Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to do for pressies for those special friends and fam. You might have already started dropping some not-so-subtle hints about the things you’d like to find under the tree as well!
But before you hit the shops, take a second to think about a this: Are your hard-earned Christmas present dollars supporting the sexualisation of young girls? Or the exploitation of workers in Bangladesh? Wait a minute…what?? Yeah you heard us right. You might be surprised by what some of the big brands are involved or implicated in.
Make sure you know what you are buying into this Christmas, and vote with your dollars by not purchasing from brands or stores that don’t align with your values. The links below provide some great resources for finding out a bit more about how the big brands stack up according to the issues you care about.
Collective Shout’s “Cross ‘Em Off your Christmas List” identifies companies involved in sexualising children and objectifying women through their products, branding or marketing.
Behind The Barcode is a pocket-guide you can download that rates the performance of big brands across a range of ethical criteria.