Alan Whitman - you might not be able to afford bottled, but try affording filtered - we do.
BTW - 5 pints of water a day is quite excessive, especially if you eat lots of vegetables as they contain mostly water.
Medication without consent IS illegal - however, I think they get around this one by classifying the evil stuff as not being medication. Yes - I am bemused too !!
Hello again, I think there is a difference here between one customer's experience with his bank on a personal basis - i.e. no trouble - and whether or not a customer wishes to know about or care about or do anything about how ethical his bank is in world terms.
There are very few global organisations or businesses which are totally squeeky clean, However, if we have any concerns about those who are suffering from what they do, or the effect they are having on our fragile environment, then it is incumbent upon us to choose carefully and wisely who we do business with.
If enough people make "good" choices then the "bad" businesses will be forced to re-think their ethics.
I'm a bit behind with my e-mails and have just seen Graham's point about credit. Quite right. We are constantly encouraged to buy "on tick", everything is a "must have". As you say - if you cannot afford it either save up or go without. If you have saved for something, when you do get it it is really valued and appreciated. The only thing we had was "Hire Purchase" - £1down and £1 a week to buy a new sofa.!!
Have either of you seen "Money as Debt ? I think it might still be there.
or the Story of Stuff (sorry, lost the link)
Then there is www.positivemoney.org.uk for some radical ideas
Graham - I can understand your concern about changing it can seem daunting. But the bank you are moving to should be helpful because it is in their interest to be. One thing about the co-op is that it is owned by its members - that is YOU. Members are regularly asked what they want the bank to do and which charities they want it to support. You can even get a dividend yearly if you buy shares. I agree that the whole banking system needs to be sorted out. but there are basically two aspects: One is the bank which looks after our money and lets us have some when we want it, Two is the speculatlve banking which is where the high flyers take bigger and bigger risks with investments in order to make thermselves even richer. What should never happen is for the two to merge. As long as your bank does not speculate with your cash you have a good bank. The co-op does not engage in such practices, it is an ethical bank.
When choosing a bank consider the Co-op. It is owned by its members and they have a real say in how it is run, where its money goes and which charities it supports.
Phew - I wonder how many folk will have the stamina to read all that ? Good stuff though. - and 'Money is debt' (as in the videos at - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVkFb26u9g8) runs through it like Blackpool Rock
If anyone needs convincing look at
The New Economics Foundation has the best take on the financial system - they forecast the crash long before it happened.
Hello jessica - For the moment things seem ok as I can get good quality stuff imported by local companies. meanwhile I keep pounding away at my MEP (who IS sympathetic) If we ALL did that there is a chance that "they" might realise they have made a big mistake, and loosen up on the legislation. Not much use making our points here, we must target those who can make a difference. Flood them with angry e-mails and letters which they cannot ignore. .
I have just flagged up (to my MEP) the first of the little companies which has had to cease trading, and pointed out that there will be others; and that apart from the loss of jobs we shall now be forced to purchase from America if we want our herbs unadulterated, so our money will be going abroad instead of into our economy. MPs take "loss of jobs" and "cash going abroad" much more seriously than they take our health and our freedom to choose.
Hey Anny Monus. LIfe expectancy is higher largely due to better sanitation and general living conditions. Big Pharma does not make us healthier, it makes sure we need to keep on taking their drugs. They don't want us to get better. And long life is not much use if your general health is distressingly awful.
Homeopathy - not work ? tell that to the many animals who are made better. No placebo effect there !
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