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New toolkit to help solve ‘ethical dilemmas’

A new toolkit to help people make meaningful choices to reduce their impact of their lifestyle on the planet is crowdfunding to take its development to the next stage.

The Ethical Lifestyle Toolkit is being produced by Ethical Consumer magazine and the Permaculture Association, who say it will help people navigate ethical dilemmas and personalise actions that make sense with daily lives.

The kit, which is half way through its funding target of around £28,000, is still in design stages but could take the form of an app with functions such as a carbon calculator for everyday items, or showing the location of nearby recycling points, as well as training courses and forums for discussion.

It will have sections on clothing, home and garden, finance and food and drink, which could be personalised according to someone’s priorities.

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Every daily choice has an environmental impact that it can be hard to calculate.

“By working through your day-to-day life, the toolkit will help you to explore your ethical dilemmas and personalise actions so that they make sense with your life,” said education lead at the Permaculture Assoction, Jemma Findley.

“If funded, it will be an invaluable resource for workplaces such as parliament, as well as the individuals and communities that MPs represent.”

To promote the toolkit, candidates for the upcoming general election are being offered a one-off ethical living training course, to explore some of the impacts of everyday life choices, and identify changes that MPs and their constituents could make.

So far four candidates have signed up for the course: John McNally of the SNP, Sam Al-Handani of the Liberal Democrats, and Caroline Jackson and Helena Mellish from the Greens.

“All over the UK individuals and communities are trying to move towards more ethical ways of living. But in order to make the shift, we need laws and policies that support us,” said Clare Carlile of Ethical Consumer.

“This is an exciting chance for election candidates to show that they recognise many constituent’s hope to live more ethically and are willing to empower this,” she added.

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