The 9th September marks a proud moment for Goodfayre as the unveil their first store in Salisbury, following the success of a trial pop-up in May.
In a city which boasts a wide variety of independent retailers and a captive market for shopping locally, Goodfayre will become a truly ethical edition to Salisbury.
The independent retailer, located in Cross Keys Shopping Centre will stock a wide variety of everyday ethical alternatives for the home. Products include food, drink, homeware and goods to improve your wellbeing.
Owner, Dana Burton, said that the idea to set up the shop stemmed from her continual frustration at the difficulty of buying ethical products. She said: “A lot of brands claim to be ethical, but when you look into it, they actually just say they try their best. However, there are companies out there who actually make ethical alternatives, but they’re not widely available. I want to change this to make it easy to shop and know you are buying good products. A lot of brands also put profits before ethics and I really want to change this.
“Everything in the store is ethical. We’ve sourced the most ethical products and put them all in one shop. All of our products are also vegetarian and we have a large selection of vegan products too. However, you don’t have to be ethically minded to enjoy our wares. We source innovative and new products that appeal to those who like to try new things and enjoy speciality food and drink.”
“I also want to tell the story of the products and engage with our customers by helping them to learn about where the products come from and how they were made. All the products we stock have a back story and we’ll display those in the shop, so you can come in and learn if you so wish. We will also hold a range of in-store events throughout the year and answer any ethical questions our customers may have.
We want it to be a real community shop, where you can come to learn about ethical products, try products, make your own gifts, meet the makers, get involved and be part of the ethical revolution.
“I would also like to help local entrepreneurs to get their products into shops, and will have a specific area in the store for local artisans to sell their art, crafts, food, or whatever your invention is, as long as it’s been made ethically.”
The ethical concept proved popular with locals during their two-week pop-up in May, where they garnered a number of repeat customers. It went down well with people who want to buy ethical products that have not harmed the environment but also with people who have special diets and allergies, such as nuts. For example, the majority of their products come from small production units, so they know the products are completely free from nuts.
Goodfayre will be run as a social enterprise, putting profits into supporting our mission to enable people to buy ethical goods with ease. We’ll also be supporting the local community, our staff and charities that are aligned to our mission. So when you buy from us your money is going to help the world become a better place.
Not content with only ‘bricks and mortar’ shops, and in case you can’t get to Salisbury, Goodfayre will also be online. You can visit and get your ethical fix at www.goodfayre.co.uk. You can also get in touch to sell your local artisan products contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Green Weddings Trend: Why 70% of Newlyweds Are Going Green
A couple of months ago, my best friend got married to her new husband. They are both very eco-conscious people, so they decided to have a unique twist on their wedding. They asked for the following:
- They arranged a carpool with their friends.
- They didn’t have any balloons. Instead they used umbrellas.
- They used plant materials instead of plastic confetti.
- My friend insisted her husband not purchase a diamond. In addition to being ecologically conscious, she didn’t like the idea of having a stone that was used in conflict zones.
My friends aren’t the only ones making these changes. In fact, nearly a quarter of all newlyweds are organizing green weddings.
Green Weddings Are Becoming the Norm
People are more concerned about green living than ever before. They are trying to incorporate environmental protectionist ideas into every facet of their lives, even the most intimate, such as marriage. A growing number of people are trying to have green weddings, which can make a big difference in reducing their carbon footprint.
How much of a difference can this make? Here are some statistics to bear in mind:
- The Center for Disease Control reports that about two million marriages are formed every year.
- Approximately 70% of all marriages have green elements today.
- This means that 1.4 million marriages are green.
There are a number ofreasons that green weddings are becoming more important. Here are a few.
People Are More Worried About Environmental Preservation than Ever Before
Green living in general is becoming a greater concern for most people. Even younger conservatives are breaking from their older counterparts by insisting on fighting climate change. According to a poll from Pew Research earlier this year, 75% of Americans say that they are very concerned about protecting the environment. Having green weddings is a good way to act on this concern.
One of the biggest changes people are making is using recycled products for their green weddings. This is explained by the research from Pew:
“Overall, 32% of U.S. adults say they are bothered a lot by people throwing away things that could be recycled. Roughly six-in-ten Americans (61%) who say they always try to live in ways that protect the environment say it bothers them “a lot” when others throw away things that could be recycled. Among those who are less focused on environmental protection, only a quarter say it bothers them a lot when others don’t recycle. People who are environmentally conscious are also twice as likely as others to say that seeing someone incorrectly putting trash in recycling bins bothers them a lot (42% vs. 21%).”
Indifferent Politicians Are Driving them to Take More Initiative
Many politicians in power have been very hesitant to take action on climate change. Many of them have openly stated that it is a hoax. These politicians are forcing people to do what they can in their own lives to make a difference. Making small changes, such as hosting green weddings, is a great way to improve the environment without waiting for political momentum.
Cost and Simplicity
A couple of the biggest reasons that people want to host green weddings have nothing to do with their concern for the environment. Running green weddings is simply cheaper and simpler than having a massive, traditional one. One of the biggest changes is that they are buying green engagement rings from the best brands.
Green Weddings Are the Future
Green weddings have become very popular over the past few years. They will probably account for close to 90% of all marriages by 2025. People that are planning to get married should look into the benefits and plan accordingly.
Green Tech Start-Ups: Are they the Future?
Endless innovations are occurring in green companies, reinventing the industries they belong to. Gradually, they are beginning to amass more success and popularity. Consequently, these factors serve as a good indicator for green technology businesses, and their development must begin somewhere.
Green tech start-ups boast a wide array of opportunities for the economy and environment, while boosting recruitment openings with valuable services. While the technology industry is littered with high revenues and competition, the green tech start-ups are the clear sign of a cleaner future.
Fulfilling a Genuine Need
Many tech companies will market themselves as the ultimate tech giants to shift stock and make profit. As they all vie for attention through warped corporate rhetoric, there is only one ethical winner; the start-up green tech company.
Some argue that mainstream tech businesses have grown far too big, branching out into other industries and standing between the consumer and practically everything they do. However, green tech start-ups go beyond the shallow ambitions of a company, answering a call to sincerely help the customer and climate in any way they can. Of course, this is an attractive business model, putting customers at ease as they contribute to a humanitarian cause that is genuine through and through.
After all, empathy is a striking trait to have in business, and green tech start-ups maintain this composure by their very nature and purpose.
Despite the pursuits for clean energy still needing more awareness, green tech is an area that is ripe for contribution and expansion. There’s no need to copy another company or be a business of cheap knockoffs; green tech start-ups can add a new voice to the economy by being fresh, fearless and entrepreneurial.
Technology is at its most useful when it breaks new ground, an awe that eco-friendly innovations have by default in their operations. Of course, green tech start-ups have the chance to build on this foundation and create harmony instead of climate crisis. Ultimately, the tech advancements are what revolutionise clean energy as more than an activist niche, putting theory into practice.
Despite the US gradually becoming more disengaged with green technology, others such as China and Canada recognise the potential in green technology for creating jobs and growth in their respective economies. The slack of others spurs them on, which creates a constant influx of prospects for the green tech sector. Put simply, their services are always required, able to thrive from country to country.
A Fundamental Foresight
Mainstream technology can seem repetitive and dull, tinkering with what has come before rather than turning tech on its head. Since 2011, technology has been accused of stagnation, something which the internet and petty app services seem to disguise in short reaching ideas of creativity.
However, green tech start-ups aren’t just winging it, and operate with a roadmap of climate change in the years ahead to strategize accordingly. In other words, they aren’t simply looking to make a quick profit by sticking to a trend, but have the long-term future in mind. Consequently, the green tech start-up will be there from the very start, building up from the foundational level to only grow as more and more people inevitably go green.
They can additionally forecast their finances too, with the ability to access online platforms despite the differing levels of experience, keeping them in the loop. Consequently, with an eye for the future, green tech startups are the ones who will eventually usher in the new era.
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