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Gifts That Give Back to Others


Gifts That Give Back to Others

by Amy Lignor


When it comes to the holidays and the long, long list of places to shop, things to buy, etc., it’s nice to know that there are companies out there not only providing quality goods for the holidays, but also using your money – the buyer’s money – to help worthy causes. It’s a great time of year to support those out there who need the
brothervellies.comsupport. Not only that, but also supporting companies striving to use only eco-friendly products when it comes to their goods and/or services. Although some prices may be higher than the consumer wants to spend, it beats throwing your hard-earned money away on those HDTV’s or cell phones. With these gifts you will be receiving the added gift of knowing that you helped out the right people and/or did your part in preserving the planet.

From diverting resources from landfills to women’s empowerment to sustainability, here are unique gifts to give to the people you love and support brands that have literally signed up to change the world.

We begin with the country of Africa, which has garnered many news headlines as of late. It is the Ambassador Amina Mohamed who spoke about how Africa is attempting to unleash its full potential in the coming years. For those who are unaware, Africa is not only the cradle of mankind, it also plays home to the youngest population in the world. The people in charge wish to enhance their economic growth by promoting democratic ideals in the years to come, and put their trust and support behind these young minds so they can literally grow up and change the world.

Made in the very first African workshop that makes high heels for women, comes the Brother Vellies Bianca Boot for Christmas. This is something that all women will drool over and beg to have as part of their wardrobes. (brothervellies.com)

Also from Africa comes the Indego Africa Mini Liyo Bag. Handcrafted and stunning, the profits made from this wristlet handbag are used to fund educational training programs for the women of Africa who handcraft them. (shop.indegoafrica.org)

Peace Treaty Hamba Earrings are incredibly modern and created by a cooperative based in Jaipur that generates sustainable income for Muslim, Jain and Hindu artisans. (apeacetreaty.com)

For the runner in your family, the Veja Esplar leather sneakers are perfect for both male and female. Created from wild Amazonian rubber harvested by local families, the consumer will not only love the sneaker, but also be proud that only sustainable methods were used to gather the materials and absolutely no trees were harmed. (veja-store.com)

Ace & Jig is a great brand that has offered women who love to wear athletic clothing, a new leisure item. Working with a textile mill in India, by purchasing the Ace & Jig pants, you are supporting a fantastic company that provides free childcare for all their weavers/employees. What a great idea to offer employees in this country, don’t you think? (garmentory.com)

Africa, eco-friendly, Peace Treaty Hamba Earrings, Omondi Pullover, Patagonia Recycled Jacket, incredible gifts, earth friendly, Christmas, gift ideas, Ace & JigAlthough there are many recycled jackets on the market, it is the Patagonia Recycled Jacket that has all the cool guys and manly-men yapping. As rugged as Indiana Jones would don, this product is made from 100% recycled down, wool, and polyester. This is definitely a company working to save the planet one jacket at a time. (patagonia.com)

Also working with gathered and repurposed fabrics, but from vintage stores, the Omondi Pullover made by designer Recho Omondi features hand stitched embroidery and will become a wardrobe favorite immediately. (rechoomondi.com)

There are a great many companies working all year round to product the most amazing goods for all of us to savor at Christmas, while also doing their very best to stay eco-friendly, and support their citizens, and you can find them on the Internet under all eco-friendly brands/stores.

One not to be missed out on, however, is a company called Bambeco. Beginning on Earth Day 2009, it was while the two founders were standing on a dramatically receding glacier in the wilds of Alaska—when they saw evidence of how the shift in climate had begun to harm the surroundings—that they decided to act. They began to wonder if they put together one resource for home goods where every product offered impacted the world in a positive way, if consumers would gravitate towards them. They did. Bambeco is now the premier brand for sustainable home goods, offering an assortment of products that are all original in design, reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, renewable, natural or organic.

So this Christmas, as you’re scurrying around to shop for all the ones you love, take some time to check out these incredible gifts that offer both the giver and receiver a great feeling of having done something awesome for this planet…and its people.


Source:  Baret News

‘Green’ is Good for Franchises in 2014

‘Green’ is Good for Franchises in 2014

 ~ Carmen Schwartz

Business is business, and when it comes to looking at 2014 thus far, the business of ‘green’ is growing monumentally. Everything from solar panels to wind turbines to geothermal heating and cooling units are being created, with every industry getting in on the ‘green’.
Energy_ATR_1979592bLowering the carbon footprint is important for many reasons, the largest being the fact that the next generations should be allowed to enjoy a planet that has not gone to the dogs, so to speak. The public has definitely stated how they feel, putting their dollars in eco-friendly companies, increasing profits for many as they open their doors to ‘green’ technology.


The opinion of franchising has also grown in positivity in 2014. Although franchising was once seen as a lark, or a bet against the odds – franchises have become more and more profitable, with some of the smallest franchises turning into the largest and most respectable names out there. And no matter what headline you read, the franchising sector of this planet is taking advantage and doing it well. Organic foods are being grown and sold in high numbers to massive warehouses and suppliers. Even car washes are using eco-friendly materials, and hotel franchises opening up around the country are making sure to provide eco-friendly services.


‘Green’ industry profits come from producing products that have at least a small beneficial impact on the environment, serving public sentiment. Each and every company is trying their best to take into consideration things, like eliminating harmful chemicals in their production, and how to diminish waste while keeping up A+ customer service. What used to be just ‘talk’ about an energy-saving light bulb has now become huge, making the carbon footprint look more like a puppy’s paw because of all the creations they’ve come up with.


In addition, the public has learned. They have become educated on eco-friendly materials and manufacturers, and have even switched their lives completely in order to live organically – food, clothing, furniture – everything in their lives has become ‘green’ in order to help the globe. But what is even more important is the fact that they have also helped the global economy, and if that remains lucrative, every issue from unemployment to healthcare has a chance at being solved.


To put this into perspective, when it comes to the organic food community, the growth has been enormous. It has expanded at an estimated rate of 20% per year, and the market of 2002 has more than doubled because of franchises and companies that understand what it means to be ‘green’ – and how to market those products to the people.


And the companies are winning in more ways than just consumer purchase of their products and services. Using a ‘greener’ way of doing things, the companies themselves see a far greater return on their assets. Installation of things like solar panels and special lighting do cost more up front, as well as installing geothermal heating and cooling units in residences, but in the end the monthly bills are far less, and everyone sees their bank accounts grow substantially because of taking that leap and putting out extra money at the beginning to reap the rewards.


The ‘green’ movement is health and wellness at its absolute best. Renewable energy sources have made the air we breathe cleaner and the water we drink better. Construction is now taking advantage of renewable energy sources in their floor plans, and corporate bigwigs are seeing the light and using ‘greener’ ideas to make their clients happy.


There are so many examples in so many industries that it’s hard to pick only a few to mention, but Tesla Motors is one that has been revolutionary in the automobile industry by taking the curse off the electric car with its Model S. The well-known name, GE, built the very first intelligent turbine by finding a way to utilize the Industrial Internet, making wind turbines a huge source of renewable energy.


In other areas, one of the largest creations, of course, are the LED bulbs. The company of Philips created ‘smart’ LED bulbs that use about one-sixth the amount of electricity a conventional bulb does – saving money for everyone, while hugely reducing carbon emissions.


And the list of organizations attempting to help the world grows bigger every day. The U.S. Marines, with their Expeditionary Energy Office, are working on erasing the need to depend on fossil fuels during their missions. Hybrid creations have come from these intelligent minds that can cut costs in half.


In other words, 2014 has shown – thus far – exactly what the analysts said it would. Businesses small to large are getting in on the movement and making sure everyone’s pockets are lined with ‘green’ by using positive and healthy ideas.