What are the most ethical everyday products?
Having the full intent of becoming an ethical consumer
As a life project, I’ve committed to researching the most ethical brands of the products I consume such that I can change my spending habits to support the causes I believe.
I’m of the opinion that this is the best way as an individual to make an impact on the world; changing the way I consume, or lack thereof. However, I realize that there are a lot of logical traps in determining what is ethical, and I’m sure a lot of my other existing behaviors might be counter productive or downright hypocritical, but my intent is to at least start trying.
Thus, I’m deeming myself an “intentful” consumer (You’re right, intentful is not a real word).
Amano - $4.66 / solid oz small batch, “fairly traded”
To summarize, all of the major chocolate labels like Nestle & Hershey are not doing enough to produce ethical and eco-friendly chocolate. Keep in mind that chocolate is an exotic good that should be treated as a luxury, so buy less of it and just save up to buy some good fancy ethical shiiiight. For an extensive list of good chocolate brands to buy (or avoid), check out the Food Empowerment Project’s chocolate list.
Crystal - $5.92 - $1.39/oz - crystal, vegan, Ecopak plastic
I tend to not promote major brands as they’re typically entangled in questionable practices, however, I wanted to note that Proctor & Gamble is doing a test run of paper deodorant tubes for Secret and Old Spice deodorants. I think you just have to chance upon them in the wild at Wal-marts for the moment.
Tom’s floss (probably easiest to find, but not as eco friendly as others)
As you might know, a lot of floss is made with nylon and comes in plastic packaging, so we looked into options that are easier to recycle or compost.
I personally have used the Public Goods floss and it works great, but is non-vegan. A friend tried the TEVRA floss and plans to keep buying it, though noted that it is thicker than most floss so might not be best for those with tight teeth.
Dr Bronner's seems like a hands down easy choice, it's affordable, widely available, and well rated in terms of being an eco-friendly company.
Another debate revolves around antibacterial soap. Essentially, the consensus (of the FDA) is that it’s overkill and it’s just making the bacteria more resistant and more difficult to eliminate when it actually matters.
Kirkland organic peanut butter $.39/oz (organic, widely-available, plastic)
Nestle Yes! Bars - Recyclable wrapper, only available in UK, Nestle is a horrible company but can help steer in the right direction
Compostable packaging isn’t easy, some companies like Regrained have had to revert to traditional packaging due to shipping damage issues, and FritoLay’s SunChip had to revert due to sales dropping from the compostable bag being too loud.