Every dollar we spend has the potential to create social and environmental change, so it is important that we pay attention to how we are spending our money. In The Better World Shopping Guide: 7th Edition, you can find the information you need to know to help make sure you are supporting companies that are actually doing good, penalize the ones that aren’t, and create change in the world while you shop. Today, we share an excerpt from the book that gives a quick overview of some of the information in the book as well as explains how to use the book effectively. Also, make sure to check out the Better World Shopper app!
Excerpt from the Book
This book is meant to be used as a practical guide while shopping at the supermarket, in the mall, or online. Familiarize yourself with the alphabetical listing of categories and dog-ear any pages you find particularly useful.
Utilize the rankings on the left as a quick guide to any product you’re thinking about buying. Note that all rankings are relative to their product category, so a company may shift up or down depending on its competition.
Useful information and helpful tips appear on the right along with a quick sketch of some of the differences between the best and worst companies. At the bottom of the page are links to online resources to learn more about some of the companies listed.
The book has been purposefully made small so that you can keep it with you in your purse, backpack, briefcase, or pocket. Find a convenient place for it now, while you’re reading this sentence. Whatever you do, don’t put it on a shelf!
Author Ellis Jones
Ellis Jones, PhD, is the award-winning author of the bestselling editions of The Better World Shopping Guide and co-author of The Better World Handbook. A scholar of social responsibility, global citizenship, and ethical consumerism, he gives presentations across North America, Europe, and Asia empowering people to make a difference. Ellis is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, where he focuses his energies on bridging the gap between academics, activists, and the average citizen.