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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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More from Ethical Consumer

Finding ethical and sustainable jeans. We rank the ethical and environmental record of 56 jeans brands. We also explore the issues around sustainable denim and other materials, organic cotton, recycled and secondhand jeans, pollution and chemicals, vegan jeans, workers' rights, and the price of jeans. We shine a spotlight on the ethics of Gucci and give our recommended best buys.

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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

How to find eco friendly, vegan and sustainable shoe brands. We rate and review 36 brands of shoes, investigate how sustainable or ethical leather and synthetic leather are, vegan shoes, workers' rights in the footwear industry, how to repair shoes, options for buying secondhand shoes, and give our recommended buys.

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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

Which are the real sustainable ethical clothing brands? Ratings for 29 UK ethical clothes brands, with Best Buy recommendations. See how brands rate on key areas including use of sustainable fabrics, climate impact, fair wages and working conditions, animal rights, and supply chain transparency. We look at their range of clothing and at the innovators that are going beyond fairtrade and organic. We also cover vintage and secondhand clothing companies, and have a head to head between Depop and Vinted.

Read more about Ethical Clothing Brands

Finding ethical and eco friendly breakfast cereals: ratings for 38 breakfast cereal brands, with recommended buys and what to avoid. We rate the major brands like Kellogg's and Nestlé, as well as smaller eco friendly brands, look at what cereals are vegan, how to avoid high sugar cereals, palm oil and what packaging is used. Plus how to make your own cheap but tasty breakfast cereals.

Read more about Cereal

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