11 Alternatives to Amazon for Online Holiday Shopping

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With the holidays around the corner, you are likely starting to think about ways to appreciate friends and family by giving them a gift. Like many Americans—if you choose to purchase gifts—you are likely to buy some online. Consumer surveys indicate 46 percent of Americans plan to shop online this year. Amazon.com is the world’s largest retailer and is synonymous with online shopping. Over 40 percent of online shoppers in the U.S. turn to Amazon as their first stop.

Last year, we dug into the company’s record on environmental and social responsibility and found Amazon.com to be performing poorly across the board–from dirty energy to worker exploitation.

With Amazon’s most important time of the year for sales on the horizon, we’re taking another look at Amazon’s sustainability practices and have also updated our popular Alternatives to Amazon Guide to Online Shopping. Choosing to spend money wisely, in ways that…

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WARNING: Your Favourite Petition Site May Be Selling Your Email (Check Our Safe List)

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This article is for all you petition warriors. Your next petition may place you onto the spam list of some annoying spammer. Luckily we are able to verify (through others) a list of safe petition sites.



AJ- Ever since Cecil the Lion has made the news, I have been signing every petition that came about, it felt good that I was making a difference for Cecil and the animals but I’m also noticing that I’m getting more spam mail. What’s up with that? are petition sites selling my information?

Hello AJ,

It’s wonderful how you are signing petitions that have been going on. Because of the effort of dedicated web warriors like you, we were able to pressure Delta to ban trophy hunting and get the White House to consider extraditing Walter Palmer. Before you go on to sign another petition, note that not all petitions are alike and not every…

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Identify This Hunter and Get $2500 from Animal Rights Group

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Association of the Protection of Fur Bearing Animals is offering a reward of  $2,500 for the identification of the hunters in a violent video that depicts the bloody killing of a grizzly bear.

The video was posted by the Wildlife Defence League on Facebook and it has since garnered nearly three million views. It shows the hunters shooting the bear numerous times as it tries desperately to escape.


here’s a screenshot of the guy who was in the video.

do you know this man

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New phone app scans products and shows palm oil certification status



The Australian not-for-profit organisation Palm Oil Investigations (POI) has launched a new mobile phone app that shows consumers whether products contain palm oil and, if they do, the scan reveals the oil’s certification status.

“The app helps consumers to make an informed choice,” said the founder and president of POI, Lorinda Jane. “Brands that are doing the right thing need to be commended, not boycotted, so that other brands follow suit.”

Scan results fall into five categories:

  • Palm Oil Free
  • Active no-deforestation policy
  • Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO)
  • RSPO Mass Balance (certified and uncertified oil mixed together)
  • Fail

The new app, which was conceived by POI and developed by Spectrum Solutions, based in the United States, is the first to identify the certification status of palm oil.

Spectrum Solutions worked previously with the El Paso Zoo in the United States to develop a…

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10 Grinch Gifts to Avoid This Holiday

Jewelry from Discount and Department Stores

jewelry laid outProblems: Adult and children costume jewelry from stores such as Claire’s, Walmart, Target, Forever 21, Walmart, H&M, and Icing may contain toxic lead and cadmium.  Mining for stones and metals used in more expensive jewelry causes environmental damage, unsafe working conditions, and violent and lethal conflict.

Better Options: High-quality jewelry made by fair trade artisans.

Box of Uncertified Chocolates

box of chocolates - petr kratochvilProblems: Cacao can come from forced child labor and underpaid farmers and workers.  Chocolates most likely contain sugar and soy lecithin that are genetically engineered (GMOs), and may contain unhealthy artificial flavors.

Better Options: Fair trade and organic chocolates

Non-Organic Body Care Gift Sets

body care gift setProblems: Soaps, lotions, etc. contain parabens, phthalates preservatives, and synthetic fragrances, which cause endocrine and hormone disruption…

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250 dairy cows burn to death in Quebec

Canadians for Ethical Treatment of Farmed Animals

More than 250 dairy cows died yesterday in a barn fire south of Montreal, yet, according to a CBC article, “nobody was injured.” Please go to this link and leave a comment regarding this insensitive and cruel reporting.

Also, make sure to sign our petition asking NFACC – the body that establishes standards for farmed animal care in Canada – to develop barn fire codes to protect Canada’s farmed animals.

Thank you for standing with us for Canadian farmed animals!

Fire killed more than 200 dairy cows at a farm in St-Denis-sur-Richelieu.  Photo: Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada Fire killed more than 250 dairy cows at a farm in St-Denis-sur-Richelieu. Photo: Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada

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