1000 Flowers for the Planet - #527 Reject Double-Standard Producers
Hopefully by now you are getting the hang of all these Flower suggestions and thinking about what you do, how you do it and how it affects the planet. Ideas that have been presented include buying fair trade (Flower #22) and thinking about how your purchases affect those people who provide the raw materials such as gold, tea, chocolate etc, where slave labour is sometimes used and people are trapped in harsh conditions with no hope of a better life. The same goes for animals, and hopefully you are thinking about them when you buy your food: pigs in cages, chickens in battery farms, animals slaughtered in cruel ways.
Now I want to suggest a way of taking all that good work and pushing it further, by rejecting the companies that have double standards. There are egg producers who sell free range eggs, and that’s a good thing, but if those same producers also sell battery or barn laid eggs, are they simply marketing their product to make you feel better but not really doing the right thing by the chickens? How can you be sure the eggs actually come from hens in different living conditions, or are they all actually from the one place? What about those corporations who market their ‘healthy’ products and tell you how wonderful they are for you and the environment, whilst also selling unhealthy products that cause obesity and health problems? Take bottled water as an example (research it!). Why give your hard earned money to a corporation who really doesn’t care about you or the environment? Take that extra step to show producers and corporations that we won’t put up with their double standards, that they need to do the right thing all the way, or we won’t support them. In this way you can really do something good for the planet.