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The Better World Shopping Guide--Revised Edition: Every Dollar Makes a Difference

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  247 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
"The new edition doesn't disappoint. Pocket-sized so it's easy to carry around, and at-a-glance easy-to-read, it grades companies with a simple A to F. The grade encompasses human rights, the environment, animal protection, community involvement, and social justice. I've always believed we vote with our dollars every day, choosing through our purchases what kind of world w ...more
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Published March 1st 2009 by New Society Publishers (first published November 20th 2006)
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Hannah
Sep 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the world
Shelves: must-read-again
Brilliant book that should be owned by anyone who wants to put their money where their mouth is, but don't know where to start.

This book is so handy and amazing that I'm planning on buying it in bulk to dole out over the holidays this year. Friends and family who are reading this, don't let the prospect of receiving this book as a gift stop you from buying a copy now - if you end up with two, you can always give one away!

The Better World Shopping Guide is a pocket-sized book that's small enough
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Julie
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was shocked to read in this book that, "Recently, the ILO, UNICEF and US State Department uncovered the widespread use of child slave labor in the chocolate industry - up to 40% of all chocolate is currently being produced in this way". This book has convinced me to undergo massive changes in which companies I support as a consumer. It's a good guide to take with you on your shopping trip or study before making large purchases. I wish that there was a more in-depth version. I understand the co ...more
Robert
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's more of a reference book, and a very handy one to return to see how businesses are rated according to personnel and environmental policies as well as financial.
Melisa Blok
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a super helpful little guide to voting with your dollars. It gives companies ratings based on their environmental sustainability, human rights awareness, community involvement, animal protections, and social justice/injustice effect. It dedicates one page each to things like airlines, baby care, laundry supplies, condiments, cosmetics, dairy, soap, toys and games, and so on. It progresses alphabetically and has a lot of helpful info plus additional links and citations if you'd like to di ...more
Heather
Sep 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robyn gave me this book. It rates several commonly purchased products (groceries, clothes, household items, etc.) and rates them according to their environmental, social, and political impact. For example, it will rate all the different brands of butter commonly found in grocery stores and give a grade to each one based on the manufacturering company's environmental footprint, their recent court losses, treatment of workers (fair wage, etc.) and other factors. It advocates using your pocketbook ...more
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Buy this if you care about environmental and social responsibility. It's put together by a PH-D Sociologist who took data from a number of sources to grade brands of everything from automobiles and cell phones to veggies and eggs. It helps to identify some of the "who owns what" mystery, letting you know who you're supporting with your purchases. There's a ten best and ten worst list, and website references for just about everything. He gives you a rule of thumb for anything that didn't make it ...more
Alison
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to make the planet better just by making small changes
This book is my bible. It grades companies from A to F on their social and environmental responsibility. It gives brands in all different categories: food, health/beauty, electronics, financial, gas, etc. It doesn't have every brand, but definitely gives a good foundation to start your shopping. I looked at their website before I bought the book and knew that they did extensive research to come up with the grades. I was initially disappointed because I thought that the research findings would be ...more
Thomas Ray
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Provides the useful service of showing which companies in each shopping category are environmentally responsible and respect workers' rights. Pocket-sized. Take along while shopping. Fourth edition, (c) 2012, ISBN 978-0-86571-724-4. Much of the information is also on the website, betterworldshopper.org. The 4th edition paperback and Kindle book were published Nov. 6, 2012. The website data is dated 2006. about the author
Erin
Jan 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone - shop green, when you can
Shelves: nonfiction
This is one you really need to carry all the time, but I did read through the whole thing. Altria and Nabisco are the devil, and everyone should buy a Toyota or Lexus. I would like a Lexus, but I'll bet I get a Toyota.

I would really have appreciated some extended information. For example, Volvo (the last car I owned) wasn't included at all in the car section. And manufacturer names were listed, but typically not products (and I don't always know what brands Altria and Nabisco use).

A good, quic
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Ever
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Althought I enjoy reading huge, scary books like "The End of Food" and taking lessons from them, this is really what I need when I actually go out to making my spending choices. This little book (a great size for a little purse) includes a lot of catagories and lots of consumer options (each rated on a scale from A - F). Would have liked to see ratings on more children's items (toys, in particular) and books/bookstores.
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