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Being ethical and having a great product is becoming the new normal. There is hope for our planet and future generations if we choose to support ethical brands #votewithyourdollar. Here are a few examples of companies that are leading the way:

  1. Who Gives a Crap: punny, sustainable and creatively wrapped toilet paper, tissues and hand towels – I am a huge fan of what this company has achieved using toilet humour for marketing. They give 50% profits to sanitation projects around the world.
  2. ThankYou: from the humble bottled water to 40 products such as hand wash, muesli bars and nappies, these guys are leading the way in shopping experiences that have an impact! 100% of their profits funding safe water, food, hygiene and sanitation services around the world (slightly different model to Woolies using profits to buy pokie machines..). I dream of a shopping centre filled with just Thank You products.
  3. KeepCup: starting back in 2002 and leading the way for reusable cups, this is what our planet needs! With a tram load ( of paper cups being thrown away every 30 mins in Australia I am ashamed this is even legal.. even using a kitchen mug works if you don’t have the cash for a cute KeepCup. #BYOCoffeeCup
  4. Etiko: since 2004 Nick Savaidis has provided Australians with an ethical choice of fashion, footwear & sports gear all for a similar prices to sweatshop produced products. Over the years I have bought many of his products and love the quality and style.  Congrats Nick – I know this has been a long and challenging journey!

Another a fabulous resource (and handy app for on the go) is Shop Ethical. Also Melbourne born this site really enables you to “vote” with a clear conscience (ie looking for kids clothes? Look for brands that don’t support child labour). Local Harvest provides a simple way to find your nearest ‘real food’ provider (as their video shows; food at the supermarket has been highly processed) and helps recreate ‘the village’ and supporting local communities. 

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