HI! MY NAME IS Adam O. I am a writer living in Minneapolis, MN. I am an average person, driven by a goal to always keep improving so that I LEAVE the world a LITTLE better than when i found iT.

Day 14: All I did was buy some cheese.

Last night I went grocery shopping and used this app called Buycott, and the first thing I want to acknowledge is that it would be super annoying to scan everything you buy before you buy it. I think if you want to try it, just start by scanning a couple items each time you visit the store. Since a lot of us buy the same 30-60 things, eventually you’ll just know which brands you want to support. 

I think it’s important to make sure your money follows the same path that your mouth and your mind take. This app and others like it aren’t perfect, but they give you an opening for more research if you want to confirm their claims about companies, etc. Plus it’s really easy.

HOW IT WORKS
The app allows you to select causes you care about and then tells you 1) if the company/product is bad for that cause (pays low wages, environmental stuff), you get a “conflict” notice for each cause you marked; and 2) if it supports your cause, you get a “supporting” notice. Don’t want to support Koch brothers’ agenda? No more Brawny paper towels or Angel Soft TP. 

Because it was my first time using it, I scanned tons of stuff, and it was kinda fun, although a person probably looks a little crazy because you hold the barcode up to your phone and scan it but it looks like you’re taking a photo. I should also note, that I just used it at the grocery store--but you can use it on any product with a barcode.

I ran into this one guy 3 times in 3 different aisles when I was scanning something. Why is that guy taking pictures of hot sauce and peanut butter? Better not to ask questions sometimes, buddy. 

There is also a website, https://grabyourwallet.org which does a similar thing.

Here is some stuff I bought: 

If you think income inequality is a big issue, and that CEO salaries that are 1,000 times that of a company employee is part of the problem, you can support employee owned businesses like Kame Coconut Milk. I almost bought another brand because it was cheaper, and it didn’t have any conflicts—but Kame is employee owned so I decided to pay a little extra. Plus they “supported” 3 other causes I’d flagged! What a good company! 

If you think income inequality is a big issue, and that CEO salaries that are 1,000 times that of a company employee is part of the problem, you can support employee owned businesses like Kame Coconut Milk. I almost bought another brand because it was cheaper, and it didn’t have any conflicts—but Kame is employee owned so I decided to pay a little extra. Plus they “supported” 3 other causes I’d flagged! What a good company! 

Fortunately my Cholula Chili Garlic Hot Sauce didn’t have any conflicts, because I love this shit. 

Fortunately my Cholula Chili Garlic Hot Sauce didn’t have any conflicts, because I love this shit. 

I didn't know No Name was owned by Tillamook. They make good cheese! 

I didn't know No Name was owned by Tillamook. They make good cheese! 

Cabot is good cheese I guess.

Cabot is good cheese I guess.

Now that dinner is over, make sure to floss!

Now that dinner is over, make sure to floss!

Children, not terrorists.

Day 13: Where I try to get knowledge & make fun of academics