Things NOT to Buy

Aside from mutual craftiness, one of my favorite things about my room mate is that our political beliefs and general interests are in alignment. 

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A couple days ago, I walked into the kitchen to find a print out on the fridge of all the things we're not supposed to buy. I'm sure the ultimate compendium is thousands upon thousands of items long, and I'm not gong to list all those here, but this list provides a good place to start. It's a list of the Koch Brothers products and companies, which, because of all we know about the Koch Brothers are certainly companies and products to avoid. Vote with your dollar. 

Here's the list:

  1. American Greetings (Kochs own minority share)
  2. Angel Soft bathroom tissue products
  3. Brawny paper towels
  4. Dixie cup/napkin/paper products
  5. Insulair cups
  6. Mardi gras napkins
  7. Perfect Touch paper products
  8. Soft 'n Gentle bathroom tissue
  9. Sparkle paper towels
  10. Stainmaster
  11. Quilted Northern bathroom tissue
  12. Vanity Fair napkins and paper towels
  13. Zee napkins
  14. Georgia Pacific Products
  15. Home office products including: Advantage, Image plus, Spectrum
  16. Guardian Glass
  17. Lycra
  18. Teflon
  19. Georgia Pacific building supplies
  20. Gander Mountain

This print out also suggests that consumers should boycott the following, fairly obvious retailers owned by Art Pope: Roses, Maxway, Super-Ten, Bargain Town, Bill's Dollar Store, Value Mart, Super Dollar.

We both already mostly avoid these types of products and places as most of our paper products (of which we have very little) are recycled and we have a local grocery just down the street from us, but we're lucky. I feel very grateful that I have been granted the education about and access to the types of products that I can ethically support, but I am in the minority. I understand that most people either live in areas that are too far from any places other than big box stores to drive, walk, ride or bus, and there are entire towns with stores made up of mostly these products. Without exposure, how are people supposed to even think about making different consumption choices?

I definitely don't have the answer, but I know that because I do have this access and knowledge, that it's my responsibility to pay attention to where I put my $$. It's tough when it seems like we're supposed to avoid almost all household products. 

What other products/places (aside from the obvious, like Wal Mart), should we be avoiding? Weigh in with a comment below.