Home and Garden

Our homes and gardens can play host to a range of toxic chemicals and environmentally damaging products. The good news is that there are hundreds of ethical brands, tip and tricks to keep your home and garden looking clean and fresh without damaging the planet or your health. Our shopping guides, news and features cover everything from green cleaning products to recycled toilet role to help you keep the greenest home and garden possible.

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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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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

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 Bide and Finish and give our recommended buys.

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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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Ethical 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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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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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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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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Household Cleaners

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 34 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

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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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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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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Vacuum cleaners

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

We also look at corded and cordless models, bagged versus bagless, the issues around energy labels, the ethics of Dyson 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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