if I could drive to this place... then I'll buy from them over another brand. This isn't just with food, but with other stuff as well. I no longer use typical detergent, instead I use soap nuts (I would love to answer any questions but in my personal opinion, I LOVE THEM. My laundry has never been softer and my skin does not get irritated from harsh perfumes). Another one is my toothpaste comes from Murfreesboro and a lip balm I use is made from beeswax that was harvested in middle Tennessee, etc. Yes, I still buy from companies that do not have a great track record because this change is only beginning. However, I wanted to equip someone with the ability to be an eco-concious shopper with this give-a-way!
Today I am giving a way a copy of Dr. Ellis Jones book The Better World Shopping Guide #2. This pocket sized book grades companies and corporations that provide all sorts of goods and services. Whether its a grocery store or an airline, car company or *gasp* clothing manufacturer, this book has gives it a grade of A+ through F.
In order to enter the give away all you have to do is comment on this post with one way that you can be a more eco-concious consumer by 11:00 PM Central Standard Time February 27, 2010. Please leave your e-mail address, twitter handle, or a link to your blog so that I can get in touch with you. This give a way is open to US residents only.
Get another entry by retweeting about this give a way on twitter. You can follow me on twitter at @alysonisneat.
Good luck everyone! And again, thank you so much for being my reader, and for commenting and encouraging and just believe in me. Even when I hear from my friends that they read my blog, I am just so thankful that they read it. It means so much to me. More give-a-ways to come this week, including one for my fellow size 9 shoe wearers :)!