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Ethical Consumer

Join thousands of others and become an ethical consumer today.

Join thousands of others and become an ethical consumer today.

Learn how to use your spending power to help change the world for the better.

Why be an ethical consumer? How to be an ethical consumer

We are an independent, not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative with open membership.

At the heart of the ethical consumer movement, since 1989.

We are an independent, not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative with open membership, based in Manchester.

We provide all the tools and resources you need to make choices at the checkout simple, informed and effective.

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Includes guides to: Electricity & Gas Suppliers, Heat Pumps, Boilers, Solar PV Panels

The latest magazine includes guides rating:

  • Electricity & gas suppliers
  • Heat Pumps
  • Boilers
  • Solar Panels

Plus:

  • score tables rating and comparing the brands
  • Best Buy recommendations
  • which are the best green tariffs?
  • which 100% renewable energy supplier is really producing or buying renewable electricity?
  • how to support community renewable energy
  • who's supporting vulnerable customers in the cost of living crisis?
  • the most ethical heat pumps brands
  • boilers, energy-saving and ethics
  • is there such a thing as an ethical solar panel?
  • the campaigns for reducing home heating emissions

Feature article on:

  • carbon offsets - should we be doing this and, if so, which are the best?

Issue 201 (March/April 2023) now in print and online.

Read the latest issue 
  • We investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 18 electricity and gas suppliers. We look at the fuels that generate a supplier's electricity, green tariffs, renewable generation, biogas, greenwashing, energy prices and fuel poverty, community energy, and give our recommended buys.
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Finding an ethical bank account. Rating the ethical and environmental record of 31 UK current accounts, with recommended buys and who to avoid.  We also look at app-based banking, which banks own which brands, fossil fuel investments, tax avoidance, unequal pay, and how to switch accounts. 

Read more about Ethical Bank Accounts

Finding the most ethical savings account, with ethical and environmental ratings for 50 savings brands and Best Buy recommendations. We explore non-bank options including building societies and credit unions, look at high street banks and their lending practices, along with executive pay and tax avoidance. 

Read more about Ethical Savings Accounts

Finding an ethical and sustainable travel booking company. Full rankings for 29 travel companies. We look at the carbon impact of flying and alternatives, accommodation eco-labels, the impact of holiday homes (including Airbnb), alternative sustainable holiday options, shine a spotlight on TUI and make Best Buy recommendations.

Read more about Travel booking companies

Finding an ethical and environmental coffee brand. Ranking the ethics of 45 brands of ground coffee, coffee beans and instant coffee. We also look at coffee and climate change, coffee packaging, ethical claims like 'grown by women', shine a spotlight on the ethics of Orang Utan and give our recommended buys.

Read more about Coffee

Consumers increasingly want to avoid palm oil where possible, but it's a tricky task as it's used in so many products - more than 50% of packaged supermarket products from margarine and oven chips to soaps and detergents.

Read more about Palm Oil

Amazon is well-known for its tax avoidance, workers’ rights abuses and monopolistic behaviour.  Here, we introduce our Amazon alternatives series, outlining more ethical options. We also explain the background to our Amazon boycott and why we launched it in 2012. 

Read more about Shopping without Amazon