[E]ven if The Better World Shopping Guide is far from complete, it still does a great service to socially responsible shoppers. It doesn’t cover 100 percent of the companies and products that are out there, but it does nail quite a large percentage of them. And that’s a whole lot better than nailing zero percent of them—which is pretty much where we’d be without a convenient guide like Jones’.
Frank gives an overview of the book:
by Frank Kaminski
The Better World Shopping Guide - 2nd Edition: Every Dollar Makes a Difference
By Ellis Jones
177 pp. New Society Publishers – Oct. 2008. $9.95.
“[This] book has been purposefully made small so that you can keep it with you in your purse, backpack, briefcase, or pocket…Whatever you do, don’t put it on a shelf!”
That’s author Ellis Jones’ advice regarding his latest edition of The Better World Shopping Guide, a handy, pocket-sized reference book intended to help shoppers make socially and environmentally responsible purchasing choices.
The book is an invaluable resource for anyone concerned about the consequences of his or her everyday buying decisions, whether from the perspectives of peak oil or climate change, animal testing, toxic waste dumping, child labor or corporate accounting scandals, to name just a few of the issues. The book systematically ranks every type of company from airlines to banks to cereal manufacturers on an A-to-F scale, and presents the information in an easy-to-follow, shopping-friendly format.
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