Ethical Money: Is Your Money Being Used as a Force for Good?

Ethical Money: Is Your Money Being Used as a Force for Good?

Note: This letter from the editor was originally published in our weekly newsletter and is being republished here.

Hey guys,

Over the last few months we’ve been approached by various organisations about ethical finance and it’s wonderful to see that the sustainability movement is evolving to encompass such an important part of our lives.

Tackling money and finances is usually at the bottom of the sustainable lifestyle to-do list when people first ‘go green’. It’s often thrown in the ‘too hard’ basket.

But I recommend that people tackle this part of their lives ASAP (especially as there are so many more responsible financial institutions to choose from!) because it makes no sense carrying around zero waste kits, saying no to plastic and going on climate marches, when they’re money (savings, investments, retirement/super money) is undoing all their positive work and being loaned to and funding industries that don’t align with their eco values such as coal, oil and gas.

So here are some questions for you: Is your bank/financial institution or retirement/super fund investing in fossil fuels (ie coal-fired power plants), weapons manufacture and militarism, live exports, gambling, tobacco etc? Is your savings/investments being used as a force for good?

Now we’ve recently partnered with one of Australia’s pioneering ethical financial institutions Australian Ethical Super (a collab no-brainer as my super has been invested with them since 2016) to raise awareness about this important topic, so if you’re keen to learn more about why I made the ethical super switch, read this post.

Anyway, here’s what I’m reading, watching and listening to:

Podcast Shows / Films:

The Gamechangers MovieA documentary film about the benefits of plant-based eating for athletes (if you’re health and fitness conscious this is going to get you thinking… and eating more green leafy veg ha!)

Gemma Newman, MD is the Plant Power DoctorRich Roll. A wonderful podcast with a family doctor who became convinced about the power of plant-based nutrition after observing the performance results of her marathon-running husband and reviewing the extensive research into plant-based eating.

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Books:

Everything That Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus aka The Minimalists (still reading, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks).


Articles /Posts:

‘The climate doesn’t need awards’: Greta Thunberg declines environmental prizeThe Guardian

Netflix pays barely any tax in Australia. But it isn’t alone– here are some of the other tech companies that avoid it, Business Insider

Unilever CEO tells activists to ‘call us out’  amid plastic criticismMarketing Week

Chile Protestors: ‘We are subjugated by the rich. It’s time for that to end’The Guardian

Billionaire clothing dynasty heiress launches Everybody & Everyone to make fashion sustainableTech Crunch

Wedding photo showing masked newlyweds in burning California looks apocalypticUSA Today

Obama advises ‘woke’ young people not to be so judgementalSydney Morning Herald

And that’s all from me for this week. Hope you have a relaxing weekend whatever you get up to! And if you’re keen on gardening inspiration, make sure to follow on Insta as Spring has sprung on the farm (FYI: EWP HQ is located on an off-grid certified organic farm) and our gardens are looking amazing! #nature #blessed.

Peace, love and all that jazz,

Jen xx

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