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Lots of my friends are vegetarian an even vegan, and I even though I eat meat, I care, like they do about animals being treated humanely. Our family works hard to make smart choices and buy food that is humanely raised. Living in the country surrounded by local small farms makes it easier for me, but you don’t have to live rural to eat humanely. You do, however, need to know how to figure out what IS humanely raised! It’s not as easy as you’d think!
I was glad to see that the ASPCA isn’t just about dogs and cats. They hey also focus on farm animal welfare, working to improve conditions on factory farms and create a more sustainable and healthy food system.
They have all kinds of resources to help you on their website to choose humanely raised foods, like:
ASPCA Shop With Your Heart website, which includes a plethora of resources on how to find more healthy and humane food options.
Label guide that decodes what different labels mean and recommends what to look for.
Downloadable list of food brands that have higher welfare certifications.
Info on where to find higher-welfare products.
A Good Groceries Guide on how to help people, animals, and the planet.
List of farms that are welfare-certified.
Downloadable supermarket request card if your grocery store does not carry higher welfare products.
I want to be sure that the food that I eat is raised in a way that I can support. I’m glad that there are resources that I can use to help us while shopping to make kind choices. Do you know where you food comes from and how it was raised? Have you ever explore your food origins? Let me know in the comments!
I am excited to be partnering with Goodwill to help show ways to make the Holidays brighter, save money, and support my community. Goodwill reimbursed my costs for shopping and craft supplies
Like many teens, I’m on a super strict budget, but I have a list of people that I want to give gifts to for the Holidays. I have a very good friend who lives all the way across the country but we are connected through our love of One Direction- specifically Harry Styles. I wanted to give her something stylish and personal, so I decided to make it, and I headed to Goodwill to get what I needed. I needed a perfect jacket!
I’ve been buying clothing from thrift stores and remaking them into cool clothing for myself for a while, so I knew what to look for. I snagged the PERFECT Denim jacket and headed home to making it awesome with some fabric paints, stencils and my creativity!
I got a great jacket for only $12.00- a fraction of the cost at a store! Using stencils made it so much easier!
I love the way the jacket turned out, and I know that she will, too!
I also love that while I saved money buying what I need for gifts at Goodwill, I’m also supporting their mission to give back to the community. That’s why I love shopping at my local Goodwill store this time of year – because I know I can find a good bargain, and also support a great cause. Did you know that 87 cents on the dollar of every purchase from a Goodwill goes towards local job training opportunities? It’s easy to find your local store- just go to the Goodwill Website. You never know what treasures you will find there, but you can be confident you’ll be helping your local community!
Here are some things to know about Goodwill:
- Goodwill provides job preparation, skills training, education assistance and support services to millions of people each year who are facing challenges to finding employment.
- Every 23 seconds, someone gets a job through the help of Goodwill.
- Goodwill is an entrepreneurial leader, environmental pioneer and social innovator of the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” practice. Through its entrepreneurial business model of collecting and selling donated goods, Goodwill helps communities extend the life of usable items in environmentally sound ways.
- ·Goodwill functions as a social enterprise by creating 25 jobs per brick-and-mortar store, generating essential revenue for mission services, and providing a direct solution for donors and communities to the issue of sustainability regarding unwanted goods.
I know that she’s going to love the jacket and she’s going to love that I made it just for her. I love that I’m able to give her something that is perfect for her- while helping Goodwill help others in my community.
Do YOU have someone special that you want to make something personal for this holiday season? Tell me about it in the comments!