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Ethical Shopping - just for the middle classes?

Sep 13

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Are ethical products always more expensive? Does this make ethical shopping fun for the middle classes but unaffordable for many?

Are ethical products always more expensive? Does this make ethical shopping fun for the middle classes but unaffordable for many? Is ethical consumption a distraction from real political change or central to new movements for global justice? What about boycotts though?

These are just some of the questions that come up regularly at Ethical Consumer and we thought it was about time we had a lively discussion with others - including manufacturers, retailers, academics, commentators and just ordinary folk - on this subject.

On the afternoon of Saturday September 25th in Manchester, we are therefore planning two short panel debates each followed by an open discussion.

Ethical Consumption and Class

Rob Harrison from Ethical Consumer and Hilary Wainwright from Red Pepper will be on the panel exploring some of the arguments above. 

Price and Ethics

Tim Hunt from Ethical Consumer has been doing some new research over the summer comparing the price of ethical products and mainstream products in Manchester.
He opens this session with a launch of the findings, whilst some ethical manufacturers and retailers on the panel  (including Unicorn, Suma and the Co-op tbc) share their experiences of pricing and ethics.


The event will be held at the:

International Anthony Burgess Foundation

Engine House
Chorlton Mill
3 Cambridge Street
M1 5BY
The event is free to attend and take place from 2:00pm until 5:00pm

For more information see
Afternoon Discussion Forum - Price, ethics and class



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