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Carles Puyol, FC Barcelona

Take Action: Save orangutans with football star Puyol

Ben Hudson

22nd December, 2011

Act Now for Orangutans is a new campaign fronted by World Cup winner and Barcelona skipper Puyol aimed at the conservation of orangutans more...
Bernard Matthews

What's the real cost of Bernard Matthews Christmas turkey?

Peter Salisbury

20th December, 2011

In a Behind the Brand special, Peter Salisbury assesses whether Bernard Matthews has cleaned up its act following undercover investigations revealing 'shocking' cruelty and the notorious avian flu H5N1 outbreak more...

Urge Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to save the Amazon rainforest

Ben Hudson

14th December 2011

The new Brazilian Forest Code proposes to relax land regulation in the Amazon rainforest which will increase logging, cattle ranching and other destructive activities. Tell President Dilma to veto the decision before it is too late more...
Christmas markets

Top 10…Christmas markets

Sophie Laggan

28th November, 2011

Whether you're after an locally reared turkey or a handmade ethical gift, a festive fair is where you'll find them. The Ecologist has the lowdown on Europe's best Christmas markets more...
Counterpower: Making Change Happen

Counterpower: Making Change Happen

Mark Newton

17th November, 2011

Can political movements past provide lessons for future protest? According to Tim Gee’s Counterpower they most definitely can - and the result, says Mark Newton, is truly inspiring more...
Hyatt Hotels

Behind the Brand: Hyatt Hotels

Peter Salisbury

16th November, 2011

The carbon footprint produced by travel doesn’t evaporate at the airport - hotels are big energy consumers, polluters and carbon emitters too. The Ecologist looks into hotel chain Hyatt's efforts to go green more...
Marine Protected Areas

TAKE ACTION: Don't let the government back-track on UK marine protected areas

Ben Hudson

16th November, 2011

Show the government you support the creation of a marine conservation network to protect the UK's threatened sea life more...
Carbon dioxide emissions

Durban climate change conference: why we should stick with the UN talks

Craig Bennett

10th November, 2011

Despite a growing consensus in favour of alternatives such as 'carbon clubs' and bilateral agreements, Friends of the Earth's Craig Bennett says the UN is our best hope for tackling climate change more...
The DoNation

TAKE ACTION: Pledge action, not money, with DoNation

Ben Hudson

8th November, 2011

If money's tight, but you still want to 'do something' why not join DoNation's growing army of action volunteers to help create a low-carbon society more...
Transparent fashion

Transparent fashion: why the industry needs to come clean on supply chains

Ruth Stokes

8th November, 2011

Adding to your wardrobe can be an ethical nightmare, which is why a number of eco-brands are working on new systems that show exactly where your clothes come from more...

TAKE ACTION: Five campaigns to make fashion more fair

Hannah Corr

2nd November, 2011

From supporting garment workers' rights, to ending harmful denim sandblasting, there are many campaigns to improve high street clothing retail practices. Take action and add your voice to the call to make fashion fair more...
Halloween pumpkins

How to...have an eco-friendly Halloween

Ben Hudson

26th October, 2011

Creating extra waste and encouraging over-consumption; Halloween isn’t the greenest holiday. But as Ben Hudson explains, you can still have a scarily good time without it costing the planet more...

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Rebellious Media Conference

John Pilger and Noam Chomsky debate future of radical media

Sarah Bentley

25th October, 2011

Sarah Bentley reports on the UK radical media conference asking what's next for the non-corporate press more...
Geraldine Howard

Q&A: Geraldine Howard

Ruth Styles

19th October, 2011

Aromatherapy Associates founder, Geraldine Howard, discusses naturals, synthetics and why certification schemes need an overhaul with Ruth Styles more...
Aromatherapy Associates boutique

Aromatherapy Associates launches London store

Ruth Styles

19th October, 2011

More than 30 years after it launched, Britain’s leading aromatherapy brand finally has a store of its own. Ruth Styles reports more...

Behind the Brand: IKEA

Peter Salisbury

19th October, 2011

IKEA likes to sell itself as a principled, sustainable furniture producer. But has its low-cost, high-volume business model meant that it has had to compromise environmental concerns for money? Peter Salisbury reports more...
Behind the Label Supplement 2011

Behind the Label: read and download the best articles

The Ecologist has produced a printable PDF magazine of the best articles from our popular Behind the Label series more...
Yvon Chouinard

Patagonia: the anti-fashion fashion brand

Matilda Lee

4th October, 2011

It's the 'Gucci of outdoor wear' but for founder, Yvon Chouinard, there's far more to Patagonia than fashion. He spoke to Matilda Lee more...
Pigs on a farm

Sick As A pig – the menace of MRSA linked to industrial pig farming

Another strain of MRSA is emerging from the factory farms of Northern Europe, and it is linked to the insatiable demand for cheap meat on our plates. The Ecologist Film Unit investigates 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...
Jolly Pilgrim by Peter Baker

Why a change in mindset can help us overcome climate change paralysis

Peter Baker

27th September, 2011

In an extract from his new book the Jolly Pilgrim, Peter Baker argues that taking a long view on the human species will make us more able to cope with today's problems more...
Mabira Forest

Ugandans mobilise to save Mabira forest from sugarcane plantation

Esther Nakkazi

20th September, 2011

One of Africa's last remaining tropical forests, Mabira is home to precious wildlife and is an eco tourist attraction. But it is now under threat from sugarcane production. Esther Nakkazi reports more...
Daydream reef school

Best Expedition in the World: the final days

Ben Southall

16th September, 2011

In the last installment of his ‘Best Expedition in the World’ diary, Ben Southall looks back at his encounters with the eco-heroes working hard to conserve the magnificent Great Barrier Reef more...
defunct mannequins

Craftsmanship: a dying art?

Lida Hujic

15th September, 2011

As London Fashion Week kicks off, Lida Hujic looks at the reasons behind the decline of British craftmanship and asks if we're in danger of losing it altogether more...

Behind the Brand: Google

Peter Salisbury

7th September, 2011

Unless you live on the moon, Google is an integral part of your day to day life, but just how ethical is the all-conquering search giant whose motto is ‘Don’t be Evil’? Peter Salisbury investigates more...


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