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A lifestyle blog for the conscious consumer


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Friday Finds

Check you what I’ve been checkin’ out this week…

Friday Finds 2.27.15

1. A reminder to always always always be kind to one another. 

2. “Marvel Comics made a movie about a talking tree and raccoon awesome, but you haven’t made a movie with Wonder Woman.” This little girl has a very good point.

3. Possibly the coolest toothbrush ever.

4. Check out which four celebrities wore eco-fashion to the Oscars.


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Tea Time

I’m switching things up today. You might remember back in September I had Karrie from Karrie Oasis write a guest post for my blog and I wrote one for her. Well we’re at it again!

Every Tuesday Karrie writes a Tea Time Talk post where she reviews all sorts of teas. If you’re a tea lover, you have to check them out. I wanted to get in on the fun and thought she’d write a great tea post for my blog. Karrie discovered a really cool brand called Numi and here is her complete review. You can also head over to her blog to see my post about a photographer who’s made it her mission to spread awareness and inspiration through art.

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I was so excited when Annie asked me to do another guest blog post, and even more excited when she wanted me to write about tea! She asked me if I knew of any conscious-type tea brands. To be honest I hadn’t really thought too much about it before she asked, and I was surprised I hadn’t. When I was in Target one day, I decided to check out the tea isle to see what they offered. I was not expecting much, but to my great, and wonderful, surprise, I did find something–Numi. It is exactly what I was looking for–a brand that was conscious about their packaging, their tea, as well as the people that are apart of every step of the process.Numi 1

Numi’s vision is found on their front page: Numi inspires well-being of mind, body and spirit through the simple art of tea. Our company is rooted in the principle of creating a healthful product that nurtures people and honors the planet. In all of our company initiatives, we strive to foster a healthy, thriving global community while bringing you the purest, best-tasting organic tea.

Packaging:

The packaging of Numi’s tea is eco-friendly. They use recyclable cardboard, which is printed with soy-based inks, and natural biodegradable filter tea bags. Most items can be recycled or composted. They have even won a bunch of eco awards because of these actions.

Tea and People:

Their tea is organic, and what that means is that they don’t use chemicals. They use 100% real ingredients, and no artificial flavors. From the very beginning, in the gardens that these teas are grown in, they are nurtured and are made with love. Since there are no harmful chemicals, it means that not only is it good for the consumer and the environment, but it is also good for the workers. Numi values the people who work for them. They do this by having Fair Trade Certified and Fair Labor Practices. All the teas have different certifications and stamps on their boxes because many come from different gardens around the world, including in India, China, and Egypt. Every worker in each garden community can vote democratically on how they use their Fair Trade funds, usually for things like education, health programs and sanitation. Even if a garden may not be certified, Numi makes sure they get Fair Labor by direct sourcing, which ensures quality of the products and the fair treatment of the workers. Numi even allows their own employees to have 4 paid hours a month to volunteer-how awesome is that?Numi 2

One cool initiative that Numi is also a part of is called H2OPE. This is a charity in which they are trying to help people who are in need of safe and clean drinking water. They explain how important water is to people all over the world especially in 3rd world countries and what they go through to obtain water, which is usually not safe to drink. I think this is such a great idea, especially for this brand. Because what does it take to make a cup of tea? That’s right…water. You can donate money on their website, and you can even host tea parties to raise money as well. If you want to learn more, watch this video.

Now, on to the teas. I bought the Rooibos tea and the Chocolate Pu-erh tea. Both are delicious. The Rooibos comes from South Africa and is a type of herb that calms and has a vanilla-y type flavor, but, of course, no artificial flavors here-it’s all natural. Rooibos is also caffeine free which is great when you want a nice cup of tea before bedtime. The Chocolate Pu-erh is really good as well. Very velvety and yummy. It has a combination of pu-erh tea, organic cocoa, vanilla beans, orange peel, nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s a great combination of flavors. And hey, skip that bowl of ice cream and drink a cup of this for dessert instead-you won’t have any regrets!Numi 3

I love that you can find this brand at Target. It is easily accessible to most, which is really great. Although they don’t sell all their products here, including they’re flowering teas (they look so cool), and loose leaf teas, they do have a generous selection and I definitely want to try more. Can’t find them at your Target? Use their store locator to see if they sell it somewhere in your area. You can also order other products from their website, and the prices are truly reasonable.

I am so glad Annie asked me to do this post. I will now be more conscious about learning where my tea comes from and it truly is exciting to see what companies like Numi are doing to help the people and the planet we call home!


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Monday Motivation

Because Mondays are hard and sometimes we need a little inspiration…

Graham MooreFor those of you who missed the Oscars or (like me) fell asleep too early or even if you saw it, here is a wonderful reminder. Last night during his acceptance speech for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game”, Graham Moore takes a moment to talk about suicide awareness. He admitted to attempting suicide when he was 16 and gives an encouraging message to those who feel like they don’t belong. You can watch the entire speech here. So today and everyday remember to be unapologetically you and encourage others to do the same.


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Friday Finds

Check out what I’ve been checkin’ out this week…

Friday Finds 2.20.15

1. Problem: my dog doesn’t like to cuddle. Solution: Cuddle Clones. Cuddle Clones is a company that creates a stuffed animal version of your pet. Bonus: portions of each purchase go to pet related causes. Because I have a little corgi with an aversion for cuddling, I would like to get a full size replica of this dog and cuddle with it forever.

2. Ever hear people say, “when I was your age I walked 5 miles to school, uphill, both ways!”. Well, they have nothing on this man who walked 21 miles every day for work. Luckily, his inspirational story has made the news and donations to help him have been pouring in.

3. The World Food Programme is working to put a name and story to the 805 million people around the world who are fighting hunger. Read their inspiring stories here. Share. Discuss. Donate.

4. The Kid President guide to being more awesome. Corndog anyone?


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There’s A Party Going On Right Here

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I love any excuse to eat a cupcake…

For the Greater Goods is officially one year old! Wow. Honestly, where has the time gone? I can’t believe a year ago today I posted for the first time on For the Greater Goods. Although I created the blog in January, it wasn’t until February 19th that I worked up the courage to publish my first post and I am so glad I took that first step.

I’ve come a long way and learned an incredible amount about blogging and myself since then. I could go on and on about all the lessons I’ve learned, but I’ll spare everyone a novel length post. But one thing I do want to say is, thank you. And I don’t mean to get too sappy here, but words can’t describe how much your support means to me. I’ve taken on a mission to spread awareness and YOU are the reason I keep writing. And for that I thank you!


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Deadly Fashion

How would you feel if you spent the last 14 years sewing the same seam on the same sweater while making barely enough money to live? This may sound extreme, but it’s a reality to some garment workers in Cambodia.

I recently stumbled upon a Norwegian mini-series called Sweatshop- Deadly Fashion that follows three young fashion lovers on a trip to Cambodia where they see how their clothes are really made. At first I was going to include it in today’s Friday Finds, but I decided it deserved its own post (and Friday Finds will return to normal next week). The mini-series is five episodes long and each one is between 10-15 minutes. It only takes about an hour to watch all of them and it’ll give you a nice break from you’re Netflix binge. Sometimes its nice to get a reality check after 5 straight episodes of House of Cards. Amiright?

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I found the participants transformation from the first to last episode astounding. I don’t want to give away too much, but in the beginning the three participants were very naïve about sweatshop conditions. Like most of us, they hadn’t taking the time to think about where our clothes come from. I think a lot of us avoid thinking about this. We don’t want to believe or think about these things because they make us uncomfortable and force us to justify our actions. So we push the thoughts away and try to make ourselves believe a happier story.

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And I don’t think this makes anyone a bad person. It’s hard to know what you can do to help because we are so far removed from the problem. The great thing about this mini-series is that is breaks down the distances (geographical, cultural, emotional, etc.) that often lead to inaction. It gives a face to the problem. It shows us that these workers have higher hopes. That they didn’t grow up dreaming of sewing clothes. That they are unhappy.

It is also noted in a post production interview with the participants that the conditions in the factory that they filmed at were significantly better than most. This was a family owned factory and the only one that would allow them to film in. You can only imagine what the others must be like. I highly recommend reading the entire interview. It gives more behind the scenes insight and continues to show the evolution of the participants relationship with fashion and what they are doing/have done in order to improve sweatshop conditions.

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The main purpose of this mini-series isn’t to make you feel bad about buying clothes. The workers from the factory actually encourage you to continue to buy their clothes because if people stop buying, then their job is at risk. The main purpose of this series is to shine light on a serious problem and put pressure on big apparel companies to change their policies.

I encourage you to watch the entire series, read the interview, reflect, and remember to appreciate all that you have.