New Directory Helps You ‘Shop Your Values’

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A local marketing firm wants

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to help you live a sustainable lifestyle

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by creating a guide to local, sustainable

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businesses and services

in the Durango area.

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You’re watching the Local News Network,

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brought to you by Whole

Health Family Medicine

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and Tafoya Barrett and Associates.

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I’m Wendy Graham Settle.

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As more people take

personal responsibility

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for reducing their carbon footprint

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and making lifestyle choices

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that are better for the environment,

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a local marketing firm wants to help

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them find products and services

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to help them maintain their commitment

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to a sustainable lifestyle.

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Claire Attkisson, founder

of Live Creative Studio,

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has started a sustainable business guide

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that debuts this month on her website.

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Sustainable businesses

actually add people,

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and they add the earth

to that bottom line,

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and it’s called the triple bottom line.

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What we wanted to do was to showcase

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these local, sustainable businesses.

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They are the pioneers

of a new business model.

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More and more people are wanting

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to shop their values.

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More people are seeing that they can be

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a part of the solution

to climate pollution,

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climate change, as well

as the plastics problem.

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They can be a part of the solution

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through how and where

they spend their money.

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Attkisson specializes

in helping businesses

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market their commitment to sustainability

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to find like-minded customers

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who will purchase their

products and services.

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So far, 24 businesses have signed on

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to the guide, offering everything

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from architectural and

interior design services

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to locally-made body products and makeup.

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Dorothy Parker, a Durango native,

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who recently returned home

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after living in San Francisco,

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is an interior designer

and remodeling contractor

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who uses environmentally-harvested

building supplies,

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upcycled furniture, and other products

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that are long-lasting and biodegradable.

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She started D-Plus-B Design

with her husband Buck

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while living in San Francisco,

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and now has her headquarters in Durango.

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We adopted a sustainable lifestyle

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after, one, learning

about how big of an impact

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buying furnishings can make,

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and construction can

make, on the environment.

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After watching so much

waste in our industry,

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we really wanted to limit

that and make it something,

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instead of buying disposable furniture,

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buy something that’s going to last,

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or taking furniture and fixing it

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so you can make it more circular.

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Amber Andrew who owns a

vacation rental business,

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Durango Event Planners

and Durango Like A Local,

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says, “You don’t have to make products

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“to be a sustainable business.

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“It’s all about the

choices businesses make

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“when they choose supplies and products

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“to run their operations.”

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We really consider both of our businesses

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to be sustainable because we

consider ourselves localists,

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and that means we source as much things,

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many things as possible locally.

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We source the things that build

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our vacation rentals locally.

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We source our labor locally.

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Then we take that to an additional step

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with our vacation rentals, where we

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have local products

throughout our rentals.

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We have as many local bars, snacks,

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body care, shampoo, conditioner, soaps,

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and those are all locally made.

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Then of course, we try

to take it the extra step

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and use recyclable paper materials,

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and we make our own cleaning supplies

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and all those things.

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But I think one of the things

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that’s really important

to me in being sustainable

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is shopping locally and keeping

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our supply chain as close as possible.

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You can find these featured businesses

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through the Sustainable Business Guide

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at livecreativestudio.com,

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and click on the shop button.

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Thanks for watching this edition

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of the Local News Network.

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I’m Wendy Graham Settle.

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