Crisps


Ethical shopping guide to crisps, from Ethical Consumer.

Ethical shopping guide to crisps, from Ethical Consumer.


This is a product guide from Ethical Consumer, the UK's leading alternative consumer organisation. Since 1989 we've been researching and recording the social and environmental records of companies, and making the results available to you in a simple format.

This mini-report includes:

  • Ethical and environmental ratings for 14 brands of crisps
  • Best Buy recommendations

 

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Best Buys

as of May/June 2011

The Trafo Organic, Pipers and Yorkshire Crisps brands come out best.

Of the more widely available brands,  Seabrook comes out best. All its crisps are vegetarian.


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Crisps 

 

 

The UK crisps market is mainly divided into large companies, often with poor ethical records and low Ethiscores, and small independent producers making 'gourmet' crisps.
 

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Unfortunately, although many of these smaller brands show some awareness of currently high-profile issues such as local sourcing, and sometimes issues such as vegetarianism and GM, engagement with wider impacts and transparency about environmental measures is poor.

In particular, no company seemed to be seriously considering the issue of packaging.

The best scoring brands come from local producers like Pipers and Yorkshire Crisps and organic company Faan Zuidhorn (Tra'fo brand).

 


  

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