It is “cyber Monday” which follows “black Friday” for those of us in the US (and I imagine Canada to some extent. In any event, the Holiday shopping season has opened. Since I don’t have anything heavy to write about this week, I would like to suggest that people, when possible, buy from worker co-operatives. Why? Well, the people at NoBAWC spell it out very nicely, but you support a more sustainable economy. There is nothing about being “local” that means quality, eco-friendly, or worker friendly.
Our friends in Argentina have their goods available through The Working World’s Bazaar. In addition to footwear, clothing and even dog clothing, you can also get your own copy of the excellent documentary, The Take by Ari Lewis and Naomi Klein.
My friends at Equal Exchange have worked hard to make it easier for people who support Fair Trade and Worker Co-operatives to order on-line.
Check out the worker co-ops in your town (or the town of your friend). I am sure that most will be accommodating to make that great holiday gift whether it involves cab rides in Madison (Union Cab of Madison, my co-op) or a gift of cheese through Rainbow Grocery. Not to mention the many bike shops, cafés, bakeries, restaurants, and even services (cleaning, personal, etc).
I’ve focused on worker co-operatives in this post, but also consider the many consumer co-ops as well. We need to keep as much of our money in our community. The more we shop co-op the stronger our co-ops will be.