BRITAIN'S biggest-selling chocolate biscuit is going Fairtrade in the new year in a "breakthrough" for the campaign to promote fairly traded goods.
THE niche badge of ethically produced chocolate will today become a staple of supermarket shelves as one of the nation's most popular chocolate bars becomes a Fairtrade product.
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CONSUMERS must deal with responsibility as well as choice. Choice comes in many forms, whether from a purely personal standpoint or from a society or community perspective.
THEY tried to make me go to green rehab, but I said no, no, no. By 'they' I mean the voices in my head. Okay, so I'm exaggerating. It's just one voice, my own personal Jiminy Cricket. The voice that says, "Don't just stack jars and bottles next to the fridge. Get up, put on some shoes and take them to the recycling bank."
YOU spot it from the tinned goods aisle and it's love at first sight. A chic military jacket that's bears an uncanny resemblance to a Marc Jacobs number you lusted over in Harvey Nichols just last week. Cute little lapels? Check. Round, brass-coloured buttons? Check. Buttock-clenching price tag? Well, no - quite the opposite actually. This supermarket bargain costs less than the bumper ready meal in your trolley.
I HAVE a guilty secret. Every time I go to the supermarket, I buy fair-trade bananas. Sometimes I also buy fair-trade coffee. If I'm feeling flush, I'll buy organic produce. Occasionally, I go to the local farmer's shop and buy locally-grown produce, also all organic. There, I've admitted it.
FOR the conscientious, food shopping now poses yet another ethical dilemma: is it really better to buy locally rather than shipping meat, fruit and vegetables around the globe?
THE day after New York University's class of 2007 graduated, about 15 men and women assembled in front of an NYU dormitory at Third Avenue and 12th Street. They had come to take advantage of the end-of-year move-out, when the mostly affluent students' discarded items are put into curbside rubbish bins.
A LATINO MAN LIES NAKED on the hospital mattress.
IMAGINE not buying anything new for a year. No shoes, DVDs, birthday cards or make-up. Want to replace your television? Find a secondhand one.
WHEN a man you've never met before suddenly gives you a bunch of flowers, that's impulse. It's the sort of thing that happens to me all the time. I'll be minding my own business when a shy, bespectacled type appears holding a colourful bouquet. I thank him before going on to enquire whether these blooms are locally and organically grown. If they happen to have come from a hothouse on the other side of the world, what else can I do but return them to my crestfallen suitor?
AN Edinburgh MP has called for more Fairtrade products in supermarkets and an end to unfair trade barriers, ahead of a major Westminster report on the issue.
THE decision by Innocent to sell children's smoothies for a trial period in McDonald's has stirred up a flurry of debate by eco-bloggers, much of it in defence of the multinational food giant.
THE world's first Fairtrade peanut butter has been launched by an Edinburgh-based firm.
ETHICAL consumerism has grown so fast that supermarkets are fighting to have the shiniest halo, increasing eco-friendly lines and labelling the source of products more clearly.