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heatheradmin
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11/04/2012 14:08:00
    In September this year Ethical Consumers' researchers will start work on buyers' guide for issue 139 (Nov/Dec). However, this time there will be a difference. Instead of Ethical Consumer choosing the topic, we would like our subscribers and registered users to suggest a buyers' guide topic or theme.

    You can take inspiration from our previous buyers guides which are listed on our website or if there is an area that we have not looked into then please go ahead and put it forward.

    We are very excited to see what people who read and support Ethical Consumer are interested in - because at the end of the day we are doing it for you.

    The deadline for answers will be mid-august.

    Look forward to reading your suggestions.

    Kind regards.

    Heather
    Tim Hunt
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    11/04/2012 14:16:26
    Looking forward to hearing everyone suggests. I think brands of drum kits would be a good one ;-)
    ladychaos78
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    15/04/2012 13:57:22
    I think, because of the economic crisis people need affordable choices and it needs to be tackled from that perspective. I also, in trying to save money have been looking into wholesalers to really reduce packaging, and I believe I found a really good place, only it's in the US. It's called Essential Wholesale
    http://www.essentialwholesale.com/B...al-Organic

    I read through their blog and have physically spoken to someone on the telephone and they really practice ethical production. They also sell bulk makeup, (no tiny little plastic packaging whatsits unless you want it) only it's mineral and I am not sure of the impact of mineral makeup on the environment. So looking into that would be very helpful.

    http://www.essentialwholesale.com/New-Products
    ladychaos78
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    15/04/2012 14:43:34
    I just had a conversation with my husband, and we came to a realization you need to be looking at the way ethical products are priced. It does not make sense for LUSH for instance to be charging $17 CAD for 100 grams of LAVA soap made with soot which used to be used as an all purpose soap by the absolute poorest in society. There has to be an ethical way to treat your customers without taking the piss and ripping people off. Costing of the entire process needs to be done, and finding where extortionate prices are entering into. You need to make it clear that over charging is not ethical and actually keeps the average person from being able to partake in ethical shopping. I can't buy organic food, because I have to eat. I can't even afford peanut butter right now organic or otherwise, how am I supposed to make ethical decisions on a low end, middle end, and high end way needs to be distinguished and outlined because we are not all millionaires.
    WillSutcliffe
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    26/04/2012 21:28:50
    Men's clothing!
    annfom
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    30/04/2012 09:25:20
    How about the hair and beauty industry.

    There are two parts to this one.

    1. The ingredients and chemicals used in the majority of salon and high street products and services are not ethical. They are usually harmful for the body and environment; and are rarely obtained from fair trade sources.

    2. Price - as already mentioned in previous posts - if a product is promoted as being ethical, it usually comes at a premium. I run an eco salon in Bury (Greater Manchester) and we do not charge any extra because we are using eco products. Our clients come to us because our service is good and we don't overcharge (and this is comparing prices to other "regular" salons in Bury!). Most of our clients don't realise that we are an eco salon and are pleasantly surprised by how effective the products are (especially the hair colourants). We see eco products as being the norm, not something that should be exclusive. They should be accessible to all.

    Unfortunately, I believe that most eco companies start out with good intentions, but as they grow and see how much money can be made, they forget why they started their business in the first place. They forget what it is like to be a consumer!
    rudgwickyouth@hotmail.com
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    30/04/2012 15:00:04
    Great points! I've had similar thoughts myself.
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    30/04/2012 15:05:42
    Running shoes. I know there are categories already for hiking boots, casual trainers and sport trainers. But think about this--runners MUST get new shoes every few months (weeks for some?) as they wear out according to how many miles a runner puts on them. It makes sense then that runners who want to be ethical buyers should be able to make good choices based on the impact of the products they are selecting.
    Shillaber
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    24/05/2012 13:43:06
    Howabout a slightly different approach to a buyers guide... rather than focus on a product, instead focus on a method of buying.

    Currently, the death of the high street is often in the news, so there could be an investigation to the pay/work/union/etc activities of the main shops you'd find on a typical high street. So the focus isn't on what is being sold, but the direct impact on the high street & local area that the retailers have. Or the equivalent is to look at the larger online retailers - tax implications, how they 'pretend' to be the same company as the high street but are actually a different entity altogether.

    With so many retailers selling identical products these days, taking a step sideways in the supply chain could lead to some obvious changes in how to shop ethically.
    heatheradmin
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    06/06/2012 13:03:54
    Hi,

    Thank you for your suggestions so far, we have also had a few by email including bikes, seeds and weight lifting shoes...

    @annfom thank you for your suggestion, we did cover shampoo in EC124 which included a list of ingredients and policies for each of the companies covered in the report.
    You can download the table on this page:
    http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/buye...ampoo.aspx

    @rudgwickyouth@hotmail.com in our forthcoming edition of Ethical Consumer there is a buyers guide to fashion and sports trainers, it is due out in two weeks time.

    It seems like a few of you are suggesting that Ethical Consumer focuses more on price, we have done work in the past on price and ethics as feature in the magazine rather than buyers guide.
    You can find our feature articles at:
    http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/comm...erism.aspx

    Keep coming with the suggestions.

    Thank you.

    Heather
    RWebb
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    06/06/2012 13:08:05
    Hello
    I' d be really interested in knowing the most ethical holidays you can do. I know there are books out there about ethical holidays abroad, but what about in the UK? e.g
    * local B+B or self-catering, buying locally?
    * if self-catering, is it ethical to rent somewhere that is probably someone's second home or just kept for rental, or better to stay in a holiday village that is separate?
    * National Trust holiday homes? Landmark Trust? - are these better?
    * house swaps - cheap, but then you aren't supporting the local B+B, self-catering market etc.....

    I think there'd be quite a lot of mileage in this. As a (vegan) family we always self-cater and use local shops, but often stay in a house or cottage that is purely a holiday home, and I wonder if this is OK. Or
    would it just be empty otherwise, anyway?
    veggies
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    24/06/2012 15:21:18
    Hello Ethical Consumer and readers

    I have been giving some thought to this question and here are my suggestions for future research topics:
    1.Garden hand tools and power equipment (petrol vs cordless)
    2.Car and van hire companies
    3.Electric bikes (see www.atob.org.uk for some details)
    4.Funeral companies
    5.Cremation, burial, medical research
    6.Opticians

    That list should keep the Mancunian elves busy!

    Andrew Martin
    KathrynWelch
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    02/07/2012 13:23:30
    I'd like to see Milk covered in a buyers guide. It's such an everyday product, and one that it seems important to understand given the issues around the UK dairy industry. It'd be good to know of any suppliers delivering milk from local / organic farms for example, as well as which supermarket choices are best.

    I'd also be interested in RWebb's suggestion of best campsites / UK holidays.

    Thanks
    Abbas
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    15/07/2012 15:53:50
    Hi,

    A couple of other suggestions for you:

    * Webmail providers (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, GMX)

    * Train ticket booking sites (e.g. redspottedhanky.com, thetrainline.com, raileasy.co.uk, train company sites)

    * Ethical shopping websites (e.g. Natural Collection / Ethical Superstore, Goodness Direct, Eco Green Store)

    * Estate agents (e.g. when I did a search on Rightmove, only homes4u consistently had links to EPCs on their listings)

    And how about a film & music special, covering:

    * Where to watch movies (e.g. Odeon, AMC, UCI)

    * Where to rent/stream movies (e.g. Lovefilm, Netflix, Blockbuster)

    * Where to buy DVDs / CDs / MP3s (e.g. Play.com, HMV, Amazon, Fairsharemusic)

    * Where to buy concert tickets (e.g. Ticketmaster, Aloud.com, Ticketline)

    Cheers,

    Ali

    j.shakerley
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    16/07/2012 23:13:10
    Controversial but...

    I'd like ethical consumer to rank the various condom manufacturing companies.

    I really feel like this issue is under-discussed.
    heatheradmin
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    24/07/2012 16:47:05
    Thank you to everyone who has posted a suggestion on this forum.

    Ethical Consumer has decided for its Readers Choice issue 139 Nov/Dec 2012 to look at Bicycles and Milk.

    Please keep suggestions coming as there may be markets or products that we have not thought to look at and would be interesting for everyone that reads our buyers' guides.

    @abbas I liked your suggestion of a music / film special.

    @j.shakerley, we did cover condom's a long time ago but it is a report that needs updating.

    Hope everyone is well.

    Kind regards,

    Heather
    kulkurinna
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    05/10/2012 01:02:29
    An update on Soya & non-dairy milk would be great too!
    heatheradmin
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    10/10/2012 16:30:47
    Hi kulkurinna,

    We are also including in the magazine a buyers' guide to soya and non-dairy milk. Sorry forgot to add that.

    The magazine will be published in the next week so look out for it arriving on you doorsteps.

    Regards,

    Heather
    DavidT
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    11/10/2012 14:10:50
    Tyres?
    brockolate
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    23/10/2012 12:41:55
    It's all about French Letter! http://www.frenchlettercondoms.co.uk/
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