In the craziness of the modern world, ethical considerations are often ingnored. Many organisations only care about one thing, and that is making money.
Each year, we dump tons of rubbish, both into our land and into our oceans, causing devastation to large parts of our planet. But these neglected areas are never shown to us, and so it’s easy to think that they aren’t happening. People are also made to work in terrible conditions for awful wages, and billion dollar companies think this is acceptable because without that wage, ‘they wouldn’t have anything’.
However, there is light in this time of global darkness and there is something that each and every person can do to make the world a better place. There are many organisations and social enterprises have amazing ethical practises and are committed to making the world a better place. These are the organisations that we should be supporting.
Buy less and buy properly
Very often people want to know how much they can get for their money, rather than thinking about the quality they can get for their money, and the wider affects that their purchases are having further down the production chain. To quote Anna Lappe, ‘everytime you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world that you want’.
Do research into where your products come from, and how they are produced:
Take coconut oil for example, looking at two jars side by side, you may choose the cheaper one. But what if the cheaper jar abused monkeys in order to harvest their coconuts? This is the reality for so many coconut oil companies. With coconut oil such as ours, humans are responsible and well paid for the entire process, enhancing their living standards, and allowing the big Fijian ‘Bula smile’ to keep shining.
So think twice before you buy products, and ask yourself: where exactly is your money going?