Home and Garden

There can be many hidden ethical problems in our homes and gardens, from toxic chemicals to animal testing. We look at the greenest way to wash, clean, cool and cook. 

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Issues

We spend many hours and often much money caring for our homes & gardens. However, the ethical issues are often hidden from sight, from toxic chemicals in our cleaning products, to pesticides in our garden, we bring these troubling problems to light.

Eco Living

From appliances, to cleaning, there are many simple ways you can become more green in your own home and garden. 

Product guides

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Broadband

We investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental records of 13 broadband providers.

We give our Best Buy recommendations and take a closer look at tax avoidance.

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Coffee Makers

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 23 brands of coffee makers.

We also look at coffee machine repairs, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Koç Holding and give our recommended buys.

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Dishwasher Detergent

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 41 household cleaning brands.

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

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Dishwashers

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of over 35 dishwasher brands.

We also look at energy efficiency, water use, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Glen Dimplex and give our recommended buys.

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Fridges & Freezers

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 49 fridge, freezer and fridge-freezer brands.

We also look at HFCs, energy saving, food waste, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Ebac (Norfrost) and give our recommended buys. 

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Furniture Shops

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

We also look at timber, leather, shine a spotlight on the ethics of IKEA and give our recommended buys.

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Garden Centres

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 21 chain garden centres.

 We also look into sourcing policies, bee-harming pesticides, finding independent garden centres, shine a spotlight on the ethics of B&Q and give our recommendations.

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Gas & Electric Cookers

In this product guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 45 cooker brands.

We also compare the energy use of gas vs. electric, give clever cooking advice, and criticise self-cleaning, as well as giving our recommended buys.

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Household Cleaners

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 41 household cleaners.

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

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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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Laundry Detergents

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 40 laundry washing powders and liquid brands.

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

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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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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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Peat-free Compost

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 14 peat-free compost brands.

We also look at the problem with peat extraction, home-composting options, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and give our recommended buys.

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Seeds

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

We also look at organic certified seeds, genetic modification, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Stormy Hall Seeds and give our recommended buys. 

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Toilet Cleaners

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

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

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Toilet Paper

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 27 toilet paper brands.

We also look at deforestation, bleach and toxic chemicals, recycled paper, bamboo paper, FSC labelling and give our recommended buys. 

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Washing Machines

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

We also look at energy efficiency and water use, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Whirlpool Corporation and give our recommended buys.

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Washing-up Liquid

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 23 washing-up liquid brands.

We also look at animal testing, toxic chemicals, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Procter & Gamble (P&G) and give our recommended buys.

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