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.
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
And fine one cat video to hold you over:
3 - Magazines and Gossip
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
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:
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.