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Ethical Consumer Magazine

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

Each issue features detailed product 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 196 (May/June 2022)

Shopping guides:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Coffee Shops
  • Coffee Machines

The magazine includes:

  • score tables rating and comparing the brands
  • Best Buy recommendations
  • Fairtrade vs Rainforest Alliance vs Organic
  • Poverty wages on Indian and Kenyan tea plantations
  • which teabags are plastic-free?
  • the carbon footprint of coffee shops and a cup of coffee
  • the plant milk surcharge and the coffee cup problem
  • lower carbon ways to make coffee
  • what's wrong with coffee pod machines?
  • how sceptical should we be of corporate 'carbon neutral' and 'net zero' claims?

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Ethical Consumer magazine is printed on chlorine-free, 100% post-consumer waste paper sourced from Paperback. It is printed locally by Rap Spiderweb using vegetable-based inks. Our envelopes are also 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

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