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COVID-19 and Ethical Consumption

News, research, and shopping guides related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ethical Bookshops

Guide to 28 leading UK bookshops, with best buys. Includes alternatives to Amazon and its various book-selling brands.

We also look at the best options for ebooks and audio books, sustainability, buying second hand books, book swapping and using libraries. 

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Ethical Broadband

Ethical and environmental records of 24 broadband providers.

We look at their green claims, tax avoidance, energy use, digital inequality, give our Best Buy recommendations and shine a spotlight on Hyperoptic.

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Ethical Cleaning Products

Finding ethical cleaning products for your home. Ethical and environmental ratings for 34 household cleaners.

We look at reducing plastic packaging, cruelty free cleaning products, palm oil, toxic chemicals, and give our recommended buys.

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Ethical Energy Suppliers

We investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 17 electricity and gas suppliers.

We look at the fuels that generate a supplier's electricity, green tariffs, renewable generation, biogas and 'vegan' energy, smart meters, energy prices and fuel poverty, UK renewables targets and give our recommended buys.

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Ethical Online Shopping

Find ethical online shops with our research and ratings for 25 retailers.

We look at the UK ethical shopping market, product ranges, ebay, how to avoid Amazon, environmental issues, and whether it is ethical to shop online.

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Ethical Soap

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 58 brands of soap bars, liquid soaps and handwash. 

We look at whether bars or liquids are more environmentally friendly, vegan and cruelty-free soaps, organic soaps, palm oil, plastics, which brands contain toxic chemicals, and give our recommended buys.

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Over the counter medicines

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 71 over-the-counter medicine brands, like painkillers and cough and cold remedies.

We also look at animal testing and tax avoidance, shine a spotlight on the ethics of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and give our recommended buys.

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Skincare

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 70 brands of skincare products

We also look at toxic chemicals, vegan and organic options, shine a spotlight on the ethics of L'Oreal and give our recommended buys.

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Streaming Services

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental records of 15 streaming services providers.

We give our Best Buy recommendations, reflect on changing viewer habits, advertising and conflict minerals.

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Subscription TV

In the guide we investigate, rank and rate the ethical and environmental record of 4 TV brands and give our recommended buy.

We also take a closer look at Virgin.

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Supermarkets

Ethical and environmental record of 19 supermarkets.

We also look at an A-Z of policies from animal welfare to palm oil production, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Morrisons and give our recommended buys. 

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Toilet Paper

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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Video Conferencing

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 21 video conferencing companies.

We also look at the climate impact of video calls, open-source software, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Verizon and give our recommended buys. 

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