Ethical Consumerism

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American consumers have a long history of acting in support of the rights of workers who produce the goods they wear and consume. From the turn of the 20th century efforts to develop a union label for consumers to the organized student anti-sweatshop movement of the 1990’s, US social movements have laid critical groundwork for advancing ethical consumerism in the 21st century.


The Fairness in Flowers Campaign collaborates with NGO and union partners in the Andean countries as well as in Europe and Africa, and works to educate US consumers and promote both voluntary and legal approaches to improvements in this industry.

Check out a full list that lays out the positives and negatives of certifications like fair trade, Veriflora, Rain Forest Alliance and Florverde.

Shop with a Conscience Consumer Guide:

For a complete list of ideas for becoming a responsible clothing consumer, check out a few ideas from ILRF.

The Shop with a Conscience Consumer Guide is released annually by ILRF and SweatFree Communities.

The retail options available on the guide have been approved based on the companies’ labor standards; the workers have proper work hours, fair pay and sufficient benefits, a safe working environment and are treated with respect and dignity. SFC and ILRF together accept applications which are reviewed to determine eligibility to the Shop with a Conscience Consumer Guide.

The guide has been made available for ethical shoppers for the past five years and we encourage you to purchase sweatfree garments and support companies that adopt high labor standards.