GLOBALISATION - Ethical and environmental concerns

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  • Ethical and environmental concerns of globalisation.
    • Consumer goods have been made using exploited labour.
    • imported products such as coffee, bananas, tea and cocoa may not provide farmers with good income they deserve.
    • consumer goods use excessive resources such as packaging and transport.
    • Jeans (bought in UK, made in BANGLADESH)
      • growing cotton uses over 13,000 litres of water.
      • fertilisers, dyes and pesticides leak into rivers and water supplies.
      • cotton farmers in AFRICA live on less than £1 per day.
      • 3.5 million workers earn less than £25 a month.
    • Responses
      • Localism - buying local products.
      • Fair Trade - farmers get a guaranteed wage and a fair trade premium. extra support also goes to schools and wells for water.
      • Recycling - local UK councils reduce waste and ecological footprints. the increase saw a 17-44% rise from 2003 to 2013. GERMANY however reached 65%.
      • Ethical consumption schemes.

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