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Why does Minnesota have one of highest rates of volunteering in the U.S.?

Michelle Griffith

Star Tribune

I’ve noticed that multiple national new shows are highlighting acts of kindness in Minnesota. Is it because of the Minnesota Nice we are known for? You Betcha! But as the Twin Cities ranked #1 among nationwide metro cities, and MN is #2 (ousted by Utah), it’s not only because we are caring, but because we have the infrastructure in place that makes it easy to do so. Here’s the lesson. If more businesses had processes in place to help their teams & customers do good, chances are, they would. And we know that this builds loyalty. Around the world we see so many acts of kindness. Just look for the silver lining.
Millennials want clean conscience when buying luxury goods, says trade body Walpole

by Joanna Bourke

Evening Standard

Talk about luxury turned upside down. British royalty wanting the "simple life" and Walpole, the British trade association whose members includes iconic Harrods and Burberry states luxury and sustainability go hand in hand. Thank you, Millennials and Gen Zs who will account for half of luxury sales by 2025. Whoa! That’s five years from now. And on a monumental side note, Burberry has gone fur free. Plaid has never looked so good!
Ben & Jerry’s wants you to ‘Netflix and chill’ with its new Netflix-branded ice cream

by Michael Grothaus

Fast Company

Yes! This could be a match made in ice cream heaven. Introducing Netflix & Chilll’d. A Netflix/Ben & Jerry’s original flavor featuring peanut butter ice cream with sweet and salty pretzel swirls and fudge brownies! YUM! As an avid ice cream aficionado, I can’t wait to try the non-dairy version! I was over the moon that both the dairy and non-dairy versions launched at the same time. What does that tell you about the demand for plant-based food!!?? This partnership also says a lot about the luxury of staying in. Are either of these trends relevant for your business? How can they be? Ponder that question then go ahead. Binge watch Netflix while binging on a pint of Netflix & Chill’d and feel completely justified. I know I will!
Minneapolis City Council members take enlightened step toward fur-free city

by Julie Knopp

The Minneapolis Star Tribune

The future is fur-free. And sweet KC, my German Shepherd Tripod, is the star of this story. She lost her leg in a bear trap in Indiana. You cringed, right? So shouldn't we feel the same about the approximately 100 million animals including foxes and mink that are killed for their fur each year. Even in the tundras of Minnesota, we have so many other options to keep us warm. And from a business perspective, customers are demanding fashion to go fur-free as shown by some monumental decisions. In 2019 California banned the sale of new fur products, following its ban on wild animal trapping. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s will be fur-free by 2020. And, Prada, Versace, Gucci, Burberry and other luxury designers have phased or are phasing out of fur. That says it all! In addition to reading this story, please check out my photo of KC on the causes page. A proud mom can’t help but want to show off her baby!
Wombats Are ‘Accidental Heroes’ for Sheltering Animals in Their Burrows During Bushfires

by Andrea Powell

The Animal Rescue Site

Meet the Accidental Hero-the Wombat. The cutest little loner who just happens to have unexpectedly welcomed in strangers to his home, like wallabies and maybe even a pet cat. Well, at least he didn’t kick them out from his underground tunnels as wildfires rages above. Yes, I know it wasn’t a benevolent move on his part, but wouldn’t you love to name your next pet “Wombat”.