Are you already feeling the pressure and busyness of Christmas? Worried that in an effort to 'get it all done' you'll let your ethical values slide down the Christmas wish list? It doesn't have to be this way. Follow our 12 days 12 ways countdown to explore a new ethical issue each day of advent. Each with practical actions to help you reclaim the essence and joy of the festive season. Start now, make your choices count this Christmas!
Oxfam's new video tells the stories of the women who make our clothes but arenâ€™t paid enough to escape poverty. They are paid as little as 39 cents an hour, yet it would cost companies less than 1 percent of the price of a garment to provide them a living wage. See the company tracker outlining actions the big brands are taking (or not taking!) on worker exploitation. Sign the petition to demand that Kmart and Big W pay workers fairly.
It's important you have your say... The plastic bag ban for Victoria was announced a few weeks ago, but no details were given. Instead there's a public consultation process and survey
where the government is asking the specifics of what we want. The Plastic-free Victoria Alliance has prepared a template as a guide to help you answer the 10 questions.
(Also see Greenpeace's 'Coca-Cola Christmas' ad and sign this petition).
Greenpeace has just released its latest Guide to Greener Electronics, which looks at what the world's top consumer electronics companies are doing to address their environmental impacts. Fairphone and Apple topped the ratings, while Amazon scored an F (read Greenpeace's critique here). See our Shop Ethical! guide to electronics for insights into the many issues behind your gadgets, including labour issues.
We've updated our ethical shopping app! There are 120 new brand listings, 30 new company profiles, new 'thongs/sandals' and 'activewear' categories, and an expanded 'online' section including video streaming, music streaming, social media and e-commerce. With tons of existing features like barcode scanner and giving company feedback as you shop, it's a must have. Haven't got the app yet? ... find out more and download.
On November 24 state ministers meet to discuss identifying palm oil on food labels. Take a minute to let your minister know you deserve clear labelling. » Zoos Victoria
Buy Nothing Day is November 25. Your chance to breath easy and stop the shop. Listen to Woody Harrelson's message about consumer power. » YouTube
Sign the petition to tell Mondelez, brand owner of Cadbury and Ferrero, to stop sourcing cocoa beans that come from protected areas and national parks. » Sum of Us
WAâ€™s oldest dairy, Brownes, is now in Chinese hands, after its sale to Shanghai Ground Food Tech. This ends 130 years of Australian ownership. » ABC News
Protein-rich hemp seeds can now be grown and sold as food legally in Australia. The change in legislation follows a prolonged campaign by activists and a major review by FSANZ. » SBS News