got locked out on the patio the whole 2 hours I was gone this morning. Poor baby. (I haven't dared go see if she went to the bathroom out there...)
I had two cups of coffee. As a result, I'm both tired and jittery. Explain that one to me. (And my stomach's none too thrilled.)
If Pantene does test on animals, as mentioned by whitecrow0
, I'm going to have to switch shampoos. Pantene's the only shampoo my hair has ever responded positively to--although, not so much lately, so it was probably time for a change anyway. I'm the worst kind of omnivore; totally lacking in integrity or commitment to either my ethics or my desires. I eat meat (but don't want to touch it raw or think about it too hard), wouldn't do vivisection in school; yet want to use a cruelty-free shampoo. You'd think I could be more consistent.Responsible Shopper
is a website sort of in the same vein as Buy Blue
, but considers broader issues. (jenniferward
will be happy to see that Borders is rated the best out of the book retailers, including Amazon.) They don't have a very comprehensive list of companies yet, though. I hope they're continuing to expand, but if you know of a more extensive website that considers social and environmental issues for shopping, pass it along, please. I'm gradually trying to green our home--replacing cleaners with Method products, paying more attention to recycled items, etc.
Went by Buy Blue again. Some places I won't have to feel guilty for patronizing according to Buy Blue: Google, Burlington Coat Factory, Aloha Air, Jo-Ann's, Panera, Skechers, Apple, BB&B, Overstock.com, Lane Bryant.
Surprisingly blue: AFC Enterprises (Popeye's), Sonic, LL Bean, a whole bunch of hotel chains, Hess Gas Stations (I don't think we have 'em in CA). I wonder what makes it more profitable for hotel companies to donate to the Democrats? I'm sure it's all about the bottom line. I'm also amused that apparently Progressive Corporation
is actually progressive. Who would have guessed?
Might need to reconsider: Amazon.com, Jones Apparel Group, Books-A-Million, MBNA, Safeway, SBC, Walgreen's, Staples, Target, Southwest Airlines, Hallmark, Papa John's, Raley's, IHOP, GEICO, Dollar Tree, Michael's, TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Chipotle (owned by
. Whoa, look at all the grocery stores. We really
need a Whole Foods in Fremont now. I already do a lot of shopping at Trader Joe's, but damn. And Michael's? Not only do they give 100% to conservatives, but it's a very large amount. Too bad it's practically the only craft store in the Bay Area.
Already disliked: Capital One, Blockbuster, Microsoft, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Guess?, Harley-Davidson, UPS, Clear Channel, Sears, Wal-Mart, PetCo, PetSmart, Circut City, Curves, Best Buy, Campbell's Soup, Dell, McDonald's, Applebee's, Outback, and various other "Duh!" corporations like Chevron. Dell executives gave money to Rick Santorum
. EW. jenniferward
, you might want to consider Gateway
instead, although they donated some money to the Republicans too. What is it with the lack of liberal tech businesses? I guess it's not surprising; big business of any flavor tends to be Republican, so it's really more remarkable when a big company, such as Apple or Starbucks or Costco or Mattel, is not
on this list or is
on the Democratic list.
Can't give up: In-N-Out Burger (all fast food is evil, and I persist in my belief that In-N-Out is the least bad of the bad), Krispy Kreme