Overthinking the “Right” Choice: Cow’s Milk

Everything about this topic is complicated. It runs from how the cow was born and raised to how it is treated, which leads to how the milk gets extracted (and how often). The process in obtaining the milk. What does it mean for it to be “ethical”? This is not a means to turn someone…

All Things Almonds – The Good, Bad & Ugly

It’s not the first nor the last time you hear about almonds (milk) being great for your health yet terrible for the environment. It’s a selfish struggle to not care about the long term repercussions of our actions vs our health. The Good: Health benefits  (unless you’re allergic). Takes care of your brain, cholesterol, bone health, your…

Chipotle – Self Exposure for Transparency. Good idea?

Whether it’s marketing, PR or just how the company want others to see them, it’s definitely unique. There’s been much in the news this year (since January) about Chipotle’s stock going down due to their Carnitas shortage. You can read more about that here (via huffingtonpost) or here (via CBC News). Now, to be transparent about…

Documentaries – The Targeted Perpetrators

As good and educational documentaries are, they tend to make you feel a certain way towards particular companies. What we fail to do though is look at it from a greater perspective. What can we take from these lessons learned and situational cases? What is it that, as retailers, we should really look at and…

Bees & Honey: From Flower to Table Event (Local Food)

*Warning – The following can be considered a food post!* I had the pleasure to attend a culinary event based on sustainable food sources on Wednesday February 11th, which incorporated understanding the importance of bees in our world while also tasting the food they pollinate during the different seasons. The event came at a cost…

I Can’t Be Ethical Unless I’m Rich

It’s not the first time you’ve heard it or possibly even thought about it. It’s hard to do the right thing and especially when it comes to knowing where your products come from, it’s hard on the wallet. I’ve even had to justify and convince myself on my own purchases because the prices are not…