Recently, I was pleased to be given the opportunity to review the website for a leading magazine on ethical shopping. Ethical Consumer Magazine has been helping consumers make wise shopping choices since it was first published in 1989. A non-profit that relies much on volunteers, the magazine keeps readers up to date on boycotts, provides product guides and recent news about ethical products, and includes reader submissions, features, and more.
Ethical Consumer's website, www.ethcialconsumer.org, features pdf versions of current and back issues for paid subscribers. The website also contains in-depth product guides for a wide variety of categories and an amazingly long list of individual product ratings. This is an amazing feature, my favorite part of the site! Ratings are based on five main categories:
- Product Sustainability
Each of these categories can be expanded to see more specific categories, too. Readers are able to use a sliding scale to show how important each category is to your shopping decision. Then EC will customize the product ratings according to those choices! When I rated environment higher and politics lower I got one list, but when I changed my preferences the highest rated companies changed! They were being rated according to what's important to me! Love it!
And subscribers have access to ethical ratings of over 10,000 companies, as well. Nike, for example, scored 6.5/20. Not so great. I typed in a few more company names: Pepsi scored a 4.5/20 and Proctor and Gamble scored only 0.5/20!
There is also an Ethical Shopping Directory, ethical shopping tips, and information on boycotts and campaigns, as well as articles and guest posts that are only available online. This website really has more features than I can list! Many, however, are only available to paid subscribers.
At first I found EthicalConsumer.org a little difficult to navigate. After browsing for a while, I figured it out. There is just so much to see and so much information on this site that it is somewhat mind-boggling at first! I see myself coming back to this website often, not only to stay current, but to use the product guides and check company ratings. Head on over to check it out and look around a while. You'll be glad you did!
During the Green Moms Giveaway Hop, May 1-8, 2013, you can win a one year subscription to EthicalConsumer.org and get full access to this amazing website! Just click here to go to the giveaway and enter to win a subscription for your mom or yourself for Mother's Day.