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Ethical purchasing groups are an Italian-based system of purchasing goods collectively. These groups, known in Italian as Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale, are usually set up by a number of consumers who cooperate in order to buy food and other commonly used goods directly from producers at a price that is fair to both parties.

An ethical purchasing group does not simply aim to get the cheapest price, but puts people and the environment before profit.