Originally posted by Melanerpes
The problem is that for EVERY product or service you can buy, there's likely to be something involved that harms the environment, employs someone unfairly, supports some unsavory tyrant, wastes valuable resources, supports drug dealers, or helps the Jonas Brothers sell concert tickets.
How does one become a truly responsible consumer without having to forswear all purchases?
It's really quite simple. If you're not as persistent as I am, you can choose local producers as much
as possible, and never buy from a manufacturer that has been exposed in the press as using
questionable methods of production. That would go a long way in showing producers that certain
methods aren't acceptable.
Also, buying food, clothes, furniture and so on from local producers help promote the economy in
your own geographical part of the world, and it gives you some level of insight into how the
production really takes place.
For things that can't be found locally you'll just have to trust the authorities and investigative
journalists to do their jobs right. The only other option is to start asking questions yourself, which
isn't really a bad thing you know? No one can be on top of things all the time, but it doesn't hurt to
think critically when suddenly, magically a new brand of shoes appear with a price tag far below
the same quality of shoes from its competitors. Gee, I wonder how that's even possible?
Of course, you can't trust the price tag alone. That would be stupid. As soon as the rotten eggs of
manufacturing realise that: "Hey, we sell more if we raise the price tag!", they'll make more profit
and your guilt as a consumer is even bigger. That should suck big time; wanting to do something to
better the conditions in the world and end up actively spilling misery into people's lives. HA! Talk