Last updated: April 2016
Ethical Consumer Magazine Best Buy Label
Our Best Buy Label is the last word on ethical labelling making it even easier to find the products and services that reflect your principles.
Consumer product labels now appear on an increasing number of ethical products and services. The Ethical Consumer Best Buy Label helps shoppers choose genuinely ethical products and services.
It's a unique label that looks in detail at the ethical record of the company behind the product and the environmental and ethical record of the product itself.
We believe that this approach helps shoppers avoid falling for ethical and environmental claims that turn out to be little more than greenwash.
For example, a jar of coffee could be labelled as being organic, Fairtrade or both but be made by a controversial multi-national corporation and would never receive our Best Buy Label.
So how does a product or service become a Best Buy?
Our site contains detailed ethical guides to over 35,000 products and companies.
Using the Ethical Consumer's extensive database, our researchers rate both the product and the company behind the product against more than 20 animal welfare, environmental and human rights criteria.
Based on these findings we then identify and recommend a number of environmental and ethical Best Buy products.
Find out more about our ratings system.
See our detailed ethical product guides.
Information for ethical businesses can be found here.
The Best Buy products
The following companies have been awarded the Best Buy Label for supplying genuinely ethical products:
Baby & Child / Clothing & Shoes / Energy / Food & Drink / Health & Beauty / Home & Garden / Money / Phone & Broadband
Manufacturing eco-friendly children's products for over 25 years.
Product Guide: Disposable Nappies
UK's leading reusable nappies brand.
Product Guide: Reusable Nappies
Brothers We Stand
Online retailer selling ethical and sustainable menswear
Product Guide: Alternative Clothes Shops
Cock & Bull Menswear
A small UK independent clothing label producing ethical and sustainable menswear.
Product Guide: Alternative Clothes Shops
Eco Vegan Shoes
One of Europe's leading providers of 100% vegan footwear.
Product Guides: Shoes
Cruelty-free footware and clothing mail order company.
Product Guides: Shoes, Walking Boots
Manufacturer of high performance outdoor clothing that is ethically sourced.
Product Guides: Waterproof Jackets, Fleeces,
Advocating green energy by enabling homes and businesses to be part of a sustainable solution to climate change.
Product Guides: Gas Suppliers, Green Electricity
Benevo Pet Food
Independent producer of cruelty-free, vegetarian and vegan pet food.
Product Guides: Dog Food
Fairtrade and organic products that ensure a fair deal for farmers and the environment.
Product Guides: Honey, Cooking Oils, Ground Coffee, Herbal Tea, Tea
Organic and Fairtrade wholesaler who distribute sustainable, ecological and cruelty free products.
Product Guides: Tinned Fruit, Organic Pasta, Cooking Oil, Toilet Paper, Rice, Baked Beans
Fry Group Foods
Family business that produce a variety of different protein alternatives to meat.
Product Guide: Vegetarian burgers and sausages
Supplier of ethically-sourced organic and Fairtrade coconut oil
Product Guides: Coconut Oil
Organic farm in the Forest of Dean that uses farming practices to regenerate the land.
Product Guide: Fruit Juice
Fairtrade and organic coffees
Product Guide: Ground Coffee
Uk's largest workers' cooperative and wholesalers of Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian and specialist foods.
Product Guides: Breakfast Cereals, Beer, Ground Coffee, Dog Food, Fruit Juice, Household Cleaners, Laundry Detergent, Washing Powder, Rice, Shampoo, Spreads, Soap, Toilet Cleaner, Toilet Paper, Cooking Oil
Premium organic vegetarian cat and dog food.
Product Guides: Cat Food, Dog Food
By promoting their fair trade and organically produced food, Zaytoun supports farming communities in Palestine.
Product Guide: Olive Oil
Caurnie's objective is to create natural skin care products from organic herbs and essential oils.
Product Guides: Shower gel, Soap, Shampoo, Skincare
Earth Friendly Products
Formulated with pure, thoughtful science and manufactured using Zero-Waste guidelines, ECOS is made in facilities powered by renewable energy.
Product Guides: Laundry Detergents, Dishwasher Detergent, Household Cleaners, Toilet Cleaner & Washing up Liquid
Faith in Nature
Sustainable and ecological cosmetics and toiletries.
Product Guides: Shampoo, Dishwasher Detergent, Laundry Detergent, Shower Gel, Soap Bars, Washing Up Liquid, Skincare, Deodrant, Baby Toiletries
Handmade soap that's vegan and aniaml-friendly and because it doesn't use any palm oil it's also good news for orangutans.
Product Guides: Soap Bars
Natural and organic beauty products.
Product Guides: Make Up, Deodorant, Skincare, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Sunscreen, Shower Gel
Produces natural toothpaste which contains no artificial sweetners, flavourings, colourings or preservatives.
Product Guide: Toothpaste
Original silicone menstrual cap which is the healthy alternative to tampons and pads.
Product Guide: Sanitary Protection
Neal's Yard Remedies
One of the UK's leading retailers of organic natural health and beauty products.
Product Guide: Skincare products, perfume & aftershave, make up, painkillers, sunscreen, shower gel
Handmade organic and animal-friendly soap.
Product Guide: Soap Bars
Launched in 1921, Weleda is a world-leading manufacturer of natural cosmetics.
Product Guide: Shower Gel, Toothpaste, Perfume & Aftershave.
Supplier of organic vegan hemp products including bodycare range, food and clothing.
Product Guide: Sunscreen, Skincare, Shampoo, Sunscreens
Auro UK produces sustainable eco paints and wood finishes. All products are certified organic and are CO2 neutral.
Product Guide: Gloss Paint, Emulson Paint
Bio-D produces eco-friendly household cleaning products. All products are from sustainable, naturally-derived raw materials and are free from synthetic chemicals, preservatives, enzymes and synthetic perfumes.
Product Guides: Household Cleaners, Dishwasher Detergent, Washing Powder, Laundry Detergent, Toilet Cleaner
Spotlight: Company Q&A
Ecology Building Society
Building a greener society through sustainable mortgages, ethical savings, affordable housing and mutuals.
Product Guides: Ethical Mortgages, Savings Accounts, Cash ISAs
Not-for-profit Internet Services Provider (IPS) with sustainability at the heart of their business model.
Product Guide: Broadband
An ethical Internet Service Provider that has been in business since 1986.
Product Guides: Email Providers, Broadband, Mobile Networks
The Phone Coop
The ethical phone, broadband and mobile provider which is owned by its customers.
Product Guides: Mobile Phone Network, Broadband