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Which? magazine: February 2020
In this month’s Which? magazine, we reveal the energy companies you can rely on – and those to avoid. More than 50 big-name brands are vying for your custom, so don’t settle for a provider with shoddy service, bad billing or overpriced deals.
Our survey of more than 8,000 people reveals the energy companies to choose. Providers can’t influence our survey ratings, and we don’t use their data to compile them, unlike other league tables. We’ve got scores for 35 energy firms in Great Britain, covering around 95% of the market, and six in Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, we examine how our daily bathing routines can send tonnes of plastic to landfill each year. Should we be recycling more of the packaging, or committing to a plastics-free toiletries cabinet?
Also in this month’s magazine:
- Ultra-processed foods Avoiding them all won’t necessarily lead to a longer, healthier life.
- Is the new state pension any fairer than the old one? It was introduced four years ago, promising to slash the pensions gender gap and boost income for millions.
- Are Amazon and Google spying on us? Millions of us are welcoming Alexa and Google Assistant into their homes, but privacy fears are mounting.
- How to combat indoor air pollution The dangers of outdoor air pollution are well known, but do you ever think about the air in your home?
- Beyond malware: how online threats have evolved While antivirus still offers vital protection, new threats have emerged to target your personal data.
From the editor
Many of us have our kitchen-based recycling routine down to a fine art. Rinsing, flattening and sorting like seasoned pros. But if you’re anything like me, bathroom products are more of a struggle, with an abundance of plastic lingering on the shelves or ending up in the bin. This is a problem – with recyclable bathroom waste too often ending up in landfill. We’ve found numerous examples of unclear labelling on packaging that can make it difficult to know what can be recycled and what can’t, which no doubt contributes to poor recycling rates.
So when we started discussing bathroom plastics for the magazine, I decided to try out some more environmentally-friendly products. Could I cut plastic altogether? Fearing the worst for my scalp and pores, I tentatively replaced my branded bottles of shampoo, conditioner, face wash and shower gel with three basic-looking solid bars: shampoo, conditioner and soap. The results? I’ve been pleasantly surprised with no complaints at all – especially as my new bars are a fair bit cheaper than my old bottles.
Of course, we shouldn’t let product manufacturers off the hook. They should use better materials and cut down on excessive packaging. But as consumers, we should do what we can. As well as helping you to decipher recycling labels, we’ve included tips for cutting down on plastics, with some new products to try.
Harry Rose, editor, Which? magazine
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