Conscious consumer movements have given people opportunities to “vote with their dollars” – that is, buy from companies with values matching their own, and forgo products from businesses with questionable policies and practices. After providing brief context about consumerism and conscious consumption, I focus on a Conscious Consumer Project that I teach in my First Year Writing courses at St. John’s University. Excerpts of student writing emphasizing labor issues, as well as student reflections on the project, are shared as I discuss possibilities for revising and improving the assignment. The possibilities discussed include increasing opportunities for students to do academic service-learning and connect the project to their spirituality.
"Buying a Better World: Students as Conscious Consumers,"
Journal of Vincentian Social Action: Vol. 4:
3, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/vol4/iss3/4
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