There is a day or month for just about every disease, social and environmental issue. And for every such day or month, there is an organization poised to ask for money. Awareness days are dirty with corporate greed. So many companies pull at our heartstrings to get us to donate. These organizations encourage people to give money or buy a certain product. The irony of it all is that sometimes the companies that are advertising their support are ones that sell toxic products. Stop and think for a minute: if certain ingredients (parabens, for example) have the potential to cause or contribute to disease, then why are these companies encouraging you to buy their products to support the disease that the product can contribute to? Read about a fast food “restaurant” and their efforts to support an organization using these tactics. Makes sense, right? Sadly, profits are a big motivator. Take the time to research a company before donating and make sure their message is in line with yours. Find out what percentage is really going to the cause they are representing.