Closed at 6 this Thursday for Tim Wise presentation
Sorry for any inconvenience but we will be closing at 6pm on Thursday, March 15 so that our staff can attend the talk
A Green Conversation
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bkr Glass + Silicon Water Bottle
If it’s good enough for Jessica Alba’s kid…bkr now in-stock
Recently I was able to visit TOMS headquarters in Santa Monica, CA it was such a great experience but my favourite part was when I got to talk to a member of their giving department. I had a chance to ask tons of questions about the logistics, motives and complexities of giving away millions of pairs of shoes and especially how to make sure that it is done ethically. So for all of you wanting to know the nitty-gritty details of TOMS giving operations, here is what I found out.
TOMS works with NGOs and humanitarian organizations around the world, to distribute shoes to children they already support in some way, be it through housing, education, health, or other support services. Some of these include Oxfam, Save the Children, Seva Foundation (for eyesight restoration), Partners in Health to name a few.
Criteria for partnerships
TOMS looks for Giving Partners that have the reputation and capacity to handle large-volume shoe distribution over a multi-year partnership. They expect their Giving Partners to be the experts on the ground, and to ensure that the shoes are given responsibly and in a way that has high positive impacts. Baseline criteria include:
1. Repeat giving: The Giving Partner should be willing and able to work with TOMS in a multi-year partnership, providing shoes to the same children as they grow. TOMS can replenish shoes as often as field conditions require – this usually ranges from every 6 months to every 12 months.
2. Large volume: Most of TOMS’ donated shoes are sent to the field in large shipping containers, which means that most of our partners serve a large number of children. Organizations who are invited to apply for shoes must demonstrate ability to responsibly accept, store, and distribute shoes. They are open to two or more organizations coordinating amongst themselves to share a container.
3. High impact: Shoes should help the Giving Partner achieve its existing goals, whether they are increased health and well being, disease prevention or eradication, or school attendance.
4. Responsible giving: Partners should work with TOMS to mitigate negative consequences of shoe-giving, including impacts on local shoe-making or shoe-selling economies, as well as considering stigma and other social impacts of giving shoes to children.
5. TOMS Shoes is a non-political, non-religious for profit business with a sustainable giving model. While we are happy to work with organizations from all religious and political backgrounds, we prohibit the giving of our shoes from being associated with any religious or political ideology.
Winter Bike! - GO GREEN Ideas
You might get inspired to WINTER BIKE at Ice Cycle!
What would it take to go GREEN? Contest
So often there are small (or BIG!) things that each of us knows we could do to live a greener more sustainable life. We know we want to, but we just don’t quite make it happen. So we had this idea for a contest to offer a little motivation and support.
Here’s how the contest will work:
You will think of something you would like to commit to doing for yourself and our planet. This could range from eating vegetarian one day a week, walking to work, consuming less, planting a garden, switching over to all natural biodegradable cleaning products, buying organic cotton, turning lights off, recycling or any other great ideas we’re sure you will have. If you want to think of more than one thing, you can enter multiple times, but remember this is more than an idea of what you would like to do, it’s something you will do, as part of your commitment to living an even greener simpler lifestyle.
TO ENTER: Write down your plan on a (small) piece of paper, including your name and email or phone number and drop it off at The Better Good. At the end of February if you did what you set out to do - YOU WIN! In addition we will draw two entries who will receive a Sustainability Kit ($50 value and all items are fully exchangeable for anything in the store more useful to you)
We hope you will have fun and feel empowered thinking about all the things you can do. Remember no action is too small to make a difference.
Start now! GO GREEN!!!
From all of us at ~The Better Good~
We are so happy to be helping Saskatoon’s Next Up program. Your purchases at our shop directly translate to assistance for groups like this! Thank you.
Next Up is a leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice.
Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op
We believe CNYC is making a difference in Saskatoon and are proud to be able to financially support them. As always - Thanks to our community for the ongoing support that allows us to support others!