I want to put my money where my mouth is. Got suggestions?
June 13, 2012 7:43 PM Subscribe
How do I become a more ethical consumer? I'd like to primarily do business with organizations known for treating their workers - domestic and foreign - well. Where and how do I find them?
I'm building a household for the very first time at 26. I'm settling into the rhythm of adult life, and there's certain patterns I want to establish. One of those patterns is that of ethical consumption - I understand that we inhabit an inherently imperfect world, but I want to do my best to regularly patronize businesses that enhance the communities in which they reside and have personnel policies that are among the best in their industry, even in industries known for having a low bar to clear in that regard. I'm finding many accounts of notoriously bad actors, but I'd prefer to make affirmational choices with my purchases rather than having to react every time someone's PR department goes on vacation. In particular, I'm looking for places to eat out, purchase groceries, housewares, clothing, furniture and electronics. There are regional considerations - I live in Texas, and for that reason I find that I've never seen IRL a lot of places that people rave about online.