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Easyfundraising

Whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be collecting free donations for the College. There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including ebay, Argos, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda, John Lewis, Currys, Expedia – it doesn't cost you a penny extra!

It's easy to start earning donations...

1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/riponcuddesdon/ and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to the College for no extra cost whatsoever.

There are no catches or hidden charges and Ripon College Cuddesdon will be really grateful for your donations.

 

Blackwells, Amazon and Wordery

Please use the links below to access these online retailers and the College will get a commission every time you buy, at no extra cost to you. Blackwell’s pays a 6% commission, Amazon and wordery.com pay 5%.

Please consider shopping in an intentional way, and reflect on the following:

  • Our shopping decisions affect many people involved in the production of raw materials and the manufacture and distribution of products.
  • The manufacture, transport and eventual disposal of ‘stuff’ has major environmental impacts (1).
  • Blackwell’s and wordery.com are domestic businesses that pay UK corporation tax, whilst Amazon avoids paying UK corporation tax. Tax avoidance starves public services and the benefits system of resources. Please consider this carefully when making your purchasing choices (2).
  • White van deliveries contribute to air pollution and packaging waste. Can you use an e-Reader or combine your order with other students’ purchases, thereby minimising the environmental impact?
  • Is this a book you really need? Or could you borrow it from the library or a friend?

These are examples of ethical consumerism, through which we can use our spending power to shape a more just world (3).

Blackwell's Student Price Match Guarantee

 

 

 

(1) The ‘stuff’ we buy accounts for perhaps 30% of our personal energy consumption. See: David MacKay, Sustainable Energy – without the hot air (Cambridge, UIT, 2008). Available to browse for free at www.withouthotair.com.
(2) For more about Amazon's tax affairs see: House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, HM Revenue and Customs: Annual Report and Accounts 2011-12 Nineteenth Report of Session 2012-13 HC 716 (London, Stationery Office, 28/11/2012)
(3) For a more detailed look at some of the issues see Luke Bretherton, Christianity and Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness (Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons, 2010)

 

 

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