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The latest magazine includes guides to:

  • Plant milk
  • Vegan cheese
  • Dairy Milk
  • Bananas

Feature on: How bad is meat and dairy for the climate?

Issue 183 (March/April 2020) now in print and online.

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  • Image: Soya milk
    In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 36 vegan milk brands. We look into the sustanability of non-dairy plant milks, including almond, coconut, hemp, rice and soya; nutrition, packaging and who produces them. With Best Buy recommendations. 
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  • image: VEGAN CHEESE TASTE test in different coatings
    In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 19 vegan cheese brands. We also look at non-vegan companies making vegan cheese, vegan cheese ingredients and palm oil, shine a spotlight on the ethics of KKR and give our Best Buy recommendations.
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In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 29 current accounts. We also look at tax avoidance, fossil fuel investments, investments in Israel, and give our recommended buys.

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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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In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 22 supermarkets. We also look at an A-Z of policies from palm oil to cocoa production, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Unicorn wholefood grocery in Manchester and give our recommended buys. 

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In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 27 toilet paper brands. We also look at deforestation, bleach and toxic chemicals, recycled paper, bamboo paper, FSC labelling and give our recommended buys. 

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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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