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Green Living

My microbes, therefore I am: fermentation, health, and human identity

Joanna Wright

10th April 2014

Sour garlic and fennel pickles. Photo: Gary Leybman /  FB Wild Fermentation group. Fermentation is far more than a way to prepare diverse, delicious and wholesome food, writes Joanna Wright. It is a means for us to connect with the ancient past, with the world around us, and with our own selves. Are you ready to try it? more...

Biochar is 'carbon gold' for Belize's cacao farmers

Craig Sams

5th April 2014

Craig Sams with members of the Poyonaam Women's Group, Belize. Photo: Carbon Gold. A 'harmonic convergence' in the Mayan calendar set off something big for Craig Sams and his Belizean partners. First, Green & Blacks chocolate - and now an even more ambitious project to restore the world's soils using biochar and organic farming systems. more...

Tonight's Earth Hour - it's really about what you do next ...

Rebecca Cooke

29th March 2014

'Leg it' by Do The Green Thing. In the lead-up to tonight's Earth Hour one organisation is putting the creative community on the front lines of the battle for climate change. Rebecca Cooke reports on the remarkable series of 29 posters to provoke and intrigue us into climate action. more...

Travels with Chaparro - a letter from the Sierra

Jan Nimmo

22nd March 2014

Jan and Chaparro near Cumbres de San Bartolome. Photo: Paul Barham. The tree-clad hills of Spain's Sierra de Huelva retain their beauty, wildlife and traditions, writes Jan Nimmo, who has speant a decade exploring the area on horseback. Just one thing is missing: the throngs of people that once inhabited and managed the land. more...

Curitiba: the Greenest city on Earth

Brian Barth

15th March 2014

Curitiba's train-length buses simplify sustainable transit for the masses. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Football fans around the globe have their eyes set on Curitiba, Brasil this year, the site of the 2014 World Cup. But as Brian Barth reports, eco-savvy urban planners have been studying Brasil's seventh largest city for decades ... more...

Maybe we can all learn from smaller islands?

Thembi Mutch

8th March 2014

Brian Nicholson runs the islands' mandolin, ukulele and guitar shop. Photo: Thembi Mutch. Europe's periphories are meant to be in a state of collapse - but not so the Shetland Isles, where Thembi Mutch found a land of open skies, howling storms, historic traditions, and an active, growing community of notable individuals ... more...

Healing in the jungle

Matt Mellen

1st March 2014

The Maloca - from within. Photo: The Temple of the Way of Light. Matt Mellen joined a growing number of Westerners seeking therapy with Ayahuasca, the Amazonian 'miracle medicine' for mind, body and soul. He emerged transformed, a happier version of ... himself. more...

My 'freegan' week in London - surviving without money

Maria Evrenos

22nd February 2014

Mmm ... a wholesome freegan breakfast.  Photo: Maria Evrenos. Maria Evrenos left her wallet at home for a week to discover that even an inexperienced urban forager can survive without money for a week by treasuring other people's trash. more...

Hunting the hunters

Laurens de Groot

10th February 2014

The prop fouler is launched by bosun Daniel. Photo: © Adam Lau. In his new book 'Hunting the Hunters - at war with the whalers', Laurens de Groot recounts his adventures with Sea Shepherd in the Southern Ocean, saving whales from Japan's 'scientific research'. more...

One tree at a time: restoring the forest of Caledon

Philip Mason

3rd February 2014

The River Moriston, near the Dundreggan Estate. Scots pine and other native trees grow along the river, but much of the glen is given over to commercial conifer plantation of low biodiversity value. Photo: Philip Mason. Scotland's native forest remains in only a few fragments, but Trees For Life is working to restore it, and almost all of the work is done by volunteers. Philip Mason joined their newly expanded long-term volunteer programme for two months last autumn. more...

The biological basis of resilient cities

Michael W. Mehaffy & Nikos A. Salingaros

25th January 2014

An illustration of a resilient architecture: fossils of a marine ecosystem from the Permian period, about 250 to 300 million years ago. These ecosystems were resilient enough to endure dramatic changes over millions of years. Image by Professor Mark A. Wi Biological systems offer design strategies for successfully adapting to an age of climate change and resource depletion. Insights from nature will be essential in creating a green and sustainable future for humankind. more...

Jungle living in Borneo

Matt Williams

21st January 2014

OuTrop researchers in the Sabangau Forest. Photo: Matt Adam Williams / OuTrop Living in the rainforest, tracking orangutans, protecting the swamp forest and fighting off swarms of mosquitos in 30 degree heat. For Matt Williams it was a childhood dream come true ... more...

Our pensions can change the world

Rebecca O'Connor

11th January 2014

Time for radical changes in our pensions! Photo: Olha Afanasieva / Shutterstock. The UK's pension funds are worth a colossal £3 trillion - yet few have any idea what 'their' pension money is doing. As Rebecca O'Connor reports, activist pension holders can now shift their funds towards green, ethical investments ... more...

Reconnecting children with our wonderful world

Sandra Thompson

8th January 2014

Seeing green? Our children are spending 20 hours a week staring at screens, writes Sandra Thompson. High time to get them outside with the mud, bugs, flowers and slime ... more...

Incredible Edible Todmorden

Julian Dobson

1st January 2014

Food to share! Photo: Incredible Edible. Todmorden in Yorkshire's Calder Valley has been transformed by free food growing on its streets, parks and even its rooftops. Julian Dobson tells the inspiring story of Incredible Edible and how the transformational project is going global .... more...

Sometimes a wild god

Tom Hirons

25th December 2013

Late 20th century mask from the Chewa people in Malawi, British Museum. Photo: Hans Hillewaert / Wikimedia Commons. Tom Hirons celebrates the arrival of a wild god at his dinner table. more...

Travelling light - car clubs and lift shares

Ruth Stokes

16th December 2013

An electric Nissan Leaf provided by e-car club. Photo: e-car club. In the third of her series on Activism for Busy People, Ruth Stokes looks at how we can use 'car clubs' and 'lift-share' networks to reduce the burdens and impacts of car ownership - but still have access to a car when we need one. more...

Christmas sanity

Hazel Sillver

22nd December 2013

It's Christmas! Photo: Sandra Cunningham via Shutterstock.com. New research reveals how to remain composed and serene in the face of Christmas Eve traffic, weird relations and Brussels sprouts. But Hazel Sillver is dreaming of Christmas in Morocco ... where there is no Christmas. more...

Biodynamic British bubbly

Hazel Sillver

12th December 2013

Pruning vines at Sedlescombe 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...

Urban eco-repair in the Deep South

Brian Barth

6th December 2013

Beltline park - Atlanta comes full circle to embrace alternative transit and sustainable development. A bold project encompassing clean air, a light rail system, open spaces, and green pathways for cyclists and pedestrians, is beginning to transform some of America's poorest and most polluted communities. As Brian Barth reports, the Atlanta Beltway is taking shape. more...

Eat your way to a better world

Ruth Stokes

4th December 2013

Potatoes at a farmers' market. Photo: John Morgan via everystockphoto.com. Keen to save the world but don't want to end up in a Russian prison? In the second of her 3-part 'Activism for Busy People' series, Ruth Stokes suggests changing the way you source your food as an approach to activism that won't turn your life upside down. more...

Eco Christmas Gift Guide - Part II

Hazel Sillver

30th November 2013

Photo: lola1960 / Shutterstock.com As the festive season approaches draw some inspiration for green gifts from Hazel Sillver's second guide to ethical presents, which includes something for the pet dogs as well as the elephants! more...

Homebuyers willing to pay more for proximity to wildlife

Andrea Gear

25th November 2013

Despite hard economic times, a recent survey shows that two thirds of UK homebuyers would consider paying more for a house with a wildlife-friendly garden ... more...

The fallen, the risen

Chaia Heller

Baby sparrow in child's hands. Photo: Firma V / shutterstock.com. A dinner on the deck is interrupted by the fall of a baby sparrow. The event triggers a flood of thoughts and powerful emotions - and a renewed faith in our children's ability to grasp an uncertain future. more...

The green office

Hazel Sillver & Susan Clark

20th November 2013

Hazel Sillver and Susan Clark round up some of the best and brightest eco-stationery on offer.

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In the sanctuary of the White Bear

Lorna Crozier

17th November 2013

A rare 'ghost bear' in the BC temperate rainforest. Poet Lorna Crozier vists the Great Bear Rainforest in BC, Canada and finds a fragile paradise imbued with myth, meaning and magic for local indigenous peoples. more...

Jura: reinvigorated by adventure

Jon Gardner

15th November 2013

The view upwards toward Beinn an Oir, the highest Pap of Jura. Looking for a green holiday amid gorgeous landscapes and unbridled nature? Jon Gardner was inspired to visit Jura, where George Orwell wrote 1984. He was not disappointed ... more...

Activism for Busy People Part I: Ethical Consumption

Ruth Stokes

November 9th, 2013

Keen to save the world but don't want to end up in a Russian prison? In the first of a three part series Ruth Stokes suggests ethical consumption as one alternative approach to activism that won't turn your life upside down but will make a difference ... more...

Small investors pile billions into UK renewable energy

Rebecca O'Connor

4th November 2013

Solar panels A revolution is under way in personal finance. Investment in clean energy projects is going retail, as people plough their savings and pension funds into renewable energy ventures offering much greater returns than bank deposits. more...

Eco Christmas Gift Guide Part I

Hazel Sillver

From raw mulberry silk pillowcases to beehive adoption, Hazel Sillver suggest some unique green presents for loved ones that don’t cost the earth ...
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Falling Fruit: A global collaborative foraging map

November 1st

Ruth Stokes

Ruth Stokes tells The Ecologist about an ingenious new online tool that encourages all of us, especially the yet-to-be-converted, to indulge in the free edible goodness found throughout our urban spaces more...

Food and drink

Is a raw food diet right for you?

by Hazel Sillver

crunchy chocolate hearts Raw foodism is becoming increasingly popular. Advocates report high energy levels and less need for sleep. But is it a healthy way for everyone to eat, asks Hazel Sillver more...

Primrose Cloud Easter Cake

March 28th, 2013

by Susan Clark

If you want to serve an Easter cake that brings a forgaging panache to the party, try this Primrose Cloud sponge cake...it's heavenly says Susan Clark more...

Home

Cohousing and community on the coast

April 9th, 2013

by Sarah Lozanova

Sarah Lozanova tells the Ecologist why her and her family have decided to make the move from a city dwelling to an Eco-village.... more...

Why are we still living in structures that cut us off from nature?

February 21st, 2013

by Tony Culver

According to Tony Culver about 99% of all domestic houses are redesigns of prehistoric cave dwellings. Here he explains the rationale behind this claim and argues that it is time to emerge from our caves.... more...

Gardening

Foliar Feeding Your Garden

Jakob Barry

Jakob Barry explains the concept of foliar feeding, a great way to revive any plants that aren't looking their best....... more...

Container gardening - 35 of the best blogs

April 17th, 2013

by Jeralyn Nelson

These 35 blogs will help you get your container garden under way with tips on plant and container types, and will give you ideas for getting more from your container garden than you put in. more...

How to

How to....grow your own wine

by Hazel Sillver

You don’t need acres of land to fill a cellar with your own wine. Hazel Sillver looks at the different options for small-scale and shared vineyards.
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How to...have an eco-friendly Halloween

Ben Hudson

26th October, 2011

Halloween pumpkins 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...

Q & A

Q&A: Wildlife documentary filmmaker, Kim Wolhuter

Ruth Styles

30th November, 2011

KIM WOLHUTER Playing with hyenas, hunting with cheetahs and running with wild dogs is all in a day's work for Kim Wolhuter. He tells Ruth Styles why he does it more...

Q&A: Geraldine Howard

Ruth Styles

19th October, 2011

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

Fashion

Hand-me-downs

by Hazel Sillver

In our culture of quickly consumed high street fashion, it’s vital to recycle and reuse discarded clothes. Hazel Sillver looks at three companies paving the way.
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Green jeans: Sweden's Nudie goes organic

Grace Philip

29th May, 2012

Nudie jeans 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...

Health and Beauty

Tried & tested eco-cosmetics

April 26th, 2013

by Hazel Sillver

Avoid cosmetics that cost the earth – today’s eco makeup is much better quality anyway, says Hazel Sillver. more...

Union: the British perfume that’s boosting biodiversity

Ruth Styles

1st June, 2012

State of the Union: the British perfume that’s boosting biodiversity Making the most of the UK’s bountiful flora, Union’s four fragrances are an olfactory celebration of the British countryside, says Ruth Styles more...

Behind the Brand

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

Peter Salisbury

20th December, 2011

Bernard Matthews 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...

Behind the Brand: Hyatt Hotels

Peter Salisbury

16th November, 2011

Hyatt Hotels 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...

Explore

How Deep Is Your Love: Vietnam’s Halong Bay

March 12th, 2013

by James Rippingale

Nine years after his first visit to Halong Bay James Rippingdale returns to find dramatic changes have taken place...... more...

Spring retreats

February 15th, 2013

by Hazel Sillver

You don’t have to fly to India to find spiritual nourishment. Hazel Sillver rounds up 10 of the best places in the UK to achieve inner calm.
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Ecologist Guides

The Ecologist guide to skills, courses and employment

Laurie Tuffrey

1st February, 2012

The Ecologist guide to skills, courses and employment What does it take to make it in the low-carbon economy? The Ecologist takes a look at the skills and courses that will set you up for success more...

The Ecologist guide to greening Christmas

Ruth Styles

1st November, 2011

green christmas From food to fun, we've got the skinny on how to make this year's festivities the greenest ever more...

Green Business

Green Business: Greenhouse Public Relations

Peter Salisbury

2nd August, 2011

green headlines Anna Guyer has made a name for her company by only taking clients with impeccable green credentials and refusing to ‘greenwash’ big brands. Peter Salisbury met her to find out more more...

Green Business: Bulldog

Peter Salisbury

29th June, 2011

Bulldog products A natural, Fairtrade men's skincare line might sound obvious, but when Simon Duffy and Rhodri Ferrier launched Bulldog, it was a wholly new concept. Peter Salisbury sits down with the men making grooming green more...

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