“Ethical consumerism” is defined as a type of “consumer activism”. The idea is that the concept of voting with your wallet to convince companies to adopt a more “ethical” approach to their product creation and general operating procedures. Supporting small-scale manufacturers and local artisans, protecting animals and the environment.
One such UK-based organisation on the topic is Ethical Consumer, which has been around since 1989 and rates companies based on how ethical they are. In a recent study of camera manufacturers, however, they found that there isn’t a single ethical camera manufacturer out there, recommending to boycott the lot and simply buy used.