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The latest magazine includes guides to:

  • Fridges & freezers
  • Cookers, ovens & hobs
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Beer & lager

Feature on: should we boycott 'Made in China'?

Issue 190 (May/June 2021) now in print and online.

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  • Vacuum cleaner on carpet
    In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 27 brands of vacuum cleaner. We also look at corded and cordless models, bagged versus bagless, the issues around energy labels, the ethics of Dyson and give our recommended buys.
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  • Image: Ethical Shopping Guide to Beer
    In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 70 beer and lager brands. We look at vegan beers, sustainable brewing, compare the small brewers and the multinationals, how to choose a lower impact beer and give our recommended buys.
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In this product guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 24 booksellers. We also look at our Amazon boycott, e-books, and Authors' royalties, as well as giving our recommended buys.

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Corporate tax abuse continues to make headline news with more and more companies outed as tax avoiders. This section aims to help consumers find out more and campaign on the issue.

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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.

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Simple to use ethical shopping guides for more than 100 products and services. From baked beans to broadband, washing machines to wine, we've got it covered. 

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