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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.

Read the latest issue 

More from Ethical Consumer

Ranking the ethical and environmental record of 48 brands of sportswear. We look at the materials used including synthetics and the problem of microplastics, size inclusivity, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Lululemon and Sweaty Betty, review secondhand sportswear and give our recommended buys. 

Read more about Ethical Sportswear

Rating 41 brands of outdoor clothing and gear for their ethics and sustainability.  We look at the environmental impact of synthetic materials and toxic chemicals, animal rights and workers' rights. We also look at repair options for a more sustainable approach, vegan outdoor clothing, and put Berghaus against North Face in an ethical head to head.

Read more about Ethical outdoor clothing

Guide to ethical and sustainable trainers; ratings for 44 brands of trainers, for their ethical and environmental record. We also look at leather including use of kangaroo leather and plant based alternatives, vegan trainers, use of recycled plastic bottles, workers' rights, whether you can wear secondhand trainers, pitch Adidas and Nike in a head to head on ethics, and give our best buy recommendations. 

Read more about Ethical Trainers

In this guide, we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 52 high street brands. We also look at the problem with fast fashion, workers' rights, shine a light on the ethics of Boohoo, Shein, and Temu, look at sustainable fabrics, delve into greenwashing, and give some recommended buys.

Read more about High Street Clothes Shops

How to find sustainable and ethical underwear which is eco friendly. In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 41 brands of underwear which make adult bras and knickers or pants.  We look at fabrics, organic and fair trade options, workers' rights, longevity of underwear, secondhand options, price and sizes, and give our recommended buys. 

Read more about Sustainable Underwear Brands

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.

Read more about Ethical Bookshops

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