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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: Laptops, Mobile Phones, Networks, Broadband

The latest magazine includes guides rating:

  • Laptops
  • Mobile Phones
  • Mobile Phone Networks
  • Broadband

Plus:

  • score tables rating and comparing the brands
  • Best Buy recommendations
  • the conflict minerals in your laptops and phones
  • is Fairphone still the most ethical phone?
  • is there a Fairlaptop?
  • working conditions in the electronics industry
  • buying refurbished and second-hand
  • the carbon cost of your devices
  • is your laptop linked to the military?
  • which networks and broadband are run by co-ops?

Feature article on:

  • what progress have we made towards sustainable consumer lifestyles in the UK?

Issue 199 (Nov/Dec 2022) now in print and online.

Read the latest issue 
  • We investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental records of 18 laptop brands We look at the carbon cost of laptops, toxic chemicals, e-waste, workers' rights, military links, shine a spotlight on Framework and give our recommended buys.
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  • Ethical and environmental rankings of 20 mobile phone brands. We investigate how sustainable or ethical mobile phones are, the issue of conflict minerals, scope for repairability and second hand options. We give our Best Buy recommendations for eco mobile phones and shine a spotlight on Doro.
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More from Ethical Consumer

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

Finding the most ethical mortgage, with ethical and environmental ratings for 35 mortgage providers, and recommended Best Buys.  We also look at the bank and building society mortgages, green mortgages, credit unions, Islamic mortgages and how COVID-19 has affected mortgages. 

Read more about Ethical Mortgages

Ethical and environmental record of 19 supermarkets. We also look at an A-Z of policies from animal welfare to palm oil production, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Morrisons and give our recommended buys. 

Read more about Supermarkets

We investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 17 electricity and gas suppliers. We look at the fuels that generate a supplier's electricity, green tariffs, renewable generation, biogas and 'vegan' energy, smart meters, energy prices and fuel poverty, UK renewables targets and give our recommended buys.

Read more about Ethical Energy Suppliers

Finding an ethical and environmental car, including electric cars and hybrids. We rank 39 brands of cars. We look at the carbon impact of different types of cars, the cost and range of electric cars, shine a spotlight on Tesla, and give our recommended buys.

Read more about Cars and Electric Cars

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

We have called a boycott of Amazon over its outrageous tax avoidance since 2012. The list of accusations against Amazon is long, from offering its services to fossil fuel giants to firing activist workers.

Read more about Boycott Amazon