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Crooked Lenders Are to Blame for a Variety of Economic Woes

Crooked Lenders Are to Blame for a Variety of Economic Woes

By now you've no doubt heard the words "subprime" and "credit crisis" bandied about in the media in relation to the recent instability on Wall Street, but the tragedy of this story lies in the foreclosures and financial ruin facing hundreds of thousands of Americans today.

November 21, 2007

British Airway’s Ghost Flights

British Airway’s Ghost Flights

On November 14, Britain’s Daily Mail reported that British Airways has been flying ghost flights across the Atlantic in order to preserve slots at airports.  The airline, which touts itself as an environmentally responsible company, has been widely condemned for the activity.  Considering the massive carbon impact of a single flight, this activity calls into question BA’s commitment to environmentalism.

November 20, 2007

Most U.S. Electronic Waste is Pollution-and-Worker-Danger Shipped Overseas

Most U.S. Electronic Waste is Pollution-and-Worker-Danger Shipped Overseas

Part of our society’s growing green practices as ethical and socially conscious consumers is to recycle old computers, monitors, drives, televisions, cell phones and other electronic gadget waste. But our e-waste in many cases is not being recycled here, but is being shipped out of America as a global jet stream of electronic waste to countries with low-wage workers.

November 19, 2007

Interface Carpet's 'Second Industrial Revolution'

Interface Carpet's 'Second Industrial Revolution'

Interface Carpet founder and committed environmentalist Ray Anderson was recently interviewed on NRP’s Marketplace, where he explained his intention of eliminating oil from his company’s production process.  One of the largest carpet companies in the world, Interface is at the cutting edge of corporate responsibility and sustainability.

November 18, 2007

Are We Shopping Our Way To Powerlessness?

Are We Shopping Our Way To Powerlessness?

In the last decade, American consumers have become increasingly concerned with the ethical ramifications of their purchasing decisions and business has responded with a near universal dedication to so-called "Corporate Social Responsibility." The age of ethical buying and selling has most certainly dawned, but will market trends alone be enough to stem the tide of global warming or make free trade? Two recent books on the subject say no.

November 17, 2007

Buy It

Don't Buy It

  • Processed meat sold as 'natural' food. Union-buster.
  • Racial profiling and discrimination
  • Unethical marketing of baby formula in developing nations
  • World's largest oil company--human rights, oil spills and misinformation about climate change
  • Genetic Engineering and Monopolistic behavior = Monsanto