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post #161 of 211
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Originally Posted by dancebaraka View Post
I used to have a whole off limits list, but then I started couponing...

Now I get free stuff from wherever, live frugally, save my $ & spend it locally & at small businesses I believe in...

I find it soooo much more affirming to think of where I want to throw my money than where I won't... law of attraction and all.
yep me too, but now i am trying to do organic/natural couponing and it is actually easier than expected.

Right now the only place i officially boycott is KFC. I have been there 1 time since i boycotted them but only ate potato wedges, dh had to eat there...That has been about 2 years now. I also try to avoid walmart and go only once a month or so.
post #162 of 211
Walmart

Starbucks. I hate that they have the power and $$ to go 100% fair trade making a HUGE impact and they just refuse, super over priced and mediocre.

Coke stuff
post #163 of 211
Snort! You know what gets me about Starbucks and their fair-trade coffees? They pass the cost onto the consumer, but they want the "street-cred" for having a few fair-trade options. Ha. Take the cost out of your profit margin, and I'll give you props LOL. *I* get the props for buying fair-trade since I paid for it. (FTR, we only buy fair-trade, organic, shade-grown coffee, so NOT at Starbucks LOL)
post #164 of 211
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Originally Posted by ILoveMyBabyBird View Post
yep me too, but now i am trying to do organic/natural couponing and it is actually easier than expected.
yes... it is, isn't it
post #165 of 211
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Originally Posted by ILoveMyBabyBird View Post
yep me too, but now i am trying to do organic/natural couponing and it is actually easier than expected.

Right now the only place i officially boycott is KFC. I have been there 1 time since i boycotted them but only ate potato wedges, dh had to eat there...That has been about 2 years now. I also try to avoid walmart and go only once a month or so.
How do you get your coupons. DO you just hunt them down based on what you normally buy or do you have some other way of getting them?
post #166 of 211
Right now, I'm completely avoiding Wal-Mart. I'm trying to shop at only local, organic, fair-trade places, but I slip up a bit, so my big one at the moment is just no Wal-Mart.
post #167 of 211
I'm with you on Wal-Mart. I haven't shopped there in 5 years.
post #168 of 211
Nestle, Nestle and Nestle!

and many more!

Great thread!
post #169 of 211
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Originally Posted by Mama Doula View Post
Nestle, Nestle and Nestle!

and many more!

Great thread!
Sigh... but Nestle makes Juicy Juice which is 100% juice!
post #170 of 211
I'd never heard this so I had to look it up and this is what I found. American Girl supports Girls, Inc and Girls, Inc lobbies for the Girls' Bill of Rights. This document has six planks. The fourth: "Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies." Girls Inc. says that "family is the primary source of information about sex," it also declares that "girls need and have a right to ... convenient access to safe, effective methods of contraception." Girls Inc. goes on to proclaims its support for "a woman's freedom of choice", a constitutional right established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 in Roe vs. Wade.
post #171 of 211
I don't shop at Walmart.

I am boycotting Toys R Us because they knowingly sell toys with lead in them. I bought my daughter some toy pompoms and they had a tag on the back warning that they contained lead. They were a Toys R Us house brand product.
post #172 of 211
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Sigh... but Nestle makes Juicy Juice which is 100% juice!
Do you want 100% juice in juice boxes, is that the issue? Tree Top is also 100% and there are also Capri Sun Juice (versus the drinks). There are a few other brands too, that do 100% juice boxes.
post #173 of 211
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Originally Posted by TiredX2 View Post
Do you want 100% juice in juice boxes, is that the issue? Tree Top is also 100% and there are also Capri Sun Juice (versus the drinks). There are a few other brands too, that do 100% juice boxes.
No, I never do the little boxes. I just like the 100% juice blends they make.
post #174 of 211
Hershey's, for refusing (which in the cocoa world usually means child labour's involved) to go Fair Trade.

There is a long list of places we don't shop at, or products we don't buy. We subscribe to lists and www sites to keep us updated. But what I think is even more important is what we DO buy. We buy local. We buy from family-owned, non-franchise businesses. We buy organic when we can.

We buy all our outdoor gear and clothing (a major chunk of the family budget) at a Canadian co-operative (dunno if I can mention them--if we can 'out' crappy businesses on MDC, can we recommend good ones?) which is dedicated to green business, ethical sourcing, the works. We do this on our bi-annual visits, rather than having stuff shipped out.

On a trip two years ago to the South Island of NZ, we saw a supermarket that had all the items tagged that had travelled fewer than a total of 200km from source to shelf. That was awesome.
post #175 of 211
I used to work for Starbucks. No complaints here. Definitely the most generous employer I've had in terms of benefits. They offer health and dental coverage to all employees who work 24 or more hours/week (getting the required hours was never a problem). When I worked there, I had health insurance through my husband's job, but no dental coverage. I was able to get family dental coverage for a reasonable premium and co-pay. We could pick our dentist, so we were able to see a family friend for our dental needs instead of having to stay within my husband's HMO's network. I was a part-time employee, averaging around 24-30 hours/week. If I had the same schedule at any other business in town, including any of the mom-and-pops, I would not have had access to health and dental, period.

As far as fair trade/organic goes, many farmers choose not to gain certification... but that is something I am not qualified to comment on.
post #176 of 211
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Originally Posted by philomom View Post
No, I never do the little boxes. I just like the 100% juice blends they make.
Ooops, sorry then. I thought you meant you wanted to boycott Nestle but needed a 100% juice source. Never mind!
post #177 of 211
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Originally Posted by Arduinna View Post
I'm tending to focus on boycotting organizations and businesses that support political causes and issues I oppose.
This is why I just sent an email to Organic Valley repremanding them for lobbying the WI governor to veto a bill that would legalize on farm/direct sales of raw milk in WI. It was widely supported by both the assembly, and the senate, and initially the Gov. said he would sign it if it passed both houses of legislation. The Gov. ended up vetoing it do to big corporate lobbying from Organic Valley, the Dairy Board, Sargento, and some medical group.

I live in WI, and feel that people have the right to consume whatever food they want, and I don't need the government "protecting" me from making informed decisions about the food I eat! I think Organic Valley had the most to lose if the Legalization of Raw Milk passed, so that's why they were against it, it would take sales away from their products. In my email I also told Organic Valley that I will no longer be buying their products. This makes me kind of sad, because I was always kind of proud of the fact that Organic Valley was a hippy coop that was started in WI.

I will step off my soap box now. :P
post #178 of 211
In our house, if they make it to the CAI's Corporate Hall of Shame, they don't get our business:

http://www.stopcorporateabuse.org/winners
post #179 of 211
I was driving past a Walgreen's today and there was a sign in front "Shame on Walgreens" and something about a "labor dispute"... is this just local to me or something nationwide? Anyone know?
post #180 of 211
punkrockmomma - thanks for the info on Organic Valley. I found some articles about this and was really disappointed in their actions. I fired off a "boycott" letter to them - and I really love their sour cream! Bummer.
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