This guide is part of our Amazon alternative series, which helps consumers avoid Amazon and its tax-avoiding ways.
We have rated 24 alternative websites which offer a variety of products marketed as ethical. We’ve found that not all of the companies included have as stringent supply chain policies as you might expect. Nevertheless, the brands listed in this report score very highly compared to other retailers. Many pick up additional marks under Company Ethos by only selling products made under fair trade conditions, or that are suitable for vegans. In addition, many companies in this report use their profits to fund their charitable activities.
Who’s in this guide?
The brand list for this guide was based on feedback from our readers about which ethical stores they regularly used online. We couldn’t cover all the companies mentioned by those who completed the survey, but we have tried to include the most popular.
The top three in the survey were Ethical Superstore, Natural Collection and Traidcraft which are all included in this guide.
The companies listed in this guide vary greatly in the type of products that they stock. Some sell food, others cosmetics, others clothing or a combination of the three. Lots of them provide products under the label ‘gifts’ making them a perfect place to pick up presents for family and friends.
We have also included John Lewis and the Co-op Electrical Shop for consumers looking for more ethical mainstream brands and a wider selection of products, for example, both sell electricals such as TVs and refrigerators.