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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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Meet The Children Who Live In Ghana's Hellish Digital Dump (via Co.Exist) (24 June 2015) Highlights the horrific conditions for children in Ghana who work in the e-waste dumps to try to survive.
Meet The Children Who Live In Ghana's Hellish Digital Dump | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
Meet The Children Who Live In Ghana's Hellish Digital Dump
"This Smartphone Is Made From Fairly Mined Minerals, And It's Designed To Last Longer Than Your Contract" (via Co.Exist) (22 June 2015) Highlights the new Fairphone, which is meant to be durable, repairable, lighter on the earth, and more just for workers in the supply chain.
This Smartphone Is Made From Fairly Mined Minerals, And It's Designed To Last Longer Than Your Contract | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
This Smartphone Is Made From Fairly Mined Minerals, And It's Designed To Last Longer Than Your Contract
Let's Pollute - (film) (via Geefwee Boedoe) (2011) (6:44 min) This Oscar-nominated short, in the style of 1950s educational film, satirically asks us to embrace polluting: "Consume more, waste more, but always care less!"
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Let's Pollute - (Best Short Film, Animated Nomine 2011) - Geefwee Boedoe...
Let's Pollute 2010 Duración 6 min. País Estados Unidos Director Geefwee Boedoe Con el espíritu de los filmes educacionales de los años '50 y '60, Let's Pollute es una sátira moderna de cómo la polución es nuestra herencia y lo que hace crecer la economía. 2010: Oscar: Nominado al Mejor cortometraje de animación 2010: Festival de Annecy: Nominado al Mejor cortometraje
Let's Pollute - (Best Short Film, Animated Nomine 2011) - Geefwee Boedoe - (English Audio)
"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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All Your Clothes Are Made With Exploited Labor Patagonia tried to stop human trafficking in its supply chain, but, as recently as 2011, internal audits found continuing abuses. Is the problem too massive for companies to solve?
In 2015 Is It Possible to Find Clothing Not Made by Exploited Workers?
Greener Grads (website/company) "We collect graduation gowns from recent and past graduates, saving them from entering the waste stream, and rent all graduation types for their big day."
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Because Tomorrow Matters
"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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Reuse and Repurpose Jars for pantry storage, maybe spray paint lids
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28 Unbelievably Easy Ways To Kick Your Plastic Addiction
"Tackling the Electronic Waste Problem" (infographic) (via CustomMade) (December 2014) Offers "facts and figures about e-waste and how to properly dispose of your electronics."
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Tackling the Electronic Waste Problem Last year, the world produced nearly 54 million tons of electrical and electronic products, but only a fraction of it was reused, refurbished, or recycled.
E-Waste on the Rise
"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.
The Child in the Basement - NYTimes.com
"Alternatives to Amazon - Environmentally and Socially Responsible Holiday Retailers" (article) (via Green America) (18 November 2014) Amazon isn't ranking so well in environmental sustainability and social responsibility, so here are some alternative sources for buying online.
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Amazon may be the #1 online retailer in the world, but when it comes to sustainable practices this company is at the bottom of the barrel. Amazon won’t even track its carbon emissions and has no plan to reduce them, and its warehouse workers make less than Walmart’s. If you plan to shop online for your loved ones this season, don’t forget there are greener alternatives to Amazoncom.
"Ethical Food Choices" (webpage) (via Food Empowerment Project) Highlights some of the corporations and practices that are doing more harm and less good. "One of the easiest things we can do is to identify particularly “bad actors” in the corporate world, so we know what products and companies to absolutely avoid."
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Ethical Food Choices | Food Empowerment Project
"6 Apps for a Better World" (blog post) (via IHE) (25 September 2014) Here are 6 apps that can help you in your goals as a conscientious citizen and engaged changemaker.
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Nike launches iPhone app to score sustainability of its products.
Edit Your Family Tree On-The-Go With MyHeritage App| Genealogists who do the majority of their research from their home computers can run into the difficulty of research while on the go. MyHeritage has a mobile app that enables genealogists to take their family tree on the go. The MyHeritage mobile app is intended for genealogists who use MyHeritage. #app #MyHeritage #genealogy #familytree
Top Travel Apps for Families (Photo: Gonzalo Baeza)
Concept Video on Redesigned iOS 7 Released Is Apple seriously thinking to redesign iOS 7? Though there is no official word from the company yet, rumors are in the air on how the newly redesigned iOS 7 may look like. Simply Zesty, an Irish digital media agency, has even launched a video imagining the appearance of the redesigned iOS 7.
6 Apps for a Better World
GoodWeave (organization) GoodWeave "aims to stop child labor in the carpet industry" and offers the GoodWeave label to help citizens identify rugs that have been made without child labor.
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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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Child servitude is a crime committed against 168 million children worldwide. They’re forced to sacrifice their youth and their education. Stand with Sanju demonstrates how consumer buying power could end child slavery in the carpet industry.
"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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Over 100 Years Ago, 146 Young Women Working In A Factory Never Came Home. It Changed Our Country. Those 146 young women who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25, 1911, deserve to be remembered. But we're watching it happen all over again in developing countries that supply Walmart, Gap, and other marketing and retail giants.
Triangle Returns - YouTube...On the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, little has changed in the global sweatshop economy. Workers are again trapped and burned to death behind locked exit gates. One hundred years ago, the outrage over the Triangle fire led to the rallying cry, "Who will protect the working girl?" Where is that cry today?
"5 Truths the Fast Fashion Industry Doesn't Want You to Know" (blog post) (via Huffington Post) (19 August 2014) Offers five truths about why "fashion is one of the dirtiest industries in the world."
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White + Navy Blue
Vince, Drape Hem Tank: A pure white staple loosens up with a relaxed fit. True to Vince’s signature mix of understated style and detailed construction, this scoopneck tank is made of stretch-infused micromodal to create an extra-soft foundation piece made special by its flattering, fluid drape.
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5 Truths the Fast Fashion Industry Doesn't Want You to Know
"10 pairs of ethical, eco-friendly underwear for men and women" (slideshow) (via Treehugger) (11 August 2014) Highlights several companies working to make fair-trade, fair work, and/or eco-friendly undies.
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10 pairs of ethical, eco-friendly underwear for men and women
10 pairs of ethical, eco-friendly underwear for men and women
"10 Tips for a Waste-Free Back-To-School Season!" (blog post) (via Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN)) (28 July 2014) Simple steps college students can take to reduce their waste at the beginning of the school year.
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Image from Samelia's Mum blog. School starts in our Winter in Australia.
It is back to school time!! Check out our latest blog post to see how you can win a prize pack filled with back to school supplies!
"Peeling Back the Truth on Bananas" (website) (via Food Empowerment Project) Outlines the impact of banana production on people, animals, and the environment, highlighting issues such as unfair wages, threats of violence, damage to the environment, and more. Also makes recommendations for what to do.
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Peeling Back the Truth on Bananas | Food Empowerment Project
Getting to the Source of Slave Free Chocolate (blog post) Includes resources for finding fair trade and slave-free chocolate.
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According to the official royal wedding website, It appears that there will be not one, but two cakes at the upcoming Royal Wedding of Prince...
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Getting to the Source of Slave-free Chocolate
Using a Little Sweat of Our Own to Find Out About Corporate Practices & Sweatshops (blog post) Includes resources for finding out more about a company's human rights practices and for finding sweatshop-free products.
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Bella's Chocolate Surprise by Adam Guillain (children's book) When Bella wonders where the chocolate from her birthday cake comes from, she’s lead on a journey to learn about fair trade chocolate in Ghana.
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Book cover: Bella's Chocolate Surprise
Bella's Chocolate Surprise
Environmental Working Group Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce (report/website) Each year EWG offers a list of the "dirty dozen" and "clean fifteen" -- fruits and veggies that have the highest and lowest levels of pesticide residues.
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EWG's 2014 Shopper's Guide helps you make informed choices about the produce you buy. Check out our 'Dirty Dozen' and 'Clean 15' lists to shop smarter. For home made baby food organic is best but if organic isn't attainable avoid the "dirty dozen"
EWG's 2014 Shopper's Guide helps you make informed choices about the produce you buy. Check out our 'Dirty Dozen' and 'Clean 15' lists to shop smarter. Helps to know what foods to buy organic, with most pesticide residue.
The 2014 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15, from EWG's 2014 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
EWG's 2014 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ All 48 fruits and vegetables with pesticide residue data EWG analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items. All 48 foods are listed below from worst to best (lower numbers = more pesticides) April 2014 update
EWG's 2014 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ - dirty dozen clean fifteen
EWG's 2014 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
Shop Ethical (website) (Australia) No ethical shopping guide is ideal for making choices that do the most good & least harm, but this one offers guidance about companies & products that do less harm for people, animals & the earth.