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"The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living"

We aren’t sure exactly what Socrates had in mind when he said, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” but it just might have been ethical living. If it wasn’t, it sure sums up what we’ve been talking about all week really nicely. So ask yourself if your life is properly examined and check out some of our favorite resources for learning more about how to live an ethical lifestyle.

1) Get 25 suggestions for living ethically [www.treehugger.com] inspired by Socrates’ assertion.
2) It really is possible to say“I live with a clear conscience and haven’t had to give up a single thing to live this life,” according to this story [www.treehugger.com] about achieving an ethical way of life.

3) The Ethical Kitchen [www.treehugger.com] is a cool concept/ethical kitchen system that requires proper recycling of water and composting of food waste to nourish the plant, and has systems set up for both; if you don’t do enough, the plan(e)t will wilt and die.
4) When it comes to eating ethically when you go out, Ethical Eats [www.treehugger.com] was founded to bring restaurateurs together to discuss how they can become more sustainable and at the same time let customers know that they are working hard to do so.
5) To really “go out,” as in “on vacation,” check out the Ethical Travel Guide [www.treehugger.com] to shed a whole new light on travelling and give potential travellers many new and wonderful ideas for alternative vacations.

6) Based on the idea that everyone can “become Litegreen” through education on the purchasing decisions we make [www.treehugger.com], Litegreen shows you ethical options from fashion to food to toys to special treats, and emphasizes that whatever you want to buy, there will almost always be a Litegreen option.
7) Similarly, Etheco aims to take the effort out of ethical living [www.treehugger.com] by using their own ranking system to determine the products that have the best combined environmental, human rights and social justice scores.
8) What kind of stuff are you likely to find from these kinds of places? How about some ethical beachwear [www.treehugger.com] like the sassy little numbers available from BTC Elements.

9) Stateside banks could learn a lot from Triodos [www.treehugger.com], a European savings bank with offices in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain and Belgium that invests only in projects with a positive environmental or social impact. 33% of their investments go to renewable energy, 10% to organic farming, 11.7% to urban regeneration, 9.1% to natural healthcare. You get the idea – they take your money and put it to good use.
10) Building an ethical home [www.treehugger.com] might be the ultimate sign that ethical living is a meaningful way of life; we can show you how.