This journey has been so great as we've explored new ways, big and small, to make a positive impact on the world! And now it's time to wrap up our challenge - which doesn't mean we stop improving. I hope you'll go back over previous topics to find more inspiration and ideas. And, I hope this last post is useful for exploring a handful of other topics as you go forward! Explore the links below and come up with your own action steps to create change.
A few years ago, I realized that while I had made progress on paying more attention to what companies I supported with my spending, I had completely ignored who I supported with my investing. My retirement funds were being managed by someone I'd never met, whose choices may not align with my values. So, being a leader of my local Holistic Moms Network group, I booked Brian Bengry to speak to us about ethical investing. He's a financial planner and investment manager at Conscious Capital Management, and his website has some great info! My husband and I have been working with him for a few years, and love knowing our values are being better reflected in how our money is used - and seeing that investing in responsible companies pays off as well as (and often better than) ignoring how companies treat the earth and its people.
CCM's website has a nice primer on SRI investing (Sustainable, Responsible, Impact) and ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance). Check it out to also get a free report on how your investments stack up!
Personal and Home Care
I'm excited to see non-toxic personal and home care products getting the attention they deserve. We can protect our health and the health of the planet by being careful about what we use - and I asked a couple of friends for their help on what resources would be beneficial to you!
My friend Tara, a Norwex consultant and leader, recommends a site I also have made heavy use of: ewg.org. Check out their guides for consumer products to learn all about what chemicals to avoid in your cleaning products, and what to try instead. Furthermore, the Norwex blog is a great resource! Norwex has plenty of products to help you green up your cleaning routine.
For personal care, as well as personal health products, Arbonne is a very clean brand that follows higher standards than are required in the US, where standards are notoriously lax. My friend Erin loves sharing safer choices available from Arbonne - check it out! Her site lists ingredients to avoid and why. She said influential resources for her were two books: Estrogeneration by Anthony Jay and Clean by Alejandro Junger.
Jillian, who I met through Tara at a vendor event, is passionate about safer skin and beauty care. This is at the heart of her business with Beauty Counter, a fellow B Corp. Her recommended resource is https://cosmeticsinfo.org/.
I've also enjoyed another resource from EWG, the Skin Deep Database, which rates products based on environmental and personal safety.
Thank you for journeying with me on our quest to be a bit kinder to the planet and its people through our daily habits. I hope you felt empowered to make some lasting changes along the way - and that these guides can be a great resource to revisit time and time again. Let's celebrate our steps, big and small, and cheer each other along the way.
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