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Behind the eco labels: UK Fuel Economy Label

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2007

This labelling scheme, introduced in October 2001 and found on all new cars, indicates how much carbon dioxide a car emits. It also gives estimated fuel costs for 12,000 miles and the vehicle excise duty for 12 months, so car buyers can see how much these will cost before they buy. more...
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Behind the Eco Labels

Pat Thomas

1st April, 2007

Ethical consumerism in the UK is currently worth £29.3 billion, yet 60 per cent of us feel we don't have enough information to make an ethical decision. There is an ever-growing array of eco labels, but what do they tell us? Or fail to tell us? Pat Thomas explains more...
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Behind the label: Lemsip Max Cold & Flu Capsules

Pat Thomas

1st February, 2007

As doctors can tell you, the best remedy for colds and flu is the traditional one: rest, warmth, fluids – and time. Drug manufacturers want you to believe otherwise. But, as Pat Thomas reports, pharmaceutical ‘cures’ may be more than just a waste of money more...
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Behind the label: Flora Pro-Activ

Pat Thomas

1st November, 2006

Food is supposed to be good for you, which is why many people believe that functional foods such as cholesterol-lowering spreads are a ‘good thing’. But are they? Pat Thomas reports more...
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Read the label: Fragrances

Pat Thomas

1st September, 2006

We are enamoured of fragrances, and virtually every aspect of our lives is touched by a fragranced product. But is it a touch too much? Pat Thomas reports. more...
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Behind the label: Blistex lip salve

Pat Thomas

1st November, 2005

Warning! Kissable lips may endanger your health. By Pat Thomas more...
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Ready Meals

Joanna Blythman

1st September, 2004

No European country is as reliant on supermarkets for its food shopping as Britain. It is no coincidence that the UK also has the worst eating habits in Europe. more...
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Behind the label: Air fresheners

Pat Thomas

5th December, 2005

Do you like to freshen up your house with a good squirt of air freshener or get your elbow behind some spray polish? Beware, that waft of scent can mask a multitude of harmful ingredients. more...

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