Web Highlights


Last updated: December 2017



Web Highlights 2017


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In 2017 Ethical Consumer continued to provide the tools and resources to ensure that you can make

 ethical choices easily. We updated many of our shopping guides that can be tailored to suit your personal ethics. We also continued to provide, the latest ethical consumer newscompany profilescampaigns to support and top tips for the conscious ethical shopper. You can find some of the most popular content from 2017 listed below.


On its way in 2018...

Over the past 25 years our website has become the hub of the ethical consumer movement and we hope to build on this success in the coming year.

In 2016 we focused on improving our current website with a new homepage and product guide pages. This year we have taken it one step further and have put substantial investment into developing a completely new website. This new site is due to launch in early 2018.

We hope that the new site will substantially improve your user experience. Based on user feedback we will be simplifying the homepage and navigation, and perhaps most importantly the site will be mobile-friendly. 

Georgina - Web Editor. 



Product Guide

palm oil special report

High Street Clothing Retailers

The clothing industry has become one of the most destructive industries in the world. Consumers head to our site to find alternatives and to hold clothing companies to account. We updated our high street retailers guide this year, see which brand is leading the way in sustainability. 

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Product Guide

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Food: Supermarkets

Ethical and environmental ratings for 11 different supermarkets. The rise of the discount shops, Lidl and Aldi and how they are impacting ethics on the high street. 

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Product Guide

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Drink: Milk

How much does a pint of milk really cost?

Milk is a staple for most people in the UK and yet, for some time now, the milk industry has been in crisis with many key stakeholders losing out: farmers, animals and the environment. 

Ethical and environmental ratings for 27 dairy milks and best buy recommendations. 

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Product Guide

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Electronics: Mobile Phones

The rise of the smartphone has dominated the electronics industry, with 81% of of adults now owning one.

With ethics in the industry lagging, it is no wonder consumers are heading to our website looking for an ethical alternative.  

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Product Guide

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Energy: Electricity and Gas

We list 20 gas & electricity tariffs to help consumers switch to a sustainable alternative. 

This guide remains popular as more consumers realise they can make conscious green energy choices in their own homes. 

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Product Guide

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Money: Current Accounts

Our money guides are very popular on our website as people start to question what kind of projects their money is funding.

In particular, more people are switching their current accounts, see our guide to help you switch to an ethical option.

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Ethical Shopping

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Unethical Companies to Avoid

The five companies listed are five of the lowest ranking companies across our product guides.

All five companies score poorly across our rating system for failure to address a number of ethical issues including human rights, animal rights and environmental concerns.

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The NFU Report

In-depth Ethical Consumer report into the National Farmers' Union, the English agribusiness lobby group. 

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Turn Your Back on Grouse

This year we launched a campaign aimed at companies who take part in corporate shooting days in the UK. The response was overwhelming as a number of well known brands pledged not to take part in them. 

However, we were accused of 'corporate bullying' by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, we reported on this in a blog post.  

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