While we’d all like to leave this planet a better place for our children, life can get in the way. We’re more focused on our own little world. We’re busy. It’s all too confusing and time consuming to work out how best to tread lightly on the Earth. Except it isn’t, because there’s an Aussie company helping families switch to a more ethically sound lifestyle.
As parents, every day we make decisions for our families aimed at protecting their health and happiness. But those bigger decisions, like getting behind companies that commit to supporting our planet, take a little more research and time we often don’t have.
Melbourne dad Sam Marshall (pictured above) was faced with some pretty sobering decisions for his family after his wife of 15 years died of cancer. He explains, “It made me question a lot of things in my life including whether or not I was satisfied with the contribution I was making to society and the state of the planet I was raising my kids into.”
It gave him the push he needed to get involved with charities and social enterprise, and eventually saw him heading up Ethical Switch in Melbourne. It provides an online ranking for companies, based on how ethical they are. Basically, it determines if what they’re doing with your money is good for the planet.
“We exist solely to promote renewable consumption and to help people to move to more ethical products and services whilst funding not-for-profit and charity partners,” Sam says.
Ethical Switch was founded by Tamlyn Rudolph, who’d spent 12 years working in the energy industry. It gave her a unique insight into the damage that can be caused by big energy, and also the good being provided by renewables.
To put it in perspective, Australians spend around $40 billion each year on their household bills, and energy consumption eats up the lion’s share. Ethical Switch wants to give families the power to decide how their money is used, by choosing companies who are ethically, socially and environmentally responsible.
It’s the only place where you can find out the emissions produced by each electricity retailer, through their ownership of power stations. You can compare your current provider with the other listed on Ethical Switch, and see at a glance how it ranks against different criteria. Ethical Switch has recently launched a section that showcases ethical and sustainable super funds, with banking and solar to be released soon.
As if that isn’t impressive enough, Ethical Switch has a core vision that includes working with not for profits. More than 80 per cent of the company’s profits are donated to charities which are aligned with its values like promoting renewable energy in Australia. Talk about putting your money where you mouth is.
Take a look how your energy provider or super scheme compares or to find out more, head to Ethical Switch,
(This is a sponsored post for Ethical Switch)