Ethical Consumer magazine, Issue 122

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EC122 Jan/Feb 2010

What’s in your washer?

find the most climate friendly washing machine

Buyers’ guides for a good start baby food & milk and child trust funds

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Promoting change by informing and empowering the consumer

ethical consumer magazine

who’s who editors Dan Welch, Rob Harrison sub-editing Dan Welch proofing Ruth Binns writers/researchers Katy Brown, Bryony Moore, Jane Turner, Dan Welch, Tim Hunt, Jo Southall, Leonie Nimmo, Rob Harrison contributors Simon Birch, Giles Simon, Shaun Fensom, Mike Boyle, John Paul Flintoff, Neil Boorman, Yasmin Hosny design and layout Adele Armistead (, Jane Turner, Marcus Graham cover Polyp cartoons Sarah Guthrie, Marc Roberts, Andy Vine, Richard Liptrot ad sales Simon Birch subscriptions Elizabeth Chater enquiries Leonie Nimmo, Tim Hunt press enquiries Dan Welch research & screening Rob Harrison consultancy Rob Harrison internet/web Michael Wignall marketing Jane Turner

january/february, 2010

buyer's guides 6 washing machines 14 baby food and milk 24 child trust funds

Cleaner by degrees

corporate watch 20 Chiquita blood and bananas


comment and analysis 28 greenwash can marketing be a force for good?

Thanks also to: Will Hodson, Luke Yates

29 boycotts Pro-hunt lobby boycott Lush

30 food greenest supermarkets, palm oil scorecard... All material correct one month before cover date and © Ethical Consumer Research Association Ltd.  Not-for-profit organisations may normally reproduce without charge any of the material appearing in Ethical Consumer, providing that all such material is credited and providing that written permission has been sought prior to publication. No part of this publication may be produced by commercial organisations without written permission from Ethical Consumer Research Association Ltd.

32 good technology virtual consumer, greener guide to electronics


buy nothing year, the British shopping experience

36 ethics on a shoestring home-made clothes

37 tar sands latest news on our campaign

38 money ethical & green funds, money news

39 public purse & thinker ethical procurement, market research on ethical consumption



About the Advertisers ECRA checks out advertisers before accepting their ads and reserves the right to refuse any advert. Covered in previous buyers’ guides: Biona (112), Charity Bank (118), Community Foods (114), Co-operative Bank (118), ETA (109), Greenfibres (98), Green Stationery Company (96), Plamil (102), Vegetarian Shoes (98), Suma (117), Traidcraft (117), Triodos (118). Other advertisers: BUAV, Ethical Investment Co-op, Get Cycling, Green Shop, Manchester Futon Company, One Village, Organico, Practical Action, Shared Interes