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Friends of the Earth believes:
New Internationalist aims to:
How do we choose our products?
We aim to source products that ethical consumers want to buy, and that promote strict a) environmental and b) ethical supply chain (inc fair trade) criteria.
All buying decisions have an impact on the local, regional and global environment. Friends of the Earth’s shop aims to minimise the environmental impact of our business and to operate in a responsible manner, and wherever possible, have a positive impact.
Eco friendly products are ones that are less harmful to human health and the environment when compared with competing products that serve the same purpose.
Environmental impacts can arise at any stage of the product lifecycle as a result of raw material extraction, processing, manufacture, distribution, use and end-of-life management.
Our eco friendly products should be:
In addition, when considering the impact of an item’s production, we look for suppliers that have a high level of environmental responsibility, including:
Waste should be minimised and items recycled whenever this is practicable. Effective controls of waste in respect of ground, air, and water pollution should be adopted. In the case of hazardous materials, emergency response plans must be in place.
Packaging and paper
Undue and unnecessary use of materials should be avoided, and recycled materials used whenever appropriate.
Processes and activities should be monitored and modified as necessary to ensure that scarce resources are conserved, including water, flora and fauna and productive land in certain situations.
All production and delivery processes, including the use of heating, ventilation, lighting, IT systems and transportation, should be based on the need to maximise efficient energy use and to minimise harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Fair trade criteria
Each time you buy a product labelled as "fair trade" you are supporting a local community that has benefitted from the production of that item.
Whilst we work with suppliers who are members of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) or the Fairtrade Labelling Organisation (FLO) we don’t insist on membership of these schemes – some suppliers can’t afford it, some are just starting out, some are too small, and some just don’t want to join.
We ensure our suppliers know who makes their products, and the conditions in which they are made. In nearly all cases we talk directly to the people who have visited where the products are made, by a community association or family, for example. When we are satisfied that our purchase will bring real benefit to the community where the items are made, we label them as ‘fair trade’.
For these products:
Further reading on the New Internationalist ethical buying policy.