Sunday, October 25, 2009

Capitalism Doing Good?

Even though I'm usually kind of annoyed by the recent fashion craze of "green" and "peace," (for by buying those things you're really defying the true meaning of the movements) there is some actual power of those purchases that seem to be unavoidable. Here are some of my favorites right now of doing good with our Western materialistic habits.

1. Converse (RED) Line where 10% of the net price goes to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Everyone loves the classic Chucks, and they're all the more rad by supporting world health issues.
2. Peace Coffee is a great company that promotes fair trade coffee. Coffee is one of the most easy things to buy fair trade. I visited a tea farm in Uganda this summer where the workers practically live in enslavement to the owners of the plantations - their own children often becoming stuck in the cycle as well.

3. Sigg's "Drop of Hope" water bottle that is in connection to the Jane Goodall Institute's work for providing clean drinking water to children in Africa. $5 from every purchase go towards the JGI.

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