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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.

Shopping guides

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Dishwasher Detergent

Ranking the ethical and environmental record of 18 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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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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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 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 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 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 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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Fridges & Freezers

Find energy efficient and eco friendly fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers.

We review and rate 40 brands of fridges and fridge-freezers to investigate energy efficiency, conflict mineral use and military connections; give energy saving tips for fridge use, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Bush (Argos/Sainsbury's) 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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Laundry Detergents

Find the best eco-friendly and sustainable laundry detergents, with ratings of 34 brands

With ethical scores looking for vegan and cruelty free brands, use of toxic chemicals, palm oil and plastic packaging, we rate 34 brands to find the most environmentally friendly and sustainable laundry cleaners. We compare washing powders, liquids, sheets and capsules to find the most eco friendly. The ethical shopping guide also highlights the ethics of Unilever, includes brands like Ecover and Method, and gives 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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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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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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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

This guide investigates and ranks 33 washing machine brands on sustainable and ethical issues.

We look at energy efficiency and reduction, carbon emissions, saving water, and which laundry machine brands have links to military equipment or poor conflict mineral policies. We also look at options for repair, recycling and buying secondhand washing machines. We suggest washing machine brands to avoid, and give 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, organic detergents, palm oil, animal testing, toxic chemicals, highlight the ethics of Fairy, and give our recommended buys.

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