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Sustainable Purchasing

30 May

My general impression of our society is that if corporations can exploit a resource to earn a profit, then they will unless there are measurable consequences – their bottom line is to maximize profit.

I also recognize that there are a lot of concerned people in this world who have gone to great lengths to either run a company that prioritizes maximizing social welfare over maximizing their profit margin, or to start an organization that certifies companies who consider social welfare.

The purpose of this page is to provide a guide of how to live life sustainably, so that neither the environment, animals, or other humans suffer as an expense of you enjoying life (for example, if you own an ipad, it was probably manufactured by a factory run by Foxconn, by workers who were being mistreated, so for you to enjoy having an iPad, someone had to suffer. On the other hand, if you bought some eggs from a local farmer who raises his own hens, you can enjoy a fantastic and fresh egg, and neither the farmer or the chicken had to suffer as a consequence of your enjoyment!)

Here are some companies that sell organic sweatshop free clothing, bedding, pillows, etc.
West Elm
I just got some sheets and pillows from here and they look great, pillows are nice and fluffy too! Not all their stuff is organic, you have to go to each section (e.g. ‘Bedding’) and select the organic subsection. Their organic products are GOTS certified, here is a summary of description of West Elm’s labels concerning sustainability.

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