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Five easy ways to give your wardrobe a green-over

Valentina Jovanovski

19th July, 2011

Looking for ways to update your wardrobe without making a dent in your wallet or on the planet? We asked eco-designer and founder of Sew Last Season, Elena Garcia, for her tips on making the most of what you’ve got more...
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Review: Lush Validation Facial

Ruth Styles

30th June, 2011

Tucked away underneath the King’s Road store is the Lush spa, where, as Ruth Styles discovered, you’ll find a soothingly green approach to beauty treatments more...
Organic label

Alan Schofield: 'You don't have be certified to be organic'

Jemima Roberts

7th June, 2011

Alan Schofield has run a vegetable box scheme for almost 30 years and is a veteran of the Soil Association. He talks to the Ecologist about why he set up the Organic Growers Alliance - and how it now complements the work of the larger certification body more...
A sausage

TAKE ACTION: Not in my banger!

Matilda Lee

23rd March, 2011

The battle against the Nocton super-dairy may have been won, but with plans for giant pig factories currently being considered, the Soil Association has launched a major new campaign to combat the latest blight of industrial farming more...
Kevin Steele, Climate Week

Just how green is Climate Week?

Matilda Lee

15th March, 2011

From the 21st to 27th March thousands of people in the UK will be involved in a week of action on climate change. So why is Climate Week making some greens so angry? more...
Sumatran forest

7 ways to help stop tropical deforestion & illegal logging

Peter Dauvergne & Jane Lister

11th March, 2011

A store like Walmart can wield more power than a country over a logging company - especially in the global South. But what's good for Walmart is not always good for the planet. Peter Dauvergne & Jane Lister outline 7 key tools for retailers to limit the impacts of timber consumption more...

Beat the Winter Beauty Blues

Karen Drake

1st February, 2011

Whether it’s dry skin or chapped elbows, Sophyto founder, Karen Drake, has the solutions to your winter beauty woes more...
The Ecologist January '71

The Ecologist January 1971: PCBs


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...

Ecomodo: the lending website that's sharing the wealth

Laura Laker

27th December, 2010

Why buy when you can borrow? From tools to skills, new social enterprise Ecomodo allows community members to borrow what they need from each other more...

Greenhorns: the network that's breathing new life into US farming

David Hawkins

14th September, 2010

It's helping attract youthful talent into sustainable agriculture across the US, but can the Greenhorns movement survive in the land of Big Ag, or cross the Atlantic to the UK? more...

Biodynamic Agricultural Association

Biodynamic is a sustainable approach to farming inspired by Rudolf Steiner. We offer membership, workshops, events, training, books and DVDs, ready-made biodynamic preparations, advice, and regional groups. We offer organic and biodynamic certification.

Tel: 01453 759501
Organic vegetables

Organic food comes of age at Bristol's Organic Food Festival

Eifion Rees

26th August, 2010

Held at Bristol Harbourside and celebrating its 10th anniversary, Europe's largest organic festival is a feast of food, drink and fabric that doesn't cost the earth more...

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'Street champions' inspire communities to adopt low-carbon lifestyles

Laura Laker

13th August, 2010

A pioneering social marketing project in Richmond and Ham is using neighbourhood networks to improve energy efficiency in the borough more...

How to garden with kids

Matilda Lee

10th June, 2010

Tips for passing on green fingers, and a taste for vegetables, to your sprogs more...

Five eco mini breaks for green-minded travellers

Claire Baylis

20th May, 2010

Muck in and tuck in with these green, weekend away ideas more...

Setting up my dream organic pub

Geetie Singh & Sara Berg

11th May, 2010

In an extract from her new book, Geetie Singh tells how her famed gastro pub, the Duke of Cambridge, came to be, and gives Ecologist readers two great recipes to try out more...
Field of wheat

Conservation and food production should be kept separate says study


6th May, 2010

Researchers claim the benefits of combining conservation and food production through organic farming are not enough to make up for the drop in yields more...
muck spreading

An 'all or nothing' approach to organics won't get us anywhere

Simon Fairlie

16th April, 2010

We wouldn't ask pedestrians to prove that they weren't using a car, then charge them for a certificate to say as much. So why do it to organic farmers? more...

Is social marketing our last chance to change people?

Jonah Sachs and Susan Finkelpearl

13th April, 2010

Worldwatch's influential State of the World 2010 report tells us why we need more stories addressing climate change and fewer shocking facts more...

Lab grown meat: a low-fat, low-carbon, cruelty-free future?

Matilda Lee

6th April, 2010

The technology isn't fully developed yet, but when meat really can be grown in a lab it's going to turn all our arguments about carnivorous diets on their heads... more...
The Commons office in Kilburn

Can direct democracy win a seat in Kilburn?

Jeremy Smith

1st April, 2010

Environmental activist Tamsin Omond is running for a Westminster seat on a platform of more collaborative democracy, and resurrecting the idea of the Commons as a shared public good more...

Each day, you have three votes to change the food system

Michael Pollan

1st April, 2010

In this extract from Stuffed, Michael Pollan spells out the simple rules for buying and eating real food more...

A beginner's guide to permaculture gardening

Laura Laker

30th March, 2010

Don't get stumped by the name: permaculture is a simple, vital tool for food growers and gardeners alike more...
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How to campaign for better school food

Laura Sevier

25th March, 2010

All you need to know to get fresher, healthier and greener food into your child's school - from nurseries to primary and secondary schools more...

How to decode food labels and shop with a conscience

Pat Thomas

16th March, 2010

Is it healthy? Is it 
organic? Is it fairly traded? How far has it travelled? At times, making informed choices can feel like a full-time job. Here is a pocket guide to buying food from the new book Stuffed more...


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