Whether we’re buying a new car or a can of cat food, we’re making important purchasing decisions every day--specifically, we’re choosing to support the company that makes said car or can of spicy-saucy lamb chunks.
The problem is that we tend not to know where companies stand politically until they’re in the news for something crazy major.
That’s where Buycott comes in.
The free app is designed to help consumers align their spending with their political and philanthropic viewpoints--and seek out or avoid products accordingly.
Begin by downloading the app and browsing causes (think “demand GMO labeling,” “stop animal testing” and “end human trafficking.”) Once you’ve found a cause that interests you, click to see organizations that have historically supported or opposed it. We, for instance, selected “avoid sweatshop labor” for an eye-opening list of violators. (Thank God Ben & Jerry’s is on the safe list.)
You can also use the app the other way around: to look up brands and then see their political affiliations.
Because Buycott is new and relies on crowdsourced information, it’s not always 100 percent accurate. (Some claims are properly cited; others are not.) That said, it’s still a great jumping-off point for staying true to your morals.