Ethical Shopping News
Probably the most overlooked aspects of 2007's string of toxic toy scandals are the host of environmental and health dangers associated with manufacturing poisonous products. The Chinese workers who spray lead paint on toys destined for American shelves — often without masks or gloves — don't have to put the toys in their mouths to experience the effects of lead poisoning. When they go home at night they bring with them paint dust which in turn pollutes their living spaces, putting their families at risk.
January 15, 2008
Buoyed by the success of the 2006 film, "Blood Diamond", and a recent increase in awareness concerning the conditions under which most of the world's precious metals and stones are mined, ethical jewelry now makes up about one percent of the market. It's only a start, but with the Association for Responsible Mining and the Fairtrade Foundation working together to establish the first fairtrade certification for fine jewelry, it shouldn't be long before ethical jewelry commands a similar market share to ethical alternatives in other luxury markets.
January 14, 2008
Children and youth genre publisher, Scholastic (bringing us the Harry Potter series), set the bar higher for publishers in announcing its intention to use more managed forest-certified and recycled paper in its books, magazines and fliers. The publishing giant also announced a new website, Scholastic’s Act Green—for educating kids on ecological, environmental and socially responsible issues. In 2007, the company stood out by printing the seventh Harry Potter book on post-consumer waste paper.
January 11, 2008
One year ago, community leaders in Grassy Narrows, Ontario, declared a moratorium on industrial development and clearcut logging, citing the disruption it causes to their traditional way of life. Grassy Narrows is composed of several indigenous tribes who have long fought to protect the environmental sanctity of an area that is prime real estate for logging and paper mills. A year later, despite failing to achieve what was promised to be a "win-win" solution with the Canadian government, OfficeMax continues to log and sell paper in violation of the moratorium.
January 10, 2008
With Americans discarding around 150 million cellphones a year, the issue of cellphone obsolescence has weighed on the minds of environmentalists for years. Phones are made from a variety of materials, including metals and toxic chemicals like polyvinyl chloride, all of which come with an environmental impact when they're harvested and and disposed of. And while approximately 20 percent of the phones that fall into disuse in the United States are already reused or recycled, the E.P.A. would like to see that number get higher.
January 9, 2008