Wednesday, February 20, 2008
In many areas of the world, access to adequate menstrual supplies is difficult to come by. Many women and girls rely on rags, newspaper, camel skin or nothing at all for their menstrual needs. A lack of sanitary pads can be a big barrier to a girl's education.
It may seem difficult to comprehend for many women who have easy access to a varied source of supplies, but we can all appreciate how difficult life would be without them. Imagine trying to go to school or work without protection. For many, it brings life to a halt.
Providing disposable supplies creates an additional burden on some communities where solid waste disposal consists of burning the garbage. Since many disposable feminine hygiene products contain plastic, incineration potentially creates an environmental and health hazard.
Goods 4 Girls was started to seek out donors to sew or purchase new, reusable menstrual pads for donations to areas of Africa where these products are needed most. Providing reusable supplies not only provides a more environmentally friendly alternative for these young women (in areas of adequate water supply for washing), it reduces their dependence on outside aid organizations to continue providing for their monthly needs.
It's easy to donate, even if you don't know how to sew. For more information about why you should donate, read the About Us page.
For more information on what agencies we are working with, please visit the News page.
All text was taken from the Good 4 Girls website!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
enter my fabulous valentine's giveaways worth $3500+
whole foods :: $100 gift card +3 heart gift baskets $250
tots-on-the-go :: 1 inline stroller with doubles kit $700+
kideko :: 1 mod luxury bedding set $260
blurb :: 10 publish-your-own professional books $300
global exchange :: 11 organic fair trade chocolates $250
itzbeen :: 6 digital baby care data trackers $150+
divvies :: 10 dozen vegan cupcakes $240
green works :: 12 green cleaners gift baskets $300
barefoot books :: 12 eco books/cd + 1 grand prize $240
roxio :: 10 mac digital burning software suites $1,000
Monday, February 11, 2008
Go Barefoot, Go Green!
As a mom with two young children it is important to me to send a message of hope and responsibility for our future. Barefoot books has taken many steps to work internally in an environmentally responsible way.
In 2007 Barefoot Books made a commitment to be “Green”. Part of this growing commitment is that we now print our books and marketing materials on ancient forest friendly paper, which means that our paper suppliers are obligated to replant trees that they have harvested, and that they do not damage rainforests or other ancient woodlands. In an effort to grow our commitment, this year we have formed a new partnership with another “Green Business” Eco-Libris giving each stallholder the opportunity to take this message of renewal one step further!
Eco-Libris partners with organizations that work in developing countries to plant trees. These planting efforts are an integral part of their efforts to help local communities in these countries move towards a sustainable future. Making sure that each tree is planted where it provides significant value for both the environment and the local communities.
With Eco-Libris stallholders can present their customers with a unique offer to purchase Eco-Libris stickers and plant a tree for the books they buy at our stalls. Each sticker retails at $1 and for each sticker Eco-Libris will plant 1.3 trees. The stickers can then be proudly displayed on the books our customers buy thus showing their commitment to the environment.