Friday, 6 November 2015

Ethical Futures - ethical investments

ethicalfutures are ethical independent financial advisers (IFA). They specialise in ethical investment and financial planning.

Based in Edinburgh, they advise clients throughout Scotland and the UK. Their job is to help you make the right decisions for your needs both financially and ethically.

At ethicalfutures, they believe they can help you make your money change your world. Julian Parrott, partner with ethicalfutures, has been voted the Money Management Ethical Investment Planner of the Year 2007.


Friday, 30 October 2015

Insure Green

Insure Green is a trading arm of Independent Insurance Services, one of the first carbon neutral insurance brokers, giving customers a variety of benefits, help, and guidance all focussed on saving you money whilst simultaneously helping the environment.

They can provide insurance cover for individuals or businesses, they are trusted by start-ups, and SMEs to large corporates.

Insure Green are an award winning broker, offering first class service, coupled with innovative products, giving competitive rates for standard, and non-standard risks alike, all the while being environmentally aware.

Call 01303 22 11 88, they’re there to help.

Monday, 31 August 2015


If you are looking for beautiful, organic and ethically made bedding and clothing you’ve come to the right place!

Greenfibres has been making and selling organic textiles since 1996. They offer customers a personal service, and take a thoughtful approach to all aspects of the product manufacturing and trading experience. They’ve helped to grow the organic textile market in the past 15 years and are confident that green solutions will build a brighter, more just, future.

The wonderful natural collection of items you will find here include:

  • cosy organic cotton pillowcases,
  • fluffy Soil Association certified towels,
  • natural skincare and cleaning products that really work,
  • many different organic and natural mattresses,
  • really comfortable and breathable socks!

Enjoy your time on the site and please let them know what you think:

Or visit

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Online training courses for skincare entrepreneurs

Formula Botanica is the world’s largest and best-known Organic Cosmetic Science School. They offer 100% online training courses for skincare entrepreneurs who want to start their own organic and natural skincare range.

Their Diplomas and Certificates are unlike anything you will find in conventional cosmetology training because they only focus on natural and organic skincare.

Formula Botanica don’t train you to be a recipe follower, they teach you to be an organic skincare innovator.

Create your own unique skincare range, learn how to use natural and organic ingredients and become an organic skincare entrepreneur with Formula Botanica’s online courses.

International Organic Skincare Entrepreneur Program

The world’s first Organic Skincare Entrepreneur training that takes you from complete beginner to organic skincare expert formulator and international lecturer. The flagship program opens for enrolment twice a year.

Study at your Own Pace

The self-study courses fit perfectly around your busy schedule. Their teaching materials cater for different study styles – training manuals, videos, eBooks, scientific articles, live webinars and many practical exercises to try at home.

Access your Natural Skincare Course Anywhere

Study your online training courses anywhere in the world on any device. All Formula Botanica course materials are fully mobile compatible. Download and keep course manuals forever when you finish each module.


Monday, 10 August 2015

Investing Ethically

Investing Ethically Ltd (Independent Financial Advisers) If you require independent ethical financial advice, please contact Investing Ethically Ltd whom specialise in socially responsible and ethical finance.

Offering a nationwide financial planning service to individuals, organisations and charities, seeking to build long term relationships with clients. They can help you with ethical investments, savings, pensions, wealth management and financial advice, linking your ethical concerns to the power of your money and aligning investments with your ethical and environmental values.

Please call 01603 309020 for a free brochure or an initial consultation with an adviser at their cost and without obligation or visit for further information.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Eco Everyday was founded as a social enterprise on the ethos that products do not need to harm the environment, Eco Everyday provides the perfect place for ethical minded corporations and individuals to contribute to the cause while not having to do any extra work. All you have to do is explore their range of products, find what you like, and they will do the rest.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


Drèsd provides the broadcast industry with a viable, cost effective alternative to set waste being sent to landfill or waste to energy. Working directly with the major film, television and production companies they collect waste from sets, then depending on what permission is granted, do a number of different things with what they salvage:
  • The Drèsd. Prop Shop is now open at The Bottle Yard Studios
  • Sustainably set dress large high-end and smaller scale events for corporations, private clients and charitable organisations
  • Design furniture and furnishings for interior designers, private buyers and charitable auctions
  • Sustainable office refurbishment using reclaimed materials, including furniture design and production
Tel: +44 (0)7810 567 067

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Bamboo Bed Linen

Bamboo Bed Linen designed and made in the UK from 100% organically grown bamboo. Super Soft yet durable, cooling and outstandingly comfortable. Hypo-allergenic and great for sensitive skin. Their Bamboo Fabric is shipped to the UK where their dedicated team of pattern cutters and machinists manufacture the full range of bedding for world wide bed sizes.
Bamboo is a sustainable crop requiring no pesticides, fertilisers or irrigation, relying only on natural rainfall. The Bamboo roots stabilise the soil, preventing soil erosion. Comes in 7 great colours and all bed sizes. Bamboo floss filled Duvets too!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Beyond Organic Skincare

Beyond Organic Skincare have recently launched their fabulous new age defying Ultra Radiance Range. 100% natural and with over 90% organic ingredients. Beyond Organic Skincare is the first company in the UK to have achieved Natrue organic certification. Also ISO 9001 & 14001 accredited.

The NATRUE label was set up as an international kitemark to help consumers identify products that are genuinely organic and natural, wherever they are in the world. Beyond Organic products offer purity with performance and have won 19 prestigious awards.

They are all 100% natural and certified organic, containing no synthetic chemicals at all. Their products are jam-packed with Omegas, Vitamins, Anti-Oxidants and over 190 biologically active compounds.

Eternal Creation

Eternal Creation’s range of babies’, childrens’ and womens’ wear is lovingly crafted and ethically produced in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. Conceived in 1999 by Australian designer Frances Carrington, Eternal Creation is a family business committed to improving the working conditions and prospects for Tibetans in exile and local Indians.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Ingle & Rhode

Ingle & Rhode is an ethical fine jeweller, specialising in engagement and wedding rings. They use only certified recycled or Fairtrade gold and platinum in their jewellery, and only ethically-produced gemstones, including lab-created diamonds. They don’t agree with sweatshops or production lines. Their rings are all made individually in the UK, and their craftsmen and women are amongst the most respected in the industry. The exceptional quality of their materials and craftsmanship mean that they create exquisite pieces of jewellery backed by a Lifetime Warranty.

Ingle & Rhode believe that the finest jewellery shouldn’t be the preserve of the wealthy few, and offer exceptional value to all of their clients. They’ll work to your budget, whether modest or generous, to create a future heirloom. They understand that buying a piece of fine jewellery isn’t something you do every day. They provide expertise and advice in a relaxed environment, and they are committed to delivering an exceptional experience for all of their clients.

Address: 14 Gees Court, London W1U 1 JW (all visits are by appointment only)

Tel: 020 7499 2012 or email

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Turtle Doves

Great British design that doesn’t cost The Earth in cashmere, silk & more – Nestled in the heart of Shropshire the Turtle Doves team specialise in turning once-loved cashmere jumpers and silk & cotton saris into practical and gorgeous new accessories for you, your loved ones and your home.

From their best-selling cashmere fingerless gloves to hats, ponchos, scarves & throws their recycled cashmere products are a great value luxury.

Turtle Doves new silk & cotton ranges have added something for the summer and they even have a section for lovely baby gifts for a new arrival.

Please have a browse!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Environmentally Friendly Erosion Control and Horticultural Products

CoirGreen™ manufactures and supplies a wide range of environmentally-friendly natural coir fiber products for the soil erosion control, horticultural and agricultural industries. Their products are 100% biodegradable, and meet the highest industry standards.
Coir logs, coir pallets, coir geotextiles, erosion control blankets, coco pots, growbags, coco chips, weed control mats, coco peat, jute geotextiles are some of the environmentally friendly products manufactured and supplied by CoirGreen™.
CoirGreen™ has grown to be a trusted partner in the erosion control and horticultural sector, gaining recognition among our customers for the high quality of products and the professional service we offer.

Erosion control products

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Cold Proof

ColdProof Whole house energy efficiency analysis & retrofit for old houses.

Specialist in accurate & detailed baseline energy analysis of existing housing, using Passive House methodology and thermal bridge modelling.

The resulting action plan of improvements enables clients to reach specific space heating demand or carbon emissions reduction targets.

The action plan includes a likely list of materials needed, sequence of work & economic analysis.

This is all arrived at through several trial runs in which scenarios for improvements are honed according to the available budget – all done in consultation with the homeowner.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Beyond Naturals

Beyond Organics
The Beyond Naturals Range has arrived!

13 new products, 3 of which are 
for acne prone skin.

From the well-respected Beyond Organic label, this range of 100% natural or naturally derived skincare brings you the same purity and performance as their certified organic range, but at half the price.  No parabens, no SLS.  In fact no synthetic chemicals at all.   Vegetarian & Vegan.   Ideal for sensitive and troubled skin.

Why is it cheaper?
  • Basically, because certified organic raw ingredients are at least double the price of their natural counterparts; not because ingredient suppliers are greedy, but because certification is time consuming and expensive.
  • They in turn have to pay for their own certification, with an annual license fee based on turnover (note turnover, not profit), which increases the costs further.

How does it work?
  • A variety of natural botanical extracts such as Aloe Vera, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, Cucumber and Chamomile to keep your skin toned and healthy.
  • Specially selected oils, which work in harmony with your skin to moisturise and protect.
  • Gentle ingredients; selected to be non-irritating to sensitive skin.
  • Full ingredient listings are available on their products and website.

To find out more about Beyond Organic Skincare, to purchase products or find your nearest stockist visit the website at:

For images or further details of the Beyond Organic Skincare ranges please contact: Marianne Tregoning of Beyond Organic Skincare on 0845 500 3550

Thursday, 11 December 2014

New from Old

New from Old designs, handcrafts and installs bespoke solid wood kitchens and furniture for the home using either reclaimed pine or new accredited sustainable hardwoods, including the beautifully grained Oak, Ash, Elm, Sycamore, Beech.

The grain of the wood is carefully chosen and used as an integral part of each design.

Sole Proprietor Rick Forward is a furniture craftsman, and uses time-tested methods of craftsmanship to create traditionally made kitchens and furniture in contemporary and traditional styles. His philosophy is to create beautiful and functional interiors with minimal environmental impact.

Visit or call 01353 676227 for further information.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Dinosaurs, Mother Nature and Human Destiny

Dinosaurs and Mother NatureVarious theories exist about the event that ended the dinosaurs' dominance of the Earth. Whatever the cause, it was certainly cataclysmic. Dinosaurs had been around for some 135 million years – by comparison humans are believed to have lived on Earth for only 2 million years. In cosmic terms, humans have existed for the blink of an eye. Shorter still is the industrial era and technological developments that have allowed humans to dominate every facet of the Earth and control its very destiny.

We revel in our brilliance and ingenuity in mastering Mother Nature but as the Nobel laureate Richard Feynman once famously said, "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled." Ultimately Mother Nature will prevail - she always has and she always will. The big difference, of course, is that unlike the dinosaurs' fate, humans may ultimately inflict their own demise. And we can see it coming.

These are not doomsayer predictions but rather inevitable consequences of our own actions unless we change course. For example, our very economic system is predicated on the ever increasing consumption of unlimited resources, which is fundamentally flawed given that Earth's capacity is obviously finite. Yet governments of all persuasions pursue unmitigated economic growth as a panacea for domestic bliss and, where democracy exists, for improving their chances of re-election by appeasing the masses.

At the same time, governments have been largely inactive in terms of mediating unsustainable growth in the global human population due to fears of a religious backlash and accusations of 'big brother' interference in personal lives. It is estimated by the Guttmacher Institute, for example, that 222 million women worldwide have an unmet need for modern contraception due to limited cultural acceptance, the level of female empowerment, affordability or problems with distribution.

A rocketing human population demanding Western lifestyles and consuming ever more resources to fuel economic growth clearly cannot be sustained in the long-term. Whilst technology improvements, energy efficiency, improved methods of food production and the discovery and extraction of fossil fuels from untapped areas such as the Arctic and the use of fracking will buy time they are not the solution (remember the jubilation at North Sea oil in the 1970s).

On the flip side, many of those involved in the environmental movement have been too quick to predict disaster. When it hasn’t happened there has been ridicule and consequential loss of faith in the predictions. Coupled with powerful corporate influences on public understanding, this has resulted in apathy and a large proportion of the population simply not believing the science. Changes are occurring but more gradual than some of the more perilous predictions. Others within the environmental movement have taken an almost fundamentalist line, which has played directly into the hands of the corporations and media who portray them as tree-hugging, sandal wearing hippies out of touch with reality.

The problems facing our planet in the coming years are considerable, but they are not insurmountable. Better education and empowerment of women are keys to bringing down high birth rates. This has been proven to be effective in developing countries and examples such as Malala Yousafzai provide real inspiration. The shift away from dirty fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is continuing and will accelerate as the cost-effectiveness of newer green technologies improves. Scotland, for example, is predicted to be entirely renewable electricity-powered by 2020. Consumer demand and campaigning for sustainable and fair trade products is forcing many suppliers to adopt more ethical practices. Demand for eco-friendly, fair trade products has surged according to the market research company Nielsen, and this trend is likely to continue.

We tread a fine line but ultimately we are masters of our own destiny.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Drive an eco friendly car? Don't miss out on green insurance savings!

There has been a rapid rise in the number of low emission vehicles and hybrid cars on Britain's roads as more drivers look to cut costs with saving on fuel and tax.
What many don't realise is that insurance on these types of cars is often lower too, with many green insurance companies offering discounts for eco friendly and low emission vehicles.
Some green insurance companies also offer to offset your carbon emissions or contribute some of their profits to good causes.
If you drive a low emission, eco friendly car then don't miss out on potential savings on your insurance too whilst helping to protect the planet!
The Green Providers Directory provides a list of green insurance companies who specialise in this area.

"It wasn't the Exxon Valdez captain's driving that caused the Alaskan oil spill. It was

yours." - Greenpeace advertisement, New York Times, 25 February 1990

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Drapers Organic

Organic cotton and hemp fabric
Drapers Organic are the hemp shower curtain, hemp fabric and hemp homeware Company. They offer you a great choice of colours and sizes in their two stylish hemp shower curtain collections, of which their ‘Purely’ Collection also makes elegant window dressings.

Drapers Organic have now added hemp beanbag covers to their mix and match homeware range of cushion covers, curtains, tablecloths, runners & napkins and have included their ‘Purely’ fabric to their vibrant hemp fabric by the metre range, so you can now make your own hemp shower curtains and homewares too!


Call 0333 456 3560

Can you pass the greenwash test?

Unsustainable human consumption
If you listen to the marketing hype of some of the larger companies these days its easy to be seduced into thinking that they're all green and adopting sustainable policies towards the environment.

Its true that some have made encouraging steps forward, which is to be commended. However, a large proportion have cynically jumped on the green bandwagon and added 'eco' to various products and services whilst making no real changes to protect the environment. 'Greenwashing' as its become known, is prevalent across a range of industries.

At the same time, confusion over what is genuinely green and consumer disinterest and apathy, have led to the subject of sustainability dropping off the radar and being kicked into the long grass. Remember the coalition's pledge to be the 'greenest government ever'?

Let's ignore the various claims and counter-claims and look at two fundamental facts, which are quite alarming, and which serve to expose the truth behind the facade.

Firstly, wildlife populations have halved in the last 40 years, according to the latest Living Planet Report by the World Wildlife Fund. The report states that "the biggest recorded threat to biodiversity globally comes from the combined impacts of habitat loss and degradation, driven by unsustainable human consumption". That includes massive human population growth, particularly in Africa. The earth is undergoing a mass extinction due to human activity and we don't even realise it.

Secondly, global greenhouse gas emissions are set to hit a record high this year, with a rise of 2.5 per cent above 2013 levels. In other words, climate change isn't being brought under control - its actually spiralling out of control.

Don't be fooled into believing that we are living in a greener world, run by green governments and corporations trying to protect the environment. The unpalatable truth is that things are far worse now than they were before the so-called 'green revolution.'

If larger numbers of consumers can be better informed and convinced of the ecological dangers we face, then their combined demand for greener goods and services will cause a paradigm shift in buying behaviour whilst forcing traditional companies to adopt policies that reduce harm to the environment.

All of which makes it more imperative to see through cynical greenwashing and push for genuinely green products, whilst adopting more sustainable lifestyles.