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Let’s STOP and be thankful. Not SHOP and be thankful.

The holiday season is upon us. Candlelight, warm cardigans and silent nights are around the corner. But first, time to give thanks.

I am so thankful for everyone who decided to check a tag, made a change, or brought a shopping bag to the store this year. I am thankful for all of you who commented, shared and engaged in conversations about sustainable fashion, shopping local, eating right, being mindful and air pollution.

Honestly, thank you – for you I give thanks.

THANKS

Now that we are heading into the WORSE weeks of the year, when it comes to America’s overconsumption and unnecessary spending, I want to remind everyone of some truths about this season starting in two days, on Black Friday.

  1. The shopping frenzy you may be about to participate in, was created by clever advertising professionals and companies with ONE goal: selling you as many things as possible (mostly ones you don’t even need). By doing so, making you believe that material things make you and people you shop for, happy. Are you that gullible?
  2. Every single item that you buy has a story. Materials were grown or made, someone assembled it (at below-minimum wage), dirty energy went into it. Once you are done with it and it ends up in landfill you are causing further pollution of the world.
  3. You are making yourself POORER by buying things you don’t need. Is that what you really want? That sounds stupid.
  4. There are fun and loving ways of sharing holiday spirit without gifts. Spending time together and not at the mall is a good start. Games, conversation, homemade food and drinks may be added as needed.

Still feel the need to spend your hard-earned cash?

Well, there’s a way to do it better! Saturday is Shop Small Saturday, a day to remember your small community shops, farmers’ markets and locally owned businesses. So stay in on Black Friday, enjoy your day with friends, family or Netflix, and go explore on Saturday instead. It will be less stressful, you may find something locally made and meaningful to bring home or end up having interesting conversations with friendly store owners. You definitely won’t find that, elbowing your way to a new flat screen, at Wal-Mart.

Rise above shopping. Happy Thanksgiving!

Money is everything – it isn’t how you play the game

Friday fun at our house: Watching a marathon of awesome documentaries (Fed-up, Park Avenue, Pump) which lead me to think a lot about money this weekend.

Money is the single, most powerful tool in this world, and in this country. Money rules the Senate. Money rules the House of Representatives. Money rules the President (I bet he made a nice bonus last week announcing that he will allow drilling in the arctic). Whoever invests the most money gets their bills passed.

It so happens that some of the nastiest people in this country have billions of dollars. Like the Koch Brothers. They are in oil. And yes, they fight environmental regulations and, yes, they push their own agendas thru cover organizations, bills and by buying politicians (mostly Republicans!). They know that money means power and that lots of money means lots of power. So they use it for their own benefit, like pushing for bills that gives tax breaks to themselves and the investment bankers, because that’s the kind of stuff oil tycoons looove (“I love it bro’ ”. “OMG, me too”).

What consumers seem to forget is that collectively, we have power too. We have more power in our wallets than we can ever obtain by voting.

In order to make things better and shift the power, we have to play the same game they’re playing, where money is everything. Together we have the power to bring large corporations out of business (bye, bye Wal-Mart), and the power to help ethical, green, local businesses grow. That’s pretty cool, when you think about it! Right?

What you buy is your political stance and ultimately your “vote”. Don’t just sit back and say you can’t change things, because that is not true. Here are some examples.

  1. When you buy American made goods – your vote says that you don’t approve of sending work overseas.
  2. When you buy all natural bath, body and cleaning products – you’re telling the manufacturers that it’s unacceptable to add parabens, petrochemicals and other toxins to these products.
  3. When you buy organic produce – you help support organic farms and clearly stat that you won’t accept chemical pesticides and GMOs in the food that your family eats.
  4. When you buy local – you vote for strengthening your own community.
  5. When you say no to Coca-cola and Pepsi – you tell the marketplace that you don’t accept highly processed sugars being added to your drinks.

The list goes on (and on, and on).

If we already know that the political game is corrupted by wealth, isn’t it time we all started playing? We may not like the game, but we can still be the winning players.

Start using your power this week! Put that processed food back on the shelf and leave that made in China sweater on the rack.

Be the change.