Responsible Consumerism

Daniel Garcia


“Which of these products do you use?  I wanted to do a piece about all the products we depend on, that are made or reaped by forced labor, child workers, sex slaves, etc.”

Below is a list of products people see everyday to boycott.  Click on each name for more info.  If you have any feedback, suggestions, or would like us to research a product to post please email

Reducing before Buying

Things to Buy Less of While Responsibly Reusing and Recycling more

 Agriculture and Food Products

Products to Boycott

Production Involves Cruelty

Alternatives to Factory Farming & Animal Agriculture

Production Involves Child Labor

Production Involves Slave Labor

Production Involves Unfair Labor Practices


Production Involves Environmental or Health Degradation


Companies Involved with Multiple Issues



Products to Promote

Fair Trade Products
(Order these products online or look for them at your local grocery)

Fake Olive Oil Brands vs Real Olive Oil Brands

Kellogs vs. Breitbart News

Newman’s Own

Saltwater Brewery and their Sea Creature Safe Edible Six-Pack Rings

Understanding “Humane” Certification Labels in Animal Agriculture– FYI “Animal Welfare Approved” is the most humane certification!

Understanding “Humane” Egg Labels
– FYI “Pasture Raise” Eggs are the most humane label!

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Non-Edible Products

Products to Boycott

Animal Cruelty Products

Animal Skin Clothes and Accessories

Production Involves Slave Labor

Toxic Products

Products Involved in Supporting Oppression

Products that Support the “Pink or Women” Tax
(women pay on average 42% or $1351 more a year more than men for essentially the same products like personal care products, clothing, accessories healthcare products, etc)

Products to Promote

Non-Stuff Holiday/Celebration Gift Ideas


Eco-Friendly Cleaning and Personal Care Products

Fair Trade Products

Human and Animal Rights


Products that Support the “Pink or Women” Tax
(women pay on average 42% or $1351 more a year more than men for essentially the same products like personal care products, clothing, accessories healthcare products, etc)

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Food Businesses

Businesses to Boycott

Businesses to Promote

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Businesses to Boycott

Businesses to Promote

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Banks to Boycott

Banks to Promote

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Gas and Oil Industry


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Clothing Companies Using Sweat Shop Labor

Learn more about sweatshops and how to campaign against companies supporting sweatshops at Oxfam: Are your clothes made in sweatshops?

 Check out the “True Cost” whole movie at Netflix or here.

Clothing and Jewelry

“There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it causes hunger and unhappiness.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

Companies that care about the Environment, Worker Rights & Fair Trade Markets

Click on each link to learn more about each companies practices

35 Fair Trade & Ethical Clothing Brands Betting Against Fast Fashion

Recommended Fair Trade Brands from True Cost Documentary

Look for the Fair Labor Association (FLA) Accreditation for companies working, at various stages, to improve worker standards.



*some companies like Nike, Adidas, Puma are making an effort to improve their past labor injustices through programs like FLA, but their success can be mixed.


Cruelty Free


Cultural Promotion

  • Afrikrea
    Black “Etsy” to connect consumers to African fashion designers


Clothes with a Cause

  • BitterSweet Monthly
    Collection of goods that support refugees as they resettle and begin again
  • SsekoDesigns
    Sandals handcrafted in Uganda and every pair helps to send a bright & brave young woman to university.


Survivor Made Goods

Clothes & Jewelry made by artisans around the world that have overcome abuse, conflict, or disease

  • Free Set Global
    Bags, t-shirts, scarves, and accessories by social enterprises focused on creating positive employment opportunities for women affected by sex trafficking in West Bengal, India.
  • Made by Survivors
    Artisan jewelry made by survivors of human trafficking and extreme abuse.  Organizations also helps provide shelter, education, and employment.
  • Sudara
    Wide variety of clothes for men, women, and children made by women in India who have escaped a life of sex trafficking and exploitation.
  • To the Market
    Curated goods such as raw materials, jewelry, home goods, scarves, shoes, and apparel, from around the world that empowers vulnerable communities.
  • 31-Bits
    Jewelry line created by war displaced women in Northern Uganda

Clothes Made From New Eco Friendly Products

  • Veja
    Sustainable shoes made with Amazon Wild Rubber
  • Wearpanda
    Glasses are made from Mosu bamboo and watches made from bamboo, recycled metals, vegan leather and Portuguese cork.

Clothes with Natural Dyes

  • Boll and Branch
    New Jersey-based which sells organic-cotton bedsheets, blankets and towels
  • Industry of All Nations
    Los Angeles based  clothes are made with natural dyes and fibers from around the world
  • Jungmaven
    Los Angeles based hemp and organic-cotton T-shirt company
  • PACT
    Colorado-based underwear and loungewear from all-organic cotton


Reuse & Repurpose

Keep up to date with new sustainable fashion designers at Ecouterre

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Companies that Supported Trump

For a list of companies that sell Trump products click here.

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Things to Buy Less of While Responsibly Reusing and Recycling more


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Certifications to look for with standards that require environmental, social, and economic sustainability

showmedia RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil – Why?

fair-trade-logos1Guide to  Fair Trade logos – Why?

fair-labor-association Fair Labor Association Certification to guarantee no child labor & inhumane working conditions

certifiedverifiedCertified vs Verified – Why?

utz-logo  Sustainable Farming Certification for coffee, cocoa, and tea – Why?

logo_0_0 B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social, environmental, accountability, and transparency.

goodweave-label-sample-transparent Good Weave Child Free Labor Certification for rugs.

screen-shot-2014-03-26-at-9-28-43-pmCertifications for animal cruelty free products – Why?

awa-logo-final ch   ahc-logo-tm-400x400

globalanimalpartnershipHumane Treatment of Farm Animals Certifications – why?

americangrassfedcertifiedfoodalliancecertified  certifiedusdaorganic  cngcolorlogo

Certifications that have humane animal standards – Why?

rdsnsf Ethical Standards for Down Products. Why?

logo-landscape Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Certification that checks environmental and social conditions for marine farming.  Why?

logo-lftz Assures cosmetics and personal care products are plastic free

imgres   Assures products are biodegradable (compostable)

imgres-1  Assures products are recyclable

nsf  screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-8-08-22-pmscreen-shot-2016-11-23-at-8-04-22-pmIndependent public health and safety certification

non-gmo-logo Non GMO Project certification for GMO free products- Why?

nop-color-seal  USDA Organic vs Certified Naturally Grown  cngcolorlogo

Both certifications have the same standards.  “USDA Organic” certification cost much more so mainly medium to large farms sign up.  “Certified Naturally Grown” cost much less and gives more small, local farms a chance.

*Beware of the label “natural” which does not guarantee natural or organic ingredients.

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-7-38-26-pm  vs     kplogo scs-certifieddiamond-conflict-free2-1

Although programs like the Kimberly Process has helped reduce conflict diamonds, and is better than buying diamonds with no certifications, these programs cannot 100% guarantee they are not conflict diamonds and often fail to raise living standards or promote economic justice.  The Canadian Diamond Certificate program uses a laser “track and trace” model that can 100% prove their strict code of conflict is enforced and is the only way to 100% guarantee not to buy conflict diamonds.

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