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Why electric bicycles and cars are the future for carbon-free transport

Includes guides to: Cars, Electric cars, Bicycles, Electric bikes

Plus, guide to Restaurant chains

Features on: What is a regenerative business? and latest from the badger cull campaign

Issue 174 (September/October 2018) now in print and online.

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    In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 34 car brands. We also look at choosing a low impact car, Next Green Car advice, the problem with diesel and give our recommended buys.
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    In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 42 bike brands. We also look conflict minerals, bike hire, secondhand bikes 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.

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From bright ideas addressing plastics, palm oil and clothing to thoughts on more fundamental systemic change, our 2018 conference will discuss innovations in ethical consumption and the ways that they are transforming the role of the consumer.

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