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"The Story of Stuff"

"The Story of Stuff"

As helpful as it is to reward sustainable businesses with our hard earned cash, it's sometimes easy to lose focus of the fact that American consumerism is itself, fundamentally unsustainable. In a short film called "The Story of Stuff," sustainability expert Annie Leonard takes a look at how consumption drives the "materials economy," and the havoc this process wreaks on the world.

December 6, 2007

There's Nothing Sexy About Victoria's Secret's Labor Practices

There's Nothing Sexy About Victoria's Secret's Labor Practices

Jonathan Tasini, a longtime labor activist and contributor to The Huffington Post, recently wrote about a report from the National Labor Committee which detailed labor abuses at a factory in Jordan which manufactures Victoria's Secret bikinis and lingerie. The factory employs 150 guest workers, most of whom originate from Bangladesh and lack the necessary residency permits to leave the industrial park where the factory is located.

November 30, 2007

Organic Food Boom Has Everyone Taking Notice

Organic Food Boom Has Everyone Taking Notice

A recent study by the market research firm, Mintel, indicates that the organic food boom is quickly transforming from a niche market composed of a minority of dedicated ethical shoppers, to a constant purchasing consideration for most Americans. Last year, 52 percent of Americans consciously purchased organic foods, with 32 percent of adults now saying that they buy organic "as often as possible."

November 19, 2007

Are We Shopping Our Way To Powerlessness?

Are We Shopping Our Way To Powerlessness?

In the last decade, American consumers have become increasingly concerned with the ethical ramifications of their purchasing decisions and business has responded with a near universal dedication to so-called "Corporate Social Responsibility." The age of ethical buying and selling has most certainly dawned, but will market trends alone be enough to stem the tide of global warming or make free trade? Two recent books on the subject say no.

November 17, 2007

Reverse Trick or Treating for Global Justice

Reverse Trick or Treating for Global Justice

This halloween, Global Exchange and several other groups are organizing a new kind of trick or treating to raise awareness for the conditions under which much of the world's cocoa is produced.

October 31, 2007

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Don't Buy It

  • Numerous ethical problems with largest maker of household products in U.S.
  • Maker of violent anti-social video games
  • Processed meat sold as 'natural' food. Union-buster.
  • Unethical marketing of baby formula in developing nations
  • Genetic Engineering and Monopolistic behavior = Monsanto