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Why the best world-changing ideas begin in your neighbourhood

John-Paul Flintoff

22nd May, 2012

Your ideas for changing the world may be desperately important. But if you can't find a way to engage the interests of the people around you they may never take off, argues John-Paul Flintoff more...
Goodone

Claire Farrell: ‘There’s no reason for Primark to ever go on the cover of a magazine’

Grace Philip

22nd May, 2012

The duo behind eco label Goodone, Nin Castle and Claire Farrell, aren’t afraid of taking on new challenges. Next up: showing the big boys that green is good and persuading the press to say goodbye to Primark and co more...
Can festival fun ever be green?

Can festivals ever be green?

Mark Briggs

17th May, 2012

From renewable energy to recycling, an increasing number of festivals are adding green initiatives to the line-up. Mark Briggs takes a look at whether their eco-friendly claims stack up more...
How to... save energy without breaking the bank

How to... save energy without breaking the bank

Ruth Styles

16th May, 2012

There’s more to an energy efficient home than good insulation; everything from radiators to windows can play their part. Ruth Styles explains how to make your home a greener place to be more...
How to…give your cocktail a green-over

How to…give your cocktail a green-over

Amy Hall

8th May, 2012

Forget Pimms: eco-friendly cocktails not only taste great, they don’t cause a headache for the planet either. Amy Hall shows you how to give your tipple an eco-friendly spin more...
Birth Matters by Ina May Gaskin

A midwife's manifesta on how to have a fearless birth

Laura Sevier

4th May, 2012

Birth Matters, a new book by pioneering midwife Ina May Gaskin aims to empower women to gain control over their bodies in order to have the kind of birth they want more...
Naked bike protest

World Naked Bike Ride: the environmental protest with a difference

Amy Hall

27th April, 2012

How a seemingly jovial naked bike ride protest can bring key environmental issues like oil and car dependency to new audiences more...
Alde Garden

Review: Alde Garden

Rachael Stubbins

26th April, 2012

From the DIY ‘treebog’ to the solar powered fairy lights, bell tents and yurts, Suffolk’s Alde Garden is the perfect place for an eco-friendly weekend break. Rachael Stubbins paid a visit more...
Lush launches anti-animal testing campaign

Lush launches anti-animal testing campaign

Mark Briggs

25th April, 2012

To coincide with World Day for Laboratory Animals, Lush turned their Regent Street shop window into a human testing zone to highlight the plight of the millions of animals worldwide who suffer at the hands of the beauty industry more...
Pepsi advert

Top global brands accused over controversial 'painted home' adverts in Africa

Sarah Bentley

25th April, 2012

Global brands, including Coca-Cola, Unilever and Vodafone offer African township residents a ‘lick of paint’ in exchange for turning their homes into advertisements more...
Solar power in Brixton

How solar power came to a Brixton council estate

Mark Briggs

25th April, 2012

Following a successful share issue, the UK's first 100 per cent community owned inner-city social housing solar power project went live last month. Mark Briggs visited to find out more more...
Tried and tested: eco-friendly lip balm

Tried and tested: lip balm

Ruth Styles

25th April, 2012

High on petrochemicals and low on efficacy, it’s time to swap your Vaseline for something a little greener. Ruth Styles puts the planet-pleasing alternatives to the test more...

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ethical jewellery

Ethical jewellery: what to ask and what to buy

Amy Hall

24th April, 2012

From blood diamonds to mining with cyanide, bling is a big problem for the planet. But as Amy Hall explains, clued-up consumers mean greener gems more...
How to start a co-operative, the Ecologist

How to start a co-operative in five steps

Giles Simon

20th April, 2012

From artisan bakers to green energy schemes, co-operative businesses, owned and run by members, are enjoying a renaissance. Here the co-operative trade association offers a practical guide to creating your own more...
Are straw bales the future of sustainable building?

Are straw bales the future of sustainable building?

Mark Briggs

20th April, 2012

Straw bale is a low impact, low carbon building material making strides towards mainstream acceptance. So is it about time we took notice? Mark Briggs reports more...
gypsy caravans

Five of the best... gypsy caravan breaks

Lisa Stephens

19th April, 2012

Forget My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding; the UK’s Romany caravans offer discreet luxury, emerald eco credentials and the chance to get back to nature in style. Lisa Stephens rounds up five of the best more...
Evgenia Chirikova, Goldman Prize 2012

Evgenia Chirikova: 'Putinomics' the biggest threat to Russia's environmental movement

Ecologist

19th April, 2012

'We all live in Khimki Forest' has become the rallying cry of a local forest defense campaign. Goldman Prize winner Evgenia Chirikova describes what it's like to be green in Russia the why a culture of impunity and corruption risks destroying the country's natural heritage more...
The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population

The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population

Mark Newton

19th April, 2012

Is population really the demographic time bomb it’s portrayed as? Author Vanessa Baird sifts through the evidence and comes up with some surprising answers, says Mark Newton more...
perfume

Death by jasmine: why organic perfumery is under threat

Ruth Styles

17th April, 2012

Is real jasmine really worse for you than the synthetic version? It might sound crazy but that's exactly what the International Fragrance Association believe – and it’s making life tough for organic and natural perfumers. Ruth Styles reports more...

TAKE ACTION to protect 'free from' labelling on skincare products

Mark Briggs

10th April, 2012

Knowing what isn't in a beauty product can be as important as knowing what is. New EU legislation threatens to restrict the 'free from' term on skincare labels but Neal's Yard Remedies say this penalises those that go out of their way to ensure products are safe more...
How to give your wardrobe an eco-friendly spring update

How to give your wardrobe an eco-friendly spring update

Ruth Styles

10th April, 2012

Spring might have sprung but that doesn’t mean you have to rush out and buy a whole new wardrobe. Our experts explain how to get a new look without harming the planet more...
is vegetarianism the way forward?

10 ways to save money on food without compromising your principles

Joanna Blythman

3rd April, 2012

In an extract from her new book What to Eat, investigative journalist Joanna Blythman offers top tips on how to make your food pound go further without scrimping on what you believe in more...
Low Carbon Community

Why communal living is the 21st century answer to low carbon life

Zoe Foster

30th March, 2012

When Zoe Foster went with her family to live in a intentional cohousing community she didn't know what to expect. Five months in and she has discovered that it's not about what you give up, but what you give that is so enriching more...
Five of the best… Easter walks

Five of the best… Easter walks

Simon Barnett

5th April, 2012

What better way to round off a slap-up Easter feast than with a walk through some of the UK’s finest countryside? Walking charity, Ramblers’ Simon Barnett rounds up five of the best more...
vegan shoes

Ethical shoes: what's out there for vegans and vegetarians?

Rachael Stubbins

3rd April, 2012

Leather is no longer the only option out there for footwear but do the eco credentials of leather-free alternatives stand up to scrutiny? more...

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