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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...
The Olympic 2012 greenwashing award

BP, Dow and Rio Tinto targeted by Olympic ‘greenwash’ award

Mark Briggs

16th April, 2012

Row over ‘unethical’ London 2012 sponsorship continues as campaigners target BP, Rio Tinto and Dow Chemicals more...
Obese men

Programmed to be fat: everyday chemicals linked to obesity and diabetes

Tom Levitt

12th January, 2012

Chemicals found in plastics, cosmetics and industry may be altering cells in our bodies, making us more likely to get fat and develop diabetes. Tom Levitt reports more...
Paula Baillie-Hamilton

The mother who exposed the links between obesity and common chemicals

Laurie Tuffrey

12th January, 2012

A growing interest in the links between exposure to chemicals and obesity is a testament in part to the pioneering work of Dr Paula Baillie-Hamilton more...
Obesity

Which chemicals are making us fat?

Ecologist

12th January, 2012

In her book 'The 21st Century is Making you Fat' former Ecologist Editor Pat Thomas details the full range of industrial and everyday chemicals known to encourage us to get fat more...
London 2012 Paralympic Medals

Will London 2012 sponsors BP, Dow, EDF and Rio Tinto tarnish the Olympic brand?

Matilda Lee

14th December, 2011

In a values tug of war, many are asking whether London 2012 corporate sponsors like BP, Dow and EDF live up to the Olympic spirit? more...
Dow Chemicals

Petition to stop Dow Chemical partnering with 2012 London Olympics

Ben Hudson

3rd December, 2011

Responsible for one of the worst industrial accidents in the world, Dow Chemical's toxic legacy threatens the reputation of the London Olympics more...
bubble bath

How safe is your bubble bath?

Ruth Styles

12th October, 2011

Thought bubble bath was basically liquid soap? Wrong. Not only is it completely different, it contains a hefty dose of dodgy chemicals to boot. Ruth Styles has more more...

Hell For Leather – investigating the leather industry in Bangladesh

Jim Wickens

1st June, 2008

Must-have handbags? shoes to die for? From cheap trinkets to luxury car interiors, Jim Wickens discovers the startling facts behind what we buy into when we buy leather goods more...
dangerous beauty

The A to Z of beauty baddies

George Blacksell

20th September, 2011

Confused by chlorobutanol? Baffled by bronopol? George Blacksell has the skinny on beauty’s nastiest additives more...
Cycling and the environment

How the boom in climbing, biking and sailing is costing the earth

Isabella Kaminski

28th July, 2011

In the first of a two-part sport and environment special, Isabella Kaminski reports on how habitat damage, waste, nanotechnology and persistent organic pollutants are increasingly linked to our favourite outdoor pursuits more...

Contaminated Bayer site houses get green light despite 'health risks'

Tom Antebi

29th June, 2011

The clean-up of contaminated land earmarked for 380 homes in Cambridgeshire has been 'watered down', according to campaigners, fuelling fears over the potential health impacts of toxic chemicals underground. Tom Antebi reports more...

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Apple iPhone

Apple: the hidden costs of your iPad and iPhone

Eifion Rees

4th April, 2011

It may have billion-pound profits and gushing praise for technological innovation but Apple is increasingly in the spotlight over its labour rights and environmental record. Eifion Rees reports on the 'sweatshop brand' more...
Obesity

Medical profession 'oblivious' to role of chemicals in diabetes and obesity

William McLennan

22nd March,2011

US officials are beginning to take a greater interest in the reported links between the exposure to environmental chemicals, like Bisphenol A, with the development of diabetes and obesity more...

The film that stood up to banana giant Dole over pesticide poisoning (and won)

Tom Levitt

14th March, 2011

The documentary Bananas! highlighted plight of Nicaraguan banana plantation workers who brought a legal case in the US against the use of a banned pesticide DBCP by the Dole Food Company. Tom Levitt reports more...
Malawi FYF

Agroecological farming 'can double food production in Africa over next 10 years'

Tom Levitt

8th March, 2011

Low-input farming projects, not reliant on chemical fertilisers and pesticides, have brought significant increases in food production in Africa, south-east Asia and South America, according to a UN report more...

Laundry: how to make it green

The Ecologist

4th March, 2011

From chemical-based washing powders to electricity-hungry dryers, doing the laundry is worse for the planet than you might think. Here’s how to clean it up
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Yes Men

They took on Dow and Halliburton... but who are the Yes Men?

Sarah Bentley

1st March, 2011

Their parodies of Dow Chemicals, Halliburton and the US Chamber of Commerce have propelled activist duo Andy Michlbaum and Mike Bonanno into the spotlight. They've gotten under the skin of corporate America - but what's next, asks Sarah Bentley? more...

Contaminated eggs: industrial farming leading to dioxin-type food scares

Joanna Blythman and Tom Levitt

14th January, 2011

The latest food scare - the contamination of British eggs with the cancer causing chemical dioxin - can be linked to our reliance on complex food chains and industrial production methods, report Joanna Blythman and Tom Levitt more...
The Ecologist January '71

The Ecologist January 1971: PCBs

Ecologist

Forty years ago this month – John Noble and Harry Rothman wrote in the Ecologist about the mystery of 8,000 bird deaths and the toxic effects of PCBs found in the environment more...
Sandra Steingraber © Benjamin Gervais/The PPC

Sandra Steingraber: There's a taboo about telling industry and agriculture that practices must change to prevent cancer

Matilda Lee

30th November, 2010

Having survived cancer, biologist Sandra Steingraber wrote a book to expose its link to the environment. As the film version premieres in Europe, she tells the Ecologist why we must all take a stand on air, food and water pollution more...
Beekeeping

British Beekeepers' Association to stop endorsing bee-killing pesticides

Alison Benjamin, guardian society editor

17th November, 2010

Beekeepers' group ends commercial relationship with pesticide manufacturer whose product killed bees more...
Items found to contain harmful chemicals

Tesco caught breaching EU rules on harmful chemicals

Tom Levitt

13th October, 2010

Tesco and Carrefour among those retailers and brands failing to meet their legal responsibilities to provide consumers with information on toxic or carcinogenic substances used in products they sell more...
The Idiot Cycle

Public deprived of data on cancer links to toxins - film maker

Tom Levitt

13th September, 2010

Director of 'The Idiot Cycle' claims people are being kept in the dark over the dangers posed by toxins in everyday life - and questions the murky links between UN, WHO and chemical companies
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Agroecological farming methods being ignored, says UN expert

Ecologist

28th June, 2010

Success of agroecology in Brazil, Cuba and Africa should be replicated in place of current support for intensive farming techniques more...

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