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10-05-2017 02:31 PM
Jamie in Chile Nice to see someone doing a thread about ethical consumerism. I do practice this a little mostly in buying vegan products and a few other random things that are not necessarily particularly well thought out or consistent for now (e.g. stopped buying Doritos for palm oil) but I could do better over time in getting more ethical products.

But I also agree with the above post. Buy more second hand things. Although in practice I don't buy much second hand myself. Here in Chile without the world of internet selling it is much more time consuming to buy second hand.

I do try to recycle things by giving away rather than putting them in the trash, where appropriate.

I do try and repair things. I know someone who will sew holes in trousers for about $1 or $2. She has already done the same pair of trousers about 5 times.

Last year I decided to do some research on which laptop/notebook company was the most ethical, but I found the difference between them was minimal, and none of them were particularly ethical. So I decided just to continue with the old one even though the letter u doesn't always work and it occassionally givs me very slight electric shocks if I touch the metal edges. I am just going to soldier on with it until it dies or starts to seriously affect my work.

A large part of the unethical nature of products is that we buy too much stuff. There's only a certain amount of general consumption that's consistent with a sustainable biosphere.
10-05-2017 08:59 AM
Spudulika Not quite what you're looking for, but in terms of 'ethical consumerism' my absolute favourite products, are second hand ones.

I buy, and consequently own, a LOT of second hand items (most of my stuff in fact), including: curtains, cushions, duvet covers, throws, mirrors, boxes, candle holders, candles, books, book cases, mugs, plates, bowls, cake tins, pictures, chairs, plant pots, earrings (I clean thoroughly with surgical spirit), necklaces, bracelets, jumpers, cardigans, skirts, dresses, hats, blouses, jackets, coats, glass jars, weighing scales, ornaments, wind chimes, lamps... I could probably go on. I don't buy second hand shoes unless they are 'as new' and unworn (shoes are too 'intimate' and can't be cleaned properly). I don't buy second hand underwear.. Eew. But everything else is fair game.
10-04-2017 09:01 PM
sadlilvegan
Ethical Consumerism/Favorite Products

Becoming a vegan has led me to be a more conscious consumer. I don't want to contribute to any suffering and am now beginning to research most of the products that I buy (being scrupulous about things like palm oil, environmental impact, parent company values, fair trade, involvement in child labor etc.). It's definitely a challenge to find products that are completely ethical- even when a product seems to check out, it may still be owned by a problematic parent co. or have some other issue that presents moral conflict.

I'm starting this thread in hopes that others can recommend some favorite brands of food products and household and everyday items that are 110% vegan, environmentally friendly, and cruelty-free!

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