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Conscious Consumer

Why Buy Fair Trade

As we drink our morning cup of coffee, the people involved in growing that coffee bean are far from our thoughts. As consumers, our purchasing has profound impact on the lives of the close to 20 million people who are involved in coffee production.

Many of the foods that we consume every day- such as coffee, tea, bananas and sugar- come from farmers in the Third World. Unfortunately, many of these products are produced and traded in such a way that very little of the price we pay in our stores reaches the people who actually did the work.

Polypropane Earth Stranglers

Plastic is big business. According to the Canadian government, the Canadian plastics industry accounts for an estimated $46.9 billion in shipments of plastic products. Worldwide, in 2002 factories churned out a whopping 5 trillion plastic bags ranging from large trash bags to the light give-away model we all use.

Plastic associations globally are scrambling, trying hard to convince consumers they will lose a helpful lifestyle aid if we stop using plastic bags. But their arguments ring hollow. The consequences on our planet, our wildlife and ourselves far outweighs the convenience.

Sorry - No Fresh Fish Today

As a sad testament to the ocean's rapidly declining fish stock from overfishing, in Maine, where traditional chowders were once chock-full of cod, haddock and other groundfish. Today, they are now only flavoured by lobster. That may sound decadent. Unfortunately it's actually an indication of the state of our an impoverished oceans.

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