According to a recent study from Co-op, the UK’s ethical consumer spending market is now worth more than £41 billion per year. Ethical spending on items such as energy, clothing, travel and groceries has almost quadrupled over the past 20 years while other household expenditure has remained more or less flat.
The Ethical Consumerism report suggests that ethical spending has risen from just £202 a year per household in 1999 to a whopping £1,278 in 2018. Ethical food and drink – including free-range eggs, organic items, Fairtrade and plant-based options – is the largest segment, with total spending up from £1 billion in 1999 to £12 billion in 2018.
This is excellent news, as it shows that more of us are considering the environment and the people who produce the goods and services we consume. However, there is still plenty of work to do, particularly in the area of ethical clothing, sales of which total just £49.9 million per year… less than our weekly spend on women’s shoes alone at £62 million! So how can we make better choices as we shop?
Here’s what Luke 12:33-34 (ESV) says: “Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Written by: Steven Grimmer
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