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‘Buycott’ Koch Brothers, Monsanto and Other Industries’ Products Lining Supermarket Shelves
The guessing game is over. No longer will consumers wonder what companies are behind the millions of products that fill supermarket shelves because there’s an app for that.
Buycott, now available on Apple and Android platforms, is a tool that allows consumers to organize their spending depending on personal values.
The app helps consumers determine whether their spending is funding causes or campaigns that they either support or oppose. Buycott offers consumers the opportunity to align their principals and spending by avoiding products made by controversial big businesses such as Koch Industries, Monsanto and George Soros and, instead, buying products to help support the companies behind initiatives like local and sustainable food.
Some of Buycott’s top trending campaigns since the app’s launch earlier this month include Avoid Koch Industries, Demand GMO Labeling and Local and Sustainable Food Initiative.
From categories such as animal welfare and the environment to Gay Rights and social responsibility, the app prompts users to join the causes they support and, or boycott the campaigns they oppose. Users of the app scan products’ barcodes while shopping to determine “what the product is and who owns it,” according to Buycott’s website. The app then crosschecks the products’ parent company to the app user’s participating campaigns and will alert them of any conflict.
While many campaigns have already formed, Buycott also allows users to create their own campaigns to help cater to their own principals and reach their personal goals.
The “rich” database Buycott created is still limited in the knowledge of all the corporate relationships, according to it’s website, so it is relying on consumers to input missing product and company information as they see needed to help build the app's integrity and maintain its database. It also allows users the chance to vote on the accuracy of the added data.
Whether looking to buy products vegan and cruelty-free or boycott Monsanto, Buycott is determined to help consumers know who their money is going to.
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