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Veganism and ethical consumption

Shopping guides to help you find ethical vegan and cruelty free foods, clothing and health & beauty products. 

Plus other resources to help you go live a more sustainable lifestyle as an ethical vegan.

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The ethics of veganism

The benefits of a vegan lifestyle and its positive impacts on the planet and animals.

Vegan alternatives and brands to beware of

We look at vegan brands whose owners also sell animal products, and the ethical choices around honey, milks and soya. 

Shopping guides

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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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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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Ethical Clothing Brands

Which are the real ethical clothing brands? Ethical ratings for 27 UK ethical clothes brands, with Best Buy recommendations.

See how brands rate on key areas including use of sustainable fabrics, climate impact, fair wages and working conditions, animal rights, and supply chain transparency. We look at their range of clothing and at the innovators that are going beyond fairtrade and organic.

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Ethical Shampoo

How to find an eco-friendly, cruelty free or vegan brand of shampoo.

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 77 brands of shampoo

We also look at tax avoidance, palm oil, 'no poo' alternatives and give our recommended buys.

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Ethical Shoes

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 42 shoe brands

We look at vegan shoes and synthetic faux leather alternatives, harmful chemicals, sexism, forced labour, local cobblers and give our recommended buys. 

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Ethical Soap

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 58 brands of soap bars, liquid soaps and handwash. 

We look at whether bars or liquids are more environmentally friendly, vegan and cruelty-free soaps, organic soaps, palm oil, plastics, which brands contain toxic chemicals, and give our recommended buys.

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Ethical Trainers

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 50 brands of trainers.

We also look at vegan trainers, the carbon footprint of trainers, recycling, fast footwear, forced labour, supply chains, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Puma, and give our best buy recommendations. 

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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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Skincare

In this guide we investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 70 brands of skincare products

We also look at toxic chemicals, vegan and organic options, shine a spotlight on the ethics of L'Oreal and give our recommended buys.

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Sunscreens

We investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 32 sunscreen brands

Chemical versus mineral sunscreen, vegan suncream, eco-friendly and reef-safe sunscreen, non toxic sun lotions, the SPF labelling system, and our recommended buys. 

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Toothpaste

In this guide, we investigate, score, and rank the ethical and environmental record of 39 brands of toothpaste and mouthwash.

We also look at toxic ingredients, vegan brands, spotlight on Colgate-Palmolive, 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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