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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: Outdoor clothing, Shoes, Trainers, Sportswear

The latest magazine includes shopping guides rating:

  • Outdoor Clothing
  • Shoes 
  • Trainers
  • Sportswear


  • score tables rating and comparing the brands
  • Best Buy recommendations
  • get to know Ethical Consumer - a few facts and stats
  • what outdoor brands are still using toxic 'forever chemicals'?
  • How do vegan synthetics compare to leather for footwear
  • workers' rights in the footwear industry
  • should you buy polyester sportswear?

Feature on:

  • Brands to buy from if you are boycotting Israeli apartheid

Issue 208 (May/June 2024) now in print and online.

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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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Finding ethical and eco-friendly toilet paper: ratings for 20 toilet paper brands, with recommended buys and what to avoid. We rate the major toilet paper brands as well as smaller eco friendly brands, look at deforestation, bleach and toxic chemicals, recycled paper and FSC labelling, and ask is bamboo toilet paper really eco friendly? 

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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.

Read more about Ethical Chocolate

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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Ethical and environmental rankings for 43 brands of eggs and vegan egg alternatives.  Is it ethical to eat eggs? We investigate egg labelling, vegan egg substitutes, the carbon impact of egg production, and the differences between cage, barn, free range, biodynamic and organic eggs.

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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