Humane Shopping

Companies You Should Not Support

ASOS

Fast fashion, cheap materials contributing to throwaway society, discrimination

AT&T

AT&T has used inmates to man its call centers. Prisoners are paid $2 a day for their work.

Activia

One of the largest sources of plastic trash found in the oceans

Amazon Prime

Fast delivery means more carbon emissions released into the air, uses excessive packaging, workers are exploited, they fight against unions, inhumane labor conditions in factories in China, they ruin local economies and small businesses, etc. Do some more research if you're still skeptical.

American Airlines

Uses inmates to take reservations through call centers

American Express

Supports the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that promotes prison labor

Bayer

The world's largest supplier of seeds and agricultural chemicals contributing to water pollution

Blue Bell Ice Cream

2015 recall, Blue Bell Creameries pulled all of its products off the shelves due to potential listeria contamination, and reported finding hard plastic tool pieces.

Boohoo

Fast fashion, cheap materials contributing to throwaway society

Cadbury chocolate

One of the largest sources of plastic trash found in the oceans

Cargill

One of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the global livestock industry

Coca-Cola Company

Top producer of plastic waste in the world's oceans

ConAgra Foods

One of the biggest packaged food companies is also one of the worst for the earth.

Dairy Farmers of America

One of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the meat and dairy industry if its livestock feed and agrochemicals operations are included

Danone

One of the largest sources of plastic trash found in the oceans

Dell

Used federal inmates to recycle old PCs in 2003 and forced to stop because prisoners might be exposed to toxins

Duke Energy

Heavy reliance on coal, natural gas and nuclear power is hazardous to public health and safety. The production, transport and burning of natural gas emit methane, a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide

Eddie Bauer

Has used prison labor in the past to sew clothes

Evian

One of the largest sources of plastic trash found in the oceans

ExxonMobil Corp

Spent $41 million a year lobbying to block climate change policies, supports the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has promoted prison labor

Fashion Nova

Fast fashion, cheap materials contributing to throwaway society

Forever21

Fast fashion, cheap materials contributing to throwaway society

Foster Farms

Had a massive salmonella outbreak across 29 states and Puerto Rico from 2013 to 2014

Freshway Foods

Romaine lettuce was at the center of a number of E. coli-related recalls in 2018 and 2019.

Fruit Of The Loom

Supports the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that promoted mandatory minimum sentencing and the three-strikes law, which drastically increases the length of sentencing for people convicted of more than two serious crimes. ALEC pioneered the "Prison Industries Act," which legalized using prison labor to manufacture products and provide other services.

GAP

Fast fashion, not paying workers stores and suppliers

GH Foods CA

Discovered to have been potentially contaminated with salmonella and listeria

GUESS

Fast fashion, cheap labor, trademark infringement

General Mills

Several flour recalls related to E. coli over the past decade.

Gerber

One of the largest sources of plastic trash found in the oceans

Gold Medal Wondra Flour

Several flour recalls related to E. coli over the past decade.

H&M

Cheap labor, steals designs and sell them cheaper

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Fast fashion, cheap materials contributing to throwaway society

Honda Motor Company

Inmates at the Ohio Mansfield Correctional Institution worked for Honda, making between 25 and 40 cents an hour

Intel

Has used prison labor

JBS USA

USA's leading pork and beef companies, has had to issue several recalls over the years due to bits of hard plastic inside one of the meat products

JCPenney

Used female inmates to sew leisurewear sold in their stores and have sold jeans made by inmates in Tennessee prisons

KitKat

One of the largest sources of plastic trash found in the oceans

Kmart

Sells jeans manufactured by inmates incarcerated in Tennessee prisons

Kraft Heinz

Food could be contaminated with a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. When consumed, the bacteria can lead to major health concerns, including difficulty breathing, muscle paralysis, double vision, and weakness.

Macy's Department Store

Center for Research on Globalization records that Macy's has used prison labor

Mango

In 2013, an eight-story commercial building in Bangladesh collapsed killing over 1,000 people and 2,400 injured. Victims were not compensated.

Mary Kay

Supports the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that promotes prison labor

Massimo Dutti

Fast fashion, cheap materials contributing to throwaway society

McDonald's

Uniforms are manufactured by prisoners through a subcontractor that relies on Oregon inmates, Poor cleaning, doesn't use fresh ingredients, ingredients cause obesity, liver failure, low-quality food pumped full of preservatives and questionable ‘pink goo’, and other severe health disorders, and more

Microsoft Corporation

In the 1990s, Microsoft hired Washington state prisoners to package software and mouses. At the time, a spokesman said, "We don't see this as a negative."

Missguided

Fast fashion, cheap labor, illegally used fur from cats, raccoon dogs and rabbits in the production of shoes

Mondelez International

One of the largest sources of plastic trash found in the oceans

Monsanto

Produces growth hormone in foods and uses Round Up weed killer in the harvesting process causing cancer

Motorola

Has used prison labor

Nasty Gal

Fast fashion, refuse to disclose working conditions

Nestlé

One of the largest sources of plastic trash found in the oceans

New Look

Fast fashion, cheap materials contributing to throwaway society

Nintendo

Nintento hired a subcontractor called Signature Packaging Solutions to package their Nintento Game Boys. The company uses prison labor.

Nordstrom

Has sold jeans made by prisoners

Oreo cookies

One of the largest sources of plastic trash found in the oceans

Oysho

Fast fashion, cheap labor, bad working environments

PPL

Electricity company having no formal greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan in place

Peacocks

Fast fashion, cheap labor

PepsiCo

Second top producer of plastic waste in the world's oceans

Perdue

Pieces of bone material in the chicken, "misbranding" and allergen concerns. Organics chicken tenders that had been marked "gluten-free" actually contained wheat.

Perrier Water

One of the largest sources of plastic trash found in the oceans

Pretty Little Thing

Fast fashion, accused of removing labels from cheaper branded clothing and re-selling as their own - for double the price

Primark

Fast fashion, SOS notes found in clothes from Chinese prison which alleged prisoners were made to work 'like oxen' for 15 hours a day.

Procter & Gamble

Uses slave labor

Rip Curl

Fast fashion, modern slavery

Saudi Aramco

Biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the fossil fuel sector

Shein

Cheap labor, steals designs and sell them cheaper, refuse to disclose working conditions

Shell Oil Company

Supports the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that has promoted prison labor and helped pass laws to increase inmate manufacturing for private corporations

Shenhua Group

One of the largest source of greenhouse gases

Signature Kitchens

Several flour recalls related to E. coli over the past decade.

Southern

Carbon capture, smart grid, corporate responsibility

Sprint Corporation

Uses inmates in call centers to provide customer service

Starbucks

Starbucks has used prison labor to package coffee sold in its stores. Prisoners may earn as little as 23 cents an hour, meaning they might make less than $500 for an entire year of full-time work.

State Farm Insurance

Supports the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that promotes prison labor

Stradivarius

Fast fashion, poor working conditions, unfair wages

Syngenta

The world's 2nd largest supplier of seeds and agricultural chemicals contributing to water pollution

Target

Uses suppliers that rely on prison labor

Texas Instruments

Has used prison labor

Topshop

Prioritize profit over their people, workers treated unfairly

Townsend Farms

A hepatitis A outbreak that affected 162 people (including 71 hospitalizations) in 2013 was traced to frozen berries sold in 11 U.S. states at Costco and Harris Teeter.

Tyson Foods

One of the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the global food industry

UPS

Supports the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has promoted prison labor

Unicor

Prison labor

Uniqlo

Fast fashion, labor rights violations, reports of slave labor, bullying, harassment

United Airlines

Supports the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that promotes prison labor

Urban Outfitters

Fast fashion, synthetic fabrics, cheap labor

Verizon

Relies on inmates to provide customer service from prison call center

Victoria's Secret

Fast fashion, lawsuits, prison & child labor, allegations of trans phobia, sexual harassment of their models, and much more

Walmart

Contracts companies that use inmate labor to dispose of customer returns and excess inventory.

Wendy's

Has hired inmates to process beef for their hamburgers

Wright County/Hillandale Farms

One of the biggest egg recalls in U.S. history was issued in 2010. Wright County/Hillandale Farms eggs were discovered to be the culprit in a massive salmonella outbreak.

Zara

Fast fashion, slave-like working conditions

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