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The latest magazine includes guides to:

  • High Street Clothes Shops
  • Ethical Clothes Shops
  • Jeans

Feature on: 30 Years of Ethical Consumer

Issue 180 (Sept/Oct 2019) now in print and online.


Read the latest issue
  • Ethical shopping guide to jeans
    In this guide, we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 37 brands of jeans We also look at sandblasting, pollution and upcycling jeans, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Levi Strauss and give our recommended best buys. 
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    In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 43 ethical fashion retailers We also look at sustainable fabrics, consumer actions, animal rights, shine the light on the ethics of Beyond Retro and give our Best Buy recommendations. 
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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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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. We have advice on companies and brands to avoid, how to go palm-oil-free with certain products, whether there are sustainable alternatives, and should we as consumers boycott palm oil. 

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In this guide, we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 44 high street shops  We also look at the problem with fast fashion, workers' rights, shine a light on the ethics of Inditex and give our Best Buy recommendations. 

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Listed below are five of the lowest ranking companies across our product guides.  All these companies score poorly across our rating system for failing to address issues including human rights, animal rights and environmental concerns. 

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On September the 20th, Ethical Consumer will join millions worldwide striking for urgent action on climate change. Co-op members from the Ethical Consumer team will be joining strikes and demonstrations in London, Manchester, Sheffield and Derby.

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