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 179 (July/Aug 2019)

Product guides:

  • Over-the-counter Medicines
  • Toilet Paper
  • Menstrual Products
  • Nappies

The magazine also includes:

  • basic needs vs profit incentive in the drug industry
  • misleading drug trials
  • is there any sustainable toilet paper?
  • what reusable menstrual products are available
  • should we boycott Boots The Chemist?


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