General ethical shopping

.          Find a stockist of Fairtrade products through the British Association for Fairtrade shops – promoting Fairtrade in Britain. While use of the Fairtrade logo does not mean necessarily that everything is perfect with the supply chain of the product you buy (see this Guardian article) at least the organisation is trying to highlight and respond to the issues arising from “unfair” trade (see Fairtrade’s response in the Huffington Post).

.          To find your local independent shops try the UK Independent Shops Directory. Did you know? For every pound you spend in a local independent shop or locally owned business up to 70p benefits your local community whereas if you shop at an out of town centre or online with one of the retail multiples, as little as 5p finds its way back. You could call chains “extractive industries” – taking money from a local area, giving a tiny percentage back in wages of local people, but siphoning-off most of the profits to head offices and executives.

So next time you go shopping, think about where your pound is going. Is it into some corporate shareholder’s pocket or invested in your local community to make it a better place?

.           Natural Collection – good range of ethical food / clothing / toiletries / cleaning products / presents. This is the site I use for all my non-perishable shopping e.g. cans, cleaning products, flour, toiletries etc etc. They offer delivery in recycled packaging.

.           Ethical Superstore – Fairtrade, eco-friendly, Organic & UK-made shopping.

.           Traidcraft – established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty-fighting poverty through trade.

.           DoJo Ecoshop – the natural choice for great eco alternatives to everyday goods. A unique range of natural organic mattresses, beds made from sustainably produced timber, organic bedding and towels, greener home and gardening, eco paint, recycled mats for shiatsu and yoga, fairly traded toys and sustainable fabrics, all sourced from ethical suppliers or made in their workshop from organic materials.

.           Liv – clothing, homeware and skin-care – beautifully created, ethically made. Liv’s vision is to make it easy for you to find beautifully created, ethically made clothing and homeware that’s kind to your pocket.

.           Greenshop – one of the UK’s leading environmental retailers.

.           Friends of the Earth shop – a range of ethical food / cleaning products / gifts.

.           Ecotopia is the eco-shop from Ecotricity – a range of ethical food / cleaning products / gifts / business supplies.

.           Ethically Essential – Essential Trading is a local worker co-operative established in 1971, manufacturing and distributing organic whole food.

.           Natures Health Box – offers a range of natural health, beauty and home products.

.           By Nature – eco fashion / Organic underwear / ethical jewellery / eco gifts / green gift ideas / eco-friendly presents.

.           Fab & Fair – beautiful goods sourced with care.

.           Greenfibres – eco pioneers since 1996.

.          Wikaniko – a UK company committed to helping families to become greener, benefiting themselves, their health and the environment, without it costing the earth – literally.

.           If you need to shop on-line at the big superstores (Amazon, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Boots and B&Q etc etc) then download the Give4Sure app and give to charity as you shop. Use this link to select the charity you want to support and follow the instructions.

.           My Green Directory – bringing together thousand’s of green businesses.

.           Protect the Planet – stockists of environmentaslly friendly products falling into eight distinct categories, of which ethically made, made in the UK and recycled are a few. So whether you’re looking for an eco gift, recycled present or a treat for yourself, you’ll be sure to find it here.

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