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Download the Buycott app and screen products for conflict with your causes.

Kirsten Browning

Day 21: Today (and every day) I use Buycott to screen my purchases, to make better informed decisions about where my money is going. If you're like me, you've probably worried at some point whether your money has accidentally funded causes you oppose. Fortunately, this delightful app helps prevent that.

In case you didn't already know, a buycott is the opposite of a boycott. So, if you support gun control, for example, you join the campaign on that app (and others), then scan a product's bar code. The app traces the brand to the parent company, then informs you if it's in conflict with the campaigns you've joined or created. Because my biggest concern is human trafficking, I use it to screen products for parent companies that have been connected with forced labor.

I should note Buycott's database is not complete; it depends on users to help keep it updated and accurate. Still, it's one of my favorite apps for social good, and a welcome everyday tool in my #100helpfuldays arsenal!

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  • WomenYSK

    Great app, would like to see which companies are supporting the NRA, that would be a good boycott campaign to add.

    • Kirsten Browning

      I know they have a gun control campaign -- surprised if they don't have an NRA campaign! As it's user-dependent, however, we could always add it!

      • WomenYSK

        I found one campaign, hopefully it will continue to grow.