I'll spend extra on something with the Fair Trade logo, or some other claim to ethical conduct. (Preferably one I know about myself previously from elsewhere, than from the advertising on the packaging. Although I'll go with what's on the package's ingredient's list in lieu of better information.) Sometimes 5 to 10 times extra, and I'll eat the economic hit by buying less stuff. TLW and I had an intellectual disagreement about it, after my War and Peace Theory of Shopping thread a while back. According to him, it was probably better ethically to buy the cheapest sh*t you could on everyday items, and save and invest hard, and then later on spend the difference on donating to one extremely well researched, beneficial charity. For me, it has been an adulthood long education in sometimes getting what you pay for, sometimes even coming well out ahead in return (use) on "investment", and sometimes NOT getting extra for what you pay for, except for peace of mind. And also learning what you really can't buy over the internet.
Years ago, TLW was incredulous about the plan I was on with my electricity provider. They did this thing, where you could pay 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% extra for your electricity, and they guaranteed that that proportion of your bill was (not directly supplied by renewable energy plants, but) proportionally fed into the electricity grid by renewable electricity plants. The uptake of this plan was so wildly oversubscribed, that the electricity provider had to change the plan. The proportion of your bill going to renewables was now guaranteed to be spent on building
new renewable electrical plants (solar heat, geothermal, wind, etc).
I told TLW I was spending 100% more on my electrical bill in return for the guarantee that that was going on building renewable plants. He almost fell off his chair because I was paying double
to a company not for their service
, but for them to build assets that didn't even exist yet that they would retain
, and I would not have a share in
. I seriously blew TLW's mind with this piece of consumer idiocy I was engaged in. I was really really happy to pay for my electricity this way. Doesn't stop me from switching off the light when I leave a room, though. Edited, May 4th 2013 1:34am by Aripyanfar