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Ethical Consumer Magazine

Ethical Consumer Magazine is an indispensable read for any independent thinker.

Each issue features detailed shopping guides, news of ethical products and campaigns, in-depth features, opinion, comment, boycott updates, readers' letters, and much more. Discover the truth behind the products we buy and the companies we buy them from.

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Issue 205 (Nov/Dec 2023)


Shopping guides:

  • Chocolate
  • Mince Pies
  • Alternatives to shopping at Amazon:
    • Ethical Online retailers
    • Bookshops


The magazine includes:

  • score tables rating and comparing the brands
  • Best Buy recommendations
  • how to buy decolonised chocolate - the brands giving cocoa farmers the fairest deal
  • choosing the most ethical chocolate for your budget
  • the second trial of a new rating system - Mince Pies
  • why you shouldn't shop at Amazon
  • the most ethical alternative online retailers
  • where to buy your books from
  • exploring a new rating for diversity, equity and inclusivity
  • what progress has been made towards sustainable consumer lifestyles in the UK?

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