Little Miss Saving-the-World

Changing the way we think in order to change the world

 

The reason behind the rhyme: why what we buy matters March 15, 2009

Filed under: Animal Rights, Passion — LittleMissSavingTheWorld @ 5:01 am

Coca-Cola, Nike,  Cover Girl and even the groceries that millions of people buy everyday are all guilty of  crimes that too many hesitate to recognize; crimes such as child labor and abusive treatment towards animals. And while our country is in the middle of an economic crisis- these problems are getting worse because of the choices that the average American makes on a day to day basis. Our teenagers alone have been noted to consume more than $141 billion and it’s now that the leading consumer nation should make better decisions about where our money goes. The fact of the matter is that cheap products-those clothes that adolescents adore buying from GAP (owners of Old Navy, Banana Republic) and Target, are coming in at the expense of someone else’s suffering.According to UNICEF, an international organization dedicated to uniting the children, “An estimated 158 million children aged 5-14 are engaged in child labor - one in six children in the world.”  This labor may consist of any number of hazardous conditions such as working within mines or dealing with dangerous chemicals and pesticides. But this labor doesn’t exist in only third world or developing countries- child labor exists here in the United States and because of the profit it’s yielding, it may not stop. As mentioned earlier, GAP (owners of Banana Republic, Old Navy) and Target are a few stores that instigate such behavior from its communities, keeping its workers in a never- ending cycle of poverty. Other companies include McDonalds and the Dole Food company. Similarly PETA and other leading animal rights organizations have obtained a surprisingly large list of companies who are not required to test on animals by law, but continue to do so anyway. Many people think, well, as long as it’s not tested on me; however, after undergoing inaccurate animal testing ( as physicians worldwide have noted, animals and people have different tissues and as a result the tests’ results are often invaluable,) the products are then tested on people with varying results. In addition the products are not pharmaceuticals nor are they delectable food items, instead the products most often tested on animals include lip gloss ( Clinique, Maybelline) oven cleaners, shampoos ( Pantene, Herbal Essences), soaps (Dove, Axe, Dial) and cocoa beans. And to make matters worse, the tests that multi-billion dollar companies like Procter and Gamble continue to use is the Draize Eye Irritancy test, forcing rabbits into boxes through which only their heads are exposed and pushing these products into their eyes until 50% have died or passed out. As recorded in the Vernon Coleman’s 2002 newsletter with quotes from physicians working within the health department, “ Despite our best efforts, when human exposures to a chemical entity (such as a drug) occurs, the results do not always come near to what was expected based on animal studies.”But large companies like  Nestle which has made $69 billion in revenue continue to stay in business because of the support they obtain through their consumers and thus, continue producing their products at low prices and making a large profit through the use of child labor and animal testing. There’s nothing like children in foreign countries to help (according to the MisFortune 500 Companies website), “the world’s largest food and beverage company.” Nestle does after all create a wide range of products, from water such as Perrier to Powerbar to Purina, this company’s revenues so clearly don’t dictate underpaying children or abuse towards innocent animals when alternatives are available. For example, paying children a living wage- as adults are paid- could help to relieve that cycle of poverty which causes child labor to begin with. Children in developing countries may become educated and lead wars against other unjust social practices in their communities. And the alternatives to animal testing, for companies that do require it (which are none of those mentioned above) are incredibly advanced and vast. But as with child labor, the sad truth of animal testing is that it’s cheaper than using the alternative.However, this doesn’t have to be the end, as a population that holds pride in its voice we too, can speak up and make a difference simply by being selective. It’s easier than it seems and here are some resources that can help the consumers in this society make the right choice.

 

 
 

Companies with a bad reputation but well known products March 8, 2009

Filed under: Passion — LittleMissSavingTheWorld @ 7:54 pm

The following sites contain lists of companies whose products and laws cause harm to the environment, animals, and people internationally.

Animal testing is not required by law for most products and yet it continues to kill thousands- here’s a list of companies that do animal testing as not required by law.

http://www.caringconsumer.com/pdfs/companiesDoTest.pdf

Companies the degrade the environment as well as people internationally

http://www.misfortune500.org/Company/List.aspx

Here are some alternatives

http://www.caringconsumer.com/pdfs/companiesDontTest.pdf

More will be coming shortly