So, this may not really be activism. It did not start out as activism, but there may be a possibility for some activism to take place!
I posted on my blog about my quest for a Learning Tower for my toddler. I think they are so cool...and I was hoping to find one used, as I generally do in part to avoid the cost of new items, but to attempt to be a little bit less of a consumer. I also tried to find someone local to make one, but no luck with that (actually, i think i might have finally found someone to do it) or with finding a used one.
My toddler had a giant fall off of the kitchen chair and I decided to just go ahead and buy the Learning Tower. And then I discovered that it is made in China and I have not been able to find any info about ethical practices in the Learning Tower factory or anything. So...no Learning Tower for us, and that was all part of my blog post as well. (i know - fascinating blog stuff, huh?)
The president of Little Partners (who manufactures the Learning Tower) left a comment on my blog telling me how wonderful their product is (which i know!) but not addressing the ethics of their business practices - which is what my post was about. Perhaps Carol (the president and designer of the learning tower) will check back in with me about that aspect and hopefully she will have solid info about fair wages for their factory workers, etc. However, I am wondering if this issue should be pressed. Why don't they make the Learning Tower in the US? And why is it so expensive? It does not seem to be a hand crafted item...and it is made in China, after all, so why the great expense?
What do you think?