The Green Stars Project is all about ethical consumerism – it’s a rating system for social and environmental impact. The goal is to make ethical consumerism democratic by allowing everyone to voice their opinion. It’s essentially a grassroots activism movement to address corporate misbehavior, recognize ethical businesses, and tackle social and environmental problems through individual action.
What does this entail, exactly? It’s simple: Just include an ethical score (on a scale of 0-5 Green Stars) whenever you review a product or business online. The goal is to have ethical scores for products and businesses on the sites that we already use, from online retailers (even Amazon!) to guides such as Yelp, Google Maps, etc. Join in and win a prize – right now you can win a subscription to Ethical Consumer!
A large part of the site is dedicated to social and environmental topics, from palm oil and pesticides to less obvious subjects like the Paleo diet and carbs. There are also many case studies on evaluating everyday items in the ethical shopping guide category. All of this is leading to the main goal of the Green Stars Project: to encourage you to think about ethical consumerism as part of daily life, in part by writing Green Stars reviews.
Green Stars: Democratic Ethical Ratings
Ethical consumerism is one of the most important actions that we can take to make this world a better place. From inequality to climate change, we’re facing some serious social and environmental challenges. The rise of political systems that embrace corporate hegemony and erode societal and environmental protections has not helped our situation.
Many of our problems, from habitat destruction to modern slavery, are rooted in corporate misbehavior. The only dependable way to make corporations responsible is via their bottom lines of sales and profit. Ethical consumerism is the most effective way to make that happen. Below, you’ll find recent posts and a few articles to help you get started. Also check out my other site, Ethical Bargains, which focuses on ethical ratings for new items that I’ve purchased at the Grocery Outlet!
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The posts below will get you started
To me, ethical consumerism is a pretty self-explanatory term and I think that most people have a good idea of what it means. But it’s worthwhile to take a fresh look at the concept from time to time and address any misconceptions that crop up. So here’s a quick guide to ethical consumerism from the … Continue reading What is ethical consumerism?
This site is the main home and information source for the Green Stars Project. The main role of this site is to increase awareness of ethical consumerism issues so that we can eliminate corporate practices that are detrimental to our planet and society. The goal is to encourage you, dear reader, to include a green … Continue reading What is a green star rating?
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It’s time to announce the winner of the Green Stars Project contest! The challenge was simply to include an ethical rating in an online review for any product or local business. The prize is a subscription to Ethical Consumer for one year. The winner for this month’s competition is George from Northern Ireland – congrats! Also – it starts again now!
Greetings! In the next post, I’ll run another competition to encourage you, dear readers, to write a Green Stars review, so please stay tuned for that. In the meantime, I want to take another look at the ethical consumerism criteria that can go into a Green Stars rating. Evaluating the ethics of a product or … Continue reading Ethical Consumerism, Part 10 – Green Stars rating criteria
I think it’s worth writing a post to explain why I took the direction of user-generated ratings with the Green Stars Project. There’s a pretty good chance that you take advantage of user-generated content on a regular basis. Perhaps you were just looking up the difference between herons and cranes on Wikipedia, and then went … Continue reading Ethical Consumerism, Part 5: Why we need User-Generated Ratings.
A common issue that people raise is that they are not sure where to start when it comes to writing an ethical review. Perhaps you would like to join in, but the process of deciding on an ethical rating seems overwhelming? Well, look no further, because informing this process is one of the main priorities … Continue reading How to decide on an ethical rating: Cafés