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Ethical Shopping Guide

Reliable and easy to use ethical and eco shopping guides, for more than 100 products and services.

Helping you to buy ethically, and avoid unethical products and companies.

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From broadband to investments, jeans to travel companies, we've got it covered. 

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

Our dedicated team of researchers bring you the facts, and we provide ethical ratings from our unique corporate research database. 

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Find a guide from the A-Z list below or browse above by category. 

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Baked Beans

Finding ethical and eco friendly baked beans: ratings for 13 brands of baked beans.

Our shopping guide covers sugar and salt content, vegan and organic baked beans, packaging, shines a spotlight on the ethics of Kraft Heinz and gives recommended and best buys.

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Bananas

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 22 banana brands.

We also look at Fairtrade, pesticides, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Fyffes and give our recommended buys.

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Batteries

Finding environmentally friendly batteries: ratings for 12 brands of rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries, with recommended buys and what to avoid.

We look at how bad disposable batteries are for the environment, the cost of rechargeable batteries and if they're cheaper over all, and the problems of the minerals used in batteries. We also look at how to recycle batteries.

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Biscuits

Ethical and environmental rankings for 50 brands of biscuits.

We look at vegan biscuits, including those made by non-vegan companies. We also look at palm oil, issues around sugar and cocoa, plastic packaging, and give our recommended buys.

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Boilers

Which are the most ethical and eco-friendly brands of gas and electric boiler?
Ratings for 15 brands of gas and electric boilers, with recommended buys. 

We also look at costs, grants, warranties, servicing, hydrogen boilers, energy efficiency and how to save energy. 

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Bread

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 25 brands of bread. 

We also look at the Real Bread Campaign, packaging, shine a light on the ethics of Biona and our recommended best buys. 

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Butter & Spreads

Ethical and environmental record of 50 brands of butter and spreads including vegan butter and margarine. 

We investigate palm oil and animal rights, shine a spotlight on Arla and give our recommended buys.

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Cereal

Finding ethical and eco friendly breakfast cereals: ratings for 38 breakfast cereal brands, with recommended buys and what to avoid.

We rate the major brands like Kellogg's and Nestlé, as well as smaller eco friendly brands, look at what cereals are vegan, how to avoid high sugar cereals, palm oil and what packaging is used. Plus how to make your own cheap but tasty breakfast cereals.

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Coconut Oil

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 20 coconut oil brands.

We also look at Fairtrade and organic, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Clearspring and give our recommended buys.

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Coffee Shops

Finding an ethical and eco-friendly coffee shop. We rank the ethical and environmental record of 15 coffee shop chains.

We also look at plant milk surcharges, tax dodging, Fairtrade coffee, disposable cups, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Costa and give our recommended buys.

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Deodorant

Finding ethical, natural and eco friendly deodorants, with recommended brands and ones to avoid.

We look at the problem with the terms natural and organic, which brands avoid animal testing, what harmful chemicals may be in deodorants and rate 49 brands for their ethical and environmental records.

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Desktop computers

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 12 desktop computer brands.

We also look at conflict minerals, toxic chemicals and how to recycle PCs and give our recommended buys.

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Digital Cameras

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 12 digital camera brands and give our Best Buy recommendations.

We also look at how camera companies fall behind on supply chain management, conflict minerals, links to the military and surveillance and profile GoPro.
 

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Dishwasher Detergent

Ranking the ethical and environmental record of 17 dishwasher detergents.

Finding the most eco-friendly dishwasher tablets, powder, pods, and liquids. We also look at animal testing, microplastics, toxic chemicals, and highlight the ethics of Finish and give our recommended buys.

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Easter Eggs

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 39 Easter egg brands.

We also look at cocoa sourcing, cocoa farmers, animal rights, packaging, palm oil and shine a spotlight on the ethics of Nestlé and give our recommended buys.

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Eco friendly Coffee Machines

Finding an eco-friendly coffee machine, with ethical and environmental rankings for 24 brands of coffee machines.

We also look at the environmental impact of coffee pods, repair options, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Aero Press and give our recommended buys.

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Eco Friendly Dishwashers

Eco-friendly dishwashers, ranking the ethical and environmental record of 36 dishwasher brands.

We look at energy usage and efficiency, water use, environmental impact, dishwashers versus handwashing, and give our recommended buys.

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Eco Friendly Kettles

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 36 brands of electric and hob kettles.

We also look at energy usage, manufacturing material, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Newell Brands and give our recommended buys. 

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Eco Heat Pumps

How to find an eco friendly heat pump company. We rate the ethical and environmental record of 18 heat pump brands.

We look at the different types of heat pumps, their efficiency and performance, environmental impact, running costs and grants. Plus we give our Best Buys and recommended buys. We also shine the spotlight on MasterTherm.

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Eco-friendly bicycles & E-bikes

Finding an eco-friendly bicycle and e-bike, with recommended buys and what to avoid. With ethical & environmental rankings of 32 e-bike brands and 37 push bike brands.

We look at carbon emissions, where bikes are made, recycling and repair options, cost of bikes, and shine a spotlight on the ethics of the Frasers Group (owns Evans Cycles, Muddyfox and other brands). 

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Eggs

Ethical and environmental rankings for 43 brands of eggs and vegan egg alternatives. 

Is it ethical to eat eggs? We investigate egg labelling, vegan egg substitutes, the carbon impact of egg production, and the differences between cage, barn, free range, biodynamic and organic eggs.

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Email Providers

Finding an ethical, sustainable and eco-friendly email provider. Ethical and environmental rankings for 12 free and paid-for email providers, with Best Buy recommendations. We also look at email privacy, security, and renewable energy claims. 

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Ethical and Eco Nappies

Finding eco friendly nappies: ratings for 20 nappy brands, with recommended buys and what to avoid.

Is there such thing as a biodegradable nappy? What's the most sustainable option? We rate major nappy brands as well as small eco brands. We look at disposable, biodegradable and reusable nappies, composting, plastics, toxic chemicals, and timber and bamboo sourcing. 

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Ethical Bank Accounts

Finding an ethical bank account. Rating the ethical and environmental record of 31 UK current accounts, with recommended buys and who to avoid. 

We also look at app-based banking, which banks own which brands, fossil fuel investments, tax avoidance, unequal pay, and how to switch accounts. 

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Ethical Beer & Lager

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 70 beer and lager brands.

We look at vegan beers, sustainable brewing, compare the small brewers and the multinationals, how to choose a lower impact beer and give our recommended buys.

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Ethical Bookshops

Guide to 34 leading UK bookshops, with best buys. Includes alternatives to Amazon and its various book-selling brands and how to find ethical online and local bookshops.

We also look at the best options for ebooks and audio books, sustainability, buying secondhand books, and how to support independent authors, publishers and bookshops.

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Ethical Broadband

Finding ethical broadband, with best buys and who to avoid. With ethical & environmental rankings for 24 broadband providers, and looking at green claims, tax avoidance and energy use. 

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Ethical Business Banking

Finding an ethical business bank account. Ethical and environmental ratings for 30 small business accounts, with Best Buys and which to avoid. We also look at charity banking, 'challenger' banks, and accounts for community groups. 

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Ethical Car Insurance

In this guide we investigate, rate and rank the environmental and social record of 22 car insurance providers, with recommended buys and who to avoid. 
We look at car insurance companies’ investment and climate policies, their more shady tax arrangements and weapons connections, and find glimmers of positive change at Aviva. We also cover discrimination based on race, and insurance for electric vehicles.

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Ethical Cars and Electric Cars

Finding an ethical and environmental car. Ratings for 39 brands of cars, including electric cars and hybrids. With recommended buys and what to avoid. 

We look at the carbon impact of different types of cars, the cost and range of electric cars, shine a spotlight on Tesla, and more. 

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Ethical Cash ISAs

Finding an ethical cash ISA. Guide with ethical and environmental ratings for 47 cash ISAs, Best Buy recommendations and what to avoid.

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Ethical Cat Food

Finding ethical and eco friendly cat food: ratings for 29 brands with recommended brands and what to avoid.

We rate the major cat food brands and also smaller eco friendly brands, and also look at vegan cat food, organic options, and the plight of animals that become cat food, including the new trend for insects in food. We also look at the packaging and sustainability claims of cat food brands.

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Ethical Chocolate

Find ethical, sustainable and fair trade chocolate: ratings for 84 brands of bars of chocolate and chocolate snacks, with recommended brands and ones to avoid.

Is all fair trade chocolate equally fair? What are chocolate brands doing about child labour? We look at the big ethical issues including colonialism in the cocoa sector, palm oil and deforestation, child labour, cocoa certification, as well as who makes vegan chocolate, and how to find ethical and responsibly-sourced chocolate to suit your budget.

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Ethical Cleaning Products

Finding ethical cleaning products for your home. Ethical and environmental ratings for 34 household cleaners.

We look at reducing plastic packaging, cruelty free cleaning products, palm oil, toxic chemicals, and give our recommended buys.

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Ethical Clothing Brands

Which are the real ethical clothing brands? Ethical ratings for 24 UK ethical clothes brands, with Best Buy recommendations.

See how brands rate on key areas including use of sustainable fabrics, climate impact, fair wages and working conditions, animal rights, and supply chain transparency. We look at their range of clothing and at the innovators that are going beyond fairtrade and organic.

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Ethical Coffee & Coffee Beans

Finding an ethical and environmental coffee brand. Ranking the ethics of 45 brands of ground coffee, coffee beans and instant coffee.

We also look at coffee and climate change, coffee packaging, ethical claims like 'grown by women', shine a spotlight on the ethics of Orang Utan and give our recommended buys.

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Ethical Designer Clothing

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 18 designer and luxury fashion brands

We also look at fur, response to Rana Plaza,  exotic skins and we shine a light on the ethics of Stella McCartney.

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Ethical Dog Food

Finding ethical and eco friendly dog food: ratings for 32 brands with recommended brands and what to avoid.

We rate the major dog food brands and also smaller eco friendly brands, and also look at vegan dog food, organic options, and the plight of animals that become dog food. We also shine a spotlight on the ethics of Nestlé which owns Lily's Kitchen, Winalot and Purina.

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Ethical Energy Suppliers

Which is the most ethical & green energy supplier in 2023? Rankings for 18 UK energy companies, with best buys, greenwashing and who to avoid.

As well as looking into the ethical and environmental records of each supplier, we also look at their fuel mix and where they buy energy, green tariffs, renewable generation and what '100% renewable' actually means, carbon offsets, biogas, community energy, and fuel pricing. 

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Ethical Home Insurance

Is your home insurance company funding climate change?  
We rate and rank 23 home insurance providers based on their ethical and environmental records,  spotlight green and eco insurance companies, with Best Buy recommendations and who to avoid.

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Ethical Investment Funds

Rankings for 20 green and ethical investment funds, with Best Buy recommendations. 
How to choose an ethical investment fund, returns on ethical investments, greenwashing, transparency, and how to invest. 

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Ethical Jeans

Finding ethical and eco-friendly jeans. We rank the ethical and environmental record of 64 jeans brands.

We also explore the issues around sustainable denim and other materials, organic cotton, recycled jeans, forced labour, pollution and chemicals, vegan jeans, and gender neutral jeans. We shine a spotlight on the ethics of Levi Strauss and Hiut and give our recommended best buys. 

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Ethical Laptops

Finding an ethical or eco-friendly laptop. Ethical & environmental ratings of 18 laptop brands, with recommended buys. We look at sustainability, carbon cost, toxic chemicals, workers' rights, military links and more. 

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Ethical Mobile Phones

Finding an ethical mobile phone. Ethical & environmental rankings of 20 mobile phones, Best Buys and what to avoid! Sustainable or eco-friendly phones, conflict minerals, repairability, 2nd hand options. 

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Ethical Mortgages

Finding the most ethical mortgage, with ethical and environmental ratings for 40 mortgage providers, and recommended Best Buys and what to avoid. 

We look at bank and building society mortgages, green mortgages, credit unions, Islamic mortgages, brokers, and alternative housing options. 

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Ethical Online Shopping

Find ethical online shops with our research and ratings for 18 retailers.

We look at the UK ethical shopping market, product ranges, eBay, how to avoid Amazon, environmental issues, and whether it is ethical to shop online.

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Ethical outdoor clothing

Ranking the ethical and environmental record of 38 brands of outdoor clothing and gear.

We look at the environmental impact of synthetic materials and toxic chemicals, animal rights and workers' rights. We also look at repair options for a more sustainable approach.

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Ethical Pensions

Finding an ethical pension: a guide with ethical and environmental ratings for 23 major pension providers, with recommended buys.

We rate the major pension providers which offer some kind of ethical option for clients. We look at different types of pension, what makes a pension ethical, transparency, investments and carbon reporting, Sharia funds and ethical pension campaigns. We also shine a spotlight on Vanguard and Nest.

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Ethical Perfume & Aftershave

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 70 brands of perfume and aftershave.

We also look at vegan brands, toxic ingredients, animal testing, shine a spotlight on the ethics of L’Oréal and give our Best Buy recommendations. 

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Ethical Pet Insurance

In this guide we investigate rate and rank the environmental and social record of 13 pet insurance underwriters.

We also look at tax avoidance, specialist brokers and give our Best Buy recommendations.

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Ethical Savings Accounts

Finding the most ethical savings account, with ethical and environmental ratings for 50 savings brands and Best Buy recommendations.

We explore non-bank options including building societies and credit unions, look at high street banks and their lending practices, along with executive pay and tax avoidance. 

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Ethical Shampoo

How to find natural, organic, vegan and independent shampoos which are eco friendly.

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 86 brands of shampoo

We also look at palm oil, chemical free shampoo, solid bars versus liquid, shampoo for different hair types, and give our recommended buys.

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Ethical Shoes

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 42 shoe brands

We look at vegan shoes and synthetic faux leather alternatives, harmful chemicals, sexism, forced labour, local cobblers and give our recommended buys. 

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Ethical Soap

Find ethical and environmental soap: ratings for 53 brands of soap bars and liquid handwash. 

We look at whether bars or liquids are more environmentally friendly, vegan and cruelty-free soaps, organic soaps, palm oil, plastics, which brands contain toxic chemicals, and give our recommended buys.

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Ethical Sportswear

Ranking the ethical and environmental record of 26 brands of sportswear.

We also look at workers' rights, materials used including synthetics and the problem of microplastics, size inclusivity, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Gymshark and Lululemon, and give our recommended buys. 

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Ethical Stocks and Shares ISAs

Ratings for some of the most popular investment platforms for Stocks & Shares ISAs, with who to avoid and recommended buys. We look at fossil fuel investments, transparency, market performance, the ISAs on offer, fees, and risks. 

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Ethical Supermarkets

Which is the most ethical UK supermarket?
Ethical & environmental rankings for 19 supermarkets, with best buys and which to avoid.

Investigating policies from animal welfare to workers rights, palm oil production, food waste, plastics, 'freshwashing', supply chains and tax. 

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Ethical T-shirts

Finding ethical and eco-friendly t-shirts. We rank the ethical and environmental record of 20 ethical t-shirt brands

We also look at sustainable fabrics, forced labour, sweatshops, shine a light on the ethics of Birdsong, and give our Best Buy recommendations. 

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Ethical Toilet Paper

Finding ethical and eco-friendly toilet paper: ratings for 20 toilet paper brands, with recommended buys and what to avoid.

We rate the major toilet paper brands as well as smaller eco friendly brands, look at deforestation, bleach and toxic chemicals, recycled paper and FSC labelling, and ask is bamboo toilet paper really eco friendly? 

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Ethical Trainers

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 50 brands of trainers.

We also look at vegan trainers, the carbon footprint of trainers, recycling, fast footwear, forced labour, supply chains, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Puma, and give our best buy recommendations. 

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Ethical Travel Insurance

In this guide we investigate, rate and score the ethical and environmental record of 15 travel insurance underwriters.

We also ask if your travel insurance company is funding climate change, spotlight the green and eco insurance companies and give our Best Buy recommendations.

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Ethical Valentine's Day Chocolate

Ethical, sustainable and fair trade chocolate is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. We rate 84 brands of chocolate, recommend brands and highlight ones to avoid. We help you avoid chocolate associated with child labour or palm oil so your gift is as ethical as possible.

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Ethical Vitamins and supplements

Finding ethical vitamins and supplements: ratings for 23 brands, with recommended buys and brands to avoid.

Are there vegan vitamins and supplements? Are supplements organic and free from palm oil? We rate major vitamin brands as well as small eco brands. We look at packaging, misleading marketing, sugar levels and animal ingredients.

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Fast Food Chains

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In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 10 fast food chains.

We also look at animal welfare, marketing to children, shine a spotlight on the ethics of McDonald's and give our recommended buys.

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Fossil Fuel Free Investment Funds

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the environmental and ethical record of 15 fossil fuel-free investment funds.

We also discuss the meaning of 'fossil-free' and the importance of having positive investing criteria as well as negative screening exclusions.

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Fridges & Freezers

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 43 fridge, freezer and fridge-freezer brands.

We also look at energy saving, food waste, smart fridges, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Investor AB group (AEG, Electrolox and Zanussi brands) and give our recommended buys.

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Fruit Juice

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 43 fruit juice brands.

We also look at its environmental impact, sugar content, organic and Fairtrade brands, packaging, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Princes and give our recommended buys.

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Gas & Electric Cookers

Eco-friendly and energy-efficient cookers - we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 49 makes of gas and electric cooker.

We compare the energy use of gas and electric cookers, induction hobs and hotplates, give advice on saving energy, look at carbon emissions and home gas pollution, and give our recommended buys.

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Herbal Teas

Finding an ethical and eco-friendly herb and fruit tea. Ranking the environmental and ethical record of 30 brands of herbal and fruit teas and rooibos tea.

We also look at plastic in teabags, loose teas, shine a light on the ethics of Pukka Tea and Teapigs and give our recommended buys.

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High Street Clothes Shops

In this guide, we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 44 high-street brands.

We also look at the problem with fast-fashion, workers' rights, shine a light on the ethics of Boohoo and Shein, and give some recommended buys.

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Honey

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 28 honey brands.

We also look at organic vs local, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Wainwright (previously called Tropical Forest) and give our recommended buys.

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Hybrid laptop-tablets

We investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 12 hybrid laptop/tablets brands.

We also take a look at hybrids and conflict minerals, toxic chemicals, profile Lenovo and give our recommended buys.

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Innovative Finance ISAs

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 6 providers.

We also look at crowdfunding, financial risks, the projects offered by the platforms and give our recommended buys.

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Laundry Detergents

Ethical and environmental rankings for 29 laundry washing powders and laundry detergents.

Finding an eco-friendly laundry detergent, vegan or cruelty free laundry detergent. We look at animal testing, packaging, plastics, chemicals, palm oil, highlight the ethics of Smol and give our recommended buys.

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Make-Up

Finding natural and cruelty-free makeup and cosmetics: ratings for 56 makeup brands, with recommended buys and what to avoid. 

We rate the major brands like Bobbi Brown, Elizabeth Arden and Boots No 7, as well as smaller eco brands, and look at which makeup brands are vegan, if there is organic makeup, and how to avoid toxic chemicals in your cosmetics. 

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Microwaves

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 29 microwave brands.

We also look at energy efficiency, electronic waste, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Sharp and give our recommended buys.

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Milk

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 31 dairy milk brands.

We also look at industrial farming, animal welfare, pollution, packaging and give our Best Buy recommendations.

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Mobile Phone Networks

Finding an ethical mobile network. Ethical and environmental rankings of 22 mobile networks, with Best Buys. Virtual operators and networks, carbon impact and offsets, tax avoidance, worker rights and switching providers. 

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Olive Oil

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 32 olive oil brands.

We also look at the environmental issues of intensive production, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Zaytoun and give our recommended buys.

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Outdoor clothing shops

Finding ethical and eco friendly outdoor clothing and sports shops. We rank the ethical and environmental record of 11 brands of outdoor clothing and equipment shops.

We look at their policies on synthetic materials and toxic chemicals, animal rights and workers' rights. We also look at own-brand labels, and shine a spotlight on Sports Direct.

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Over the counter medicines

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 71 over-the-counter medicine brands, like painkillers and cough and cold remedies.

We also look at animal testing and tax avoidance, shine a spotlight on the ethics of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and give our recommended buys.

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Petrol & Diesel

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of the 5 big oil companies 

We also look at climate denial, investment in renewables, transparency and give our recommended buys. 

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Rapeseed, Sunflower & Vegetable Oil

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 31 cooking oil brands.

We also look at GM, neonicotinoids, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and give our recommended buys.

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Restaurant Chains

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 42 restaurant chains.

We also look at tax avoidance, sustainable sourcing, shine a spotlight on the ethics of J.D. Wetherspoons and give our recommended buys.

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Rice

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 22 rice brands.

We also look at its climate impact, use of GM, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Just Trading Scotland and give our recommended buys.

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Sanitary Products


In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 39 sanitary product brands.

We also look at cotton sourcing, tax avoidance and animal testing, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Aisle (formerly Lunapads) and give our recommended buys. 

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Shower Gel

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 61 shower gel brands.

We also look at animal testing, toxic chemicals, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Lush and give our recommended buys.

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Skincare

Finding natural, organic and vegan skincare: ratings for 88 brands with recommended buys and brands to avoid. 

We also look at toxic chemicals, plastic packaging, if brands are using palm oil, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Avalon Organics and JĀSÖN, and look at which brands are still involved with animal testing.

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Soft Drinks

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 49 soft drink brands.

We also look at vegan soft drinks and sugar alternatives, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Calyx and give our recommended buys.

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Solar Panels

Finding eco friendly solar panels from ethical suppliers. Are they worth the investment?
Ranking 16 solar panel brands in the UK, with recommended buys. 

We look at the carbon footprint, pollution from manufacture, forced labour, conflict minerals, cost, buying second hand solar panels and community energy schemes. 

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Streaming Services

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental records of 15 streaming services providers.

We give our Best Buy recommendations, reflect on changing viewer habits, advertising and conflict minerals.

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Subscription TV

In the guide we investigate, rank and rate the ethical and environmental record of 4 TV brands and give our recommended buy.

We also take a closer look at Virgin.

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Sunscreens

We investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 32 sunscreen brands

Chemical versus mineral sunscreen, vegan suncream, eco-friendly and reef-safe sunscreen, non toxic sun lotions, the SPF labelling system, and our recommended buys. 

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Sustainable Paint

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 20 brands of paint.

We also look at toxic chemicals, recycling projects, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Akzo Nobel and give our recommended buys.

Madeleine Jones explores the environmental impacts of the paint industry.

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Sustainable Underwear Brands

How to find sustainable and ethical underwear which is eco friendly.

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 41 brands of underwear which make adult bras and knickers or pants. 

We look at fabrics, organic and fair trade options, workers' rights, longevity of underwear, secondhand options, price and sizes, and give our recommended buys. 

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Tablets and e-readers

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 17 tablets and 2 e-reader brands.

We also look at conflict minerals, the use of tablets by children, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Samsung and give our recommended alternatives to Amazon.

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Tea

Finding an ethical and eco-friendly sustainable tea. Ranking the ethical and environmental record of 45 tea brands.

We look at fairtrade and organic certification schemes, workers' rights, plastic in teabags, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Tata (Tetley and Teapigs) and give our recommended buys.

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Televisions

We investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental records of 12 television manufacturers.

We also give our Best Buy recommendations and look at EU energy efficiency labels, the use of conflict minerals, toxic chemicals and tax avoidance.

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Toilet Cleaners

Finding eco-friendly and cruelty-free toilet cleaners. We rank the ethical and environmental record of 23 toilet cleaner brands, investigate plastic packaging, animal testing, bleach and toxic chemicals, look at vegan and organic options and how to make your own, and give our recommended buys.

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Toothpaste

Finding natural, organic and vegan toothpaste: ratings for 40 brands of toothpaste, with recommended brands and brands to avoid. 

We rate the big toothpaste brands like Colgate and Sensodyne, how to avoid plastic packaging, and which brands sell vegan toothpaste. 

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Travel booking companies

Finding an ethical and sustainable travel booking company.

Full rankings for 29 travel companies. We look at the carbon impact of flying and alternatives, accommodation eco-labels, the impact of holiday homes (including Airbnb), alternative sustainable holiday options, shine a spotlight on TUI and make Best Buy recommendations.

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Vegan and Meat Alternative Foods

We look at vegan brands owned by big meat producers, meat-free ingredients, soya and deforestation, and more. With ethical & environmental rankings of 28 meat alternative brands, and recommended buys. 

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Vegan and plant milks

What is the most ethical and environmentally friendly milk?
We look into the sustainability of plant-based milks, including almond, coconut, hemp, rice and soya; with ethical & environmental rankings for 25 vegan plant milk brands, and best buy recommendations.

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Vegan cheese

Is vegan cheese better for the environment? What about dairy companies making vegan cheese, palm oil and other ingredients? Ethical & environmental rankings for 18 vegan cheese brands, with Best Buys and what to avoid.

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Video Conferencing

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 21 video conferencing companies.

We also look at the climate impact of video calls, open-source software, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Verizon and give our recommended buys. 

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Washing Machines

Finding an eco-friendly washing machine, with ethical and environmental rankings for 33 washing machine brands.

We look at sustainability, energy efficiency and reduction, emissions, saving water, and recycling your washing machine. With our recommended buys.

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Washing-up Liquid

Finding an ethical, eco-friendly, cruelty free or vegan washing up liquid. Ranking the ethical and environmental record of 24 washing-up brands.

We look at refills, concentrates, organics, palm oil, animal testing, toxic chemicals, supermarket own-brands, highlight the ethics of Ecover and Method and give our recommended buys.

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