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 stages that that project took place?
Source: Malta Today
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.
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.
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?
Every effort is a step in the right direction, but sadly, although food miles with imported superfoods are indeed an issue (eating a diet loaded with such foods uses up to four times the energy and subsequently produces four times the emissions of an equivalent domestic diet), the greater problem lies in exactly what it takes to mass-produce these items.
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
Vegans, vegetarians, and flexitarians are too often at each other’s throats about how best to reduce animal suffering — and increase the health of the planet.
It was the right style, colour and price, but best of all, the vegan leather tote bag had the right intention sewn into its very stitching. Or so I thought. Yet it took only a few clicks of the mouse to reveal an uncomfortably big question mark over its ethical brownie points.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
The rise of the conscious consumer has been increasing rapidly over the past years, forcing brands to re-evaluate their ethical stance and to incorporate purpose and CSR into their approach. But is this now enough in the modern day to gain consumers’ trust?
Source: The Drum
A growing number of mainstream consumers say they will pay more for food and beverage products produced by socially and environmentally responsible companies, said Maryellen Molyneaux, president and managing partner at Natural Marketing Institute.
Source: Meat and Poultry