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Includes guides to:

  • Meat Alternatives
  • Coffee Makers
  • Furniture Shops
  • Innovative Finance ISAs

Feature on: the plight of migrant farm workers in southern Spain who supply your supermarket vegetables

Issue 177 (March/April 2019) now in print and online.

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    In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 32 brands of meat alternatives. We also look at soya's link to deforestation in Brazil, palm oil, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Beyond Meat and give our recommended buys.
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  • Image: two chairs furniture and a table
    In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 28 furniture shops. We also look at timber, leather, shine a spotlight on the ethics of IKEA and give our recommended buys.
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Learn how to use your money to help people and planet with our personal finance guides.

In them we rate and rank over 100 banking and investment brands in 12 product categories helping you make the most out of your money.

Find out more in our new money section

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