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More for Your Money.

I’ve been trying to learn how to manage my money better. Not only am I trying to spend less, I’m trying to spend smarter. I’m learning about different companies and how their products are made and how my purchases effect others around the world.

Many US clothing manufacturers have taken their factories off of American soil so they are not restricted by factory condition and minimum wage laws. Many food companies exploit workers by not providing ample pay for the labor.

However, there are companies that are making conscious decisions to treat workers fairly and are paying attention to how their business impacts the environment. Others have committed to giving money or products to others for each unit of their product sold.

Wise spending is a topic I hope to explore more and write about in this blog, but for now here are some companies that are giving from what they receive:

*Bossa Nova Acai Juice
The juice from the Brazilian acai berry is amazing for your health. It contains more anti-oxidants than any other fruit, which help prevent premature aging, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and even certain cancers. Bossa Nova’s juice is fat-free, low in sugar, tastes good, and for every bottle of juice sold, one rainforest tree is saved.

*Ethos Water
Sold at Starbucks and Whole Foods nationwide, Starbucks will donate 5 cents per bottle sold to Ethos’s mission of raising $10 million for providing children with clean water in parts of Asia, Africa, and Central America. 5 cents may seem like next to nothing, but quickly adds up.

*TOM’s Shoes
Easy to explain, for every pair of shoes you buy from Tom, he sends one pair to children in impoverished areas of South America, Africa, and Asia.

*Trappist Beers
These are hard to come by, but there are several breweries run by monks in Belgium and the Netherlands that make what are considered by many to be some of the best beers around. The proceeds from the beer go to support missions in third world countries… I’ll drink to that!

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