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NEW: The IRS "Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft" describes what tax-related identity theft is, how it happens, and what to do about it. It also links to a list of state tax agencies' websites.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

"Greenpeace ranks 17 leading consumer electronics companies based on sustainability"

New York Times op-ed on climate change provides a number of positive actions, but says by far the most effective thing an individual can do is fulfill their transportation needs in a fuel-efficient vehicle. United States drivers have a disproportionate effect on global warming, due to the number of miles driven and poor average miles per gallon of its cars, but have a wide variety of new vehicle options that do much better.

Google Transparency Report: check on safe browsing status of a website

The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment Network of investors working on public policy and education on such things as divesting from fossil fuels and reinvesting in more sustainable energy.

What's Green with Betsy "Simple Steps That Make a Difference" to help the environment

U.S. Department of Labor's List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor

Visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for help enforcing laws that protect consumers, monitoring financial markets, understanding mortgage disclosure laws, researching consumer behavior, etc.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre: "Tracking the positive and negative impacts of over 5100 companies worldwide"

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Be cautious about ceramic cookware, such as crockpots

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says 15% of ceramics tested have lead and/or cadmium contamination. "Emphasis should be placed on those items designed to hold liquid foods."

See also: npr.org report

Tech companies Tesla, Blue Apron, and Amazon accused of working conditions that sacrifice worker well-being for profit

Tesla was accused of racism, "excessive mandatory overtime", and constant pressure to work faster. "In 2015, Blue Apron appeared to violate a litany of OSHA regulations, ranging from wiring to chemical storage", which it claims to have quickly rectified. Amazon warehouse employees say hours are long, breaks few, and fulfillment demands high.

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Good and Cheap food: a cookbook developed to meet nutritional needs for people on food stamps, but with great ideas for all budgets. Emphasizes fruits and vegetables, innovative variations, and frugality that allows for a bit of luxury along with a lot of fun and great eating. The entire book is free online. To enlarge text, hold down the ctrl key while pressing the plus key.

Green America's National Green Pages: Special offers on green gifts

Animal-friendly products and companies: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals "Proggy" award recipients.

Games, dolls, puppets from Taraluna: Socially responsible toys, gifts for children


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Action Alerts

Action Alerts

Products Removed From Recommended List

Sadly, Responsible Consumer can no longer recommend The Body Shop, because it has been bought out by L'Oreal.

Ask Hardware Stores to Offer Alternative Products for Rodent Control

In winter, mice and other rodents look for warm, cozy shelter, often in human shelters. Poisons and glue traps cause horrible suffering and threaten children and pets as well as wildlife. Poisons also affect other animals who eat the poisoned animals. Glue traps keep animals in agony for hours. Safe, humane products are available to control rodents (for example, Mr. McGregor's Fence and search Google). Please ask your local hardware store to carry these alternative products and discontinue poisons and cruel traps.

Verified Voting

Fair, honest, accurate elections are essential to everything ResponsibleConsumer.net works for: human rights, animal rights and welfare, and environmental protection. For any electoral system to be valid, the process and results must be transparent, and voters must have confidence their votes will be counted accurately. Such a situation does not exist when electronic voting machines are used that produce no paper trail and whose manufacturers will not allow inspection by independent experts. VerifiedVoting.org summarizes the issue, and provides information about what you can do to ensure your vote counts.

Tell the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to enforce the Humane Slaughter Act

There have been many allegations that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) does a poor job of enforcing the Humane Slaughter Act. Poultry is not even covered by the Act. The Humane Farming Association Campaign to Stop Slaughterhouse Abuse describes heartbreaking atrocities, related by USDA workers, that animals routinely go through in order to arrive looking and smelling clean and tasty on your dinner plate.

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