CONSUMER ETHICS was created to help us understand how our purchasing power can help or harm the world around us.

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Anyone who pays attention at all should not be surprised to learn that how we spend our money can profoundly influence social and economic justice, environmental preservation or degradation, animal welfare, and democratic freedoms—especially in third-world countries.

Of course, it is difficult to always be 100% ethical in everything we do. No one lives a blameless life, and in our capitalist culture it is very difficult to monitor and be aware of every injustice that occurs for the sake of profit. Clearly, most economic or consumer injustices take place out of sight – and therefore out of mind for most of us.

Add to that the sheer burden of just getting through the day: working, commuting, doing chores, meeting our obligations and responsibilities, etc., that it seems damn near impossible to be mindful of how, what, and even whom we consume day after day. But doesn’t mean that we can’t try to make better consumer choices as much as possible.

The Consumer Ethics group will allow us to share information that will help us understand and address the above issues and become conscientious consumers by:

  • Identifying unscrupulous corporations that exploit people or animals; or maintain and increase social poverty, inequality, and deprivation
  • Allowing us to share information on fair trade products or services
  • Exposing workplace injustices, sweatshops, and child labor violations
  • Identifying companies that value their employees and customers, that promote living wages and equality and fairness in the workplace, provide safe and healthy working environments, and maintain sustainable business and environmental practices
  • Finding products that are safe to use or healthy to consume
  • Recognizing consumer addiction and consumer propaganda
  • Understanding and voting against economic legislation that is unfair or predatory

We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered. A nation can flounder as readily in the face of moral and spiritual bankruptcy as it can through financial bankruptcy. -- Dr. Martin Luther King, April, 1967

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Comment by Hobo Sarah on November 26, 2010 at 6:54pm
With today being Black Friday and one of the worst shopping days of the year I thought this would be a good day to remind people to either NOT shop or make sure you vote with your dollars. I for one will not be buying anything until after the New Year. I doubt that will make much difference as I do not buy much anyway and when I do I am very particular about it but I try. :D
Comment by Forrest on June 24, 2010 at 1:32am
I like that pic about the Iphone, where are some sources that go into detail about that?
Comment by Louis Davout on November 13, 2009 at 8:52pm
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Comment by Jaume on October 24, 2009 at 1:48pm
Seems like surfboard manufacturers will get out of jub soon. Who needs a board when you can ride a wave just walking on plastic trash Jeebus-style?
Comment by Louis Davout on October 17, 2009 at 7:06am
Comment by Louis Davout on October 10, 2009 at 9:41am
Comment by Louis Davout on September 26, 2009 at 9:15am
Comment by Louis Davout on September 26, 2009 at 8:02am
Comment by Jaume on September 26, 2009 at 5:11am
"The last thing you need to fortify yourself for your journey is a Big Mac."

Funny. That's as good advertising material as McDo' will ever get.

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