Online talk on Ethical Consumerism

When: Thursday 20th August, 7.30pm
Where: Online via Zoom. If you wish to attend, contact Simon Nightingale at who will send you the ZOOM link shortly before the event. 

Shropshire Humanists have issued an invitation to join them at their online meeting in August. Alex Crumbie will talk for about 40 minutes and then answer questions.

Alex Crumbie is a journalist with Ethical Consumer, a not-for-profit UK magazine and website which publishes information on the social, ethical and environmental behaviour of companies and issues around trade justice and ethical consumption.  The ethical consumer ideal implies that individual consumers can have a significant role, through their daily purchasing decisions, in promoting ethical corporate practices.  Alex will explain what Ethical Consumer is both in theory and practice, review its successes as well as some of its criticisms and look to the future.


  • The way we spend our money can help to change the world.
  • Every time we shop we’re voting with our wallet. When we buy from brands that have a positive impact it’s like voting for a better world.
  • By carefully choosing what we buy, and looking behind the brands, we can choose products that have a positive impact on people, the planet and animals.
  • When you are part of a movement of people making similar positive choices we can start to have a big impact on the world around us.

Good for the environment – For example we can help tackle climate change by switching to a green energy provider or help reduce the amount of dangerous pesticides that are killing wildlife by buying organic products.

Good for society (both local and global) – For example, we can help create the type of society we want through buying from companies that take their commitments to our communities seriously.

Good for animal welfare – For example, in our product guides we rate and rank companies on their response a range of animal welfare issues including: animal testing; factory farming and animal welfare

Good for body and soul – For example, buying ethically can be good for your health and well being and there is something very satisfying about shopping ethically. It’s often difficult to define but those who shop ethically feel empowered knowing that the small changes they are making are a vote that can lead to big environmental and social impacts.