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Ethical Supermarket Shopping Guide: Who’s Behind Your Groceries?

Ethical Supermarket Shopping Guide1 Ethical Supermarket Shopping Guide: Whos Behind Your Groceries?Most of us either love or hate the business of supermarket shopping, but few people view it as an opportunity for an extra vote and a chance to make a difference in the world. Every time we buy something, the money we spend endorses a company and its activities, whether we see it or not, whether we like it or not.

The work of the Ethical Consumer Group has come out of a shared concern that many people, although eager to make changes in their buying habits for the better, do not have access to good information or alternatives to make better choices.

The “Guide to Ethical Supermarket Shopping” pocket-publication provides information on the environmental and social record of the companies behind the brand names of common supermarket products, drawing from sources like Greenpeace, Choose Cruelty Free, Corporate Monitor, Responsible Shopper and Sustainability Victoria.  It allows evaluation of the impact of these companies on the earth and our society, and gives insight into the ever-increasing concentration of company and brand ownership. It also highlights broader issues of concern to all of us as consumers, providing practical advice and links to more information on topics like ethical investment, organics, natural cleaning, buying local, food additives and many more.

Additionally, our “Shopping with a Conscience” workshops and supermarket tours allow people to explore the real costs and impacts of the products they buy, and provide a practical framework for making more ethical and sustainable choices. Sessions involve a presentation of principles and issues, a trip to the local supermarket, and a meal together following, where we share our well-chosen purchases. Some of the issues covered are food miles, genetic engineering, multinational ownership, packaging, organics and animal testing. these workshops have been useful in introducing sustainable purchasing principles and practices to various groups in council run programs, workplaces and other community settings over the past 18 months.

For more information on how to get a copy of the pocket guide or on running a program for your group, visit

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