Wednesday, 20 July 2011

A few months in the life of a Frugi Crusader........

Who would have thought that a simple click on the 'like' button on Frugi Organic Cotton clothes page would have led me to this, a review of my time as a Frugi Crusader.

It all started in January this year after religiously keeping up to date with everyone's every move on Facebook (it's amazing what you can learn) the announcement came 'come be a crusader' Out of curiosity and the promise of free stuff, I sent my 'pick me pick me' email along with the other 300+ applicants without having a clue as to what I was trying to get picked for. I have to say Mr Charley asked me what I knew about 'these people' and whether they were trying to lure me into a cult. Luckily it turns out it isn't a cult, phew.
After what seemed like an eternity and a trillion checks, the results and emails were finally sent out from HQ, yay I was successful and so happy even though I still had no idea what I was going to be asked to do. Severe sleep deprivation with a 6 month old is the only excuse I have for thinking about the difficulty of getting everyone around 'the Frugi round table'- a virtual table never crossed my mind.
I won't spoil the surprise on all that it means to be a Frugi crusader as that's all part of the fun, all I will say is you get to feel very spoilt and special, virtually meet many like minded people and the lovely talented Frugi peeps, learn so much (there are many crusaders with hairy toes out there) increase your Facebook friends list and get to know secret squirrel business on things in Planet Frugi. I did set myself a challenge to come up with an idea/ post every week for as long as I could, apologies to those who had to endure it all but it needed to come out to allow room for other stuff. I think I lasted for 18 weeks before the pressure got too much and I had to stand down. Whilst my ideas in themselves probably weren't earth shattering, I hope they some have at least triggered thoughts and ideas in others to make sure Frugi continues to grow and grow.
I have learnt so much about Frugi over the last few months , the main one comes from borrowing words from Jessie J......

'it's not about the money money money, I just want to make the world dance......'

and I think this is where Frugi stands out from most other brands. I believe that through their generosity to all involved, be it a customer, a crusader, provider of materials, employees here and abroad, charities here and abroad, it is obvious they are not in it for the highest profit margin but want a better world for their own and all other children. I also have to say that when they say they want to get feedback they really mean it, Its great to see some ideas from all of us making their way through to the drawing board and who knows maybe being the next big thing?

Overall, it's been a great experience and a good distraction from life with all it's rich tapestry. I am sure we have lost a few stitches on the way but I think overall the picture still look good. I have learnt loads and I can now do a few more things to reduce my wear on the world. I will never be an 'Eco warrior' but aim to be as good as I can and train my long suffering partner in the process.

Vote Frugi in every possible way - they need your continued support to provide great organic clothing for your children through fairly traded means. Tell anyone that will listen and apply to be a crusader next time around, you will kick yourself if you don't.   :)

Thank you Frugi for picking me!
Charley X

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