Tag Archive: Social Profits

Living sustainably could be a way to generate income!

Sol Chariots

For Ripples to be successful, Ryan & I know we need to earn income from home as much as possible, to minimize our commute and the need to own a car, and maximize our free time to devote to Ripples’ work, such as workshops, non-profit support, tours, etc.  Part of being a green entrepreneur, for us, was reducing our expenses in every possible way.  Living in our earthbag home should reduce our expenses even more, allowing us to live on $10 – $20,000 a year very comfortably.

There may be something you are already doing which could generate income for you, too.  I am a writer, and Ryan is a technology consultant for non-profits, thus allowing both of us to work from home as part of our income.  We also do other jobs to make up the majority of our income, but the income we earn from home is not at all trivial.  We can also grow this income over the next few years as our skills improve.  What aspect of living sustainably could turn into a job for you?  Bicycling? Crafting? Lawn care and gardening?

My friend Ashley, who visited Fayetteville with the Summer of Solutions program in 2010, has begun her own pedicab business!  Read all about it in this week’s Free Weekly, and help support Ashley by watching her video and visiting the website for Sol Chariots.  You can show support with a click, too, and like them on Facebook!

UPDATE February 5th 2013: Sol Chariots reached their fundraising goal and even raised more than they expected!  They will be a successful pedicab business, I’m sure!

Here are some Ripples blog statistics:

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  • 89 Countries with Readers (since February 2012)

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Revisiting How I Spend My Homestead Hopeful Days

Last year, I wrote about Why I’m Not Seeking Traditional Employment.  One of the main reasons left out of this post is the obvious one – my health issues make it difficult to hold down a steady job at this point.  But while I’ve been working to figure out what was going on inside my body, I’ve also been working to generate income without the need to commute to an office.  Living off-grid will make commuting very difficult, and both Ryan & I are developing ways to work from home. View full article »

Now you can order allergen-free cookies to support Ripples!

Coming soon, Ripples Cookies is offering 100% allergen-free cookies.  This means everything we bake will be 100% gluten-free and vegan, with options for you to order sugar-free, nut-free, and chocolate-free cookies too!  The chocolate chips we’re now using are Kosher and free of the top 8 allergens: milk, soy, wheat, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. We are also 100% soy-free, all organic, and fair trade.  That means that if we use vanilla extract in a recipe, it’s from a Fair Trade source. View full article »

New organic cookie flavors available at Ripples!

With the spring comes new life, and with new life comes new ways to eat cookies! :) View full article »

Come check out an excellent festival on healthy local food!

Ripples will have a table all day Saturday, March 3rd, at the UA Global Campus Center on the downtown square.  You’ll have the opportunity to attend movie showings, classes, a seed swap, and of course, sample food donated from several local restaurants.  To learn more, click here and check out the Dig In! festival schedule and details.  The reception and movie showings begin Friday night.

Get a Coupon!

On Saturday, if you stop by Ripples’ table you’ll get a $1 off coupon for your next sustainable cookie order! Hope to see everyone there!  But if I’m not at the table, it’s likely because I’m attending the classes on Beginner Gardening & Composting, Good Bugs Bad Bugs, Basic Canning and No-Till Farming.  There’s a lot to see and learn, so come check it out!

A delicious way to make a difference on Valentine’s Day!

Ripples now sells fair trade organic chocolates as well as cookies!  The chocolates come from high-quality dark chocolate bars bought at ONF, certified organic and fair trade.  They’re placed into handmade origami boxes, 4 chocolates per box, and come in a variety of shapes including hearts, bunnies, roosters and more!  You pick the shapes and can choose between a standard box or heart-shaped box (see pictures below).

There’s still time to place your order to be ready by Valentine’s Day!

Just call and leave a message at (931) 532-0639 or Email: AmandaBancroft@Gmail.com

Swirled design in cream cheese frosting!

Organic Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookies!

Chocolate dipped cookies!

Melting chocolate

Origami Heart Box for your chocolates!

Imagine, greeting cards that come with a special tea bag inserted inside!

Wrapped tea bag is inserted into cup!

A long time ago, a very special art mentor of mine named Linda was teaching me all about watercolor painting.  As an amazing artist, she could reproduce china teacups with just a brush, water and paints.  At the time I was just stretching my artists’ wings, and did not yet realize that water color painting would soon go into that category of dreams where lives “figure skating, Disney animator, and flying with birds”.  I was really into it.  So I saved her cards, very special cards with tea bags inserted into the painting of the cup (see images).

This year, I began thinking about what kind of cards I want to sell along with the cookies in my social profit.

Watercolor Tea Card

I wanted the cards to be environmentally friendly, so I bought banana paper.  But there it sat on the shelf, without inspiration of the designs I wanted to do. Then it occurred to me: tea goes with cookies, why not make tea cards?  True, I cannot do masterfully painted watercolor teacups, but I can draw teacups and use recycled materials to make creative collages.

As a supporter of fair trade, I’m going to include (as a start) Irish Breakfast Black Tea, Fair Trade Certified, with each card.

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Pumpkin Cookies are here!

Pumpkin Cookies with Chocolate Chips!

But this year, these chocolate-chippy ooey-gooey spheres of autumness aren’t just making my tummy happy.  I’m also selling them at $8.00 per dozen to raise money for Ripples and donate 10% of all sales to the National Wildlife Federation.  I only have to raise $20.00 to certify habitat in my apartment neighborhood.  So far, I’ve sold just 2 dozen cookies, earning $1.60 for the National Wildlife Federation.  I haven’t broken even yet (to cover the cost of the cookie ingredients, which was about $17.00 for 7 dozen pumpkin chocolate chip cookies) but I’m close.  Once that happens, the profits will go towards the Ripples project – our first goal is to save up for a solar cooker!


Pumpkin cookies are only available thru November, so order them while you can!

I have 2 dozen unclaimed cookies already packaged here and ready to be delivered.  Of course, I should have had 5 dozen left, but between giving out free samples and Ryan eating about 20 of them, well…at least we know they’re tasty.

*Note* you can track our profits, but it doesn’t include the cost of ingredients and materials. It only shows pure profits for donation and to support Ripples.