Every transaction is an action.
Whenever you buy something you are voting with your dollars. By making more environmentally and socially conscious purchases you can create a higher demand for better products, lessen your impact on the environment, and support better working conditions for people around the world.
Next time you’re buying something ask yourself questions like:
- Do I support the policies and practices of this company? Does it have a good reputation?
- What are labor conditions for the workers?
- Were any recycled or sustainable materials used in making this product?
- Can I recycle or reuse this product myself? Will it last a long time?
- Is there an alternative source that reflects my values better?
- Where was this made? How far did this travel to make it here?
This handy shopping guide ranks companies based on 5 key criteria: human rights, the environment, animal protection, community involvement, and social justice. It’s a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide that will help you make informed purchases ranging from coffee to cosmetics to cleaning products.
You can search for green services and products in your area on the Organic Consumers Association website. They also list other green directories to help you find independent bookstores, farmers markets, non-corporate cafes, and more.