UK Ethical Spending Raises 11%; Overtakes Alcohol & Cigarettes

BBC Fair Trade

The annual survey of ethical spending in the UK, compiled by the Co-operative Bank, shows a record level of £29.4bn (US$56.9bn). This means that green spending has overtaken the £28bn (US$52.4bn) spent on alcohol and cigarettes (excluding pubs).
BBC News Magazine

This increase may be attributed to the ready access to fair trade and organic products which in turn are made possible by consumer demand and the practice of corporate social responsibility by UK businesses.

See this BBC coverage of Marks and Spencer’s “Look Behind the Label” campaign and launch of its fair trade range (foods, recycle packaging and clothing) earlier this year.

That said, this still represents only “5% of total spending.”