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Would you pay more and go out of your way to spend ethically?
Poll ended at Wed Mar 03, 2004 10:21 pm
1) Pay more? Y or N 25%  25%  [ 1 ]
2) Go out of my way? 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
3) Other or both 1 & 2 75%  75%  [ 3 ]
Total votes : 4

 ? for everyone re: Human Lives Behind the Labels... 
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How willing are we to investigate our consumer practices to end sweatshops and child labor?

I like to think of myself as willing to do alot to make sure I am not supporting an impoverished existence for countless families accepting slave labor-type jobs to survive. I joined Co-Op America. There is another non-profit organization in NYC (whose name escapes me at the moment) that dedicates everything to whistle-blowing and advertising the companies that practice unethical business in a monthly newsletter. If it matters to anyone, I could probably dig up the name. When I encountered that organization I vowed to pay attention. I paid attention for a few months. I am such a meager consumer by American standards that I rationalize that my pennies are pretty much pennies... But they do count if a company can make something that I need to buy.

I get the newsletters but the reality of my own situation is that when I need something, I usually look for the most convenient, least expensive for the best quality (w/in my price range) item. However, because I'm a mom and because I genuinely believe in improving this world both for myself and for my son - I'd like to make more conscientious choices.

Do any of you alter your spending for ethical reasons? How? Would you, if you don't now?

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Wed Feb 18, 2004 10:21 pm
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Honestly, I haven't ever thought about spending my money for ethical reasons. But, I do think that after reading the article about the sweatshops, I probably will pay more attention to where things are made. It really upsets me that these huge corporations are doing this just so they can save and make more money. Everyone wants to make money, but I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I was making it unethically. I guess people in the business world like that are taught to not have morals toward people that are less privelaged as they might be.

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Crystal A. Land


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I'm not sure if my vote went through correctly, so I'll just reply instead. Currently, I do not alter my spending for ethical reasons but I am definitely willing to do so. I just don't really know how. I guess I've always been your typical selfish consumer-buying whatever I need/want at the lowest price possible. In the back of my mind I've always known that A LOT of items are made in poor countries but I never gave much thought to it.

I would also like to make more conscientious choices, but how?? How do you know what products are connected to unethical business practices? This is such a bigger issue than just Nike tennis shoes. What if most or all consumer products are, in some way, connected to some type of unethical business practices??

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I would like to think, I would alter my spending to promote a good cause, but in all reality...How could I ,on my small grocery budget , alter for others, and let my three children go hungry? I hate to say this but right now every penny counts in my household. I guess its a good thing I am uneducated in regards to ethical products.

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FYI for anyone interested in ethical economics... I have to work this Saturday - but, since this topic came up... If ANYONE is still around this Saturday - or just checks this out and enjoys being informed.
Enjoyed getting to know everyone in this class!

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