Win a subscription to Ethical Consumer

I’ve been a bit busy lately and neglected to remind you about the ongoing Green Stars Project contest where you can win a one-year subscription to Ethical Consumer. I’m going to extend the deadline to the end of October as August just seems to have flown by.

To be frank, it’s not easy getting people to join in and write Green Stars reviews. I know that everyone’s busy and also worn out by the last 18 months of Covid, politics, and the increasing evidence of climate change. Although it’s tempting to retreat into Netflix, social media, or whatever’s your poison, it’s more empowering to take on the challenges that we face – most critically, climate change.

Why is thinking about ethics so hard?

I’d like to hear your opinions on the main barriers to partaking in the Green Stars Project. Is it a feeling of futility, that expressing your opinion on corporate ethics won’t make any difference? Or is it more of a time & effort issue – that evaluating a business/product seems like a lot of work? Or something else? Please comment below to let me know.

Ethics lessons in The Good Place (Consequence).

If you feel that it’s a lot of work to write a Green Stars review, I encourage you to start with something simple. Just comment on a couple of basic aspects of the company or product. For example, a café that serves ethical coffee or a product that’s made with sustainable ingredients. You may find it easier (or more motivating) to review a product that you find unethical – like bottled water from Fiji or chocolate from Hershey.

It’s perfectly fine to keep it short and sweet – it doesn’t have to be a complex analysis. My reviews tend to be more lengthy just because I’ve been doing it for so long that it has become second-nature to evaluate things. You also don’t have to be an expert – you’ll get better at it as you go along. Virtually nobody is an expert in all aspects of ethical consumption.

Win a one-year subscription to Ethical Consumer

To enter the competition, all you need to do is write a review of any product or business that includes an ethical rating (on a scale of 0 to 5 Green Stars). Then just let me know via email (jmskrb at gmail) or using the contact form on this site. The winner, announced at the end of September, will win a subscription to Ethical Consumer for one year.

Win a subscription to Ethical Consumer. The image shows the logo for Ethical Consumer - the words "ethical consumer" and "Since 1989"

Ethical Consumer, a UK-based nonprofit, is probably the best resource on all things related to ethical consumption. The Ethical Consumer Research Association (to use its full name) maintains a database of over 40,000 companies, brands and products. The organization, which is structured as a cooperative, publishes regular guides to most things that money can buy as well as a bimonthly Ethical Consumer Magazine.

You can access a free sample issue of the Ethical Consumer Magazine by signing up for the mailing list. Here are a couple of images from the free issue that’s currently available – it’s focused on fast fashion.

Win a subscription to Ethical Consumer. The image shows detail from a table from Ethical Consumer Magazine. The table ranks clothing brands from best to worst. The top 5 brands shown are Patagonia Organic, Patagonia, American Apparel, H&M Conscious, and ASOS organic.
Detail from Ethical Consumer’s guide to clothing brands (Amazon resides at the bottom).
Win a subscription to Ethical Consumer. The image shows a pie chart from Ethical Consumer Magazine. The chart shows a breakdown of the climate impact of clothing. The largest contributors to the climate impact are fabric production (42%), transportation (23%), fiber production (17%) and garment production (11%).
Looking at the carbon cost of clothing – Ethical Consumer.

Winners of the contest will gain access to Ethical Consumer’s shopping guides as well as the magazine (print or digital). If you would like to subscribe to Ethical Consumer, here’s an incentive: Green Stars Project readers can get 14 months of Ethical Consumer access for the price of 12 – just use the code “greenstars” in the notes field on the subscription order review page.

I look forward to receiving your entries! Let me know if you need any guidance – I’m happy to help 🙂

11 thoughts on “Win a subscription to Ethical Consumer

  1. I struggle with how to create/write this kind of writing–analytical? Whatever it is, it feels a little intimidating and gives me a bit of writer’s block. *wry laugh*

  2. Writing a review is easy enough when I’ve enjoyed a business’s product, but to look closely at the ethical practices of said company is something else. I tend to assess companies based on a variety of factors that aren’t necessarily scientific. In other words, I can’t qualify or quantify my choices. Putting my “money where my mouth is” also puts me on the spot. That written, maybe it’s time for me to put myself on the spot and write something about at least one company that I think is working faithfully to make a difference. Vancouver’s reputation for greening being what it is, there should be several options, yes? Wish me luck. 🙂

  3. Ha, that company isn’t even on Amazon. Oh, well. I have some natural toothpastes I’ve been trying out. I’ll write up a Green Stars about those, if they aren’t on here already.

    1. Sorry for not getting back earlier – on holiday! Your review was extensive – you don’t need Amazon to post it. We can use the google maps page for the business (or Facebook, etc.). Will email you tmr 🙂

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