Welcome to Conscious Consumer 101!

This course focuses on how our consumerism effects other people.

During this week, we will be reviewing important terms and information that will further inform the rest of this course.


READ: Your Purchase is Your Advocacy


Ethical Sourcing: Ethical sourcing is the process of ensuring the products being sourced are obtained in a responsible and sustainable way, that the workers involved in making them are safe and treated fairly and that environmental and social impacts are taken into consideration during the sourcing process.

Fair Trade: Fair trade is an arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries achieve good trading. Members of the fair trade movement add the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as improved social and environmental standards.

Forced Labor: Forced labor can be understood as work that is performed involuntarily and under the menace of any penalty. It refers to situations in which persons are coerced to work through the use of violence or intimidation, or by more subtle means such as manipulated debt, retention of identity papers or threats of denunciation to immigration authorities.

Direct Trade: Direct trade is a form of sourcing practiced by certain coffee roasters, chocolate makers, tea sellers, and more who build direct relationships with the farmers and processors who sell their products.

Labor Trafficking: Labor trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Labor trafficking includes situations of debt bondage, forced labor, and involuntary child labor.

Sweatshop: a factory or workshop, especially in the clothing industry, where manual workers are employed at very low wages for long hours and under poor conditions.






No Community assignments this week.