The Rise of the Conscientious Consumer

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Date of publication: February 15, 2012

Source: Dream of a Nation

Author: International Labor Rights Forum

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No matter how much we try to reduce consumption, we are still going to buy goods, from coffee to clothes,  that are produced abroad. Because many developing countries cannot or will not stop businesses from using practices like forced or child labor, consumers in the United States need to demand that goods are produced with respect for human rights. Even better, systems like Fair Trade are making it easier by certifying that products are produced sustainably and that workers are paid well enough to ensure they can invest in a better future.

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