Buy Better Stories was born after years of wanting a better way to shop. We are a community and ever-growing directory that gives conscious consumers a resource to easily find goods, services, and brick and mortar stores that share their values. Because anyone who has tried to shop and live ethically knows: it can be tough! How do you find companies who are operating ethically? How do you even begin to research and decide which companies are “good” and which ones aren’t? How do find the time to do all of this? Buy Better Stories is here to help. By connecting conscious consumers with social-impact businesses, we’re giving both the consumer and the business a platform to change the way we produce, sell, and shop. Here are some of the things Buy Better Stories stands for:
Business Can Be Good
Big business. Corporate corruption. It seems capitalism has turned into a fraudulent thing, with business leaders only concerned with making another dollar by whatever means necessary. But at Buy Better Stories, we firmly believe it doesn’t have to be this way. We believe that business can be used as a force for good, and that through commerce, not despite it, we can make the world a better place.
Consumers Hold the Power to Change the World
We believe that every dollar is a vote. Every time we spend our money, we’re communicating about what type of world we want to live in. Businesses have to listen to what we are communicating, or else they won’t last, much less find success. This means we have the power to change things. If we want small businesses and corporations alike to act with more responsibility and prioritize transparency and ethical production, then we must demand it from them. Buy Better Stories is a place for conscious consumers to gather together with this vision and as a majority, tell businesses that we care about how our things are made and the impact they have on the earth.
Baby Steps Count
We know it’s unrealistic to change your lifestyle overnight. David, one of our Founders, draws the parallel: conscious consumerism is like learning how to establish a healthy relationship with food, when all you’ve eaten for years is junk. You’re not just going on a diet; you’re changing your entire lifestyle. You need education, you need to figure out new ways of doing things, you need to break habits, and you need to change one thing at a time. It’s most definitely not going to be easy. But it’s worth it. That’s why we believe that a small start is a great beginning. We don’t shame people into changing their shopping habits; we simply entrust them with the resources they need to do so.
Every item we purchase has a story. It has a history. Every ingredient was either grown from the ground or made by combining other materials. Every piece of clothing was cut, stitched together, packaged, and shipped by a person. Unfortunately, so many of these stories are tragic ones. Sweatshops, child labor, modern day slavery. Corrupt supply chains. Production processes that are destroying the environment. CEOs who are making 500% more than their employees. At Buy Better Stories, we want to give consumers the option to buy better stories. We want to provide you with a place you can go to find businesses who are doing good in the world.
Who is Buy Better Stories?
You! It is the conscious consumer, the activist, the dreamer, the world changer. It is the small business owner who wants to build his business from the ground up, the right way. It is the corporate CEO who wants to change the way his company operates and use his business to empower instead of exploit. It is the mom who wants her kids to grow up in a world more beautiful than the one she was raised in. It is the individual who wants to learn more about conscious consumerism and how to use their dollars to empower others around the world.
Buy Better Stories is a community of people who want to change the world through commerce. Welcome.
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