Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: The Better World Shopping Guide

Recently I received the 3rd edition of The Better World Shopping Guide by Ellis Jones.  Having already owned the 2nd edition of this book, and already being a fan, I was super excited when Dr. Jones decided to send me several copies of the newest edition for me and my readers! 

The Better World Shopping Guide grades companies based on 5 major issues:

  1. Environmental Sustainability
  2. Human Rights
  3. Community Involvement
  4. Animal Protection
  5. Social Justice
Thousands of hours of and two decades of research have been put into grading these companies, which finally results in a report card score, with A+ being the best possible rating and F being the lowest. 

The companies are conveniently divided into categories such as "Frozen Dinners" and "Gasoline" and "Airlines." There are 70 categories in this edition. 

There are also tidbits of information with each category. "Green Heros" are listed, as are "Corporate Villains," along with the reasons behind that label. Each category also has a list of additional resources that I find interesting and handy as a blogger.

My favorite part of The Better World Shopping Guide are the Top 10 lists and the 20 Best and 20 Worst lists. (Yes, I am a list maker!)

The book is small so it's easy to keep it handy in your purse or in your car's glove box. Carry it in the grocery store or check it when deciding on a new bank. Spend a few minutes looking up some of the companies from which you frequently purchase products and you may change your mind about some of them! I did!

There is so much information in this guide that I can't begin to cover it all! I love it! For more information or to order a copy for yourself, visit There is also an iPhone app that you can download called Better World Shopper.

Dr. Ellis Jones, the author, has given me some extra copies of The Better World Shopping Guide to give away to my readers! See details of the giveaway and enter to win by clicking here


  1. Looks like an interesting read. I love that there is an app for it. Will be looking to see if it comes in electronic version.

  2. This book sounds amazing! I also like that you can carry it with you because it is small!

  3. Thanks, I love those best and worst of lists....very eye opening. Going to check out their site now. Thanks! julieann r

  4. This book sounds great. It is the first I have heard of it. I would love to be a better shopper but get so overwhelmed with knowing who I should and shouldn't buy from. I think I will buy this book soon. Thanks.

  5. Nice there are resources for each category.

  6. What a handy book! I would take it everywhere with me so I could show family and friends. Thanks so much for the giveaway.