Ethical products

Ethical Products

Be an ethical consumer and support companies and products that are making a difference.

David Streibl
David Streibl

and they reached the crowdfunding goal already, so that's great!

I want one of these.... shaped as a Hobbit hole!

"Earthships can be built in any part of the world and still provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production. The Most Versatile and Economical sustainable green building design in the world."

http://earthship.com/

http://earthship.com/images/buil…erview.jpg

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Asfand Qazi
Asfand Qazi

Seriously, why shouldn't we all build a home like this and forget about having to go to work for a living? Imagine the possibilities from being totally free of the need to work a 9-5 job for survival, how one could spend their time doing something truly fulfilling and rewarding. AND not totally wrecking the environment for our kids!

Bamboo bikes! Another brilliant example of responsible social enterprising. http://ghanabamboobikes.org/en/

"The Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative is a social enterprise that addresses climate change, poverty, rural-urban migration and youth unemployment by creating jobs for young people, especially women, through the building of high quality bamboo bicycles."

#climatechange #ghana #jobs #poverty

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Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative - Home
http://ghanabamboobikes.org
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Luc Pelletier
Luc Pelletier

Ahaha! That's cool! A few years ago in Brazil I also saw bamboo saxophones. They sound surprisingly good!

Not being pessimistic, but "ethical products" could be the next marketing nuisance. With regulation being weak, especially in developing countries, there is no way to figure out whether a product is actually 'ethical'. We may end up paying a huge premium for allegedly 'ethical products' which may be in reality quite unethical.

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Luc Pelletier
Luc Pelletier

I agree we have to be wary of that. I also believe there are genuinely ethical enterprises that deserve to get their names out there. Hopefully we'll be able to sort things out with some digging! Usually, ethical companies are keen to give you more informations on their production methods and resources used, etc. It requires more effort but I think it's worth it in the long run.

Great Company Using All Natural Non GMO products...Here's a link.

Tinarpeters.myitworks.com

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Hey there! I've been looking around for companies that do services online with an added ethical/green touch. I've been using Ecosia search engine for a year now, but I want to find other interesting tools! Any suggestion?

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My girlfriend shared with me the name of this company. They use organic farming and hire Indigenous people in Siberia. Anyone has tried it?

http://www.naturasiberica.ru/en/

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Natura Siberica | Cosmetics of Wild Herbs and Flowers
http://www.naturasiberica.ru
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Natalia Avdeeva
Natalia Avdeeva

I've heard about it but never tried

If anyone is in Germany I'd love to hear what this place is actually like. Sounds interesting.

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This Zero-Waste Grocery Store Has No Packaging, Plastic Or Big-Name Brands
http://www.trueactivist.com
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£14.5 for a bag of grasshoppers in Planet Organic. "Insects are tasty, nutritious and sustainable to farm... What's not to love?" #paleodiet #grasshoppers #worms #insects #planetorganic

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Tapio Rinne
Tapio Rinne

Country of Denmark has plans to go 100% organic farming. Hope that idea is sreading..

Natalia Avdeeva
Natalia Avdeeva

I hope too - and yet snack worms and grasshoppers don't excite me, even if they are very sustainable and organic. But then I am a vegetarian...

Natalia Avdeeva
Natalia Avdeeva

And then £14.5 for a handful of dried grasshoppers? Surely you can get 2 organic chickens at the same price http://www.eatgrub.co.uk/shop/

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Products Archive - Grub
http://www.eatgrub.co.uk
George Thorwell
George Thorwell

What about chocolate? I know Tony's Chocolonely in the Benelux, and Divine in the UK...

I do think privacy is vital for a functioning democracy, and that goes for communications technology especially.
I started this week looking at smartphones for myself, trying to choose an OS and a nice affordable phone. The more I looked online at potential security and privacy issues the more concerned I became.
Most phones use Android, and that is reported to have serious vulnerabilities leaving it open to hackers. Motorola's parent company Lenovo have admitted embedding spyware on laptops, and Motorola themselves were said to gather user information from phones, including passwords, some of this gathered over un-secure connections. The mind boggles.
My other option (can't afford iPhone at present) is a Nokia/Windows phone, but I'm wary of privacy issues identified on Windows 10. I do use Win 7 and Office 365 on my PC, and I do like them very much.
All these phones are amazing miracles of technology. If only we the people could control them!
So, after that preamble, can I ask if TPO could consider commissioning some smartphones, to be configured to our own needs? The technology exists, the phones are there. We could use our own hack-test experts to screen the products. We could crowd-fund it. What tech company could resist a nice big order.
I know it won't be as simple as that, but let's look at it.

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A great Australian green, organic and ethical company. www.miessence.com/plantpower

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Moin, do you know a search maschine that helps the world, try www.ecosia.org

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Jeff Peters
Jeff Peters

"From providing jobs for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon to offering business training for emerging artisans in Rwanda, fashion has the power to create positive change" This is an interesting article.

Tom Gutteridge
Tom Gutteridge

Great to read some positivity about the fashion industry...

I get so mad when I see people running around town with multiple Primark shopping bags. How can anybody think it's okay to only pay 5€ for a beautifully designed shirt? If YOU're not paying the due price for it, then a poor worker somewhere is probably paying it for you by having to work ridiculous hours just to barely get enough food on the table for the family. And risk having the ceiling come down on you because there isn't enough money to keep the factory safe... Stinks to the high heavens.

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What are some unethical products? Cigarettes?

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Anna Morris
Anna Morris

Palm oil, petrochemicals, unnecessary animal products or products tested on animals (debatable?), plastic sauce bottles when you can buy glass.... products from companies who don't pay tax fairly.... or their workers...

Anna Morris
Anna Morris

it's easier to be proactive than reactive :)

Michael Flatley
Michael Flatley

Anything from Nestle anything to do with Monsanto and depending on your views I would have to say anything from Israel.

Ricardo Rodriguez
Ricardo Rodriguez

How ethical is to feed a carnivore with vegan food?

Anna Morris
Anna Morris

Hey, there is some info on our blog about this - effectively, vegan cat food is at worst no different than dried medium-ot-low quality cat food, in terms of the nutrients related to the "carnivore question" - ie, taurine etc. While cats are carnivores, all ready made cat food is supplemented in the same way to make it provide for the long term nutritional needs of a carnivorous animal. From a "meaty" dried food to a vegan dried food, the difference in ingredients can be as little as 20%, and the difference in nutrients is 0% as all pet foods in the UK must meet the legal standards set out by the EU.

My wife and I have recently switched to buying meat and ingredients from Daylesford organic farm. If you do eat meat, it's good to try and support organic and ethical farming!

https://daylesford.com/

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Daylesford - Award Winning Organic Farm, Farmshops & Cafés
http://daylesford.com
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Mike Bradbury
Mike Bradbury

Will give them a go Clive

For all the chocolate lovers out there check out Divine, the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 44% owned by cocoa farmers.

http://www.divinechocolate.com/

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Divine Chocolate
http://www.divinechocolate.com
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Alok Soni
Alok Soni

Is there a feature to DM/chat with a specific person? I've just joined so not sure if it'll be enabled with the followers.

Mike Bradbury
Mike Bradbury

Sounds right up the wifes street !

Fred Rivett
Fred Rivett

@Alok — Love the feedback Alok. This not something we have right now but I'm sure it'll be on the cards at some point.

@Mike — It is pretty good!

Alok Soni
Alok Soni

@Fred - Thanks! Can we make pages of companies/brands/media as well? How can I get in touch with the founder(s) for a feature on YourStory.com?

Fred Rivett
Fred Rivett

@Alok — Currently people aren't able to set up pages but we're looking at ways to open this up to make it better for all. To get in touch with founders feel free to message them on here!

Mark Epstein — https://tpo.com/users/mark-epstein
Tom Gutteridge — https://tpo.com/users/tom-gutteridge
Jimmy Wales — https://tpo.com/users/jimmy-wales

Mike Bradbury
Mike Bradbury

Have a Fairphone it's excellent :)