Most of us want to get the most value for our dollar when we’re buying things. At the same time, one aspect of our purchases that many of us care about is ethics. What are the ethical implications of our purchases?

That kind of ethical concern can take on a lot of forms. Perhaps you’re concerned about the environmental impact of the things you buy. Are they manufactured in an environmentally friendly way? What about the packaging? Others might be concerned with the treatment of animals. Does the company treat animals in an ethical fashion? Many of us are concerned about the ethical treatment of workers. Are the workers at the factories or in the fields paid well? Are they treated well?

Sometimes, we find ourselves making purchases with a bit of a guilty feeling. At other times, we even avoid purchases or spend more on purchases to avoid those ethical dilemmas.

All of these…

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