Companies and products to avoid (for ethical reasons)


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In 2014, the Supreme Court’s Burwell V Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. decision ruled that companies with religious objections could object to the provision of any type of birth control. Yet, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, birth control is guaranteed insurance coverage.

So why did this happen? The owners of Hobby Lobby said it was against their religious beliefs to allow their employees access to birth control coverage.

Access to birth control is a basic human right that should not be decided based on who owns the company you work for. Plus, not only do most other insurance policies cover birth control, but they also provide access to free birth control.

The owners of Hobby Lobby have taken this right away from women for their religious beliefs, but what they don’t understand is that birth control isn’t all about sex and preventing a child. It includes hormonal pills that help regulate periods, reduce period pain, fight acne, and reduce headaches. It is also commonly used to treat chronic conditions such as endometriosis. A large percentage of women take the pill for reasons other than contraception.

Hobby Lobby has taken away a fundamental right from women, and they should not be supported.

Note: If someone needs birth control, Planned Parenthood and many other organizations can prescribe it inexpensively.


Fairlife milk and dairy products advertise themselves as high quality milk focused on the welfare of their animals. However, new information emerged in 2019 showing milkers being violent towards cows. There are videos showing them beating, stabbing and branding them with a hot iron in the face.

Apart from the physical abuse they put the cows through, they also have horrible living conditions. The cows have a small pen with a small outdoor area barely big enough for a single cow. They live there throughout the sweltering summers and snowy winters, and they are the lucky cows. There are many more who are so crammed into a shed that they barely have room to move around.

Fairlife claims to have fixed this problem, but there is no supporting evidence.


L’Oréal has used animal testing for its products for decades. The company has publicly stated that it no longer uses animal testing, but it’s obvious that the ingredients it uses are tested on animals. Additionally, the company went against the EU ban on testing cosmetics on animals.

L’Oreal has taken steps to reduce its animal testing and is moving in the right direction, however, they still allow animal testing for their products.

Cracker Barrel

This old fashioned and intimate establishment actually has an extremely racist and homophobic history. The company is notorious for firing employees for failing to demonstrate “normal heterosexual values.” These workers were discriminated against for not appearing straight and were fired due to suspicion. It is an attack on human equality that should not be tolerated.

As if their homophobia weren’t enough, their racist tendencies further prove why they should be shunned. In 2004, the US Department of Justice found that the restaurant had segregated its white customers from customers of color. Additionally, they would put white customers ahead of others, showing that they had no intention of hiding their racism, and openly despised people of color. Finally, white servers were allowed to refuse to wait for black customers.

It’s really horrible and disgusting that customers and workers get different and worse treatment because of who they like and the color of their skin. Cracker Barrel has racist and homophobic idealologies that should never have happened, especially in the 21st century, and should be avoided.

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Rozella J. Cook