The Instigator
josefa
Pro (for)
The Contender
Sonofcharl
Con (against)

ethical consumerism

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Started: 9/6/2018 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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josefa

Pro

Is ethical consumerism beneficial for buyers and companies? Yes
1 - Environment
2 - Sweatshops
3 - Animal testing
4 - Boycotts
5 - Fair Trade
Sonofcharl

Con

This is one of those propositions that is impossible to argue against, As Pro opens with a conclusive statement of fact, Which in principle cannot be regarded as inaccurate. Nonetheless I am more than happy to discuss this issue with them.

Ethics are as ethics do. That is to say that there is no set standard for consumer ethics. Cost is ultimately what drives consumer interest, So therefore if ethical consumerism is cost effective to a large enough consumer group then it will also be beneficial to buyers and companies.
I would suggest that ethical trade (as generally regarded) is still a niche market though and not beneficial to the mass market. Meeting the basic needs of todays population of 7. 6 billion is what matters at the end of the day. But as I have already implied the definition of ethical trade is by no way clear cut anyway.

1) Who actually has the authority to set ethical trading standards?

2) What actually is Pro's own definition of ethical consumerism?

3) Is it actually possible to get 7. 6 billion people all singing from the same ethical hymn book?

4) Can everyone afford to be an ethical consumer?

Ultimately it will be supply and demand that decides the success and benefit of ethical consumerism and of course the key factor in any trade equation is always going to be cost effectivity to producers, Suppliers and consumers. As ever money is the be all and end all, The one all consuming God.
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Posted by Elfman 3 years ago
Elfman
Rational isn"t always wise you end up harming yourself unless you of course can afford to consume Kobe beef / supporting the corporate elite destroy the consumers and all planet life out of unconcern selfishness and cheapness
Posted by canis 3 years ago
canis
Nothing wrong with the lemmings, The rocks, The pictures and how it went.
https://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=AOOs8MaR1YM
Posted by canis 3 years ago
canis
We consume what we think we need and what is cheap =rational.
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