A report by Britain's Co-operative Bank suggests that spending on “ethical goods” in the UK rose by nearly a sixth to almost £26 billion last year, the UK Times reports....

A report by Britain’s Co-operative Bank suggests that spending on “ethical goods” in the UK rose by nearly a sixth to almost £26 billion last year, the UK Times reports. The report looks at spending in 2004 and found that the total value of ethical consumption increased by 15 per cent to £25.8 billion in 2004.

Funds invested ethically exceeded £10 billion for the first time. Consumers buying items that offset climate change spent £3.4 billion. Spending ethically on food, including Fairtrade items and organically grown produce, surpassed £4 billion for the first time; and spending on ethical fashion reached £680 million.

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