This week was a bit rough around Starfish. With all of the updates going into how Amazon would work out (which I didn’t know about until today!) and the constant revisions to the Overstock order system being in place it was rough to actually sit down and see what all has been going on. With Overstock they are set up to sell through their Worldstock Fair Trade section that does a variety of things including being “partnered with Carbonfund.org to provide Carbon Neutral Shipping on all Worldstock orders, at no additional cost to customers (standard shipping rates apply). Carbon neutral shipping is a process that balances the carbon emissions of shipping to promote clean energy and reforestation” (Carbonfund). The first order was received this week so it was interesting learning a new process and new politics that go into selling from another website, even one that appears to care about bringing recognition to fair trade workers.
I’ve been working in the front of the store more often which is nice because I get to talk with locals and spread not only the story of Starfish Project, but also talk about my internship and how the two have been working together. Every conversation starts roughly the same way. “Oh, sustainability? I didn’t know you could have that for a major”. This shows how well some individuals listen because it’s not a major (yet?!) rather it’s a new minor being offered at IUSB. What follows always amuses me because I get to list of various ways that sustainability can happen be that on an individual level (turning off lights when you leave the room to recycling or supporting local farmers markets-including one that opened down the street in Elkhart!) or what can happen when you have a group like the one at Starfish. Here’s hoping they stay in Elkhart to spread their message.