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Planting out onion seedlings at Sandy Lane Farm, and organic farm in Oxfordshire, UK. Photo: Sandy lane Farm.

Organic farming benefits biodiversity

Lindsay Turnbull

19th February 2014

Organic farming really is wildlife friendly, new research from Oxford University has found, with far higher species diversity on organic farms than conventional ones. Lindsay Turnbull reports on her findings ... more...
Pruning vines at Sedlescombe

Biodynamic British bubbly

Hazel Sillver

12th December 2013

The UK's first biodynamic sparkling white wine is available in time for Christmas. Hazel Sillver visited its creator, Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard in East Sussex, to find out more. more...
plant and soil

Peak soil: act now or the very ground beneath us will die

8th November, 2013

Helen Browning

The health of our soils is more important now than ever, says the Soil Association’s Helen Browning - especially with the challenges that climate change will bring ... more...

Organic September

Emma Heesom

The Soil Association's Emma Heesom talks to the Ecologist about what this year's Organic September campaign is all about and how everyone can make a small change and a big difference....... more...
A sausage

Food matters: DIY supermarkets / restaurant workers / biodynamic wines

The Ecologist

1st July, 2013

Ahead of publication of the Ecologist Guide to Food - the first in a forthcoming series of hard-hitting consumer guides - our regular new blog will be covering all things ethical and culinary, and reporting on stories and issues that there simply wasn't room for in the book... more...

Boycotting organic farms over badger cull is 'counter-productive'

Helen Browning

Buying organic food is an important choice for everyone concerned about animal welfare, wildlife and conservation. It would not make sense for consumers to stop buying organic if they disagree with badger culling, says Helen Browning more...
Nudie jeans

Green jeans: Sweden's Nudie goes organic

Grace Philip

29th May, 2012

It might have taken 11 years but Nudie – purveyors of green jeans for the super stylish – has finally taken the plunge and gone entirely organic. Are you paying attention, H&M? more...
Top Banana 2

Behind the label: how fair are organic and Fairtrade bananas?

Tom Levitt

28th May, 2012

The Dominican Republic's organic and Fairtrade boom has helped banana growers but what about the slum-dwelling Haitian migrant workers? Tom Levitt reports on the plight of the forgotten people in the banana trade more...
How to... look after your orchard

The beginner's guide to growing your own fruit

Mark Briggs

14th May, 2012

Whether you live in the city or in the heart of rural England, planting your own fruit trees provides you with a free source of fruit and a boost for biodiversity more...
Tried and tested: mineral make-up

Tried and tested: mineral make-up

Thea Byrgesen

9th May, 2012

With synthetic and chemical free formulas, and a colour range to rival Monet, modern mineral make-up is skin and planet friendly. Thea Byrgesen rounds up the best 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...
Nose to tail fortnight

Meat matters: London restaurants gear up for ‘nose-to-tail' fortnight

Mark Briggs

1st May, 2012

Chefs aim to prevent good food going to waste by serving up offal and other rare meat cuts during the 'nose to tail' fortnight organised by Sustain more...

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Five of the best…eco-friendly kidswear

Five of the best…eco-friendly fashion brands for kids

Lisa Stephens

1st May, 2012

First women, then men: now children and babies are the latest to join the conscious clothing revolution. Lisa Stephens rounds up five of the best eco-friendly kids clothing brands more...
Top 10... alternatives to sugar

Top 10...alternatives to sugar

Mark Briggs

Want to give up sugar while still indulging your sweet tooth? Mark Briggs rounds up 10 natural alternatives 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...
terre d'oc

Natural make-up: why it’s giving MAC a run for its money

Matilda Lee

18th April, 2012

Matilda Lee meets the Estée Lauder of natural make-up, Terre d’Oc’s Valerie Roubaud, to find out why natural cosmetics are ready to take on the conventional kind 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...
The Ecologist meets… Lena Korres

The Ecologist meets… Korres co-founder, Lena Korres

Ruth Styles

13th April, 2012

Greece might be in dire financial straights but for the country’s best-known natural beauty brand, things have never been better. Ruth Styles caught up with Lena Korres to find out why 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...
Top 10... organic seed suppliers

Top 10... organic seed suppliers

Mark Briggs

13th April, 2012

As the weather heats up, gardeners’ thoughts are turning towards seeds. We round up the top spots to pick up organic, ethically produced seeds more...
Heavenly honey: why the golden stuff is great for your skin

Heavenly honey: why the golden stuff is good news for your skin

Ruth Styles

4th April, 2012

A natural moisturiser packed with antioxidants, honey is a sweet treat that can make a big difference to your dermis more...
Jeans and ethical fashion

Why jeans buck the fast-fashion phenomenon

Sophie Woodward

28th March, 2012

Denim has been in fashion since the early 19th century, which is why it is in the ultimate 'slow fashion' statement. Wear yours worn and ragged, and the older the better argues Sophie Woodward more...
cut flowers

How to… buy cut flowers

Rebecca Campbell

16th March, 2012

Sunday is Mother's Day, which for many of us, means flowers. But how green are your blooms and can you really get a bunch that doesn’t come with a price for the planet? more...
Mother's day

Tried and tested: Mother’s Day beauty gifts

Ruth Styles

16th March, 2012

Done with daffodils? Treat your mum to some gorgeous natural beauty goodies instead. The Ecologist has some suggestions more...
katharine hamnett

The Ecologist meets…Katherine Hamnett

Ruth Styles

13th March, 2012

It’s 27 years since fashion’s enfant terrible made headlines by arriving at Downing Street in a protest t-shirt but, as she tells Ruth Styles, Katharine Hamnett is as ready to stand up for the planet as ever more...

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