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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: High Street Clothing, Ethical Clothing, Underwear, Jeans

The latest magazine includes shopping guides rating:

  • High Street Clothing
  • Ethical Clothing 
  • Underwear
  • Jeans

Plus:

  • score tables rating and comparing the brands
  • Best Buy recommendations
  • our new format ranking tables
  • can second hand kill fast fashion?
  • what animal products are used in clothing?
  • which are the most sustainable fabrics
  • how do charity shops compare for second-hand clothes
  • Temu and AI-generated greenwash
  • slow fashion vs fast fashion

Feature on:

  • Economic crisis hits ethical spending - the state of the ethical market in 2022

Issue 207 (March/April 2024) now in print and online.

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  • The Ethical Markets Report has been acting as an important barometer of UK spending since 1999. We track sales data across a wide range of consumer sectors. The report is trusted and used by businesses, academics and the UK Government. 
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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.

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Find ethical, sustainable and fair trade chocolate: ratings for 84 brands of bars of chocolate and chocolate snacks, with recommended brands and ones to avoid. Is all fair trade chocolate equally fair? What are chocolate brands doing about child labour? We look at the big ethical issues including colonialism in the cocoa sector, palm oil and deforestation, child labour, cocoa certification, as well as who makes vegan chocolate, and how to find ethical and responsibly-sourced chocolate to suit your budget.

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How to find natural, organic, vegan and independent shampoos which are eco friendly. In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 86 brands of shampoo We also look at palm oil, chemical free shampoo, solid bars versus liquid, shampoo for different hair types, 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. 

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Guide to 34 leading UK bookshops, with best buys. Includes alternatives to Amazon and its various book-selling brands and how to find ethical online and local bookshops. We also look at the best options for ebooks and audio books, sustainability, buying secondhand books, and how to support independent authors, publishers and bookshops.

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Finding ethical and eco friendly dog food: ratings for 32 brands with recommended brands and what to avoid. We rate the major dog food brands and also smaller eco friendly brands, and also look at vegan dog food, organic options, and the plight of animals that become dog food. We also shine a spotlight on the ethics of Nestl√© which owns Lily's Kitchen, Winalot and Purina.

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