What comes to mind when one hears the term “ethical” in relation to a consumer product? Dolphin safe tuna? Toothpaste not tested on puppies? Maybe it just means that whoever made the shirt you’re looking at was not forced to do so in a third world sweatshop under horrible working conditions. Whatever image that comes to mind, it is important to note that while we as consumers tend to take where and how our products were made for granted, it is still a very real problem.
For many businesses, it is all about the bottom line. This is both a good and a bad thing. On the one hand, many businesses will do whatever it takes to get ahead, often causing them to violate human (and sometimes) animal rights. On the other hand, they will only do this so long as they making a profit from it. In a capitalist society, consumers vote with their dollars; make your money count.
This is actually easier to do than it might seem at first. In 2017, there are many businesses that make their ethical practices well known. Whether it is giving to charity or providing work for the less fortunate, listed below are three reasons why you should go out of your way to purchase ethical products according to extensive research.
Everybody likes charity. When people aren’t being forced into giving up their hard earned dollars, they are generally pretty fond of the idea of sharing. After all, society encourages sharing and being kind to others; it’s pretty ingrained into our mindset. By purchasing your products (whether it is food, clothing, or something else) from a company that donates a portion of its profits to charity, you can feel good about your shopping and get a high quality product at the same time.
People think animals are cute, especially if the animal in question is a dog or cat. Most people are strongly against animal abuse of any form. However, while rats might not be quite as cute, they don’t deserve to subjected to chemical testing either. Do the animals and your conscience a favor and opt for products that are not tested on animals. There are plenty of products that provide the same results without torturing animals.
In the current political climate, the health of the environment is on everyone’s minds. No matter what side of the opinion spectrum you fall on, I think we can all agree that the next generation having access to healthy air and nature is a good thing. Help make this a reality by choosing products that are sustainably sourced.