27 Jun '11, 12pm

Does my bum look big in this? Campaign for new ethical law to make shopping easier

Does my bum look big in this? Campaign for new ethical law to make shopping easier

A fairer way of doing business Shopping can be a tricky business. And I'm not just talking 'does my bum look big in this?' worries, but ethical dilemmas about the human and environmental impact of stuff you'd like to buy. I've fretted over whether a pretty top is so cheap because it was stitched together by a sweatshop worker on abysmal pay. And while I'm grateful for the mysterious metals that make my mobile phone work, I hope mining these didn't mean rainforest was destroyed or communities polluted. I know books like The Good Shopping Guide can help me figure out the green credentials of products from shampoo to vacuum cleaners. But they don't cover everything I might need. Researching the origins of products also feels the wrong way round. Rather than me boycotting planet-trashing items, wouldn't it be better if they weren't produced in such a destructive way in the fir...

Full article: http://www.foe.co.uk/news/foe_europe_petition_31687.html

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