Local - Our Unique Communities
- Investing in our local communities has become more difficult as nationally owned companies crowd out and replace local businesses. However, the many benefits of buying and hiring locally include re-circulating money throughout the community, creating a distinctive character for the community with one-of-a-kind businesses, reducing environmental impact, creating local jobs and providing a solid location where people are likely to stay and settle.
What we can do - Think local first. Search the web and local print media for neighborhood shops and become a regular. Purchase produce, flowers, gifts and more at farmer’s markets and produce stands. Encourage small business growth by patronizing them and referring them to others. Support community groups and non-profits in your area.
Wild - Wildlife Preservation
- It is our responsibility to protect our environment, both the flora and the fauna. Saving species, plants and land not only helps protect precious natural resources, it also ensures the preservation of life.
What we can do - Send a message to our elected officials that you support The Endangered Species Act. It is our nation’s most important safety net for wildlife, plants, and fish that are on the brink of extinction. Pay attention to national elections and learn what your elected officials stand for. Remember that you can make a difference.
Skin - Racism
- Racial discrimination is a man-made concept that permeates almost every society in the world. It denies human beings their most basic rights because of the color of their skin, their ethnicity or their national origin.
What we can do - Lead by example. Teach your children that even though we may look different, we’re all equal. Support national laws that prohibit all forms of discrimination and provide protection against racism. Embrace diversity. Get involved. Offer protection against racial attacks and practices at home and abroad.
Self-Centered - When in Doubt, Center
- Day-to-day living creates physiological responses that throw our bodies, minds, and souls off balance. The constant bombardment of external information, images and sounds negatively affect how we think and act. Learning how to stay centered in a busy world can bring balance, peace and harmony to our lives.
What we can do - Filter what you allow inside your head. Develop self-awareness through yoga and meditation. View challenges as an opportunity for growth. Set boundaries and say “no” when necessary. Focus on your goals and have faith you will achieve them. Eat the right foods. Get proper sleep and exercise. Practice positive thinking. Assess what is important to you and spend more time and energy on those areas.
Joan Maloney and her daughter, Hollis, founded +E Positive Energy
to create socially conscious products that Invoke Change in the world around us through Awareness. Sustainable apparel, ethical sourcing, social good, and preserving the environment. Driven by ecological and social responsibility, with a strong belief in being the positive change they want to see in the world through the way they run their company.
Positive Energy +E is "Capitalism with a Conscience." They consider how materials are sourced, value the human component of the supply chain, and invoke change within the apparel industry.