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Adbusters: Buy Nothing Day - Since its launch in the Pacific
Northwest, Buy Nothing Day has grown into a worldwide celebration of consumer awareness and simple living. Observed on the day after U.S.
Thanksgiving - America's busiest shopping day of the year - the campaign has sparked debate, radio talk shows, TV news items and newspaper headlines
around the world.
BREAD - A community initiative in Berkeley is creating employment, raising the minimum wage, and building
links between neighbors. BREAD is a local currency that residents of the Bay Area are using to pay for carpentry, bike repair, gardening,
vegetables, food, child care, house cleaning, and other goods and services.
Buy Blue - A concerted effort to lift the veil of corporate patronage so consumers
can make informed buying decisions that coincide with their principles.
Buycott - Helps you to organize your everyday consumer spending so that it reflects your principles. When
you use the Buycott app to scan a product, it will look up the product, determine what brand it belongs to, and figure out what company
owns that brand (and who owns that company, ad infinitum). It will then cross-check the product owners against the companies and brands included
in the campaigns you've joined, in order to tell you if the scanned product conflicts with one of your campaign commitments.
Choice - Australian Consumer Association's help page.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) - A worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of social responsibility, human trafficking, and gender-based violence at work. Built on a foundation of farmworker community organizing starting in 1993, and reinforced with the creation of a national consumer network since 2000, CIW's work has steadily grown over more than twenty years to encompass three broad and overlapping spheres: Fair Food Program, Anti-Slavery Campaign, and Campaign for Fair Food.
Affluenza - Affluenza is a one-hour PBS television special
that explores the high social and environmental costs of materialism and overconsumption.
Consumers International (CI) - Global voice for consumers: consumer rights, welfare,
trade and economics, food, health, environment, technical standards, consumer protection and law, e-commerce, corporate social responsibility.
Consumers Union - Publisher of Consumer Reports, is an independent, nonprofit
testing and information organization serving only consumers. A comprehensive source for unbiased advice about products and services, personal finance,
health and nutrition, and other consumer concerns. Since 1936, its mission has been to test products, inform the public, and protect consumers.
Consumers Union Guide to Environmental Labels - Learn about products that are eco-labeled
compared to those that are conventionally farmed or produced, keep track of labels recently added, compare labels quickly with a shorthand report
card and print easily to use while shopping, sign up to register for specific news updates and more.
Cooperative Coffees - A green coffee importing cooperative committed to supporting and partnering
with small-scale coffee farmers and their exporting cooperatives.
Equal Exchange - Working to create a new approach to trade, one
that includes informed consumers, honest and fair trade relationships and cooperative principles. As a worker-owned co-op, Equal Exchange accomplishes
this by offering consumers fairly traded gourmet coffee direct from small-scale farmer co-ops in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Ethical Consumer - U.K. alternative consumer organisation looks at the social and environmental
records of the companies behind the brand names.
Fair Trade USA - The leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States.
Fair Trade Coffee (Global Exchange) - The United States consumes
one-fifth of all the world's coffee, making it the largest consumer in the world. But few Americans realize that agriculture workers in the coffee
industry often toil in what can be described as "sweatshops in the fields." Many small coffee farmers receive prices for their coffee that are less
than the costs of production, forcing them into a cycle of poverty and debt.
Fair Trade Federation (FTF) - An association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers,
and producers whose members are committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers
Fairtrade Labelling Organizations (FLO) - Worldwide fairtrade standard setting and certification
organisation. It permits more than 800,000 producers and their dependants in more than 40 countries to benefit from labelled Fairtrade. FLO guarantees
that products sold anywhere in the world with a Fairtrade label marketed by a national initiative conforms to Fairtrade Standards and
contributes to the development of disadvantaged producers.
Green America - Provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses
and individuals to solve social and environmental problems. Empowers people to take personal and collective action.
Green Living Ideas - Povides ideas, tips, and information to help you improve the environmental sustainability
of every aspect of your life: home energy, green building and remodeling, cars, food, waste recycling-and everything in between.
International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) - Information on the ICA,
its aims and activities, and information on the co-operative movement in different economic sectors: agriculture, banking, credit, consumer, energy,
fisheries, housing, insurance, workers, tourism and health care, and from all continents as well as links to other sites and issues of interest to
LUMA - Offers luxurious organic cotton bed linen, blankets and
towels, beautifully made in the kindest way to our planet and its people. Exclusive range of accessories support remote communities depending on
their exquisite traditional skills.
New American Dream - Helps Americans consume responsibly to protect
the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice. Works with individuals, institutions, communities and businesses to conserve
natural resources, counter the commercialization of its culture and promote positive changes in the way goods are produced and consumed.
State PIRGs Working Together - State Public Interest and Research Groups
(PIRGs) working together nationally to share ideas and resources and cooperate on regional and national public policy issues.
Story of Stuff, The (Annie Leonard) - A 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the
underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of
environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.
SumOfUs - A global movement of consumers, investors, and workers all around the world, standing together to
hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable and just path for our global economy.
SWIPE Tookit - This calculator allows you to determine what
your data bits are worth on the open market so you can request proper compensation when it is asked from you. For instance, a typical cellular phone
company will ask for your address, date of birth, phone number, Social Security number and driver's license to open a new account. Consult the data
calculator and that will be $13.75 please! Refer to this calculator when you interact with all businesses and goverment agencies. Make sure you get
a cut of the profits from the reselling of your information.
Which? - UK consumer group campaigning to get a fairer deal for all consumers and publishing expert,
unbiased information to help you make the right choice, whatever you're buying.
World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) - A global network of organisations representing the Fair Trade supply chain. Membership of WFTO provides Fair Trade organisations with credibility and identity by way of an international guarantee system; a place of learning where you connect with like-minded people from around the world; tools and training to increase market access; a common voice that shouts out for Fair Trade.
KWSnet is an Internet subject directory providing special attention to U.S. national and international news, the arts, computing, culture, environment, law, literature, media, politics, science
and technology. Based in San Francisco, California, KWSnet contains over 150,000 annotated links to resources worldwide. Use Search KWSnet, located at the top of each page, to search within this site. Use Ctrl-F (Windows) or ⌘-F (Mac) to search
within individual pages.