Small Business Saturday

This will be the last “shopping” post I’m going to make this year.  And the only reason to post this one is because of who sponsored this relatively new trend.

Small Business Saturday was first observed in Roslindale Village, Massachusetts on November 27, 2010 in response to the “big box” events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  The event encourages shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.  The first event was sponsored by American Express, in partnership with the non-profit National Trust for Historic Preservation, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino , and, of course, Roslindale Village Main Street. Since the first one more than 95 million people are now coming out to shop, spending more than $14 billion, as noted on the American Express Small Business page.

According to Small Business Saturday on Wiki, the UK saw the success of Small Business Saturday and decided to pick it up and run with it. So great that small businesses all over the world are prospering because of this day. I will be out there supporting my local community, I hope you will consider doing the same.

Sustainable Shopping- “GoodGuide”

It is that time, we’re coming into the #1 shopping season of the year here in United States.  So, what happens if you want to purchase products that were truly healthy, sustainable and oriented for the common good, then how about heading to “GoodGuide” (goodguide.com). Dara O’Rourke started “GoodGuide” in 2009 after pondering the chemical make-up of children’s sunscreen (which turned out to be not so good).  His app and web-based platforms use over 1500 scientific sources to rate the health and environmental impacts of everything from shoes to shampoo, to crackers and cleaning supplies.  You can read more about O’Rourke and what changes he’s seen in the past decade since starting “GoodGuide”.  http://www.zipcar.com/ziptopia/future-metropolis/goodguide.

 

Searching GoodGuide.com is a snap.  They do a great job of explaining their rating system and even highlight some of the most commonly “chemically laden” items for you to search. If you are not looking for a rating but instead a similar item you can also find suitable alternatives for items on the site. I searched the hand sanitizer, deodorant and soap I use, and they all camel up with mixed results. Puts an entirely new face on “Black Friday” and big box shopping doesn’t it? And if you are interested in using the guide more, here is a link to their actual website: http://www.goodguide.com/

Let us know what you think, or if you are already using this guide tell us what you like!!