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O2's 'Think Big' ploy exposes limits to the green business ideal

Ben Martin

22nd February, 2012

O2’s new green business strategy lays out some laudable ideas. But under the surface it seems that the mobile and internet company is doing little other than looking after its own profits more...
Copenhagen

PHOTO GALLERY: Copenhagen Fashion Week

Ruth Styles

9th February, 2012

Whether organic cotton, local wool or Scottish cashmere, textiles were all natural, with Danish designers proving that sustainability and style can mix, says Ruth Styles more...
Ecologist cover A Blueprint for Survival January 1972

The Ecologist January 1972: a blueprint for survival

Bethany Hubbard

27th January, 2012

Forty years ago the Ecologist published its landmark ‘A Blueprint for Survival’ issue outlining the need for a serious economic and environmental overhaul more...
High speed train speeding by in a blur

HS2: can the UK fast-track a better rail system?

Bethany Hubbard

27th January, 2012

Are the UK's new high speed rail plans part of a sustainable future for public transport in the UK or a big statement that only benefits a minority? more...
Coal mining in China

Coal power: miners pay in blood for China's economic miracle

Richard Schiffman

17th January, 2012

A new film, To the Light, exposes the cost in human health and lives of China's coal-fired power boom more...
train

Beyond HS2: invest in existing rail and reduce rail fares to make travel greener

Richard Hebditch

11th January, 2012

More investment in existing rail lines, joining up the high speed line to public transport and ensuring rail fares are sustainable and affordable are what the government should focus on argues Campaign for Better Transport more...
is vegetarianism the way forward?

Can becoming a vegetarian help save the planet?

Laurie Tuffrey

4th January, 2012

Globally, meat consumption has increased by 20 per cent in the last decade despite concerns about its environmental impact. So, asks Laurie Tuffrey, can going vegetarian really help the earth? 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...
URBAN GARDENING

Ten of the best…ways to get stuck into urban gardening

Hannah Corr

28th October, 2011

Growing your own fruit and vegetables doesn’t have to involve huge amounts of space. As Hannah Corr explains, there are plenty of short cuts for city dwellers who want to get stuck in 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...
IKEA

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...

Giri Raja: the Forest King – reporting on the “wonder-chicken” hailed as a solution to feeding India’s poor

Andrew Wasley

7th August, 2008

It was bred to aid the rural poor, but one bird is also helping break industrialised farming’s stranglehold on India. Andrew Wasley meets the remarkable Giriraja more...

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Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Inside the London College of Fashion's eco-hub

Matilda Lee

15th September, 2011

Fashionable ideas get an ethical makeover at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion. Matilda Lee reports more...
eco design

Top 10...eco design for home

George Blacksell

2nd September, 2011

Green design doesn't have to mean scrimping on aesthetics; as George Blacksell discovered, combining style with sustainability is easily achieved more...
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House boxes: the equine homes trend coming to a street near you

George Blacksell

26th August, 2011

Converted horse boxes are becoming increasingly popular among the eco-conscious. George Blacksell chats to horse box home owner, Dean Crago more...
Brave Old World

Brave Old World: A Practical Guide to Husbandry or the Fine Art of Looking After Yourself

Jeremy Williams

4th August, 2011

Tom Hodgkinson's account of life on a smallholding in Devon is spiced with old-fashioned lore and made Jeremy Williams laugh out loud more...
Grow Your Own Food

How to Grow Your Food: A Guide for Complete Beginners

Andy McKee

15th July, 2011

Taking into account the limited space available to the urban gardener, Clift and Cuthbert have produced a tome that’s perfect for the inner city horticulturalist, says Andy McKee more...
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

Dr. Wallace J. Nichols: conservation travel can help save endangered wildlife

Deborah Bassett

29th June, 2011

Marine biologist, lecturer, ocean ambassador and founder of several conservation initiatives, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols speaks to Deborah Bassett about the benefits of wildlife tourism, saving baby turtle eggs and an 112 day trek along the US west coast more...
Shaping Sustainable Fashion

Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes

Mark Newton

23rd June, 2011

Alison Gwilt and Timo Rissanen’s attempt to define sustainability in a fashion context provides some fascinating insights but doesn’t show enough engagement in the wider environmental debate for Mark Newton more...
caravans

How one man could inspire a new generation of horse drawn travellers

Jean Vranic

22nd June, 2011

Jean Vranic meets Pete Delaney, the remarkable traveller challenging stereotypes and proving that - even in modern Britain - alternative, sustainable lifestyles are still possible more...
Srinivas Krishnaswamy

Why India doesn't need World Bank energy funding

Matilda Lee

3rd June, 2011

Ahead of the release of the World Bank's revised energy strategy, the Ecologist speaks to sustainable development advocate Srinivas Krishnaswamy about why despite huge gigawatt power projects, 45 per cent of India's households still lack electricity more...
Eco Chic

Eco Chic: The Fashion Paradox

Ruth Styles

21st April, 2011

Sandy Black offers a fascinating account of the fashion industry’s attempts to balance the conflicting demands of style-hungry consumers and the impact it has on the planet, says Ruth Styles more...
farmers' markets

Top 10…UK farmers’ markets

Jeff Holman

15th April, 2011

From local specialities to homemade treats, shopping at Britain’s farmers’ markets is a great way to get stuck into premium produce and support local farmers. Jeff Holman rounds up some of the best more...

The Wisdom of Sustainability: Buddhist Economics for the 21st Century

William McLennan

24th March, 2011

Combining a detailed dissection of our unsustainable economy with an introduction to Buddhism, Sulak Sivaraksa’s economic vision provides an alternative to globalisation more...

Love Food Hate Waste: how to eat sustainably

The Ecologist

21st March, 2011

Food production has a huge carbon footprint made worse by the enormous quantities thrown away. There's no need to become a fregan, but isn’t it time you started making the most of leftovers? Celebrity chef Richard Fox shows us how it's done more...

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