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Green-shopping.co.uk uses cookies. Cookies aren't, in fact, biscuits, but actually very small amounts of text that are stored on your computer when you visit a website.

Almost every site on the web uses them, from Google to the BBC. They help make your visit a more enjoyable and secure experience - they allow us to remember if you are logged in to the website, to store what products you have added to your cart and to remember your shopping cart if you leave your computer for half an hour or so. We store no personally identifiable data in cookies - they are just a string of garbled numbers and letters - and they are not capable of harming your computer in any way.

Like most other sites on the web, we use Google Analytics to get an idea of how many people are visiting our site, from where, and what they read when they get here. It helps us make our articles more useful and interesting to you. The data that we receive back from Google is totally anonymised and contains no personal information.

As you may be aware, Green Shopping also operates an affiliate system. This means that like-minded website owners who support the kind of useful, sustainable products that we offer can direct people from their sites to ours, and in return receive a small proportion of the proceeds from the resulting sale for their trouble. This means that we need to track when a visitor arrives from one of our affiliate sites, what they put in their cart and whether they complete their sale. This data is stored securely, not used for marketing purposes and is never, ever sold or released to any third parties.

So why are we telling you this? A new EU directive means that regulations on cookies have been tightened up, and we wanted to be completely upfront with our customers about what is happening when you visit our website. If you have any questions, please email cookies@green-shopping.co.uk