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Product Details

  • Series: Better World Shopping Guide: Every Dollar Can Make a Difference
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; Third Edition edition (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716803
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

EVERY DOLLAR IS A VOTE. MAKE YOURS COUNT.

According to the latest research, the average American family spends nearly $22,000 a year on goods and services – that’s 22,000 votes for the world you want to live in.

Now in its fourth edition, The Better World Shopping Guide is the most comprehensive guide available for socially and environmentally responsible consumers. Drawing on over 25 years of research, this perennial bestseller rates every product on the shelf from A to F so you can quickly tell the "good guys" from the "bad guys" — turning your grocery list into a powerful tool to change the world.

5000+ Hours Of Research
2000+ Companies Evaluated
70+ Product Categories
50+ Reliable Sources
5 Essential Issues
1 Report Card

Including more Top 10 lists, updated Green Heroes and Corporate Villains, a brand new FAQ, hundreds of additional company rankings and links to the latest online resources, The Better World Shopping Guide will help you find out which companies actually “walk the talk” when it comes to:

environmental sustainability
human rights
community involvement
animal protection
social justice.

Small enough to fit in a back pocket or handbag and organized in a user-friendly format, The Better World Shopping Guide will help you change the world as you shop!

Ellis Jones, Ph.D. is the award-winning author of The Better World Shopping Guide and the co-author of The Better World Handbook. He teaches sociology at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ellis Jones, PhD is the award-winning, bestselling author of The Better World Shopping Guide and The Better World Handbook. A scholar of social responsibility, global citizenship and everyday activism, Dr. Jones has dedicated himself to uncovering practical ways for people to make a difference in the world. He currently teaches in the department of sociology at Holy Cross College. www.betterworldshopper.org

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Customer Reviews

The ratings are easy to read on a graded A to F scale.
David Dobrowski
I LOVE this book and will continue to carry it in my purse every time I go shopping, and will continue to consult it before every shopping trip (like today).
Monica Bostich
We like to dress nice, drink good wine, and live in a nicely furnished place.
KW Wright

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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Monica Bostich on October 10, 2008
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I have to admit I'm feeling a little bit evil and trecherous for not giving such a great book and excellent concept a five-star review, but I will explain.

I am a long-time vegetarian and long-time environmentalist. I have been following Dr. Jones' "vote with your wallet" concept for many, many years (more than I care to admit), and I firmly believe that our voice is most greatly amplified when we speak daily from our role as consumer.

The GREAT thing about this book is that it is a concise, easy-to-carry, easy-to-consult-on-the-fly score card for most everything you might want to buy, from just about every company you can buy it from, and even from most of the places you'd be buying it. If you're already a well-informed green shopper and you have some experience with the politics of responsible consumption, then this is, indeed, a five-star book.

The downside to the book is that in order to make it a "pocket guide," it contains very little background information or explanation for why a particular company received the score they did. If you're new to the concept and find lots of your favorite products are getting Ds and Fs, then you are left almost on your own to find out why. (Of course, I'm all for doing your own research!) There are SOME explanations, but it's just not possible to detail the myriad reasons for corporate irresponsibility in a 177-page pocket-sized book.

There IS a web site for the book, but I don't think it's been updated for the second edition of the book, and it has very limited functionality. There is no search function, for example, and if there are details about specific company scores, I couldn't find them.

An example: I need some new pajamas.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By KW Wright on November 29, 2006
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We purchased this book directly from the author at the Green Festival in San Francisco in November 2006. We were very excited to find it as we ourselves have done research into many of these companies for our own purchasing needs. We try our best to live responsibly but are by no means hippies, we each own a car (although rarely drive them) and live a comfortable existance. We try to consume as little as we can but the reality is that we don't want to look like tramps who just rolled off a box-car. We like to dress nice, drink good wine, and live in a nicely furnished place. This book has been a great addition to our lives, it takes the wonder and even some of the guilt out of shopping. The letter grading of the companies is excellent and could not be any clearer, the additional information (like the "corporate villian" and "corporate hero") next to the ratings is terriffic and concise. We have shown this book to friends and they all want a copy. This is an invaluable tool and we never shop without it. Bravo Mr. Jones!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By S. Ralls on November 30, 2006
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This is an invaluable quick-reference guide for ethical and eco-friendly shopping. It's comprehensive, listing popular national brands, regional brands, and smaller organics, among others. It's fantastic for shopping, as it's small and portable, but packed with info and easy to use, with simple A-through-F grades. I do try to be an educated, careful consumer, but when shopping without time for researching first, it's great to be able to look the item up and get a quick answer. I've bought a few extra for Christmas gifts!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ezekiel Farwell on January 9, 2007
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If you are a conciencious person who wants to "vote" with your dollars when you shop, you may feel frustrated by the myriad of choices facing you at the supermarket. It's hard to remember which companies are environmentally and socially responsible and which are not. Even worse, many brands are owned by terrible companies which are not indicated anywhere on the packaging. For example Kraft and Nabisco are owned by a company called Altria which owns Phillip Morris cigarettes. Most people have heard how bad Phillip Morris is, but might not know that the same company owns many common brands of food. This book helps you make decisions about which products to buy by rating companies and brands on their social and environmental records. The book is organized by product type, making it easy to use while shopping. Though it includes most major brands, some companies are not rated in this book, and that is the only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5. This is the first edition of the book, and I'm sure future releases will be more complete.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sarah M. Bosch on December 1, 2008
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A fabulous concept, gives some lowdown on MAJOR name brands and companies, but really lacks most of the brands and companies I typically shop. Although it does give a website to visit to find more reviews, I don't carry an internet connection in my pocket, although I'm sure a lot of people do. Also some of the content seems almost contradictory... such as listing Burt's Bees as an A- brand for "body care" even though it is owned by Clorox, which is rated as an F, and tagged as a corporate villain. This would be a great gift for someone JUST entering the "green" mindset.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JJO on March 8, 2007
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This is a great little guide to help you shop "green". You won"t find every company and every product here, but you will find a great many of them. The book is easy to use and small enough to take along when you go shopping. It makes a great gift.
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