Is what we’re buying ethical?

Lots of us nowadays love a bargain and it has become almost common place to, as soon as we get onto an online shopping site to filter it to cheapest postage and packaging. When things are posted from places like China for only £2 it is likely that the people who made and packaged that product work 14 hour days on pay as little as $2 a day, as the working rights rules that there are in china and places in Asia are not the same as here in the UK. The Chinese government suggest that it is the local councils’ job to enforce workers’ rights, but they are so understaffed and under paid that they don’t place it as a high enough priority. In 2017 there was approximately 600 reported worker strikes or protests, but the test also estimates even higher numbers of unreported strikes in recent years.
Another reason for cheaper postage and packaging is shipping. Unlike cars, ships have no CO2 emission restrictions; there was meant to be an international meeting held about reducing ship emissions, but this was cancelled at the last minute. CO2 emissions are over half of the huge problem that is global warming. Is the cheaper option worth the great strain on our environment?

Animal testing is another field where ethicality comes into play. Animal testing is the use of non-human organisms to test commercial products. Commonly used animals are rabbits, orangutans and rats. Animal testing is used with products like shampoo, cream and makeup. Shampoo’s that claim to not hurt the eyes are more likely to have been tested on animals, the products are sprayed into the eyes of rabbits and then they wait to see if the animals eyes become irritated but the animals obviously suffer during this process which can be strongly argued to be not ethical and against moral initiative. If we continue to abuse animals in this way it is highly likely that they will evolve and adapt methods which will make them less like humans and therefore making them impractical to use for tests around human satisfaction, if this is going to happen anyway then why are we “torturing” animals now when we should allow them to live naturally as if we have any dignity or moral then surely we know that lots of people are aware of this issue and if you can sell a product that is certified to not have been animal tested it is likely to do better as people believe it to be much more ethical and moral and they know that they are helping the natural community.

On the 5th of October 2015 the government made it mandatory to pay for plastic bags to encourage people to buy and re-use plastic bags, ever since the overall number being used has gone down by 90%. Re-usable bags are now becoming more and more common and used which is promising “news” for our environment as this will mean there is less need for single-use plastic bags because when people buy plastic bags it increases the demand for them meaning that more will be produced and this adds high amounts of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide which are both pollutants that play a big part in global warming which as most people know is melting the ice caps which in turn is raising the water level rising which puts places like Venice at risk of flooding/”sinking”

Overall, I do not think that enough people buy things ethically and this has very a bad impact on our global community and the environment. People don’t do things like take the extra time to remember their re-usable plastic bags or pay that little bit extra to help not allow things that damage the world anyway exploit their workers and buy things like shampoo that haven’t been tested on animals. This entire article begs the question for you to ask yourself, Would you take these steps to help save our the future of our planet?

Article by Young Reporter Anastasios (Tasos) Kapatsoulias
First published in the Grimsby Telegraph 3rd December 2019