Which broadband suppliers are the most ethical & eco-friendly?

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The ethical shopping movement doesn’t stop at the places you buy your food and clothing; it can include your utilities and broadband service provider as well. If you’re interested in sustainable brands, here’s a list of some utilities suppliers who can help your bills become more ethical too…

If you are going to join the ethical consumer movement, you can’t forget service suppliers. And, as such, you may want to switch your broadband supplier. Customers are typically interested in the speed and reliability of their broadband, but many are looking into how environmentally friendly their broadband supplier is these days. But what is an ethical provider? It is important for ethical broadband suppliers to:

  • Ensure their offices use renewable energy sources
  • Use environmentally friendly materials
  • Work with charities and others with a goal toward preserving our environment
  • They encourage employee participation in ethical, environmentally friendly efforts


The good news is that there are quite a few to choose from! The bad news is that they all offer something different, so comparing them could be tricky. Thankfully, it is easy to put in your postcode, and switch your broadband supplier, once you have the knowledge of which broadband providers fall in line with consumer ethics requirements. Depending on your location, these are some of the better options on the market today:

  • Green ISP – This broadband supplier has achieved carbon-neutral status, with offices powered by solar energy. Every customer who signs a contract for services has a tree planted in their name, so you have that going for your karma.
  • Sky Digital – One of the largest providers in the UK, but that does not mean they are not green. Sky Digital has been carbon neutral since 2007, using 100% renewable energy in all offices in England, Scotland, and Wales. They also have great deals on unlimited usage.
  • ECOminutes – Relatively new on the UK broadband scene, they are actually owned by TalkTalk, working in partnership with Opal. The routers they provide to their customers (free) use only eight watts of electricity. This company has a reputation for great speed and affordable packages.

Other ethical broadband suppliers include Post Office, Utility Warehouse, and Zen Internet. The BT, EE, and plusnet broadband brands are among the lowest ranking, according to the ethical brand ranking website The Good Shopping Guide.

So what do you think? Will you be switching your broadband to an ethical supplier any time soon? And please let me know what other essentials you’ve chosen in your quest to live a more sustainable life in the comments below, I’d love to get your advice and make some more changes myself πŸ™‚

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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