An app to think about.

http://www.buycott.com/

Last week another blogger shared this app with me, the Buycott app. I like to know what’s in my food and I’m guessing you do, too. I also like to know where the money I spend on food goes. An example: maybe the company that makes the peanut butter you always buy… supports genetically modified foods, and you’re not really into that. ::raises hand::

You download the app, choose the campaigns you support, and scan the products you buy. I searched through my cupboard and was surprised to find so many foods/etc. that went against the campaigns I support. The campaigns range from animal testing, all the way to avoiding products that are distantly connected to human trafficking. I was very surprised to find that an organic/non-animal testing brand I use everyday, is actually owned by a larger company that sells many products that test on animals. They just don’t test animals for this one little brand.

I wandered the app and chose my campaigns, based on my own principles, and off I went. I know it’s quite the challenge to avoid everything I don’t want to support, but I love that there’s a way I can try. Buying local as often as I can, and supporting the companies that do right by the planet and it’s inhabitants.

The app is free and pretty easy to use. The blogger that told me about this joked that now there’s almost nothing she can actually buy, and feel good about it. I’m starting to feel the same way, but I am also excited to see how this app changes my buying habits/everything.

– Chelsey

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7 comments

  • Mana on said:

    OMG this is great because I have so many causes and I never really know where my money is going and it frustrates me.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Christie on said:

    I have this app and use it all the time. Such a great tool for those that care about where their money is going.

  • Franca on said:

    Thanks for introducing me to this. wonder if there's a British version?

  • obsesssesh on said:

    I never heard of this app! Definitely going to download it and use at our next grocery stop. I love the fact that vegan friendly products are more accessible these days but it bothers me when the companies I love are bought out (due to increasing popularity) by bigger corporations that don't support the same campaigns. I think I am going to love this app, thanks for sharing!

    Rose

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      They definitely have a vegan friendly something rather app!

  • Emily B on said:

    Oh goodness, I can see how this app would become addicting real quick! Thanks for spreading the word on this; it's so hard to know that the products you buy are in line with your values. This app seems like it would make it a lot easier to do just that!

    Emily

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      You're welcome. It's been pretty neat using it. I'm actually headed to the grocery store today and I'll be using that app. 😀

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