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How We Work Together for Citizen Commerce -- and You Can, Too

Posted by Caroline Fong  August 30, 2013 11:30 AM

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Earlier this month, I wrote about Citizen Commerce™, the concept that we should buy what reflects our values. The idea also encompasses sharing and suggesting products that align with those same interests and values -- contributing to the commerce experience for everyone.



Watch the ladies behind 3greenmoms of LunchSkins chat about mindful shopping.


If you’ve already gotten the first part down either through shopping at farmer’s markets, buying American-made products, or supporting eco-conscious businesses, then you should give the second part a try; share your finds with other people or suggest products for companies to adopt and carry.

Today, I want to feature three products that were adopted by The Grommet at the suggestion of the community. The Citizen Gallery is where people share their finds and submit products that they think we should carry. (Check it out; there could be some wonderful products there that may pique your interest even though we don't carry them.)

Here are three Grommets that came through as product suggestions:

1. rollnband: Space-Saving Packing Aid

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Have you ever gotten the advice of rolling (not folding) your clothes for effective travel packing? Well, if you’ve tried it, you know that it’s hard to keep your clothes from coming undone without packing them in tightly. With rollnbands, you can keep all your outfits organized and even label your dirty clothes by reversing the band to gray. When this product was submitted, we knew it’d be a great Grommet for anyone on the go.

2. speeCup: Voice-Enabled Bluetooth Speaker

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This portable Bluetooth speaker features a noise-canceling microphone and AUX line-out jack for use with a car’s audio system (or other speakers). Its shape is perfect because every car comes with a cup holder, but not every car has a built-in Bluetooth speaker. Just place it in a spare cup holder and enjoy hands-free control with Siri or S voice. Who doesn't get excited about gadgets that make our lives easier?

3. MagneButton: Magnet Closure Accessory

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As handy as safety pins may be, I recognize that they may not be the best accessory for styling and fastening clothing. The MagneButton, on the other hand, doesn’t damage clothing and consists of just two beautiful parts that look like buttons to pull together whatever pieces of clothing you’re styling.

Do you have a product that you've been a loyal supporter of? Tell me about it in the comments, or submit it to the Citizen Gallery.

This blog is not written or edited by Boston.com or the Boston Globe.
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Caroline Fong
Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.
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