Ethical Shopping

Ethical Consumer is the leading source of information about ethical shopping in the UK.

We have helpful features about how and why to shop ethically, ethical shopping on a budget, and buying vegan, fairtrade and organic.

Plus our unique in-depth shopping guides to finding ethical products and services, with links to ethical suppliers and shops. 

 

Why shop ethically?

The way we spend our money can help to change the world.

Every time we shop we're voting with our wallet. When we buy from brands that have a positive impact it’s like voting for a better world.

Why shop ethically?

How to shop ethically

With a few small steps it’s easy to start your journey to become an Ethical Consumer and shop ethically.

Here we list 10 easy to do things that can have a big impact.

How to shop ethically

 

Ethical Shopping Guides

Detailed and reliable guides to help you buy ethically, and avoid unethical products and companies.

Each guide has product ratings, best buys and key information to help you shop ethically.

Ethical Shopping Guides

Simple to use ethical shopping guides for more than 100 products and services.

From baked beans to broadband, washing machines to wine, we've got it covered. 

Ethical Shopping Guides

 

Why buy....

Introducing some of the most important, impactful and easiest ways you can start your ethical shopping journey.

Why buy… Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is one of the greatest successes of the ethical consumer movement. In recent years it has become a mainstay on supermarket shelves appearing on food products as diverse as wine and bananas.

But what exactly is it and why is it so important?

Why buy… Fairtrade?

Why buy… Organic?

UK shoppers are now spending £1.73 million a week on organic products. What exactly makes a product certified organic and why is it such an important ethical label

With the organic market showing consistent growth, we ask what exactly makes something 'Organic' and why is it a good thing?

Why buy… Organic?

Why buy… Vegan?

Veganism is the fastest growing consumer trend in the UK but why are so many people switching to a vegan lifestyle?

Three reasons to buy vegan.

Why buy… Vegan?

 

More useful tips, ticks and life hacks for new ethical shoppers

Ethical Shopping on a Budget

From affordable fashion to saving energy, welcome to our guide on shopping ethically while saving money and the planet.

We start with 5 golden rules, then look at some general advice, before taking a more in-depth look at a range of sectors from ethical fashion to energy saving.

Ethical Shopping on a Budget

60 actions to help tackle climate change

We asked our readers what actions they were taking to reduce their personal carbon footprint.

We had a massive response and here we list 60 of the most popular, achievable and interesting ideas on how to tackle climate change.

60 actions to help tackle climate change

What makes a company unethical?

Our guide to spotting unethical companies.

Finding out which companies have unethical business practices is our speciality at Ethical Consumer.

There are four key things to look at when assessing if a company is unethical or not.

What makes a company unethical?

10 ethical brands owned by unethical companies

Over the years, many ethical brands have been bought out by unethical companies. In many cases the bigger companies are looking to improve their image or tap into the ethical market.

Find out about ten ‘ethical’ companies that are owned by unethical companies.

10 ethical brands owned by unethical companies