Being an ethical consumer means buying products which were ethically produced and which are not harmful to the environment and society. This can be as simple as buying free-range eggs or as complex as boycotting goods produced by child labour.
We want to share information to allow us to make our own ethical decisions about what we buy, how much, and who from.
Things we've been doing...
- Our Tideswell Ethical Consumers Facebook page provides information about a wide range of products and manufacturers to help you make your own decisions about new purchases. It also includes information about reducing how much stuff you buy, and reusing and recycling wherever possible
- You can also join our Tidza `Buying for Good Club` which will allow us to access ethically sourced foods and other products, and have them delivered locally for free. More information here.
- Our TDEG AGM on 24 June 2020 included a presentation from Ruth Strange (Ethical Consumer magazine) on the environmental impact of the fashion industry, and a discussion around how we could all make a difference in this sector.
- We are held a ‘Swap, don’t Shop’ event on 20 November, at the St.John’s Institute in Tideswell. The event was a huge success and we hope to repeat in the future.
- We are delighted to be launching our new Tideswell Repair Cafe on 21 May, in the new Tideswell Community Centre. Drop in between 10am and 2pm. Everyone is welcome – bring a broken item or just come and see what it’s all about, enjoy a cuppa and some home-baking and show your support for this new project. More information here.
Things you can do...
- Support retailers and producers who are trying to work sustainably and protect the planet.
- Buy locally and support small and local businesses.
- At our meetings, we often refer to the Ethical Consumer magazine in order to explore different retail sectors. Their web site includes a wide range of helpful consumer advice on everything from white goods to soap and food.
- Download some ‘eco shopping’ apps, such as Bazar, Good On You, CoGo, all of which help you to shop ethically, and make decisions that often cost a lot less. Or even better – sign up to our new Tidza `Buying for Good` club.
- Check out our Sustainable Food pages to discover ways to shop for food and eat more sustainably and ethically. You can also sign up to our Seed Swap page, to donate spare seeds and receive free seeds from the group.
- Switch to a green energy provider.
A new Repair Café launches in May for residents of Tideswell and District. The aim of the Café is to encourage more people to repair