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Ethical High Street Shops

ethical high street shops

ethical high street shops

Ever wondered how ethical and environmentally friendly our high-street shops are?  Ethical Consumer have put together an interactive table of ethical high street shops, rated on their environmental, ethical and political performance.  I’ve personally found that it is really useful when making decisions about where to shop.

I strongly believe that as consumers it’s our job to be as informed as we can, so I’ve found this table on ethical high street shops quite enlightening and surprising.

As far as ethical high street shops go, I certainly wouldn’t have guessed that Sainsbury’s fairtrade clothing would be rated lower than Primark.  That is a huge surprise.  I’ve always had a soft spot for Sainsbury’s.

I also wouldn’t have guessed that John Lewis would be rated only 0.5 points above Primark.  Again, John Lewis is one of those shops that I would have expected more from.

And most surprising of all – that New Look would be one of the most ethical performers on the High Street.  And Bon Marche?  I don’t think I’ve ever stepped foot in a Bon Marche shop but I feel that I should seek one out and take a look at their offerings.

Here’s the full rundown:

ethical high street shops

Were there any surprises here for you?

And what shops do you tend to visit on the high street?  I’m a fan of Marks and Spencer, Fat Face and White Stuff.  I feel a bit too old for New Look but I’m thinking maybe I should give it a second look.

PS: Found this post useful?  Since I initially put this post together I’ve written extensively about shopping ethically.  Here’s a guide on how to shop ethically, a guide to men’s ethical clothing companies, and a guide on how to shop ethically on a budget.  I’ve also got information on where to buy ethical sleepwear, ethical tights and socks and even men’s underwear and women’s underwear!

Life & Style, Special Occasions

Eco-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts

eco-friendly gifts

eco-friendly gifts

Mother’s Day is nearly upon us – Sunday 10th March is the date for your diary this year (2013) (PS: I’ve you’ve come here through Google I’ve linked to more recent gift guides at the bottom of this post).

It can be quite hard knowing what to get at the best of times, but if you’re looking for an ethical or eco-friendly Mother’s Day gift then it can be a minefield.  Thankfully here is a little Moral Fibres gift guide, showing some lovely eco-friendly Mother’s Day gifts broken down in categories that would be well-received by any mum.

eco-friendly mother's day gift ideas

1.  Necklace – People Tree  / 2.  Earrings – People Tree

People Tree have a really nice selection of ethical jewellery and I have to admit this necklace is pretty high up in my own wishlist!  As are there lovely earrings!

ethical mother's day gift ideas

1.  Seasonal Grow Your Own Veg Box – Allotinabox  /  2.  Seasonal Vegetable Tea Towel – Allotinabox

If you’re mum’s a bit green fingered and likes nothing better than pottering around in her garden then Allotinabox have some lovely gift ideas, such as seed sets and this fab seasonal vegetable tea towel.

uk made mother's day gift ideas

1.  Soap Dish – Folksy  /  2. Welsh Blanket Cushion – Not On The High Street

Isn’t this soap dish beautiful?  And these Welsh blanket cushions from Not On The High Street are stunning!  I’d like both in my house, thank you very much!

gift ideas for mums

1.  Chocolate Hamper – Montezuma’s  /  2.  Wine – Vinceremos Organic Wines

And if in doubt organic chocolates and organic wine are always a failsafe Mother’s Day gift!

Happy shopping and have a lovely Mother’s Day!

ps: more ethical/eco-friendly Mother’s Day gifts here (2014) and here (2015)!