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A Guide for the Ethical Consumer

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More and more we are hearing  terms like ‘Fairtrade’, ‘Sustainable’, ‘Ethical’ when we are out shopping for products – either in the shops or on-line. But what do these terms really mean? What does it mean to be an ‘Ethical’ Consumer? This quick guide will give you some tips and advice.What does ‘Ethical’ mean?Merriam-Webster dictionary gives a simple definition of ‘Ethics’: rules of behaviour based on ideas about what is morally good and bad. So being ‘ethical’ is about firstly, having your own ideas about what is good and bad or what is right or wrong… and then… sticking to your beliefs. Now, an important question is: “Where do those beliefs come from?”. For many people, they might come religion or culture, or the way they were taught by their parents or teachers, or from beliefs that have built up (and possibly changed) through their life experiences.So for instance, some people may hold the belief that all people should be treated fairly. Or others may believe it is wrong to kill …

Ethical Consumer Behaviour

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Important Questions for Ethical ConsumersThere are a few important questions you need to answer for yourself:1.  Do I really need to consume at all? Sometimes the strongest move you could make is to simply stop consuming something altogether. This could be something like; getting rid of your car and only using public transport; installing solar panels and no longer purchasing electricity for your home; giving up alcohol, coffee or tea; or giving up all animal-based products entirely. This is certainly a very strong option but you need to make sure that you will be able to live (and work) effectively if you stop using something altogether2.  Do I really need to consume so much?Cutting down or reducing your consumption can help support your beliefs. Cutting down on using plastic containers; reducing the amounts of sugar or salt you use; switching to more fuel-efficient transport; eating less processed foods; drinking less alcohol; learning to sew your own clothes, or even growing some v…

What is Vegan Leather?

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What is Vegan Leather?
These days, ethical shoppers may often come across products that are made of ‘Vegan Leather’. Now most of us know what a Vegan is… someone who doesn’t eat any animal-based products only plant based products.But most of us have grown up with things made from Leather… the preserved hide (skin) of all sorts of animals.
So how on earth can you have Vegan Leather?

Isn’t Leather always made from animals?