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Have Your Blue Jeans Been to More Countries Than You?

Have Your Blue Jeans Been to More Countries Than You?

Americans spend around $16 billion dollars a year on blue jeans, most of which are now made overseas. But if you're curious about where your jeans really come from, the words "made in Bangladesh" are probably telling you only the end of a story that spans thousands of miles, touching the lives of people in as many as five or six different countries.

February 11, 2008

The Supply Chain Alibi

The Supply Chain Alibi

No company wants to be known for employing children in sweatshops or coating their products in lead paint, but intricate supply chains filled with contractors and subcontractors have helped to insulate global corporations from the responsibility of ensuring that their products are safe and ethical.

February 8, 2008

One Year Later, (RED)'s Success is Controversial

One Year Later, (RED)'s Success is Controversial

In early 2007, the rock singer Bono teamed up with AIDS activists and veterans of the non-profit sector to found a whole new approach in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Project (RED) wouldn't provide services like an NGO or round up large contributions from businesses, endowments and wealthy philanthropists, but would instead be a business itself. A year later, the program has received heaps of criticism and praise, most of which results from the unconventional way that it goes about its philanthropy.

February 7, 2008

Plastic Water Bottles Recycled into Back Packs

Plastic Water Bottles Recycled into Back Packs

Makers of day packs, lumbar packs and full-size backpacks are starting to take recycling seriously—crafting entire packs out of 100% recycled PET (plastic polyethylene bottles) material. The supply company Mountainsmith is adding a fully recycled series of packs to its 2008 line.

December 22, 2007

Handmade Makes a Comeback

Handmade Makes a Comeback

The online crafts dealer Etsy.com has more than 70,000 registered merchants, offering items like hand-knitted mouse cozies, clocks made from recycled circuit boards, and thousands of different jewelry styles. Whether or not you view D.I.Y. knick-knacks as our best defense against an economy based on disposable mass-produced goods, you can be sure that nothing you buy on Etsy has been made in a sweatshop.

December 19, 2007

Buy It

Don't Buy It

  • Processed meat sold as 'natural' food. Union-buster.
  • Racial profiling and discrimination
  • Maker of violent anti-social video games
  • World's largest oil company--human rights, oil spills and misinformation about climate change
  • Numerous ethical problems with largest maker of household products in U.S.