Friday, August 20, 2010

Ethical shopping

If I saw my clothes were being made in a "sweat shop" underneath the house next door, would I buy them, particularly if I saw the workers everyday? I hope not. Yet if the clothes were made in the same conditions in Indonesia but I was blissfully ignorant would I buy them? Well, I do!
In attempt to be better informed about what we buy and where it comes from my wife obtained a copy of The Guide to Ethical Supermarket Shopping which lists a whole range of supermarket products and brands (ranging from breakfast cereal to soap) and rates their merits/demerits using a range of social, environmental, and justice criteria. It is helpful. We will see how we go at actually acting on our knowledge...

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