As a joy champion myself, I had to give Ido a huge hug when I asked him what's most important to him in terms of life and business success. He replied, "I love making people smile. That's the key: giving people joy."
A lifelong athlete, Steven Kessler always had appreciated the importance of honoring your body by eating whole foods and exercising. Then ten years ago, while working in sales for a natural vitamin company, he met a guy named Eric Schnell.
Although organic food has been touted as more nutritious and better for the environment, it is often (and justifiably) perceived as more expensive than its non-organic counterparts. But there are ways to save and stretch your organic dollar.
While many "walk for a cure," which I do think is worthwhile, I will also speak out for a more intelligent approach to manufacturing, which should include the exclusion of synthetic fragrance in all products.
When Jeff started his MBA program at UC Berkeley in 2006, he went in as "The Underwear Guy," telling everyone about his plans. Some people dismissed him as weird, whereas others supported his vision. He met his business partner Jason Kibbey.
For a month, I sampled three different skin care lines that have no toxic chemicals. All of them are rated at the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and are listed in the PETA "cruelty-free" shopping guide.
The fair trade movement had initially emerged around coffee, cocoa and tea, major commodities whose producers globally routinely suffered from major price fluctuations and exploitative trading practices.