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The Better World Shopping Guide: 6th Edition: Every Dollar Makes a Difference

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The Better World Shopping Guide: 6th Edition: Every Dollar Makes a Difference

198 pages
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Oct 1, 2017


Small enough to fit in your pocket, this practical little book will help you change the world as you shop!

While we strive to make our vote count every four years, few of us realize that our most immediate power to shape the world is squandered on a daily basis. Every dollar we spend has the potential to create social and environmental change. In fact, it already has. The world that exists today is in large part a result of our purchasing decisions.

The Better World Shopping Guide rates hundreds of products and services from A to F, so you can quickly tell the "good guys" from the "bad guys" and ensure your money is not supporting corporations that make decisions based solely on the bottom line. Drawing on decades of meticulous research, this completely revised and updated sixth edition will help you find out who actually "walks 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 helps you reward companies who are doing good, penalize those involved in destructive activities, and change the world as you shop!

Ellis Jones, PhD is the award-winning, bestselling author of five previous editions of The Better World Shopping Guide , and co-author of The Better World Handbook . A scholar of social responsibility, global citizenship, and everyday activism, he has dedicated himself to uncovering practical ways for people to make a difference in the world. He currently teaches at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.

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Ellis Jones has been teaching students to make a difference in the world for the past 15 years. A scholar of social responsibility, social change and everyday activism, he founded and directs the Better World Network, giving presentations throughout the US. He currently teaches sociology at University of California, Davis.

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The Better World Shopping Guide - Ellis Jones

Copyright © 2017 by Ellis Jones. All rights reserved.

Cover concept by Ellis Jones. Design by Diane McIntosh. Images: Getty Images/Photodisc Green.

Printed in Canada.

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-86571-862-3 eISBN: 978-1-55092-659-0

Inquiries regarding requests to reprint all or part of The Better World Shopping Guide should be addressed to New Society Publishers at the address below.

To order directly from the publishers, please call toll-free (North America) 1-800-567-6772, or order online at www.newsociety.com.

Any other inquiries can be directed by mail to New Society Publishers

P.O. Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X0, Canada 1-800-567-6772

Cataloging in Publication Data:

A catalog record for this publication is available from the National Library of Canada.

New Society Publishers’ mission is to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact on the environment, in a manner that models this vision.



6th Edition Notes

The Website

The Problem

The Solution

The Issues

The Sources

The Rankings

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Company Profile (Banks)

Worst Company Profile (Banks)

The 20 Best List

The 20 Worst List

The 10 Small But Beautiful List

The Top 10 Things To Change

The 10 Biggest Success Stories

The 10 Biggest Disappointments

The Top 10 Bailout List1

The Top 10 Lobbyist List

Who Owns Who?

Independently Owned

What Do The Grades Mean?

What Is All This Extra Stuff?

What If I Can’t Find A Company?

How To Use This Shopping Guide

1. Airlines

2. Appliances & Hardware

3. Baby Care

4. Baked Goods & Baking Supplies

5. Banks & Credit Cards

6. Beer

7. Body Care

8. Bread

9. Breakfast Food

10. Butter & Margarine

11. Candy, Gum & Mints

12. Canned Goods

13. Cars

14. Cereal

15. Chips

16. Chocolate

17. Cleaning Products

18. Clothing

19. Coffee

20. Computers & Accessories

21. Condiments & Dressings

22. Cookies & Crackers

23. Cosmetics

24. Dairy Alternatives

25. Dairy Products

26. Dental Care

27. Eggs

28. Electronics

29. Energy Bars

30. Energy Drinks

31. Fast Food & Restaurants

32. Feminine Care

33. Frozen Dinners

34. Fruit & Vegetables

35. Gasoline

36. Hair Care

37. Hotels

38. Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts

39. Insurance Companies

40. Juice

41. Laundry Supplies

42. Meat Alternatives

43. Meat Products

44. Medical

45. Milk & Alternatives

46. Mobile Phones & Service

47. Office & School Supplies

48. Oil, Vinegar, Olives & Pickles

49. Online

50. Outdoor Gear

51. Paper & Paper Products

52. Pasta & Sauce

53. Peanut Butter & Jelly

54. Pet Care

55. Popcorn, Nuts, Pretzels & Mixes

56. Retail Stores

57. Rice & Other Grains

58. Salsa, Spreads & Dips

59. Seafood I

60. Seafood II

61. Shoes

62. Soap

63. Soda

64. Soups, Noodles & Curries

65. Sugar, Spices & Sweeteners

66. Supermarkets

67. Tea

68. Toys & Games

69. Travel

70. Vitamins

71. Water

72. Wine

Product Category Index

Data Sources

About the Author


I am very grateful to Paul Todisco, Collin Ahrens, Mark Fairbrother, Tom McGlynn, Jason Logan, Brett Jacobs, J.P. Meyer, James Beam, Kristin Wallace, Jacob O’Brien, and Warren Zeger for their hard work testing the guide and researching brands in the real world; Greenley Little-john, Daniel Schulz-Jackson, and Charlie Marcotte for helping update the website; Daniel Newberger for helping me update many of my databases; and to my wife, Ara Francis, for her unwavering advocacy and dedication to getting this project the recognition and support it deserves. Also, a very special thank you to the good people at Free Range, Christie Communications, and Pachamama Alliance, who have been incredible in making important connections for me around this work.

I am also very grateful to you, the reader, for picking up this book. I’d like to say (because you may never hear it from anyone else) on behalf of all of the people on this planet whom you will never meet and all the natural places you will never see…

Thank you.


A decade after the 1st edition was published, I am humbled to think that this little book has sold nearly 150,000 copies.

In 2017, even more people are beginning to question the nature of our democracy and its relationship to our most powerful corporations and our wealthiest citizens. Given that our current US president is a billionaire and the Secretary of State is the former CEO of ExxonMobil (#1 on the Top 20 Worst List since the 1st edition), the connections between our economic and political power centers have become difficult to ignore.

To regenerate our own economic voice, we’ll need some powerful tools. In this edition you’ll find

More than 2000 companies evaluated

75+ sources of reliable data cited

New and Updated Top 10 & Top 20 Lists

New Green Heroes & Corporate Villains

) picks in the charts

Let’s reclaim our democracy.


This guide is far too small to contain the wide range of data used to generate rankings for each company. If you are interested in more specifics on how individual companies are rated, and exactly what is taken into account, you can visit the website. It also contains updated ratings, direct links to resources, and new product categories that have been added since the writing of this guide.

I will also note that there is now a smartphone app available on iOS and Android phones. Better World Shopper based on the same data as this book. While it does not provide all of the useful information you’ll find in this guide, it does give you instant access to all of the rankings. Having this information at your fingertips can turn out to be really useful, particularly when you forget to bring the book with you!

Learn more about the research behind this work and take a peek at the app online at



Money is power. Perhaps more than any generation that has come before us, we understand the deeply rooted reality of this short phrase and its universal meaning for every human being living on this planet.

It follows that wherever large amounts of

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