Ethical Consumerism Part 8 – Slavery in the Chocolate Industry

Even though we might be vaguely aware that slavery still exists, many of us think of it as a thing of the past, or a thing that is separate from us. When we pick up a mainstream chocolate bar, it may not occur to us that the cacao was harvested by children who were sold … Continue reading Ethical Consumerism Part 8 – Slavery in the Chocolate Industry

Ethical Consumerism, Part 7 – How to Sustain the Population in 2050.

A summary of the main points of the article. On the left, a representative from GlobalCorp Agrichemical is telling us to use all of their products all of the time. On the right are the suggestions to eat a plant-based diet, reduce food waste, and reduce consumption

Hi folks! In the previous post, I looked at how we can take actions as consumers to help curb population growth. This post is about actions we can take to sustain the human population without completely destroying our planet. Population growth fears are exploited by corporations One of the most common abuses of the population … Continue reading Ethical Consumerism, Part 7 – How to Sustain the Population in 2050.

Ethical Consumerism, Part 6: Population Growth

In an early GSP post, Sociopathy and Kindness, Part 2, I somehow got onto the topic of population growth. It’s a topic that’s worth revisiting because the key questions of how to control population growth and how to sustain future populations are both closely tied to ethical consumerism. I believe that these issues have also … Continue reading Ethical Consumerism, Part 6: Population Growth

The EU bans neonics. What will the US do?

You may have heard the news yesterday that the EU has voted to ban neonics (neonicotinoids) in Europe, putting a more permanent stamp on the temporary ban that had been in place since 2013. Meanwhile, in the US, the use of neonics has increased to a point where a large percentage of several major crops, … Continue reading The EU bans neonics. What will the US do?

The Muggle and the Big Ugly Pile of Discarded Coffee Cups

Starbucks recently announced that they are making $10 million in grants available to people with proposals for coffee cups that are compostable and recyclable. So it seems timely to do a post on this dreaded topic. Throughout development, the solution will be open source so others can benefit and innovate on the path towards the … Continue reading The Muggle and the Big Ugly Pile of Discarded Coffee Cups

Ethical Consumerism, Part 4: Mindfulness

Fruit and vegetables with no bags, on a conveyor belt at a supermarket checkout.

Greetings! After 17 months of something pretty close to freedom, I returned to work recently and have had less time for blogging and interacting [insert appropriate emoji to convey my precise emotional response to this. Editor: there isn’t one! System Failure! LOLZ 😛 ]. Being back at work also provides another challenge: how to find … Continue reading Ethical Consumerism, Part 4: Mindfulness

Ethical Consumerism, Part 3: The Corporation

In part 1 of this series of posts on the topic of Ethical Consumerism I mentioned the story of how Henry Ford was blocked from doing good things because of the structure of the Ford Motor Company. Well, here it is: In 1916, Henry Ford was paying workers generous wages and had cut the price … Continue reading Ethical Consumerism, Part 3: The Corporation