New Ethical Consumer website

Ethical Consumer magazine is always a great resource for bulk buying clubs and their revamped website has just gone live, making key information easier to access for both subscribers, like ourselves, and general users.

They award a ranking out of 20 for brands across a wide range of product areas and these scores – and the reasoning behind them – are a really useful tool for groups that are looking to have well-grounded food policies that favour more ethical options and aren’t afraid to steer clear of some well-known names in the organic market.

To give an example, Pukka teas, for all their slick packaging and health food shop exposure, are one of more than 400 brands in the portfolio of Unilever, a multinational corporation which has rightly been made to feel the heat by Greenpeace over its sourcing of palm oil.

Here’s Ethical Consumer’s take on herbal tea brands. At best, they give Pukka a score of just 3.5 out of  20. By contrast, the three best ranked options – Equal Exchange, Qi and Hampstead Tea – are at 17 at the time of writing (where new information is added to the Ethical Consumer database the online ratings will adjust dynamically after the original covering article has been published).

We’re very much looking forward to using the new format website to access the latest information and will be running further features at this blog on finding a path through sometimes complex choices over brands and suppliers.

About this site

This site aims to encourage and support the setting up of further bulk buying clubs and small food co-ops in Ireland by sharing the experience of individuals who have operated a ‘pop-up wholefoods’ model over a number of years. Occasional blog posts also consider product-related issues.