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 Tideswell & District Repair Cafe goes from strength to strength. The Repair Cafe is on the third Saturday of every month (except December and August) 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.
- We are also delighted to be supporting the Peak District Cloth Nappy Library. You can meet the organisers at the monthly Repair Cafe events or email them at email@example.com . Find out more 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.
- Consider how your bank account or savings might be used to do some good (or avoid harm). You can read more about ethical savings and investments here.
Most of us have some money in a bank account or saved with other financial institutions. Modern life appears to require a current bank account,
Everyone is welcome to our next TDEG Whole Group meeting on Wednesday, 19 October, 7.30-9.00pm, in the Fountain Square Church, Tideswell. Our speaker will be