Building A Business On Why Rather Than How

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I get asked all of the time HOW we started Buckaroo Organics. How did you think of the idea? How did you know products would sell? How do you, how do you, how do you? The truth is, it isn’t HOW, it is WHY.

Our WHY is the reason we wake up everyday and keep going. I started our company based on an idea that people needed better options in the laundry room and for skin care products. I wanted to be a company that advocated for families and children by creating products, a brand, and a workplace that promoted health and education. So many companies in the industry aren’t being honest. That needs to change. I wanted to be a part of the solution to make people’s lives better with products we are using every day.

So every time I am asked a HOW question, I always respond with a WHY answer. If you have an idea and are willing to put in a bunch of hard work, educated market research, and some basic kindness/honesty behind it, I’m pretty sure your idea has positive potential to be realized. We are here to support and align with people to inspire new ideas, everyday! Throughout the year, our team researches and hand selects a number of brands to partner with for giveaways. We do this to help introduce you to amazing brands that are doing great things in the industry or who are simply pretty rad.

This year, our biggest/best/favorite Made in Montana Giveaway features brands, like us, that inspire with concepts, business ideas, and branding that have come to life through hard work and vision. Please join us in celebrating these featured companies with an amazing giveaway worth over $700!

MONTANA BRANDS AND THEIR STORIES:

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MOXIE NOSH began as a childhood love for peanut butter has morphed into a values based brand with a vision. Years later in many homemade recipe experiments, peanuts were replaced with almonds and cashews, which are now the building blocks of our flavors. Moxie Nosh, meaning bold food was created with an intention to help make healthier food choices. We believe that every person deserves to eat real food that nourishes the body and fuels the soul. Naturally free of sugar, hydrogenated oils, preservatives, gluten and dairy our nut butters are infused with coconut oil and various spices that create bold flavor that makes eating healthy fun.

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RECHERCHE ORGANICS The idea for this company took hold in 2011 while Hillari and her husband sat by their son's bedside in Denver Children's Hospital. Needing something to take her mind off her son's severe illness, she began creating ideas that ignited her entrepreneurial spirit. It is a GMO free, paraben free, petroleum free company that believes in the use of organic, C/A certified organic ingredients, fair trade bulk ingredients and essential oil based scents.

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JELT After surviving a near-death experience and months in the hospital, Jen Perry knew she wanted to do more with her life. In 2014, she founded Jelt as a social enterprise, with the purpose of creating a product that everyone would need, while promoting and encouraging social change.

Functional and socially impactful, Jelt elastic belts are made from recycled plastic bottles and are manufactured in a way that empowers women. Jelt belts are produced by women sewers living on rural Montana ranches and are also manufactured at the Women’s Prison in Billings, Montana, via the Montana Correctional Enterprise Program. This privileged program breaks the cycle of incarceration by interviewing, training and paying the women, giving them the skills and confidence needed to live a more productive life when released.

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DRY HILLS DISTILLERY Jeff and Erica Droge are the managing members of Dry Hills Distillery. When we founded Dry Hills Distillery, we set out to create something genuinely unique and special through hour spritis that exemplified the character from which they are made. We wanted to make real craft spirits the reight way. For years we looked around our family farm with it’s dark fertile soil and abundance of pure mountain water and feltthat we had the perfect platform for creating world class spirits. All of the products we create at Dry Hills Distillery are sourced off of our family farms, and every part of tyour spirit is designed and touched by our hands from the field to the bottle.

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TRIM AND TAILOR Trim & Tailor was established in 2016 by its owner and designer, Bridget Trimble Simonson. Trim & Tailor is located and designed in Bozeman, MT. The Trim & Tailor designs cater both to the fit of the body and our fashion-conscious consumers' love for quality fabrics with a classic style. Our contemporary clothing line meets the needs of our consumers' love for timeless silhouettes with a fresh approach to modern fashion.

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WHISKEY LEATHER WORKS In 2013, Whiskey Leatherworks began with friends brainstorming over a garage workbench, next to a keg of homebrew. Our intention then was the same as it is today. We wanted to create a leather goods company of high standards, made here in Montana. Wherever possible we wanted to use American-sourced materials. Our products needed to be rugged and refined, reflecting our love of the American West. These goods had to pair equally with a pheasant hunting trip and sipping whiskey at the local distillery. This was to be a company that brought together family and friends through the love of common values and appreciations. It is important to us that our one-of-a-kind pieces are embedded with the voices of our community. With your help we will continue to create heirloom-quality goods that are lovely and strong.

**Want to enter the the Giveaway? click the link below with a simple email entry and you are in!

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5 Reasons Homelessness Is An Issue And How You Can Help!

National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness week.

There are many reasons homelessness and hunger are an issue. Many reasons that might not even cross your mind. Most people believe that drug addiction and mental illness are the problem. These are stereotypes and not true.
Here are the top 5 reasons homelessness is an issue:

  1. Lack of affordable housing
  2. Unemployment
  3. Poverty
  4. Low wages
  5. The top reason for women is domestic abuse**

In 2017, there were 554,000 homeless people living in the United States. Of that number, 25% are employed. Some working more than 40-hours-per-week, still leaving them below the poverty line.

Poverty, a root cause of hunger, is also often indicated by marginal income and limited access to healthcare, education, clothing and shelter.

• 40.6 million people in the US live in poverty

• 13.3 million, or 1 in 6 children in the US live in poverty

• 40 million people in the US struggle with hunger

Not having access to a home or stability, increases risk. In addition to hunger, health and hygiene are an issue. Access to basic products that keep us clean is low. Products like laundry detergent.

When we learned of the many issues that wrap around not having access to laundry detergent and hygiene products, we found ourselves heart broken. If you can’t wash clothes, bedding, and/or stuffed animals, etc… so many health and social concerns arise. Adults may lose their jobs due to poor professional appearance. Kids get bullied or stay ill for lack of clean clothes. Lice issues run rampant. Babies have skin rashes due to the lack of hypoallergenic detergents that are affordable. The list goes on. We believe everyone deserves health and to feel confident. That is why we started with a local organization in Bozeman, Montana to directly impact our neighbors and friends.

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On February 1, we launched an initiative to lessen the burden of expensive laundry products in the homes of those who needed it most. We donated 72-weeks of laundry detergent for kids and people working.

We aren’t stopping there! This week we will partner with YOU and donate a massive amount of laundry detergent to our local warming center that opened on November 1st.

The Deets on Cleaner Hair Care Swaps

With back-to-school quickly approaching, my daughter has been gearing up for the new year. New clothes, new backpack and fresh new supplies. We have made quiet a few changes this year but still haven’t completely switched to all "green" or organic products. I decided the next big switch needed to be hair care, and after doing my research I am sure glad to make the swap!

When doing a quick search of dangerous chemicals typically found in shampoo/conditioner,it is surprising how many came up. There are 12 pretty nasty chemicals to avoid. That is a lot. All of them having severe side effects. So frustrating. Shower products are, generally used, daily! We are taught positive shower hygiene is good for us and over all “healthy” but usuing poor, chemical-filled products is actually contributing to a number of long-term, harmful issues.

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What's in your bath or shower? Do your research!

The CONCERNING highlights:

Fragrance: AGAIN, synthetic fragrance of any kind is harmful! It takes 26 seconds for the toxins to enter our bloodstream. Fragrances are known to affect our organs and clog the lymphatic system. So many issues... BE AWARE!!

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): SCARY and found in so many products! Petroleum compounds used in all sorts of products, ranging from personal care to laxatives. Manufactures use PEGs to help products absorb quicker to increase effectiveness. They help balance pH levels in products to moisturize and thicken. While that is helpful in the beauty world it doesn’t come without a cost seeing how the chemicals that go along with it are also being absorbed quicker into our bodies. PEGs can actually rob the skin from its natural moisture. Our skins moisture comes from natural oils, when the oils are withdrawn skin is more exposed of foreign substances. If you damaged skin such as acne, blister or cuts PEGs become even more harmful and can cause system toxicity. PEG’s have been linked to leukemia, bladder cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, brain & nervous system cancer and even Hodgkin’s disease. They have been proven to inhibit development in the nervous system and can cause kidney and liver toxicity. PEGs are commonly found in baby products, as well. SO SAD.

Dimethicone: It is used in conditioners for a silky smooth affect, both leave-in and rinse off. Dimethicone means its not just trapping in moisture it is also trapping in bacteria. It is also silicone based which will leave your hair looking shinny but its not the shine you necessarily want. It can keep nutrients from penetrating our hair, which over time can cause weakness and breakage…but yet these products are advertising that they are helping you with these things...(eye roll).

Obviously after learning these things I knew it was time change it up! I found Innersense. I tried the shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner.

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I was so pleased with all the products. They smell delicious and they are all naturally scented with oils and extracts--> so NO harmful fragrances! My daughter loves the sweet spirit leave-in conditioner the most. Tangle free hair every time! We use it, both, after her bath/shower and when styling her hair. My hair is very fine which means lots of tangles, works like a charm.

A definite win on performance and a "clean" label!

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Hi! I'm Annie, as I work for Buckaroo Organics, I keep learning more and more about nasty chemicals...and this is my "Going Green" journey!

Caution: 3 Dangerous Ingredients in Sunscreen

Once summer hits, I am always trying to soak in as much sunshine as possible. Sunshine= massive amounts of sunscreen, right?! While soaking up the sunshine, I don't prefer to soak up chemicals:)

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I needed to check these ingredients. As I’m sure most of you know or guessed, the results weren’t great.

There are quite a few ingredients you will probably find in your typical sunscreen that will make you think twice about applying it to that precious child’s skin. Top 3 ingredient to WATCH!

Oxybenzone: • According to EWG, oxybenzone is detected in almost every American’s blood. Studies show that oxybenzone has an effect on the endocrine system, which means it effects the glands in your body that make hormones. It can reduce sperm count in men and may contribute to endometriosis in woman. Increased levels of oxybenzone in adolescent boys can lead to lower testosterone levels. The EWG warns against using oxybenzone, especially if you are an adolescent, pregnant or breastfeeding.

Octinoxate: • To make matters worse both oxybenzone and octinoxate (another popular ingredient in most sunscreens) are both harmful to the ocean’s coral reefs. 14,000 tons of sunscreen reportedly end up in the coral reeds every year. If it is affecting the coral reefs what do you think it is doing to your body when you are spraying it directly onto your skin? • Octinoxate is supposed to protect you skin from burns. It is absorbed into our skin quickly and shows up in our bloodstream, urine and breastmilk. Octinoxate has similar effects to Oxybenzone. Your hormones can be affected and trigger early puberty. Hormones control so much in our bodies including insulin. Octinoxate can disrupt that and even affect your thyroid.

Avobenzone: • This ingredient is given a 2 by the EWG, compared to oxybenzone and octinoxate that isn’t bad. The only thing I found funny about this ingredient is its job is to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays, through research I found once it is exposed to sun its only beneficial for around 30 minutes. This is why they add octocrylene to make it last longer. Octocrylene is not a promising chemical. It can damage skin cells and actually increase the risk of cancer and other health issues.

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After learning all this I knew it was time for yet another change in my household. That is when I found Goddess Garden Natural Mineral Sunscreen. I was pleasantly surprised with how well it performed. I have tried both the spray and the kids sport stick. The stick works wonderfully on faces. I loved the spray because you still had the convenience of quick coverage with minimal rub in.

With mineral sunscreen I have noticed it does go on better when applied to dry skin. I typically spray myself and my daughter before we go outside. The minerals reflect rays so you want to make sure you apply enough. Start small and add more if needed and make sure to rub in evenly. Goddess Garden has been our go-to sunscreen this summer and we have stayed burn free!

I would highly recommend you give it a shot; Clean ingredients and it works! -ANNIE

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Hi! I'm Annie, as I work for Buckaroo Organics, I keep learning more and more about nasty chemicals...and this is my "Going Green" journey!

Why Cruelty Free Products Matter

There are a ton of buzz words companies are putting on their labels, these days. From gluten free to cruelty free, vegan to paraben free... I felt like it was important to dig deeper and find out what these mean and why I should care.

 Hi! I'm Annie, and this is my "Going Green" journey!

Hi! I'm Annie, and this is my "Going Green" journey!

I started with CRUELTY FREE: What EXACTLY does that mean? Initially, I felt the line was blurred between vegan and cruelty free...I am an animal lover and when buying products, I will be honest, I don’t always look for either of those requirements. So, when I saw people constantly talking about animal products, I jumped in and started researching the WHY?

The definition of cruelty free is is a label for products or activities that do not harm or kill animals anywhere in the world. Products tested on animals are not considered cruelty-free, since these tests are often painful and cause the suffering and death of millions of animals every year.[1]

How many animals are we killing or harming by testing our favorite skincare products? If a company has to test a new chemical to see if it will kill or harm and animal, I'm pretty sure I don't need that on my skin! Now I am seeing why it is important.

Usually these “tests” are conducted as the animal is forced to eat or inhale substances or have the cosmetic ingredient rubbed on a shaved portion of their body. Sometimes even putting it in the animal’s eyes and ears. They continue to do this to the animal for 28-90 days to see if they have any allergic reactions.

After looking at graphic online images of these poor suffering animal testers, I can't help but think...WHO fills out an application for this job?? Torturing animals for up to 90-days! And if that wasn't enough for you...

After the 90-day torture period, they are killed and cut them open to see the internal effects of the product being tested. These tests are also done on pregnant animals to see what sort of effect it has on their fetus. SO disturbing. If you aren't sold on the importance of cruelty free products, yet, I recommend doing a Google search!

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When it comes to animal testing it is not just restricted to “lab” rats. During research I came along the hard truth they use dogs and cats too, most commonly beagles. Beagles are my spirit animal. I adopted a sweet, old-man beagle over a-year-ago and this hit so close to home for me. The pictures and facts on testing on beagles are so gut wrenching.

Not only do we need to READ labels and educate ourselves on what we are putting on/in our bodies but we need to pay attention to how these companies are developing products. We can not just ignore these issues, they are serious and very inhumane. Products can absolutely be made with wholesome ingredients without disecting lovable pets in the process. Look for cruelty free labeling on products and educate yourself! IT MATTERS.

I came across an AMAZING subscription box called Bunny Beauty Box. It is based soley on cruelty free brands.

The founder's moto is "cruelty-free is the new black." She is helping us to discover new brands and products that hold high standards for ingredients without animal cruelty. I can get on board with this mission!

Be the change. We have parntnered with the bunny beauty box to #giveaway one of their curated June boxes. Giveaway starts on 6-5-18

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