Think Before You Shop


“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want” Anna Lappe

The tragic factory collapse in Bangladesh last month was a harsh reminder of the relationship between First World consumer demand for cheap goods, and the devastating consequences for factory workers in the Third World. Many westerners point the finger at the factory’s landlords, but our demand for products at cheap prices is driving this machine. Ultimately, we western consumers are partially responsible.

So how can we, as part of the cause, become part of the solution? How can we begin to steer this beast in a different direction? Here are a few ideas.

Buy fair trade when possible

If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, choose to buy only fair trade (it is often the same price as all the other coffees on the supermarket shelf). If they don’t sell fair trade at…

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