8 online stores for the ethically conscious shopper

More people than ever are taking a pro-active approach to the greener lifestyle and are becoming increasingly conscious of the negative effects that we have upon the planet as consumers. One of the best steps we can take as consumers is to ensure that the products that we purchase are ethically responsible and environmentally sustainable. However, this can be more easily said than done in the cluttered online marketplace. Here is a list of the top eight online stores for those who wish to shop online while remaining environmentally friendly.

1. The Body Shop

One of the most iconic ethical brands and pioneer of responsible cosmetics, the Body Shop has a huge online store with items such as soaps, exfoliators, cleansers and accessories. The Body Shop is not just for women, they have a very impressive range of men’s toiletries too.

2. Ethical Superstore

Celebrating 10 years online in 2016, the Ethical Supermarket has a large range of Fairtrade, organic, vegan and eco-friendly products, all at great online prices. They stock everything from fashion to electronics to baby equipment and groceries, truly earning their name as a “superstore”.

3. Evolution

Having closed many of their UK stores, Evolution are now committing very heavily to their online presence. The evolution online store offers a mammoth range of homeware such as mirrors, teapots, wind-chimes and nick-nacks as well as handmade jewellery, candles, oils, candles and crystals. Evolution are a Buddhist company and base their business on Buddha’s teachings of kindness, generosity and honesty working with communities in Thailand, Guatemala and Nepal.

4. Traidcraft

Proudly “fighting poverty through trade”, Traidcraft stock a very impressive range of items including a wonderfully imaginative gift section making it an ideal place to find ethical stocking fillers at Christmas. There is also a great range of ethical homeware, clothing and groceries – the chocolates alone make the store well worth a visit!

5. Animal Aid

A perfect one-stop vegan shop, Animal Aid is a great place to go to for animal-free clothing (such as organic wool-free bamboo socks), chocolates, books, toiletries and a small but delicious looking range of vegan and organic wines, beers and ciders.

6. Vegetarian Shoes

Based in Brighton, England, Vegetarian Shoes has been around since 1990 and produce a large range of animal-free footwear. If you are expecting a small range of plastic sandals you will be in for a surprise as they offer DM style boots, brogues, trainers, hiking boots and yes, they do make sandals! All of their products are animal-free and vegan-friendly.

7. Oxfam Unwrapped

What possible gift can you find for someone who already has everything they need? At the Oxfam Unwrapped online store, you can give a loved one the gift of providing clean water, food, warm clothing, an animal or healthcare for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. The gift comes in the way of a card informing the recipient of the choice of gift and who in the world it will be helping.

8. Ethical Pets

Ethically sourced pet products are notoriously difficult to find, so this online pet store which only sells ethically sourced food and products for all of your domestic pets is a real gem.

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