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
- At all our TDEG general meetings, we have welcomed various local suppliers of ethical products to showcase their wares, including non plastic bathroom products and cleaning products.
- 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.
- Once the corona virus restrictions are relaxed, we hope to host a “Re-use to Reduce” clothing sale, to demonstrate the benefits of purchasing secondhand clothing, and discuss the impact of the fast fashion industry on the planet.
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!