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Green business: Lush

Eifion Rees

17th November, 2010

Cosmetics company Lush is a zero-packaging pioneer on the high street. In the first of our new 'Green business' series, founder Mark Constantine discusses gourmet consumerism, dream factories and why his ethical creation is a work in progress more...

The Story of Stuff: Cosmetics

Matilda Lee

27th October, 2010

Annie Leonard is back with another installment of the Story of Stuff - this time taking an in-depth look at the cosmetics industry and how we are dying to be beautiful more...

London's Savoy hotel gets five stars for eco refit

Matilda Lee

8th October, 2010

One of London's most prestigious hotels has had a green makeover as part of a £220 million refit. Ahead of the official reopening, Matilda Lee gets an exclusive preview of the capital's most environmentally responsible luxury hotel
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Camomile face cream

Can I trust my 'natural' or 'organic' body cream?

Laura Sevier

5th August, 2010

What does it take for a company producing skincare or haircare products to be truly 'natural' or 'organic'? Laura Sevier sorts fact from fiction in the health and beauty stakes more...

Behind the label: talcum powder

Pat Thomas

13th April, 2010

Keeping your baby's bottom soft and dry shouldn't mean exposing it to a potentially harmful and environmentally costly substance more...
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Methane: the quick fix for global warming?

Tom Levitt

18th February, 2010

Its short lifespan and greater potency means tackling methane emissions now could have a dramatic effect on atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations reports Tom Levitt more...
December 1979 issue

The Ecologist December 1979: Can we control pollution?

Edward Goldsmith

December, 1979

Thirty years ago Edward Goldsmith’s article ‘Can we control pollution?’ wondered what happens to pollution once we have ‘disposed’ of it more...
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CASE STUDY: how mushrooms can save forests

David Hawkins

21st October, 2009

The potential of fungi for medicine, filtering polluted water, controlling pests and even biofuels, is truly staggering more...

Can cows help stop climate change?

Ed Hamer

15th September, 2009

Meat, dairy... in fact, livestock in general has in recent years joined the ranks of the 4x4 and the short-haul flight. But could a change in the way we graze animals not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but even remove them from the atmosphere? more...
Algae

ExxonMobil and Venter sign $600 million algae biofuel deal

Ecologist

15th July, 2009

Oli giant ExxonMobil has signed a $600 million deal with controversial genome scientist J Craig Venter to develop biofuels made from algae more...
natural beauty

'Natural' and 'organic' beauty to be standardised

Matilda Lee

26th June, 2009

The Soil Association hopes that Cosmos, the new natural cosmetics standard, will lead to cleaner, greener ingredients in mainstream beauty products more...
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Government pledges smart meters for all by 2020

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

As the Government commits to a high-tech revolution in the home - meters that can be read remotely and may help alter energy habits - questions are raised about data security... and whether any of us will be interested more...

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Waterlogged rice paddies

Draining paddy fields could cut methane from rice production

Ecologist

19th June, 2009

Chinese scientists have discovered that draining rice paddies just once every growing season may help reduce global methane emissions from the industry by almost a third more...
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Behind the Label: Pantene Pro-V Style

Pat Thomas

10th April, 2009

Farah brought us the flick. Jennifer gave us the ‘Rachel’. Madonna made ‘blonde ambition’ a desirable thing – at least for a while. And Britney? Well, she got fed up and shaved all hers off. more...
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UK Met Office's forecast on human induced climate change - a mixed message?

Peter Bunyard

18th February, 2009

As US climatologists and scientists are urging the world that greenhouse gas emissions be curbed rapidly to prevent runaway global warming, the UK Met Office appears to be back pedalling on human induced climate change. Peter Bunyard reports on some mixed messages more...
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Behind the label: Antibacterial handwash

Pat Thomas

29th January, 2009

Hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. Nevertheless, in the hygiene stakes, antibacterial soaps are a ridiculous form of ‘overkill’. more...
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Watering down guidelines

Alice Onwordi

20th June, 2008

With summer coming earlier and lasting longer each year, we can comfortably predict the annual summer headlines ‘A Water Meter for Every Home’ covering many a front page whenever no fresh photographs of Posh and Becks are to be had. more...
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Profitable Pollutants

Ecologist

15th May, 2008

It usually takes a major public health crisis to remove profitable toxins completely from marketplace. In the meantime most of us continue to be exposed to a variety of profitable poisons, including: more...
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Read the label: Preservatives

Pat Thomas

1st May, 2008

You don¡¯t have to choose between looking good and being healthy. In our regular look at cosmetic ingredients, Pat Thomas gives you the information you need to identify safer cosmetic and bodycare products. more...
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Diet drinks linked to increase in metabolic syndrome

News

14th February, 2008

Study shows drinkers of diet drinks 34 percent more likely to suffer from disease. more...
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Read the label: Detergents

Pat Thomas

7th February, 2008

No one should have to choose between looking good and being healthy, which is why each month we will be taking a critical look at the active ingredients in personal care products and asking why manufacturers continue to choose toxic ones over safer alternatives. more...

Power On - Energy from Waste

Jon Hughes and Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

Each year, UK livestock produce some 60 million tonnes of collectable faeces. If left to run into water-courses or even spread on fields, this waste can lead to the same problems associated with excessive fertiliser use – algal blooms and aquatic life starved of oxygen.
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Behind the label: K-Y Jelly

Pat Thomas

24th October, 2007

Want to make sex more sensual and fun? Having difficulty conceiving? Don’t reach for a lubricant to boost your love life, says Pat Thomas, it could harm your health and fertility more...
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Nearly 500 US cosmetics 'unsafe'

News

1st October, 2007

478 cosmetic products on sale in the US contain doses of toxic chemicals which are unsafe, even when used as directed on the bottle, the US NGO the Environmental Working Group has revealed. more...
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Behind the label: Red Bull & Nicorette patches

Pat Thomas

10th May, 2007

Trying to keep up with a fast-paced, 24/7 lifestyle *and* a smoking ban? Find that the old 'crack in a can' and a patch does the job? Think again... more...

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