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 185 (July/August 2020)

Shopping guides:

  • Video conferencing platforms
  • Ethical Online Retailers
  • Shoes
  • Trainers

The magazine includes:

  • score tables rating and comparing the brands
  • Best Buy recommendations
  • is zoom more ethical than Skype?
  • ethical alternatives to Amazon for online shopping
  • which vegan shoes are greenest?
  • what's the ethical footprint of your trainers?
  • Why big tech must pay their fair share of tax to help post-COVID societies
  • Covid-19 bailouts must be conditional
  • how to create better online events

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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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