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Week 4 TECH TALK More than food and clothes though, what I had the biggest problem with were little things like laundry. How do you ethically wash your clothes? Use organic and fair trade detergent, yes. You get a variety to select from at Steenbergs Organic website. From dishwashing liquid to laundry scents to bath scrubbers, you get ethical options for all. But what about the machines? Are they made ethically? And we use electricity too for it. How ethical is that process? Mrs Green came to the rescue yet again. I looked into Cooperative Energy as she did. As a part of The Midcounties Co-operative, the third largest co-operative in the UK, Cooperative Energy has very clear-cut objectives: Giving competitive prices, Being straightforward, Being honest and transparent about the dealings, Using low carbon energy, and Getting members to have a say in the dealings and a share in the profits too. Well, this was a very good system, wasn’t it? Completely and totally ethical... And more research into this got me more information. There are other green energy suppliers too. I hadn’t really thought of it before. There was Green Energy — who generate energy using innovative methods like from pig’s manure, tomato-growing process and out of nonrecyclable waste amongst the usual methods —, Good Energy — where electricity is sourced purely from the wind, water, sun and through sustainable bio-generation and is 100% recyclable — among other such energy providers. So electricity wasn’t that big an issue if you shift to one of these people. But, I was staying in a rented place, and have no say over the energy providers. So apart from the money issue, I had trouble with this. So, following Eatkind.net’s reasoning, that “it’s about doing the best you’re willing and able to do and nurturing a will to keep doing better”, I decided to get ethical energy as soon as I am able to, and mostly that time will come when I get my own place.
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