I got into a great conversation this weekend with a friend about how to know which companies we buy from are ethical or not AND what harm we are causing with our purchasing. A fitting question as we celebrate Independence Day this week.
Millions of slaves and unimaginable harm is caused to the environment in the production of our consumer products. But that is really vague. So, to gather more information (when I have the courage), I turn to two really impressive resources.
This awesome organization is tuned into abolitionism in a way that we all need to be. If freedom is an inalienable right, then we need to actively choose freedom for the people who make our products. Which means, we need to choose products that are slave free. Slavery Footprint created a detailed quiz that can tell you how many people you enslave based on what you own. Prepare to be shocked and outraged; then read more from them about how to take up the cause with your purchasing, because even one person enslaved is too many.
This UK based, independently funded group has provided a massive amount of information about major consumer companies for over 12 years. They score each company based on several standards from social justice to environmental impact. A warning though, in order to really understand how they are scoring companies and why certain companies are scored that way, spend time reading the “about” tab on their website and learn how they group and consider companies. If I’m tempted to purchase from certain companies, this rating guide has been hugely motivating for me.
What resources do you turn to? Anything that you have found particularly helpful or motivating?
Best of luck on your ethical shopping journey!