User-generated ratings for ethical consumerism

User-generated ratings for ethical consumerism. The image text reads: User-generated content in the form of Crowdsourced ratings for Ethical consumerism

I’m reluctant to create an ethical consumerism guide based only on my own opinion – it would be incomplete. We need a good, reliable guide that relies on user-generated content. The experiment starts next week!

Green Stars / Ethical Consumer competition

The Ethical Consumer logo is shown, which consists of the words "ethical consumer" in green font. The prize for this Green Stars Project contest: a subscription to Ethical Consumer, the UK nonprofit that’s one of the best resources on ethical consumption. The challenge: write a review of any product, company, or local business and include a Green Stars rating for social and environmental impact.

Welcome to another Green Stars Project friendly contest! The challenge: write a review of any product, company, or local business and include a Green Stars rating for social and environmental impact. The prize: a subscription to Ethical Consumer, the UK nonprofit that’s one of the best resources on ethical consumption.

Peet’s Coffee – sustainability and social responsibility

Peet’s coffee was founded in Berkeley, California, by Dutch immigrant, Alfred Peet, all the way back in 1966. Peet’s changed the landscape of coffee in America, taking things up a few notches in terms of quality and experience. You can imagine what Berkeley culture was like in 1966, when Peet’s arrived on the scene, fueling … Continue reading Peet’s Coffee – sustainability and social responsibility

How to decide on an ethical rating: Cafés

Scorecard showing how to compute an ethical rating for Starbucks.

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

Ethical Consumerism, Part 10 – Green Stars rating criteria

Ethical consumerism Green Stars ratings for peanut butter cups, cheese puffs, and laundry detergent

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

Ethical Consumerism, Part 5: Why we need User-Generated Ratings.

5 gold stars on top of 5 green stars

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.

Ethical Cell Phone Update: LG Review

Earlier in the year, I wrote a post about cell phones that covered a few social and environmental issues, from repairability and longevity to sourcing of (conflict) minerals. I said I would post an update once I chose a new phone and wrote a Green Stars review, and so, here I am! Based on the … Continue reading Ethical Cell Phone Update: LG Review

Daily Footprint, #26 – How sustainable is your local?

I think it’s finally time to call it quits on this epic work day and head home. But wait! It has been a stressful day (/year) and you decide that a drink is in order. Time to head to your favorite pub for a swift half, or whatever’s your poison. But have you ever considered: … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #26 – How sustainable is your local?

Daily Footprint, #23 – Lunch in Santa Barbara and Dunsmuir, CA

Or... More Ethical Reviews of Local Businesses (California by Train, Part 3). Since I’m charting the impact of our voyage through a typical day it seems like we’re definitely overdue for lunch by now (although we’ve been snacking so much that I’m not sure we deserve any). A previous post dealt with how to review … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #23 – Lunch in Santa Barbara and Dunsmuir, CA

Ethical Guide to Restaurants in Davis, CA

Or… Ethical Reviews of Local Businesses (California by Train, Part 2). Since I’ve never really gone into it before, I want to say a little bit about how I research and write Green Stars reviews of restaurants, cafés, bars, stores, etc. I did look at Starbucks in a recent post, but smaller businesses are a … Continue reading Ethical Guide to Restaurants in Davis, CA