Last week in the Green Grassroots Blog, we featured a story about how to green your shopping trips. This week, I want to take that one step further and suggest one great place to shop green.
Green Fundraiser Store.com (GFS) is a unique online shopping experience. While some online stores may be “green” simply because they are on the internet rather than in-house, not all online stores sell products that are necessarily environmentally friendly. However, GFS does.
“We provide fundraising opportunities to schools, clubs and organizations by making available a wide variety of environmentally friendly products used in typical households and businesses,” according to the company’s mission statement.
Green Fundraiser Store’s goal is to create awareness and education on how to recycle more efficiently. They aim to do so by providing tools that will help to reduce common household hazards from the waste stream.
“We know that most people are trying to do some recycling and are taking a closer look at product content when purchasing household goods,” GFS President Don Sherman said. “We want to help people become better recyclers, reducers and re-users.”
Sherman believes that the store is truly unique for a number of reasons, particularly because every time customers buy something from GFS, they are also raising funds for partnering organizations of their choice.
The fundraiser component, according to Sherman, provides a new alternative to traditional fundraisers such as cookie dough and pizza kit sales. While he said these fundraising efforts look appealing at the surface, he doesn’t agree with the unhealthy eating choices they present.
“Don’t get me wrong, I will continue to support my daughters troop sales and the popcorn sales from the local scout,” he said. “We just want to teach a healthier message that has a positive impact on all involved.”
Jennifer Griffin, Contributing Writer and Public Relations, GreeningDetroit.com
Jennifer is pursuing a degree in Journalism and English from Wayne State University, and she is also a Contributing Writer for The South End.