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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 200 (Jan/Feb 2023)

Shopping guides:

  • Current Accounts
  • Savings Accounts
  • Mortgages
  • Fossil Free Investment Funds

The magazine includes:

  • score tables rating and comparing the brands
  • Best Buy recommendations
  • which 'sustainable' investment funds are really sustainable
  • which bank is the biggest funder of oil and gas?
  • is your bank paying its directors excessive amounts?
  • which banks are funding arms manufacturers?
  • who's best for being transparent about who they lend to?
  • the gender and ethnicity pay gaps in the finance sector
  • what's so good about building societies and credit unions?
  • which is the best green mortgage?
  • the latest boycott news

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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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