Picks and Pans Review: Shopping for a Better World

updated 04/30/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/30/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by the Council on Economic Priorities

If you really want to exercise your power as a consumer, there's no better companion than Shopping for a Better World A no-frills, wallet-size volume, it rates 1,800 brand-name products and companies—from Barbasol to Blue Bonnet—on 11 issues, including the environment, women's advancement, involvement in South Africa and animal testing.

This little litmus test is addicting, so one word of caution: If you take it with you to the supermarket, you may find yourself roaming the aisles randomly checking out products, forgetting how many pounds of Twinkies you came for in the first place. (Ballantine, paper, $4.95)

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