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What is energy jewellery?

Popular brand names:

  • Bio Energy
  • Charmology
  • Phiten
  • Anything with ‘aura’ or ‘chakra’ in it.

Generic name: Energy jewellery.

Active ingredient: Hematite, quartz, basically any mineral or stone people think looks or feels mysterious.

Can you make it? Yeah, just string some stone on a necklace.

Vegan?

Yes.

Halal?

Yes.

Ethical concerns?

The companies and crafters selling these products claim they help to create healing, energizing, or otherwise beneficial “energy”. There is nothing to support these claims and all benefits so far have been found to be placebos. Many people claim to feel better for wearing them, which is fine. Ultimately, if a placebo makes you feel better, then use it. Comfort and reassurance is important. But be aware that is what you are buying.

Health concerns?

None, so long as you don’t swap real medicine for a charm.

Alternative brands:

Countless independent sellers and small brands on etsy.

How long is your washing machine designed to last?

Popular brand names:

  • Beko
  • Bosch
  • Hotpoint
  • Indesit
  • LG
  • Samsung
  • Whirlpool
  • Zanussi

Generic name: Washing machine.

Can you make it? That’d be a ‘no’.

Vegan?

As far as I know.

Halal?

As far as I know.

Ethical concerns?

Plastics that are not biodegradable. Ethical manufacturing issues. If these concern you, look into the company and consider selling your old machines to a refurbisher or white goods recycling company.

Also, many consumers feel deceived by the life expectancy of their machine. The average shopper expects a washing machine to last six years. But the warranty usually extends to one or two years, maybe three. Companies claim their machines last anywhere from 5 to 20 years, but don’t offer warranties that long. Many break down 2-3 years in, when the warranty expires. The argument seems to be that we, the buyers, overuse the product and cause it to break down earlier. A machine is only meant to last a certain number of cycles, but we’re never told how many! The reality is that demand for a cheap product has resulted in, well, cheap products that only last if they’re used in perfect lab conditions, ie: not our homes. Expect your machine to last 3 years and renew the warranty at that point.

Health concerns?

None found.

Alternative brands:

  • AEG
  • Candy
  • Hisense
  • Hoover
  • Miele
  • Russell Hobbs
  • Siemens
  • Swan

Are there store brands?

None found.

Is your unlimited data really unlimited?

Popular brand names:

  • 3
  • AT&T
  • EE
  • Geico
  • GiffGaff
  • Verizon

Generic name: Unlimited data plan.

Ethical concerns?

Lying to customers about unlimited data. Many “unlimited data” plans result in throttled data when you reach a certain threshold, or a cap on other services.

There is an app to check whether your data is really unlimited.

Alternative brands:

They all seem to have this issue. It’s not in a service provider’s best interests to offer truly unlimited data.

Are there store brands?

No big chain stores offer their own phone or data service.

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