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CONSUMER ETHICS

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

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Latest Activity: Jun 23, 2013

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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


Discussion Forum

Bangladesh's deadly building collapse: Are cheap clothes to blame?

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member May 5, 2013. 2 Replies

What Isn’t for Sale?

Started by A Former Member Apr 29, 2013. 0 Replies

The Corporation with Ethos-a time for change films to see

Started by michele ricketts. Last reply by michele ricketts Apr 29, 2013. 2 Replies

The Center for a New American Dream

Started by A Former Member Apr 29, 2013. 0 Replies

The Consumer Ethics Book List

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member Apr 29, 2013. 1 Reply

The true cost of Mother's Day flowers

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Steph S. Apr 25, 2013. 1 Reply

Ethical Consumer Buyer Guides

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 30, 2012. 1 Reply

Politics of the Plate: The Price of Tomatoes

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 30, 2012. 1 Reply

Ford, Starbucks Among ‘Most Ethical Companies’

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Steph S. May 4, 2012. 1 Reply

A One-for-One Revolution

Started by A Former Member Nov 16, 2011. 0 Replies

We-First Capitalism

Started by A Former Member Sep 24, 2011. 0 Replies

What’s yours is mine

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Richard C Brown Jul 25, 2011. 1 Reply

The Cigarette Century and Beyond

Started by A Former Member Dec 30, 2010. 0 Replies

The Idea of a Local Economy

Started by A Former Member Dec 29, 2010. 0 Replies

Built to Trash: Is ‘heirloom design’ the cure for consumption?

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Sentient Biped Aug 31, 2010. 4 Replies

Amazon Kindle: Now you read it, now you don't

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by Sentient Biped Aug 31, 2010. 2 Replies

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Comment by A Former Member on May 11, 2013 at 1:38pm
Comment by A Former Member on June 1, 2012 at 12:06am

A long article on a woman who refused to sign-off on fraudulent mortgages at Citigroup. Good for her:

 

Woman Who Couldn’t Be Intimidated by Citigroup Wins $31 Million

Comment by Steph S. on May 4, 2012 at 8:11pm
We are just like the Ferengi in Star Trek! All about the profits! Hehe
Comment by A Former Member on February 28, 2012 at 12:34pm

I Went to the Pre-Oscar Celebrity Gifting Suites and All I Got Was This Sense of Disgust

Comment by A Former Member on December 9, 2011 at 6:30pm

Thanks for watching. I want to spend some time checking out that site.

Comment by A Former Member on December 9, 2011 at 1:40pm

I added a new video to the homepage. Please check it out.

Comment by Steph S. on September 14, 2011 at 8:34pm

That stuff at Target didn't even look that good. 

Must buy more junk! haha

Comment by A Former Member on September 14, 2011 at 6:08pm

Just what people need, more crap: Designer's line creates Black Friday-like buzz, crashes Target website

Comment by A Former Member on August 2, 2011 at 9:06am
Comment by A Former Member on July 17, 2011 at 7:15pm
Thanks for joining Richard. I'm afraid the group is not really all that busy, but I do think there is lots of good info already posted to go through.
 

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