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Paccari Chocolate Review

The good folk at Paccari sent me some of their chocolate to sample. Watch this video of me sampling it! Paccari topped Ethical Consumer’s rankings of over 100 varieties of chocolate from the UK, scoring 88 out of 100, awarding them Ethical Consumer Best Buy status. For context Green & Blacks Organic scored just 8! …

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What is The Fediverse?

🤔 Now, where do I start? 🪐 I know! 💡 I’ll let more articulate people than myself explain… This article by Per Axbom is a nice introduction if you’d like to read about it. 🤓 This video by The Giddy Stitcher is a brilliant simplifier. It is aimed towards the crafting community but anybody can …

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Why Ethical Revolution is Minimal …and Why That Matters.

For its 10th anniversary in 2023 Ethical Revolution went minimal! Inspired by Jack Lenox and his SustyWP Theme Ethical Revolution removed all of the frilly features in order to offer its service at a fraction of the data usage, reducing its carbon footprint as much as it possibly could. As Jack had said, “The Internet uses a lot …

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Bower Collective Review

Bower Collective kindly sent me a package for review so I made my very first unpacking video and reviewed the products. You can watch that here. Taking inspiration from the Bowerbird (known for recycling brightly coloured plastic scraps to decorate its nest) Bower Collective are a B-Corp who aim to reduce waste whilst providing household …

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Plastic recycling is failing – here’s how the world must respond

Recycling was once considered the obvious solution to the excessive amount of new (or virgin) plastic produced each year. This is no longer realistic. Global recycling capacity simply cannot keep up with the taking, making and wasting of natural resources. Growing mountains of plastic waste are accumulating in the poorest countries as affluent nations such …

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‘Decarbonisation is too expensive’ – how to sell climate change action to bean counters

Aled Jones, Anglia Ruskin University The three most prevalent myths about tackling climate change allege that transitioning to renewable energy jacks up household bills, requires massive amounts of government subsidy and creates mass unemployment. These concerns are all (thankfully) false. With fellow academics, I studied instances from the past 30 years when governments succeeded in …

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AI can tackle the climate emergency – if developed responsibly

Victor Galaz, Stockholm University Our planet is altering at a dangerous pace due to climate change. And at the same time, we seem to be entering a period of unprecedented technological transformation. Advances in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and internet-connected devices are creating increasingly complex intelligent technological systems. As pressures on the planet and its …

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Ethical Bookseller Survey

Way back in 2017 I carried out a survey of the top 10 ethical online booksellers, ranking them for things including customer experience, packaging and price relative to Amazon. I then combined my results with Ethical Consumer Magazine’s ‘ethiscore’ for each bookseller to give a top ten list of alternatives to Amazon. Ethical Revolution is …

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We must consume less, and better when we have to

Focusing on cutting emissions alone won’t halt ecological decline, we must consume less – former UK chief environmental adviser Reaching net zero emissions has become the focal point of government efforts to halt climate and ecological breakdown. It is easy to aim for but much more difficult to deliver – and worse, we may be …

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Ethical Revolution partners with Frome Fridge

Around the time that I moved to Frome last summer a network of community fridges was started in the UK with the aim of reducing avoidable food waste. Community fridges have popped up in London, Oxford and elsewhere around the country ever since Frome launched the UK’s first one in April 2016. Now embedded as …

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Spilling the Beans on the Impacts of not Roasting Coffee at Source

As a result of promoting various ethical* coffee companies here on Ethical Revolution I was contacted by Gary from Not1Bean who suggested that these coffee companies are rarely ever truly ethical as none of them insist on roasting coffee at source. I asked Gary if he’d write an article for me to express the reasons …

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Carbon Offset Calculator

By using an offsetting tool* provided by Climate Impact Partners you can take some responsibility for your residual emissions and compensate for your carbon footprint. Just work out how much the carbon footprint of your activities is and then offset the equivalent amount by supporting high quality climate change tackling projects. You’d be surprised at …

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What is Open Source?

Article originally from a 2014 issue of Ethical Consumer Magazine. Open source enthusiast Nic Wistreich tells us what this often misunderstood software movement is all about. Open source is one of those phrases that gets thrown around, from the Cabinet Office now asking for it in government ICT contracts, to cyber-libertarians saying it heralds the …

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Bamford’s Waterblade Review

Bamford’s Waterblade is a simple eco-friendly device that you can fit to a bathroom mixer tap in order to save water and money. I was first made aware of Bamford’s Waterblade from watching an episode of Dragon’s Den on the BBC. Massively impressed with the innovation I immediately looked them up and got in touch …

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The TOP 10 Ethical Online Book Sellers

NB: This top 10 was carried out in 2017. See the up to date ratings here. Contribute to the up to date ratings here. The TOP 10 ethical book sellers for consumer satisfaction (2017) 1. Wordery (NB: Wordery have since been bought out and score so badly that we have removed them completely from the …

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Ethical Tea Brands Stocked

This is an article I originally wrote for Ethical Consumer Magazine. One reader’s mission to get to the bottom of a knot -tea stocking issue Sam Attard, founder of Ethical Revolution and Ethical Consumer subscriber, asks why health and whole food stores are stocking some of the least ethical tea? And finds some surprising answers… …

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Ecotricity – Company Profile

Many readers have already taken advantage of my Ecotricity offer to receiving a free chocolate hamper when switching to Ecotricity. For others who haven’t yet switched I wondered whether a more detailed analysis of the company may encourage a switch. Therefore, I asked Ecotricity if they could provide me with a detailed breakdown of the …

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Pacari Chocolate Review

NB. more up to date review (2024) now available here. The lovely people at Pacari Chocolate recently sent me four of their organic chocolate bars for review. The flavours I received were Fig, Guayusa Runa, Andean Lemon Verbena and Chilli. I have to say, this is the sort of review I LOVE to do. I …

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Earth Conscious Natural Deodorant Review

I was recently sent two tins of Earth Conscious natural deodorant for review. I gave the citrus one to my next door neighbours to try out while I kept the Ylang Ylang one for myself. After a few weeks of use I can say that we’re both pretty impressed by the effect of these natural …

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Ecotricity cuts gas bills by market leading 7%

Ecotricity is cutting its customers’ gas bills by 7% on April 1 – the biggest reduction in the energy industry so far. Ecotricity has one gas tariff – called Green Gas – for all new and existing customers, so the price cut will benefit everyone, saving the average standard gas customer £46 per year. The …

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Vegan Tuck Box Review

I recently received a Vegan Tuck Box in the post. Vegan Tuck Box is the UK’s first 100% vegan box scheme, with single, subscription and gift boxes available. Ultimate boxes contain 10-13 products, while ‘Variety’ boxes contain 5-8 products every month. How exciting! Let’s see what’s inside… Cucumber Crackers – Mmmm, these are like healthy …

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David beats Goliath in ethical battle of insurers

The biggest names in insurance have been beaten into second place by the ETA, a small environmentally friendly provider recently named Britain’s most ethical insurance company by The Good Shopping Guide. The ETA, which was established 25 years ago to provide breakdown cover, cycle insurance and travel insurance for the environmentally concerned customer, beat over …

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Good Energy

I am proud to work with award-winning 100% renewable electricity Good Energy. By making the switch you can support a cleaner, greener future, help to tackle climate change and protect the beautiful environment that surrounds us. Good Energy has been providing homes with 100% renewable electricity for over 15 years, matching their customers’ electricity use …

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Austerity Lie?

Here are 6 points that suggest that austerity is an ideological choice: 1. George Osborne is selling RBS back to private hands for £12-£13bn less than we, the tax payer, bailed it out for. -The same amount that the cuts confirmed in the budget on July 8th 2015 amount to. (http://action.sumofus.org/a/rbs-sell-off/) 2. Corporate welfare (subsidies …

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Green People – Organic Health and Beauty

Green People is an organic lifestyle brand that specialises in health and beauty products which are not only beneficial to your body and skin but also protect the environment. The online organic health and beauty shop includes a huge variety of organic products including: Also look out for their ever changing special offers sections to …

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Pukka Herbs – Teas & Organic Wellbeing

EDIT 18/09/2017: Since this article was first published Pukka were taken over by Unilever and can no longer so easily be considered an ethical company. Read more at Ethical Consumer. However, Pukka are a registered B Corp meaning they have legal binds to operate with standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Since …

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