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Ethical Consumer

Join thousands of others and become an ethical consumer today.

Join thousands of others and become an ethical consumer today.

Learn how to use your spending power to help change the world for the better.

Why be an ethical consumer? How to be an ethical consumer

We are an independent, not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative with open membership.

At the heart of the ethical consumer movement, since 1989.

We are an independent, not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder co-operative with open membership, based in Manchester.

We provide all the tools and resources you need to make choices at the checkout simple, informed and effective.

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Includes guides to: Supermarkets, Butter & spreads, Biscuits, Eggs & egg replacers

The latest magazine includes guides rating:

  • Supermarkets

  • Butter & spreads

  • Biscuits

  • Eggs & egg replacers



  • score tables rating and comparing the brands
  • Best Buy recommendations
  • where to do your Christmas food shopping
  • which biscuits are vegan and palm oil free?
  • what spread is best for your bread?
  • is there any such thing as a good egg?
  • how to replace eggs with vegan alternatives
  • excerpt from new handbook of ethical purchasing

Feature articles on:

  • Which consumer actions cut the most carbon
  • The campaign to Stop Funding Hate in the media

Issue 194 (Jan/Feb 2022) now in print and online.

Read the latest issue 
  • Ethical and environmental rankings for 50 brands of biscuits. We look at vegan biscuits, including those made by non-vegan companies. We also look at palm oil, issues around sugar and cocoa, plastic packaging, and give our recommended buys.
  • Ethical and environmental record of 19 supermarkets. We also look at an A-Z of policies from animal welfare to palm oil production, shine a spotlight on the ethics of Morrisons and give our recommended buys. 


Is there an ethical bank? Rating the ethical and environmental record of 32 UK current accounts, with recommended buys.  We also look at app-based banking, which banks own which brands, fossil fuel investments, tax avoidance, and how to switch accounts.

Read more about Ethical Bank Accounts

Guide to 27 leading UK bookshops, with best buys. Including alternatives to Amazon and its various book-selling brands. We also look at the best options for ebooks and audio books, sustainability, buying second hand books, book swapping and using libraries. 

Read more about Ethical Bookshops

We investigate, score and rank the ethical and environmental record of 17 electricity and gas suppliers. We look at the fuels that generate a supplier's electricity, green tariffs, renewable generation, biogas and 'vegan' energy, smart meters, energy prices and fuel poverty, UK renewables targets and give our recommended buys.

Read more about Ethical Energy Suppliers

Corporate tax abuse continues to make headline news with more and more companies outed as tax avoiders. This section aims to help consumers find out more and campaign on the issue.

Read more about Tax Justice

Consumers increasingly want to avoid palm oil where possible, but it's a tricky task as it's used in so many products - more than 50% of packaged supermarket products from margarine and oven chips to soaps and detergents.

Read more about Palm Oil
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