Doing Good: My Medic

I usually write features on sustainable businesses that I would like to share awareness of. This is the first time I have written a feature on a business outside of the sustainable niche. This business, My Medic, is doing good things! Not only did their backstory make me want to learn more about this company, also the continuing initiatives they have to teach safety to anyone that just wants to learn , displays a sense of less corporate, more human to me. I hope you enjoy reading this feature spotlight!

My Medic provides medical kits for every aspect of your life. From pets, to boats, to kits that be packed in your carry-on; My Medic has you covered.

The core team at My Medic is considered as a family by the family that started this business. If you are not familiar with the story of how My Medic came into existence, I will give you a summary. A beloved family member lost their life in a devastating auto accident. Apparently the ambulance took more than 30 minutes to arrive to the scene, and in that time, it was impossible to administer life-saving aid. The family spent years in court and in that process, discovered that someone had stopped to help but did not have a medical kit with them that could help at all. Because of this discovery, several members of the family came together to start My Medic with the mission that people be informed and prepared as possible to prevent this from happening to others.  My Medics statement regarding the building of this company was ‘MyMedic had one simple goal: To treat injuries at the source and save lives. So the family came together to create live saving Kits. By doing so, we needed experts and testers. After all is said and done, we stand by when we say that we have the Best First Aid Kits on the planet.’

This background is the reason why I am featuring this business here today. If they can devote their lives to saving others, it is not doing much for me to share their story. When I asked My Medic about their raison d´être, their response was ‘Losing a loved one is never easy. But it’s really what you do with their legacy that makes a difference. Our love for them shines through our company.’ Wow. Well said.

My Medic began as a small family business working out of a basement bedroom. They have now expanded into a 15 000 square foot (1393 square metres) warehouse and additional employees which they consider as extended family.

My Medic is focused on spreading awareness. If you ever wonder do companies care about people, I would say that this is one company that does. They want people prepared. Not because it lines their pockets, but because they have experienced what happens when people wait until there’s a serious injury and realise they are unprepared, before they make having a medical kit a priority.

For the future, the My Medic team has plans to begin holding trainings in their warehouse to instruct people how to stop bleeding quickly. This one is upcoming and they have many other trainings being planned.  If you are interested in these type of instructions, but are not in the area to participate, you should take some time and read their blog. They have great information on it, and many things I had never considered myself like: Not using a belt to stop bleeding and why.

I was able to do a condensed question & answer with one of the team members at My Medic and I am including that below:

Q & A:

Q- What makes My Medic emergency kits different from your competitors?

A- Field testing and data driven approach makes us different. We don’t guess and we don’t cut corners. With the available data, we created these First Aid Kits and then had them tested by active Military, Police, EMS, Nurses, etc… and everyday individuals to make sure we had everything needed inside our Universal and Specialty Kits.

Q- Which medic kit do you keep with you?

A- I personally keep the MyFAK Advanced with me at all times. It stays in my car when I’m driving and comes with me inside my house, and my office. It’s one of the many Universal Kits.

Q- It is unbelievable that the solo medic pack is safe for carry-on on flights! Is it really?

A- Everybody bleeds. There isn’t a single person who doesn’t need First Aid now and again. If it’s a simple headache that they need meds for, or a life threatening injury, MyMedic has you covered. We want to be everywhere because the more Kits out in the world, the more injuries treated at the source and the more lives saved.

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Q- What are some safety things you would like for us to know?

A- We don’t want you to stop doing what you love. We want you to be prepared if there was an accident that occurred while doing what you love. But the best safety tip: Listen to your mother.

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Q- Who’s idea was it to include the pet kit?

A- The MedPacks have been ideas floating around for about 2 years now. We wanted to create specialty Kits. We have a Bleed Stopper, a Hiker MedPack, and a Pet MedPack to name a few. Pets are family and we need them to be prepared too. 🙂

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Q- If someone wishes to place an order for a kit from outside of the USA, do you accept international payments? Do you offer international shipping?

A- We accept most forms of payment and do ship worldwide. We do our best to keep shipping rates as low as possible. But to us, First Aid is priceless. Especially if it can save someone from whatever the injury may be.

Q- What would you like us to know about your business?

A- We are here to help you. Feel free to ask us any questions that you have because we want you prepared.

Thank you to My Medic for taking the time to discuss with us. I do hope that you will visit their site, at least their company blog which is full of valuable safety information and things to remember in an emergency.

Thank you for reading!

-Mliae


*NOT a sponsored post, though post does contain some affiliate links.

Back to Basics

In a world where we are driven to obtain the newest, the coolest, the best and most expensive items at an ever increasing rate, I’ve finally had enough.

One really can’t help to notice the discrepancies in society. People are living in war zones, being tortured, brutally murdered, starving, trying to escape in any way possible. And what do the rest of us do? We shop. We shop for the newest and most stylish furniture. We shop the latest trends and fashions. We buy cheap crap that does absolutely nothing but take up space. And why do we do it? Because we’re told we have to…for a multitude of reasons.

  • We need to ‘bolster’ the economy
  • We must keep up with the Jones’s
  • Little Johnny won’t understand an investment into his future, best buy him a toy he may or may not play with
  • We must surpass the Jones’s
  • To be successful, we must look successful. (My personal favourite & it’s true. However, we don’t need 200 ‘successful’ outfits that aren’t being worn)

It’s ALL marketing. Every last bit of it. We’re bombarded with marketing 24/7. Not just the obvious types: TV, movies, billboards, commercials, flyers and the like. But like, everywhere. The sugar in your childs’ cereal & the pictures on the box, the hot girl/guy walking down the street in a billabong T-shirt (This is a whole other post. I don’t understand why people pay so much to be walking advertisements for brands?) It’s the lady/gentleman sitting next to you in a bar sipping extraordinary brandy. It’s all extremely well researched marketing that tells you, that YOU are old, out of style, ugly, poor, dirty, basic. And it shows! But we can fix that with a newer & larger home, more modern furniture, the newest instagram worthy watch / diet fad /must-have cosmetics, a shiny new car, this fantastic food which is actually unhealthy as hell (but you’ll never know it), or this €/$ 2000 gown made from recycled trash bags. You need these things. Oh yea, and in 1 months’ time you’ll need all new things or you’ll be old, ugly & poor again.

Bolstering the economy is a joke. The only economy we are bolstering, is the 1%. True, there are jobs. But the ratio of jobs to spending doesn’t match in any accountants books. What we are doing is fulfilling the ever increasing profit margins that companies set that year. When a company declares a loss, in most cases, it is because it did not meet its profit predictions for the year. They over spent. But if you look at the stock history, you will see that the profit predictions are higher than the last. Every. Single. Year. No economy can sustain unbridled growth. The end result is the same globally: Financial crises.

Ever wonder how by the time you get your new stilettos or speakers home, there’s a new chunky heel trend or taller smarter speakers?! How lightbulbs used to last MANY years, but now they die on the regular? It’s called OBSOLESCENCE defined by oxford dictionary as ‘The process of becoming obsolete or outdated and no longer used’. This is a very real tool corporations use in order to maintain sales. There are 2 types of obsolescence. Planned obsolescence (lightbulbs) and Perceived obsolescence (fashion).

Planned obsolescence is when items are designed to break so that they must be replaced. I know, a lot of people think this is just conspiracy theory. But it isn’t. There are actually innumerable memos from the 70’s which are out there, openly discussing planned obsolescence. Why? Because it was considered a form of marketing and nothing more. Design a product so the life span is shorter, and your customers must replace it. Most of the memos discuss the ‘ideal’ lifespan of products. This took years of research because if a product died too quickly, the consumer would tell themselves that the company made sub-standard products & go elsewhere for the replacement. If the lifespan was too long, companies would loose their profit margins. So where’s the sweet spot? It used to be a decade or more for machinery. For example, my previous washing machine lasted 10 years. The one before that? Forever. This one lasted 3 years before it started to sputter. The time span gets shorter as we grow more accustomed to replacing our items. We are still saying ‘they don’t last as long as they used to’ a phrase muttered countless times in the past 60 years. And this is where perceived obsolescence kicks in.

Perceived obsolescence is when the consumer (us) is convinced that an item is old, out of style, no longer impressive to the outside world. Fashion is the largest of the arenas which employ perceived obsolescence to keep ever increasing profit margins. But, take iPhone for example. They can be both planned & perceived, but stick with me here. Raise your hand if you have purchased a new smart phone before the old one broke. Why do you do it? The never ending hunt for the newest and brightest affects ALL aspects of our lives. Even our relationships. Why do people cheat? There’s the perception that there is always someone better out there. There isn’t. There’s faster internet (which actually isn’t faster on phones, the old ones were just slowed down) there’s new apps (great, more gen pop ADHD) there’s a sleek new design. Just like fashion, which is now turning over at a staggering rate. In the 1930’s, the average woman had 9 outfits in her closet. We have hundreds of mix & match, spring/summer, fall/winter, going out, business, hanging in clothes and always on the hunt for more. In the 50’s -70’s, fashion lasted years. You could easily update your wardrobe with 1 simple piece. Now, its a complete changeover. Wedges are in (Yay! They’re comfy!) nope, wedges make you walk like a trucker. Stilettos are in. Not high enough, go skyscraper heel. Nope, those are too man-eater, go for a platform. no, not the 70’s ones, but they look like the 70’s ones. Oh wait, change of plan, Chunky heels are in. We can’t keep up! And because we are being told non-stop what the appearance of our person, our car, our homes are telling people about our personality, we feel like we HAVE to keep up. We don’t. Everything is so mixed up now that what’s out of fashion now, will be back in fashion in a year or two. Just enough time for us to toss all our out-of-date items into the bin….and then replace them. See where I’m going with this?

Do you realize that if we compare today’s economic index per household with 2 working adults with the 1970’s economic index per household with 1 working adult, the results show that we are actually bringing home LESS today than 40 years ago! The results are staggering. Of course, pay nowadays is much higher. But we are spending so much more. The average family in manyCountries (especially America, Canada & Europe) is up to their ears in debt. We are in debt because we hit hard times, of course. But mainly because of societal expectations. It’s the bigger house. A mortgage that should only take up an average of 28% of your pre-tax pay, but somehow takes up at least 70%.  The items to furnish the bigger house. The kitchen remodel of the bigger house. It’s seeing a suit you fall in love with & not having to save the money to buy it before it no longer exists. We impulse purchase without a seconds thought to the fact that we are paying 10-25% over the already sky high purchase price because we have to have it. It’s the newest phone that we don’t need. Look at us, our friends will be so jealous.

Now I am as guilty of credit card abuse as the next person. Nearly having heart palpitations at the thought of not having it (them) for ’emergencies’; Which seem to include that perfect 100% silk dress I can’t find anywhere else, instead of oh I dunno…maybe in case the pipes burst again or the walls start to crumble around me. Or if we find ourselves stuck in an airport overnight because the flight was cancelled. This happens all too often & I never have my ’emergency’ funds available for actual emergencies.

It’s a vicious cycle, really. We spend more to get more, then work harder to pay off our debt & find ourselves in a cycle of work-eat-sleep-cram all your home stuff that needs to be done in the weekends – repeat. What happened to a day of rest? What happened to our connection with nature? What happened to picnics in the park on a sunny day?!

I’m done. I’m done with all of it. Of course I like to look pretty, but I can handle a few options without needing to renovate my house for closet space. I’m done paying an exorbitant amount at the market for food I can plant in my own yard. I’m done buying electronics that I don’t need. I’m done spending my money on frequent nights out when I can’t even afford a dishwasher & spend all my time washing dishes. I’m done giving expensive gifts that people could care less about instead of making something special or giving a charitable donation. I’m DONE being told what is socially acceptable of me! I am what I am and those who love me, will accept that. To those who don’t: well, there’s the door. I’m taking it back to basics. Since we, the consumer, have the ultimate say; I challenge you all to think about your next must-have purchases. Do you really need it? Do you really love it? Why? If yes, go for it! But if not, I encourage you to leave it behind & give your wallet and hard working self a smile, for once.

Anybody else as frustrated as I am? Please, feel free to share!

-Mliae