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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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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 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 Фелч Гроган on October 24, 2009 at 10:28am
Comment by Louis Davout on October 17, 2009 at 7:06am
Comment by A Former Member on October 10, 2009 at 5:09pm
Good vid, Louis. Thanks.
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.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on September 25, 2009 at 11:39pm
Comment by Louis Davout on September 24, 2009 at 8:49pm
Oh man. I don't know if my blood pressure could handle reading that Pigs book. I think my head would explode with outrage.
 

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