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Vote With Your Wallet

Making the best choice as consumers is not just about price and the quality of the product itself, but also the business practices of the company that makes it. The Better World Shopping Guide which grades companies according to five criteria (human rights, the environment, animal protection, community involvement and social justice) is now in it’s 6th edition. They “provide our users with a comprehensive database of over 2,000 companies.”

Among the A graded companies are: Tweezerman, Vancity, Wholesome Sweeteners, Wholesoy, Working Assets, Recycline, Seeds Green Print, Straus Family, Straus Family Creamery, Sunrise Banks, SweetRiot, TAP / FILTERED, TerraCycle, TerraPass, Theo, OnePacificCoast, Only Natural Pet Store, Organic Pastures, Organic Prairie, Oxo Brite, Pangea Organics, Peace Coffee, Pete & Gerry’s, Plum Organics, Preserve, Pura Vida, local farmers markets, local vineyards, Lotus Foods, Luna, Wolaver’s, World’s Best Eggs, Zhena’s Gypsy, Zia, Turtle Island, Vegenaise, Vital Choice, Vital Farms, Wikipedia, Wild Pacific, Wild Planet, Wildcatch, Wildwood, Swheat Scoop, Teva, Thanksgiving, The Green Office, The Honest Company, The Keeper, Therafit, Timberland, Tofurkey, Tofurky, Tulsi, Simply Organic, Sjaak’s, Sole Rebels, St. John Family, Steaz, Striped Bass,Weleda, WestSoy, Whole Foods, Woodstock Farms, Working Assets CC, Xerox, Xyliwhite, YouTube, Yves, Zola, Stonyfield Farm, Sun Flour Baking Co, Tender Care, Think, TofuTown, Tom’s of Maine, Tushies, Twin Oaks, Unisoy, Vermont Bread Co., Vermont Soy, Rudi’s Organic, Shelton’s, Silk Road, Sipp, Small Planet, So Delicious, Speakeasy, Spectrum and Spicely.

Those with an F grade are: Chevron-Texaco, Walmart, Kraft Heinz, Exxon-Mobil, Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Verizon, Dow Chemical, Citibank, Nestle, Pfizer, General Electric, General Motors, Zee, Zephyr Hills, Zest, Abbott Laboratories, Koch Industries, Comcast, Monsanto, Ford, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Microsoft, Walgreens, Warner Brothers, Whiskas, Window, Windows Mobile, Winn-Dixie and Wonka.

Their research is based on 76 reliable sources (linked) with 30+ years of data.

Dr. Ellis Jones is the author of two books and an app is available for free download through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The Shopping Guide identifies corporate heroes and villains by product with a brief list of buying tips and what you need to know.