Many environmentally friendly and fairly traded products are now finding their way into the shops - manufacturers are responding to rising demand and ethical products are no longer a ‘niche’ market.
Research carried out by the Co-op Bank shows that over 60 per cent of people in the UK consider ethical issues when shopping.
According to Ethical Consumer magazine, we now spend over £30 billion a year in the UK on ethical products - though this is still only a small proportion of total annual household expenditure (over £600 billion a year).
Sales of fairtrade products are now running at nearly £300m a year, vegetarian products are worth £664m and spending on green energy more than doubled in 2006 to £127 million.
PCS supports organisations such as No Sweat and Labour behind the Label that campaign against sweatshop labour. We also support the boycotts of Nestle and Coca-Cola.