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    Organic Food, Prius Help Businesswoman Become "One in a Million"

    For anyone out there who wonders how your shopping dollars can help protect the environment, look no further than Kat Schon. The co-owner of a small business in Portland, Oregon, Kat has shifted not just one, but thousands of dollars into products that help protect the planet. And she’s done it at work as well as at home.

    Kat_with_flowers_2Simply what Kat does at her company, Portland Store Fixtures, could qualify her for star status in the Big Green Purse “One in a Million” campaign, our effort to engage a million women in shifting $1,000 of their household budget to more eco-friendly options. Portland Store Fixtures sells new and used fixtures for anyone interested in running a retail establishment. The company’s mantra is:

    “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Give those “experienced” fixtures a chance to shine.” 

    Kat and her partner Penney are always on the look-out for gently worn display cases, fabrics, and even mannequins that another proprietor can put to good re-use. Since 1998, they’ve helped hundreds of stores get up and running, often by using recycled materials.

    To keep her staff of seven fueled, Kat has organized a weekly organic food delivery to the office. “We signed on with a company called SPUD that efficiently delivers food and allows us to pick what foods we will receive every week.  We pick organic, locally grown fruit and vegetables because it keeps the dollar local and out of the gas tank.”

    Plus, says Kat, “We shop organically and have done so for the last two years.  We also buy (personally and for the business) non-toxic cleaners, recycled products and reuse everything!  We sell used store fixtures so we really take the "reuse" part seriously.  Our invoices, letters and faxes are all on already printed on one side paper.  And then we will use them for scrap paper!”

    Kat estimates she’s shifted $28 per week for the local organic food delivery, and $200 per week for more eco-friendly grocery and cleaning products.

    But the purchase that really propelled her into the “One in a Million” pantheon?

    She recently bought a $22,000 Prius, the gas-saving hybrid car that can get as much as 50 miles out of every gallon of gas.

    Thumb_green Thumbs up, Kat! You're really One in a Million!


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    Dagny McKinley

    Thanks for the inspiration. I just signed up to become "One in a Million." What a great, easy way to become greener.

    Dagny McKinley
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    Diane MacEachern

    Great, Dagny. Thanks for joining the campaign. I can't wait to see your list! Diane

    Christine Chen

    That was a great review! Really proves how our shopping dollars can help protect the environment! Btw, I also signed up for your campaign a couple of days ago...
    I'm also flattered that you liked my MOnkey Baby blog! Thanks for the comment on my site! I'm just glad I could "pass along" your Big Green Purse message! I get so excited when I find other people that are as passionate about "going green" and saving the environment as I am! I doubt I'll make it to BlogHer, I actually just learned about it recently... But yes, it would be wonderful to meet you in person! Maybe someday... =)

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