Posts categorized: Ethical consumption

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In Defense of Ethical Omnivorism

Humans have biologically evolved and thrived as omnivores, mixing both the attributes of properly prepared plant foods and those of wild or pasture-raised meats, milk from cows that ate grass and fish that swam freely. Source: Daily Nexus

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Veganism Comes At a Price

As knowledge about the meat industry and the environmental impacts of animal product consumption have seeped into the mainstream through social media and documentaries like “Cowspiracy” and “Forks Over Knives,” people in the United States are increasingly switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet. Source: New School Free Press

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The eco guide to good plastic

If we carry on creating and consuming plastic as we are now, by 2050 there will more pieces of plastic in the ocean than there are fish. It seems overwhelming. Almost every piece of plastic ever produced that has not been burned (burning causes toxic emissions), still exists. Source: The Guardian

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Questioning consumption

The supermarket is both a space of routine and something of a microcosm of our lives: encompassing as it does a lot of our concerns about sustenance and comfort. Do you agree with this assessment of the supermarket’s centrality to our lives, and if so, how did you go about tackling it in the various… Read more »

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Conscious consumerism is a lie. Here’s a better way to help save the world

According to the lore of conscious consumerism, every purchase you make is a “moral act”—an opportunity to “vote with your dollar” for the world you want to see. We are told that if we don’t like what a company is doing, we should stop buying their products and force them to change. Source: Quartz

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The best recipe for ethical chocolate

Cocoa starts as cacao, a colorful pod that ripens to colors ranging from bright yellow to deep burgundy. The seeds are fermented, dried, and processed into cocoa, then chocolate. Cocoa trees grow in a thin equatorial band in places such as Ecuador, Peru, and Vietnam, but over 70 percent of production is in West Africa…. Read more »

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Are Ethical Brands Greenwashing?

As a responsible shopper looking to do the right thing, you might think if a brand is openly talking about their environmental or labor practices, they’re probably legit. And if they show you a picture of a happy worker or an NGO partner, it’s probably a sign of good intent and practices, right? Source: shift.newco.co

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Humane housing top consumer concern

Consumer demands about animal treatment on farms have challenged scientists and ethicists to think about how livestock production might be improved. Source: The Western Producer