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Food and Drink

The negative impacts of our complex food systems on people, animals and the environment are now well understood. What we eat and where we buy our food from can have a huge impact on everything from animal welfare to climate change. Discover more about a vegan and low carbon diets in our food and drink news, features and shopping guides.

Shopping guides

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Baked Beans

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

We also look at sugar and salt content and packaging, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Mizkan Group and give our recommended 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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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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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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Cat Food

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 36 cat food brands.

We also look at factory farming, palm oil, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Lily's Kitchen and give our recommended buys.

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Cereal

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 36 breakfast cereals.

We also look at palm oil, GMOs,sugar, shine the spotlight on Kellogg's and give our recommended buys.

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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

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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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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Dog Food

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 36 dog food brands.

We also look at factory farming, palm oil, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Yarrah 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 34 Easter egg brands.

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

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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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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 Chocolate

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 109 brands of bars of chocolate, chocolate snacks and gift chocolates.

We also look at vegan and fair trade chocolate, palm oil and deforestation, child labour, cocoa certification, and give our Best Buys advice.

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Fast Food Chains

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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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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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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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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Meat-free Sausages and Burgers

Ethical and environmental rankings of 28 brands of meat alternatives including tofu.

We look at what meat-free products are made of, soya's potential link to deforestation, big businesses buying up vegan brands, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Livekindly Collective 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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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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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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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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Supermarkets

Ethical and environmental record of 19 supermarkets.

We also look at an A-Z of policies from animal welfare to palm oil production, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Morrisons and give our recommended buys. 

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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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Vegan and plant milks

Ethical and environmental rankings for 26 vegan plant milk brands.

We look into the sustainability of plant milks, including almond, coconut, hemp, rice and soya; packaging, and who produces them. We shine a spotlight on Alpro, owned by Danone, and make Best Buy recommendations. 

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Vegan cheese

Ethical and environmental rankings of 18 vegan cheese brands.

We look at non-vegan companies making vegan cheese, ethical and environmental issues of the key ingredients of vegan cheese, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Violife's owner KKR and give our Best Buy recommendations.

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