Disclosure: This post is written in partnership with Moms Meet and prAna.
Every time you buy something, you are making a decision on your community, your environment, your world. Yes, each and every purchase…
Something that has become very clear to me, is that every purchase I make has some kind of impact on the world. Lately, I am mindfully shopping. I am making more and more changes in my life regarding what I purchase based on the fact that I want to contribute to society, the environment, and the world in a good way.
- Is this company giving back to its community?
- Is this a brand that uses fair trade practices?
- Is this (sustainable, organic, re-usable, recyclable, minimally processed, etc.)?
- Is this local and not imported?
- What is the environmental impact?
Asking myself those questions makes it easier to be mindful of what I buy. Day to day purchases (food) I look for organic and local produce. I love supporting nearby companies that give jobs to my neighbors and in turn support my local economy. As far as my community, I volunteer and donate to various causes that I believe do great things for others. When it comes to retail purchases, I look for brands that give back, are sustainable and aware of their impact.
One company that always stands out for me when I am mindfully shopping is prAna.
prAna makes adventure clothing – clothing for climbing, hiking, yoga and being active! They have amazing clothing for both men and women -that is stylish, versatile and fun. Most importantly, prAna is a company that truly cares about world conservation and giving back.
One of prAna’s practices is that they are a supporter of Fair Trade. What this means is that they ensure that the garment workers have safe working conditions, higher wages and fair equal rights for all. prAna is one of the first major clothing companies to offer Fair Trade Certified™ products. I love shopping prAna because I know I am supporting the cause to #BeFair.
Next, prAna seeks to use the best materials for their clothing. They use organic cotton, recycled wool, hemp, recycled polyester and repurposed down! The materials for their clothing are from sustainable sources and they partner with factories that are fair and socially responsible.
Lastly, prAna gives back to the community by partnering with many local and international charities. They want to make a difference whether it is cleaning beaches or sending aid for natural disasters. I love that prAna gives back and has a heart to serve the community.
Fair trade, safe working conditions, environmentally smart materials and giving back to the community are more than enough reasons why I wear and mindfully purchase prAna clothing. I encourage you to be mindful of what you are buying too, you will notice you are shopping smarter, and you will feel good about it!
When we start being mindful about how we spend our money, we have the power to support a vibrant local economy, a world free of inequality in the workplace, and contribute to a more sustainable planet.
Discount Code prAna:
Use the prAna discount code “MMLPBEST” for 15% off at prAna.com. The code is valid thru October 31, 2016.