4 Guilt-Free-Guilty-Pleasures

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Becca White

I don’t know if you are like me, but I have a tendency to have serious cravings for guilty pleasures. I’m talking about chocolate, cheese, all things breaded, ice cream, cheese (oh wait did I already say cheese, because honestly it should be on the list a few times) and non-food items like reading magazines, falling into the deep internet hole of reading Wikipedia articles, trashy TV shows (I’m looking at you Real Housewives series), and the list goes on and on.

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So I decided to find some “guilt-free-guilty-pleasures” to help me stay on track and have a little fun. I made a list of my Top 4 “guilt-free-guilty-pleasures” which includes products made from companies that are BCorps. What’s a BCorp you ask? These are companies dedicated to using business as a force for good. They go through a rigorous vetting process to be certified by meeting standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.

Pretty cool for me because I work for a BCorp! SunCommon is one of Vermont’s pioneering Benefit Corporations!

As a fellow Vermont BCorp says: B Corps, are companies around the world who are redefining success in business.They're working to build a new sector of the economy based on transparency, accountability and purpose. Their commitment to the highest standards of social and` environmental excellence returns meaningful benefits to all stakeholders and measures not only sound profitability, but impact on the communities they serve, and on the natural environment in which they live and work.

1 - The Cheese Addiction

As a born and bred Vermonter I will never stop eating cheese, but the least I can do is buy cheese that is good for my community. I can buy local and buy BCorp certified cheese. Cabot Creamery Co-operative is the world’s first cheese maker & dairy cooperative to achieve B Corporation Certification, a validation of its attention to environmental and social impacts on stakeholders.

I am a fan of Cabot’s Vermont Sharp and it was a great experience to meet some Cabot employees and talk about their work with member-owner dairy farmers in New England.

It doesn’t make me feel so bad to eat a whole block of cheese in one sitting if I know that a dairy farmer in the New England economy is being treated fairly! Also check out their recipes because who doesn’t love a grilled cheese.

2- Screen Dependency

Okay I’ll admit it, my name is Becca and I’m an YouTube-aholic. To fulfill my hunger for videos and screentime, I have been working to cut back on cat videos and instead watch informative stuff. Check out this video by Simon Sinek about how inspiring leaders communicate.
Simon says: “All the great inspiring leaders and organizations in the world, whether it's Apple or Martin Luther King or the Wright brothers, they all think, act and communicate the exact same way. And it's the complete opposite to everyone else. All I did was codify it, and it's probably the world's simplest idea.”

And fine one cat video to hold you over:

3 - Magazines and Gossip

Yes, I too read the gossip-rags and spend impulse money on pop culture crap. To combat the desire to buy a People’s Magazine or Cosmopolitan I have started reading The B Magazine. My employer SunCommon hooked up every staff member with a subscription to The B Magazine so I luck out and get a free copy in the mail!

Reading about Green Mountain Power’s very own CEO Mary Powell and her “high-energy leadership” was way more fulfilling than anything I could have read about during Brangelina’s divorce. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love hearing about energy independence and a resilient grid?

4 - Sweets

We’ve already covered cheese but my dairy cravings don’t stop there.. I’m a Ben & Jerry’s lover and if I could just eat chocolate - I would.

So at least I can temper my guilt and buy my sweet treats from the good guys. I especially love the Ben & Jerry’s company’s namesake, Ben and Jerry, who have worked tirelessly over the last few years to get big money out of politics. My favorite quote by them is:

I was thrilled when Ben Cohen stopped by our weekly all-company meeting to share his story about launching Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and pioneering mission-driven, socially conscious business. Ben’s story is a winding one with highs and lows mixed with creative problem solving and humor. He’s a relaxed guy – not your typical CEO type – and his attention and responsibility to business practice is incredibly focused and innovative.
Ben dropped this philosophical nugget on us: “Business can be this neutral tool, like a hammer. It can be used to destroy things. Or, you can build something great with it.” – Ben Cohen

Well now everyone knows what to get me for my birthday, but I also hope this piece helped you feel a little less bad for the guilty pleasures in your life. Make the switch to BCorp products and be a conscious consumer.

This blog is written and sponsored by Suncommon.com

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