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"Greenpeace ranks 17 leading consumer electronics companies based on sustainability"

New York Times op-ed on climate change provides a number of positive actions, but says by far the most effective thing an individual can do is fulfill their transportation needs in a fuel-efficient vehicle. United States drivers have a disproportionate effect on global warming, due to the number of miles driven and poor average miles per gallon of its cars, but have a wide variety of new vehicle options that do much better.

Google Transparency Report: check on safe browsing status of a website

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment Network of investors working on public policy and education on such things as divesting from fossil fuels and reinvesting in more sustainable energy.

What's Green with Betsy "Simple Steps That Make a Difference" to help the environment

U.S. Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor

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Be cautious about ceramic cookware, such as crockpots

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says 15% of ceramics tested have lead and/or cadmium contamination. "Emphasis should be placed on those items designed to hold liquid foods."

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Tech companies Tesla, Blue Apron, and Amazon accused of working conditions that sacrifice worker well-being for profit

Tesla was accused of racism, "excessive mandatory overtime", and constant pressure to work faster. "In 2015, Blue Apron appeared to violate a litany of OSHA regulations, ranging from wiring to chemical storage", which it claims to have quickly rectified. Amazon warehouse employees say hours are long, breaks few, and fulfillment demands high.

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Special Report: Chocolate

Child Slavery vs. Fair Trade in the Chocolate Industry

The chocolate industry has been rife with human rights abuses, including slavery, but pressure from Green America other human rights organizations, and many concerned consumers is bringing about some significant progress. To ensure your money will support human rights as well as concern for the environment, see Green America's NEW Chocolate Scorecard and explanation of certification labels, updated from the 2010 Scorecard. Fair trade chocolate is expensive, but the cost of these brands to the workers--sometimes child slaves--who harvest the cocoa beans cannot be counted in money.

Mark Jabbott, reporting on his visit to Kuapa Kokoo, a large cocoa farmers' cooperative in Ghana that has a portion of its cocoa Fair Trade certified and aims to certify more, provides details of how a Fair Trade cooperative works to market the raw materials (cocoa beans) harvested by small farmers. Kuapa Kokoo owns a significant percentage of Divine Chocolate, which sells the finished products (chocolate bars, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, etc.). Divine is the first Fair Trade company that is partly owned by small farmers themselves. As investors the farmers get a share of the profits from sales of the chocolate as well as a share of the Fair Trade premium which is part of the price of each Fair Trade certified product.

An important co-op that sells Fair Trade certified chocolate as well as Fair Trade coffee, tea, bananas, and "Fair Foods" is Equal Exchange. Fair Foods adhere to standards that are consistent with Fair Trade but may or may have Fair Trade certification.

Links to Other Important Sites

Website of Documentary "The Dark Side of Chocolate". Hidden footage of illegal trafficking of African children. Watch on You Tube.

Comprehensive report on Chocolate and Child Slavery by Urban Earthworm. The author notes "The prevalence of human trafficking, child slavery, and abusive labor practices in the cacao industry is surprisingly under-reported."