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Ethical Consumerism

When we buy things, how can we do so in ways that do the most good and least harm? Use resources and articles/essays like these to help you think about what you buy and to find products and companies working to be a bit more ethical.
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9 Tips for Living with Less Plastic (infographic) (via Less Plastic UK) Make a…

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from the Guardian

Buying begets buying: how stuff has consumed the average American's life

Buying Begets Buying (via The Guardian) (20 October 2015) "Our addiction to consuming things is a vicious cycle, and buying a bigger house to store it all isn’t the answer. Here’s how to get started on downsizing."

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"Triangle Returns" (video) (via Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights) (2011) (9:18 min) Connects what happened in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in NYC in 1911 with what's happening at sweatshops in developing countries (such as Bangladesh) in the 21st century and calls for holding companies accountable.

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New (and Old) Tools to Eliminate Plastic Straws (via My Plastic-free Life) (23 November 2015) Tips and resources for eliminating your and your community's use of plastic straws.

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Sea Turtle with Straw up its Nostril - "NO" TO PLASTIC STRAWS

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from The Huffington Post

Why It's Impossible To Shop Ethically

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper (via The Huffington Post) (July 2015) The author argues that buying power isn't enough to eliminate sweatshops and unjust labor practices. It's going to take creating policy that makes only ethical products viable.

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In 2015 Is It Possible to Find Clothing Not Made by Exploited Workers?

"All your clothes are made with exploited labor" (via The Atlantic) (3 June 2015) Patagonia, known for striving to be a more ethical clothing company, has discovered how rampant labor exploitation is in the supply chain.

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from NYTimes.com

The Child in the Basement

"The Child in the Basement" (essay) (via NYTimes) (12 January 2015) Columnist David Brooks uses the Ursula LeGuin short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" as a springboard for discussing how our striving for happiness often causes the suffering of others.

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"28 Unbelievably Easy Ways To Kick Your Plastic Addiction" (blog post) (via Distractify) (27 July 2014) Offers several tips for reducing our personal plastic use.

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from The Huffington Post

A Whole New Kind Of Grocery Store Is Coming To The U.S.

A Whole New Kind Of Grocery Store Is Coming To The U.S. (via Huffington Post) (5 July 2016) Stores are starting to pop up in the U.S. with plans to be zero waste, encouraging shoppers to bring their own containers and bags and get just what they need.

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"Stand with Sanju" (video) (via GoodWeave) (3:43 min) A new campaign #StandWithSanju to bring awareness to child labor in making carpets and the work GoodWeave does to help child laborers and to help end child labor in carpetmaking factories.

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