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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, May 22, 2004
    To be an ethical consumer
    Funny; this morning my new supplier sent me a low-energy lightbulb in the post as part of their 'welcome' package. Leading me to think, hmmmm, things are changing maybe in the power game. Then this evening at our Iona Community gathering our guest was one of the folks involved in producing Ethical Consumer. In the freebie copy of the magazine she gave me I later discovered that my new utilities supplier has one of the worst environmental and ethical records in its corporate field.

    So now: do I pack them in and go with UK Power (which got their Best Buy award)? And if I do, do I have to fish out all that packaging from the recycling bin and return the low-energy lightbulb to the other lot? Ethical consuming: a tricky business.