Every year, influencers gather at a conference dedicated to shifting the modern world toward healthier, sustainable living. At ShiftCon you’ll find bloggers, doctors, authors, nonprofits, and brands all gathered to share and learn about how to make eco-wellness lifestyle choices. This weekend, Genexa attended this empowering summit to represent sustainable and healthy alternatives in the over-the-counter medicine space, and came away inspired to do more values-driven work to improve our planet and our lives.
One of our team members, Emily Hazlett, Head of Growth, left the conference with only positive responses. “It was great meeting others who were also making the shift in their content to focus more on safer, organic, healthier beauty, and wellness products,” she said after the conference.
What were the moments that stuck with us the most? After a plethora of engaging keynotes, workshops, and conversations, there were a few quotes that stood out to us as particularly inspirational and actionable. Here are our favorites:
“A handful of healthy soil has more living organisms than there are people on planet Earth.” – Organic Valley
Organic Valley, the popular organic dairy brand, shared some inspiring stories of how the company prioritizes taking care of soil. We loved this particular statistic because not only is it a great case for organic agriculture, but also shows that the shift to organic starts from the ground up – literally! If we want to make a difference in the world, we have to think about organic farming and sustainability in the big picture, and get to the roots of the issue (pun totally intended).
“Chemicals are virtually unregulated in the United States.” – Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
Of the over 140,000 chemicals in commerce, the Toxic Substances Control Act have banned only five since 1976, and a whopping zero chemicals since 1990. This quote may seem scary, and you’re probably wondering how it ended up on our Top 3 Quotes List. But instead of being intimidated, we choose to be motivated to make a change to the current situation. And big changes definitely need to happen to ensure safe, healthy products are accessible to all.
"Instead of telling me what you can't do, what's the list of things you can do?" – Ed Begley Jr.
TV star Ed Begley inspired everyone with his incredible keynote speech on sustainable living. This quote tells us that you can’t change the world overnight; the shift will happen slowly, as long as we all continue to do what we can every day to make it happen. We loved this especially because it speaks to brands and companies, as well as individuals! Brands like Genexa and the ones at ShiftCon can and should join together with our customers to make effective policy change and advocate for healthier and safer ingredients for all.
While listing every single person, statistic, and speech that inspired us this weekend would be impossible, it would be a mistake not to share some of these key takeaways. If you weren’t at ShiftCon this weekend, there is still so much that you can do to join the shift towards organic, sustainable living! Start with the information you’ve learned here on this blog today, and use your knowledge to continue to drive change. Like Ed said, to make the world a better place, it’s not about what you can’t do; it’s about what you can do.