Ethical sales in UK rose in 2012 despite the recession.

Guardian: “Since the onset of the economic downturn five years ago, the value of ethical markets from Fairtrade products and green energy to free-range and sustainable food has grown from £35.5bn to £47.2bn, according to a report produced by the Co-operative Bank. The annual ethical consumer markets report shows that sales in the sector have grown from £13.5bn in 1999.”