Setting aside the argument of whether a supermarket really can be considered green, Ethical Consumer‘s latest Ethiscore report on Supermarkets makes for interesting reading.
I know that many Organikal readers just don’t find it convenient to shop any any other way, and there’s no doubt that the growth of supermarket continues;
At the beginning of the 1990s, the UK’s then ‘big four’ took just under half of the British shopper’s spending on food. Today, Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons control around three quarters of our grocery market. (extract from Ethiscore Report)
So which supermarket do you shop in? Will these Ethiscore results change your mind?
47% The Cooperative
36% Marks & Spencers
The rating has been devised by Ethical Consumer: you can find out more about the methodology and read the rest of the scores in the detailed report at Ethical Consumer’s website . The full report is available to subscribers, or you can download the Buyers Guide for only £3. Nineteen shops are included overall, including Morrisons and Asda, Iceland and Lidl.
I’m really pleased to see The Co-op score so highly as this is our local supermarket. I’ve always thought M&S could take more of a stance – perhaps aiming to go all out organic, for instance. Their customers are generally not as price sensitive as those that frequent my local Co-op, for instance, so if there was a difference in price initially, it wouldn’t cause as much outrage! And of course, by doing so, they would help to bring the cost down.
It’s a shame, though not surprising, to see Tesco so far down the table particularly given their continued growth in market share (and profits).
By changing our shopping habits, we can really make a difference to the environment, to our own health and wellbeing – and to our purses. There’s no doubt that supermarkets offer us convenience. They’ve become so ubiquitous, it’s hard to imagine life without them. I wonder if you can guess where ASDA sits in this league table?
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