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Top Banana 2

Behind the label: how fair are organic and Fairtrade bananas?

Tom Levitt

28th May, 2012

The Dominican Republic's organic and Fairtrade boom has helped banana growers but what about the slum-dwelling Haitian migrant workers? Tom Levitt reports on the plight of the forgotten people in the banana trade more...
Goodone

Claire Farrell: ‘There’s no reason for Primark to ever go on the cover of a magazine’

Grace Philip

22nd May, 2012

The duo behind eco label Goodone, Nin Castle and Claire Farrell, aren’t afraid of taking on new challenges. Next up: showing the big boys that green is good and persuading the press to say goodbye to Primark and co 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...
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...
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
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google

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...
Danepak

Behind the Brand: Danish Crown

Peter Salisbury

20th July, 2011

Can the owner of a slaughterhouse that despatches more than 80,000 pigs per week be remotely ethical? Peter Salisbury takes a closer look at pork exporter, Danish Crown more...
mcdonald's

Behind the Brand: McDonald’s

Peter Salisbury

16th June, 2011

In the first of a major new series following on from the ground breaking Behind the Label, Peter Salisbury takes a look at one of the biggest brands in the world – McDonald’s – and asks: has the burger giant done enough to clean-up its act? more...

TAKE ACTION to ban 'killer jeans'

Matilda Lee

25th May, 2011

Join Labour Behind the Label in a week of action from 30th May to 5th June to lobby brands to ban the technique of sandblasting denim more...

Behind the Label: Flea Powder

Pat Thomas

11th January, 2011

Flea powder probably isn't something you think often about. But with some frighteningly toxic ingredients you should: they can be deadly for you and your pets


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Behind the Label: Christmas turkey

Pat Thomas

16th December, 2010

Christmas dinner means only one thing for millions of us: turkey. But the intensively reared and genetically manipulated birds that most will consume this holiday season leave a nasty taste in the mouth more...

Green weddings: how to get married ethically

Eifion Rees

3rd December, 2010

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the coming together of marriage and environmentalism. Do you, reader, take this, the Ecologist, to be your guide to environmentally friendly weddings... more...

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Behind the Label: tomato ketchup

Pat Thomas

23rd November, 2010

It's the condiment of choice for a million fast-food outlets and a staple sauce in homes around the world, but there's more to tomato ketchup than meets the eye, says Pat Thomas 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...
Head lice treatments

Behind the Label: head lice treatments

Pat Thomas

11th February, 2010

Faced with an itchy young head full of nits, it's all too easy to reach for a bottle of potent chemicals. But is smothering your child's hair in pesticides really the best solution? more...

Letter: we still believe that chewing gum is safe

Martin Turton

19th January, 2010

The Food and Drink Federation responds to Pat Thomas' article, 'Behind the Label: chewing gum' more...

Behind the Label: chewing gum

Pat Thomas

12th January, 2010

For whatever reason you choose to chew it, this plastic, potentially toxic mish-mash of ingredients is bad for the environment and bad for us more...
nail polish

Behind the Label: nail polish

Pat Thomas

26th November, 2009

It may look pretty, but the unmistakable odour of nail polish betrays a cocktail of toxic ingredients more...
Red wine

Behind the Label: better booze

Pat Thomas

16th November, 2009

If you don't know what's gone into making your drink, stick to organic beer and wine this Christmas, says Pat Thomas

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Child taking medicine

Behind the Label: Calpol

Pat Thomas

29th October

The season of flu (and fear of swine flu) is upon us. But before you reach for this sticky pink cocktail dished out by doctors and parents as a cure-all for children, think again... more...
nano silver plaster

Behind the Label: nanosilver

Pat Thomas

20th October, 2009

The powerful antibacterial nanosilver can now be found in everything from air fresheners and food packaging to babies' bottles and bandages. But has anyone looked at the risks? more...

Behind the Label: Pot Noodle

Pat Thomas

22nd September, 2009

Marketed as the ultimate quick food fix, 240 Pot Noodles are eaten every minute in Britain. But what exactly is in the 'slag of all snacks'? Pat Thomas on fats, salt and flavour enhancers more...
Alli - your new best friend?

Behind the Label: Alli (Orlistat)

Pat Thomas

26th August, 2009

It's the popular, over-the-counter diet drug that's now been linked to liver damage. But popping a 'weight loss' pill is not going to solve the obesity crisis - especially with health concerns like these - says Pat Thomas
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Cut flowers

Behind the Label: cut flowers

Pat Thomas

18th August, 2009

What's the real price of your bouquet? Pat Thomas dishes the dirt on cut flower production in less-industrialised countries more...
Behind the Label: Orange juice

Behind the Label: orange juice

Pat Thomas

13th July, 2009

Is orange juice as healthy and natural as it claims to be? Can it ever be 'eco'? Pat Thomas reports more...

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