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Keep jobs, skills, dollars and decisions in Australia

This month's Ethical Shopper action calendar theme is 'Choose Australian-owned'. Australian-owned companies are more likely to invest in local infrastructure that supports our communities. However, only 20 out of the top 100 food brands sold in Australian supermarkets are Australian owned. This month we highlight ways you can help turn the tables - choosing locally owned and produced goods, petitioning stores to stock Australian products, and even helping with our new project. (See info-graphic on buying local).

Milk – better choices to support our farmers

image In the light of Murray Goulburn and Fonterra announcing the decrease in milk prices paid to farmers, there’s been a public outcry in support of dairy farmers. Many people are asking how we as consumers can make the most ethical milk choices. Like most questions of ethics, a best buy is likely to depend on your point of view. Here are some thoughts from us at Shop Ethical!  

Our new 'Manufacturing in Australia' project

image Do you know where your food and essentials actually come from? We've been working on a mapping resource showing the manufacturing locations of major brand owners in Australia. It will help you support local industry and jobs with your dollar (and possibly reduce food miles too!). You can explore our Test map. We need some help to take it to the next level, so please contact us if you'd like to partner with us or assist in research!
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Shop Ethical! expands to include appliances

image You can now make more informed choices when shopping for household items such as washing machines, fridges and microwaves with our NEW guide to appliances.

See at-a-glance how the major players fare according to issues important to you - such as labour practices, use of conflict materials, sustainable design, and energy efficiency.

The appliances market is dominated by foreign-owned companies such as Electrolux (Sweden), Miele (Germany) and Whirlpool (USA) but there are some companies that stand out like the Breville Group that maintain Australian ownership.
 Shop Ethical! Appliances

Be inspired: Supporting Australian companies

image In this month's Be Inspired section, we showcase Australian-owned companies such as Coopers, Aware Environmental and Mirabella - who stand out amongst the many foreign-owned mainstream choices. We also shine a spotlight on multinationals, monopolies, and corporate power.  

New global index reveals extent of modern slavery

image The Walk Free Foundation has released its 2016 Global Slavery Index, estimating that 45.8 million people are living in slavery. The index highlights that we may be unwittingly complicit in supporting these practices by purchasing products from companies with forced labour in their supply chains. China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan were found to have the highest levels of slavery.   
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Plastic-free Kitchen Combo

image Reduce plastic from your kitchen with these 100% Australian owned and made products. This plastic-free kitchen pack contains:
    • 3 reusable Honeybee Wraps
    • 5 reusable Fregie Sacks
Get the combo pack - Only $42 - and save $10! � Shop Ethical!   

Quick Bites

image\ Nick Baxter is petitioning Coles and Woolworths to dedicate more of their supermarket to 100% Australian produced and owned goods »

image\ A new report from the Asia Floor Wage Alliance finds evidence of widespread exploitation in H&M supplier factories in Cambodia and India. »  Broadly

image\ Sign the petition to have Coles re-stock Planet Ark endorsed SAFE and iCare Australian-made 100% recycled toilet paper on their shelves. »  Planet Ark

image\ Join the campaign asking world leaders to create a sanctuary around the North Pole and ban oil drilling and destructive fishing in Arctic waters. »  Greenpeace

image\ With the federal election just weeks away, where do the major parties stand on important issues for our environment and climate? »  Environment Victoria

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