Sunday, 28 June 2020

Fair trade t-shirts

Ethical, fashionable and funky fair trade t-shirts to suit every taste! Made without using child labour or sweat shops. Materials used include hemp, bamboo and organic cotton – pesticide free and without harming the planet or involving exploitation.
Did you know? Conventionally grown cotton is the second most pesticide-laden crop in the world? It takes approximately 150g of chemicals to grow enough cotton to make just one t-shirt. Organic cotton, on the other hand, is grown in certified pesticide-free and herbicide-free soil, using organic farming methods, which produce healthier fabrics, preserve the quality of our water and prevent toxins from entering the human food chain in the form of cottonseed and other byproducts.
Fair trade t-shirts are worn by an increasing number of celebrities and are becoming more mainstream.
“When some high-sounding institute states that a compound is harmless or a process free of risk, it is wise to know whence the institute or the scientists who work there obtain their financial support.” – Lancet, editorial on the “medical-industrial complex,” 1973

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Hippie Pants

Hippie-Pants is a fair-trade yoga and meditation brand. It produces pants, kimonos and shirts in small batches in Thailand from where it ships globally to its customers. Founded in 2015, the company began by offering the yoga market a comfortable and sustainable alternative to leggings, before branching out to menswear and accessories. The brand offers a fair trade guarantee to protect its local designers and collaborates with NGOs to support a socially responsible, environmentally conscious operation. Hippie Pants products are also vegan-friendly being made only from locally sourced cotton, bamboo rayon and wood.

Monday, 6 January 2020

Climate crisis - what climate crisis?

"Climate change itself is probably doing good; or at least, more good than harm.” -Tony Abbott, Former Australian Prime Minister in 2017

Monday, 9 December 2019

Carhop eco-friendly valet system

Carhop is a complete eco-friendly mobile valet system. Carhop is innovative, waterless and eco-friendly and the best bit is its super convenient as they come to you, whether you are at home or the office. Carhop take pride in offering the highest quality service, every time. At present Carhop covers East and West Sussex. All their friendly Carhop Hoppers are referenced and DBS-checked.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Baxter’s Naturals

Baxter’s Naturals offers a range of non-toxic, chemical-free and natural laundry products, bug and pest repellents. Baxter’s Naturals provides natural, organic and environmentally friendly solutions for people with allergies or who just need to find good, hypoallergenic laundry, pest or bug sprays. Baxter’s Naturals believe in a chemical-free, non-toxic world. Visit

Shoot the messenger – the scandal of the Amazonian rainforest killings

In 2005, a 73-year-old US-born Catholic nun and activist named Dorothy Stang was murdered in Brazil. Dorothy had been campaigning to protect the Amazonian rainforest for four decades.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Rising sea levels – when denialists face reality?

Rising sea levels – when denialists face reality? Rising sea levels due to global warming will displace 300 million people globally and reshape entire coastlines and cities.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Feelgood Eco Beds

Feelgood eco beds is a small business based just outside of Exeter. They make a range of wooden beds from certified, sustainably sourced timber. All the finishes they use are water based, zero odour non toxic and low in VOC content. They deliver to all parts of the UK and delivery is free to mainland England and Wales. The beds are designed to make assembly very easy and they supply the tools (only 2!) to do the job. They also supply luxury pocket spring mattresses which use local Dartmoor sheeps wool that has been organically washed.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Is your coffee fair trade and eco friendly?

Dr Gary Robertshaw

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil. Coffee is everywhere, cafes, sandwich shops, restaurants, bars, supermarkets and specialist outlets. Millions of us drink coffee everyday but few stop to wonder what environmental impact it has, how it was made and if any of the huge profits from coffee sales filter down to the people actually growing the beans.

Did you know, for example, that according to a report in the Guardian third world coffee farmers typically receive just 10 per cent of the eventual retail price? Or that most coffee growing regions exist alongside some of the most vulnerable ecosystems on earth?

The main source of environmental damage caused by coffee consumption is in growing the actual coffee beans. As demand for coffee has grown, more economically efficient but environmentally damaging agricultural methods have sprung up. The more recent sun grown coffee method in particular involves growing coffee beans on plantations with fertilisers. An estimated 2.5 million acres of forest in Central America alone has been cleared to make way for such coffee growing plantations. There is thus a strong connection between traditionally grown coffee beans and deforestation.

Then there is the connection between coffee growing and water consumption. Otherwise known as embedded water. That is, the total amount of water needed to grow the ingredients and operate all the processes necessary to create the cup of coffee. It actually takes a staggering 246 pints of embedded water to make one cup of coffee.

But it is not all bad news. Fair trade coffee is becoming more popular with millions of cups now being consumed every day according to the Fair Trade Foundation. Though still in a minority, newer ethical brands are gaining ground.

Fair trade coffee helps to reduce poverty through trade by offering a structured minimum price and premium guarantee for producers. Fair trade also cuts out the middleman, which gives farmer cooperatives the chance to deal directly with the retailers and ensure that coffee is bought at a price commensurate with the cost of production. The extra proceeds received by farmers then go towards investment in social and business development projects such as scholarship programmes, healthcare services and quality improvement training.

However, whilst fair trade coffee is ethically produced with respect to remunerating the producers it does not necessarily mean that it is eco friendly. For this reason, the Rainforest Alliance focuses more heavily on environmental concerns with the aim of conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainability. For example, it forbids deforestation and will not certify farms where there is evidence of such deforestation.

Sadly, there are still some well know coffee brands who have not signed up to fair trade or eco friendly methods of production. Next time you put the kettle on or call into a coffee shop, look out for the labels telling you how green your cup of coffee really is.

Shoot the messenger – the scandal of the Amazonian rainforest killings

Dr Gary Robertshaw

In 2005, a 73-year-old US-born Catholic nun and activist named Dorothy Stang was murdered in Brazil. Dorothy had been campaigning to protect the Amazonian rainforest for four decades. The murderers were killers hired by local landowners. Those responsible for clearing the rainforests can’t win the moral argument as their actions are based on greed and personal gain at any cost. So, instead, they resort to killing those who try to stop them.

The killing of Dorothy Stang was high profile but it certainly wasn’t an isolated incident. In May 2011, José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and Maria do Espírito Santo, a husband and wife team of activists who dedicated many years fighting against illegal deforestation, paid the ultimate price when they were shot dead following numerous death threats.

This situation is not recent either. As far back as April 1996 there was the "massacre of Eldorado de Carajás", in which 19 rural protesters were killed when Brazilian police opened fire on a crowd of peasant farmers who were holding a peaceful demonstration against illegal logging.
The Catholic Church's Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), which has documented rural violence in Brazil since the 1980s, has counted hundreds of such killings. There is a long history of intimidation, kidnappings and death threats against people trying to protect the rainforests. Many are murdered without anyone ever hearing about it.

Little is heard of these killings in the mass media and larger corporations who are indirectly linked to rainforest destruction are conspicuously quiet on the subject. Such is media apathy that campaigners are often derided as ‘tree huggers’ with headlines instead dedicated to footballers’ affairs, ‘reality’ TV shows and celebrity gossip.

The latest candidate for execution is Raimundo Francisco Belmiro dos Santos, a campaigner for protecting the Amazonian rainforest. His only crime is speaking out against the illegal loggers and those trying to destroy the rainforests. Apparently, landowners in the northern state of Pará have offered a 50,000 dollar contract for his death. He has already received numerous death threats against him and his family.

Clearly, large corporations are not directly involved in violence and intimidation of this nature. However, the lead up to deforestation often begins with groups of illegal ‘land grabbers’ known as ‘grileiros’ who invade and seize land belonging to others often with forged documents. This is backed up with intimidation and violence. This illegally obtained land is then sold to large landowners. And that is how much of the large-scale deforestation occurs.

Environmentalists have stressed the need to draw attention to the dreadful situation occurring in the Amazon and to highlight the plight of both campaigners and innocent people caught up in the violence and intimidation. For this to happen there needs to be much greater global awareness through the media of what is really going on, genuine commitment from the large corporations to disassociate themselves from rainforest destruction coupled with concerted efforts by Brazilian and international governments to tackle the problem. Those responsible for the threats, shootings and killings need to be brought to justice. The price of failure is no less than the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Air Pollution: The Causes, Issues and Solutions

Air Pollution: The Causes, Issues and Solutions

Dr. Gary Robertshaw

According to a study by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) into UK air pollution ‘chronic exposure to PM (air pollution particles) contributes to the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer’. As well as this it can ‘either have a cooling or a warming effect on climate’ and it ‘also has a key role in the ecosystem impacts of air pollution.’
While this study also points out that there has ‘been a long term decrease in the emissions of all the pollutants covered by this statistical release’, the unfortunate reality is there are still significant amounts of pollutants within the UK’s air. Furthermore, the worldwide situation according to the World Health Organisation is particularly shocking with estimates revealing that one in eight of total global deaths were as a result of air pollution exposure.

It almost goes without saying really but something needs to be done to help improve the quality of the world’s air and indeed the quality of life for those affected. In this post we examine just what air pollution is, what the common causes of it are and look at any potential ecologically-friendly solutions to this global problem.

Air Pollution Explained

Air pollution is essentially when the atmosphere is contaminated by different agents, be it from a physical, chemical or perhaps biological alteration. These contaminants then make the otherwise clean air dangerous to breathe and harmful to plants, humans and animals alike. The causes of these agents can be both because of human action but also from natural causes.
A few examples of pollutants are carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, lead and organic compounds.

The Effects of Air Pollution

As aforementioned in the Defra study, the negative effects are the damaging impacts on human health, plant and animal life and the increase in the rate in global warming. Other problems that this can cause includes damage to the planet’s protective ozone layer, which we need to stop UV rays. What’s more when these contaminants get into the atmosphere they can mix with water droplets and fall as acid rain; again causing damage.

Common Causes

Some of the common causes of air pollution really should come as no surprise, these include:
  • The burning of fossil fuels in industry, fuels for transportation and the creation of gas and electricity
  • Chemical emissions from other industries
Other causes which might not be as widely-known include:
  • Using everyday items like deodorants and other household goods like cleaning products, paints and also smoke from fireplaces.
  • Pesticides and other chemicals used by farmers to protect crops

Potential Solutions?

Some of the straightforward, and ultimately environmentally-friendly, ways you can help limit the amount of air pollution created involve:
  • Using your vehicle less and reducing the amount of gas and electricity you use at home
  • Involving yourself in recycling programmes
Aside from simply doing your part to cut back your personal consumption of fossil fuels, other solutions to air pollution can be found on a larger, and arguably more significant level. Both you and businesses alike could choose alternative renewable energy sources such as solar power or investing in wind turbines. Along with this, businesses with high consumption or contaminant output can invest in new, greener machinery or upgrade their systems with emissions controlling technologies.
Whatever your choice what’s important is you act now to help improve the situation not just for you personally, but for the longevity of the planet and for the current and future generations of the human race.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Welcome to Milam mattress! The highest quality 100% pure organic latex mattress.

At Milam mattress they make completely natural and green, amazingly designed, high quality bedding products that are certified to the strictest environmental criteria. Their main product is a premium category latex mattress and they also have alpaca wool duvets, pillows and organic cotton bed linen in their portfolio
Telephone: 020 3488 4106

Friday, 12 April 2019

Mama Nature

Mama Nature an are an award winning eco-friendly, organic skin care company that freshly prepares all products by hand. They just can’t help their mothering instinct to nurture, help and protect. Because their diverse range of products are innovative, revolutionary and life changing they are recommended by Dermatologists, Mid-wives and Health Visitors.
Vegan. They care about your well-being and that’s why they refuse to fill their products full of synthetic ingredients. They are leading the way in the use of natural and organic ingredients in skin care. Everyone needs a Mama

Re-wrapped, designer led wrapping paper and other products, using 100% recycled unbleached paper and environmentally friendly vegetable inks

Re-wrapped produces designer led wrapping paper and other products, using 100% recycled unbleached paper and environmentally friendly vegetable inks. Their range includes wrapping paper, matching swing tags, greeting cards and notebooks. They also provide a customer print service, allowing customers to bring their own wrapping paper designs to market, as well as producing business cards, corporate notebooks, flyers and other marketing materials, all using post consumer waste that has not been bleached.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Feelgood Eco Beds

Feelgood eco beds is a small business based just outside of Exeter. They make a range of wooden beds from certified, sustainably sourced timber. All the finishes they use are water based, zero odour non toxic and low in VOC content. They deliver to all parts of the UK and delivery is free to mainland England and Wales. The beds are designed to make assembly very easy and they supply the tools (only 2!) to do the job. They also supply luxury pocket spring mattresses which use local Dartmoor sheeps wool that has been organically washed.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018


Beyond Organic Skincare have just launched their latest face cream, “Organic Miracle Worker.” It has already become a real hit with their staff and testers during pre-launch trials and has been promoted to ‘favourite’ by nearly everyone!

It is the combination of incredible ingredients that makes this cream so effective.  The combined ingredients, which include the natural form of retinol, have the ability to stimulate the growth of healthy new skin tissue. Scientific studies clearly establish these ingredients as significant healing agents which:

Protect & soothe skin
Have a regenerating effect on the epidermis
Improve the appearance of aged scars
Moisturise, nourish & repair
Are anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant & antiseptic
Increase the skin’s surface microcirculation 

Which means it can help with:

Lines & ageing
Dry & damaged skin
Acne & associated scarring
Eczema, psoriasis & skin rashes
Age spots, stretch marks & general scarring
Skin redness, inflammation & irritation
Burns & bites
Skin renewal & repair
Photo-ageing prevention

A luxurious, certified organic, cruelty free, vegan face cream that truly works miracles! Feedback from pre-launch trials over the past six months includes:

‘The fine lines around my eyes are definitely reduced!”

“Love this cream, it absorbs so well and the fragrance is so calming.”

“I have received lots of compliments lately about my glowing skin.”

“My skin is definitely looking more plumped and smooth.”

“I’ve run out – when will I be able to buy this?  Help!”

Price:  30ml airless pump £39.00     5ml trial airless pump £6.50

Beyond Organic Skincare are based in Helston, Cornwall and sell their products worldwide. They have won 30 awards for their fabulous natural and organic skincare.  By stripping their products bare of any unnecessary ‘fluff’ and focusing on what truly goes on at skin level, Beyond Organic Skincare’s products are amazing! Jam-packed with omegas, vitamins, plant extracts and over 190 biologically active compounds, these products are truly effective, naturally:

Purity with Performance
Authentic, natural and certified organic by OF&G (GB Org 02)
Recommended by Dr Marilyn Glenville and Cancer Active
Green, ecological & fair trade company
Excellent for sensitive and troubled skin
Vegetarian, mostly vegan, never tested on animals
Free from Parabens and SLS


Friday, 14 July 2017

The Sixth Mass Extinction - And We Just Sit By and Watch it Happen

In a week in which scientists warned that other species are facing “biological annihilation”, Population Matters is urging organisations which educate the public about natural history to stop pulling their punches and tell people what’s really going on. Earlier today, we launched our new ‘Welcome to the Anthropocene’ campaign outside London’s world-famous Natural History Museum, with the help of Big Foot, a spectacular and provocative “exhibit”.

Big Foot
Life-size Big Foot is made of hundreds of steel mesh “babies” and is standing on, or rather in, a squashed planet Earth with the remains of living things on his over-sized foot. A strong message which we think is needed to help people wake up to the danger the living world faces and the urgent need to do something about it.

Last month, our director Robin and PM patrons Chris Packham and Professor Aubrey Manning wrote to the Natural History Museum’s director, Sir Michael Dixon, asking him to ensure that the museum provides its millions of visitors with vital information about the state of our planet. In their letter they asked him to ensure the museum “takes the lead in presenting the facts about the impacts of our species upon the Earth, its biodiversity and ecosystems”, saying it is entirely in line with the museum’s stated mission:

“to challenge the way people think about the natural world – its past, present and future. We aim to stimulate public debate about humanity’s future and equip our audiences at every level with an understanding of science.”

Welcome to the Anthropocene
The impact of human beings been on the Earth in the last 200 years has been so deep that scientists are now calling for our period in the planet’s history to be called the ‘Anthropocene’ – the age of humans. Tragically, our impact has almost always been for the worse. Species of animals and plants are disappearing so fast that scientists and conservationists call it the ‘sixth mass extinction’.

The fine balance of chemicals in our air and seas has been disrupted with dangerous consequences – our carbon emissions are driving global warming and ocean acidification, while excesses of nitrogen and phosphorous from industry and agriculture are turning parts of the sea into dead zones.

Our enormous population growth – we are now adding a billion people every 12 to 15 years – and consumption are driving these changes. Population growth is not inevitable and we can end and reverse it, to the benefit of everyone, and everything, on our planet.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Beyond Organic Skincare - Press release 2017


Our NEW Organic Shine & Strength Shampoo and Conditioner, Moisturising Body Wash and Antibacterial Hand Wash are free from all sulphates - instead containing gentle surfactants made from coconut, in quantities that cleanse without drying or irritating.

Gentle, mild & effective, these soothing concoctions are perfect for sensitive skin and those with skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. Each product contains a range of ingredients, including organic aloe vera and glycerin, to soothe and moisturise.

Fresh, unisex scents derived from pure organic essential oils revitalise the senses.

Suitable for home use and for the hospitality market.

“This is Exactly what I have been looking for in a natural shampoo! I only use organic products, except shampoo and conditioner as no natural one has ever felt nice…Until now! My extra-long hair loves it and so do I! Thank you.” Jade Gillow-Hurd.

“Love this conditioner and got great results with much less than I usually have to apply. Hair was soft, shiny and felt light. Brilliant product.” Debbie Young.

People with dry, damaged or coloured hair, dry skin and conditions such as eczema, should find a marked improvement by going sulphate free:

 “I have used sulphate-free shampoo, body soap, and baby wash exclusively and I have definitely noticed less flare-ups of eczema and dry scalp/dry skin, my hair is less frizzy, and my body feels softer — my hair even seems to respond better to my hair products after each shampoo!” Tamara Floyd.

For more details, visit:

Tel: 01326 574000      


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Is it possible to produce goods and services in a fair and ethical way, without damaging the environment?

There remains fierce debate surrounding the question of whether consumerism can ever be accommodated within a sustainable framework. In other words, is it possible to produce goods and services in a fair and ethical way, without damaging the environment? The question is not quite so straightforward. For example some fair trade products such as coffee can be ethically produced, but can also have an adverse impact on the environment. It would appear, therefore, that there is no universally accepted definition of what actually constitutes green consumerism.

This lack of consensus does not mean, however, that we cannot live greener and more sustainable lifestyles – far from it. There is a growing realisation today that our actions are having a detrimental effect on the planet, pushing more people to consider how they can make a difference. The increase in demand for fair trade products and surge in clean energy are two areas that are testament to this. Other people see sustainable living as an effective way of reducing costs and saving money. For example, insulating the house or car sharing.

Having decided to adopt a greener lifestyle, reduce our carbon footprint and save money into the bargain, the question then arises of how we go about finding green products and services amongst the myriad of confusing claims, greenwashing and different alternatives! There are suppliers of everything from fair trade clothing to green insurance policies, but these have tended to be fairly disparate and involved lots of internet searches and shopping around niche websites.

A genuine desire to help protect the planet, encourage sustainable living and make it easier for eco-conscious shoppers to find greener products and services led to my decision in 2005 to launch the Green Providers Directory.

The idea was that the directory would provide a one-stop shop for all things green, eco-friendly and sustainable – all under one roof. Suppliers are listed in easy-to-use sections, with a description of what they provide and contact details. The directory is free and easy to use, providing links to a range of renewable energy suppliers, fair trade clothing, health and beauty products, energy saving devices, ethical gifts and organic wines, as well as news and updates on environmental issues and related topics.

The directory has since been listed in The Guardian and Channel 4’s environmental sections and on, a United Nations Environmental Programme. It also has a number of links with schools and universities, including Cambridge University, Bradford University and the University of Huddersfield, providing articles and information on green issues and sustainable living.

The directory is also involved in areas such as helping to protect the world’s rainforests and endangered species, writing articles for green blogs and publications, and providing support for a number of environmental causes and campaigns.

In the 11 years since the launch of the Green Providers Directory we have seen progress in many areas such as growth in clean energy production, fair trade products being stocked in major supermarkets, electric cars, charges for plastic bags, climate change agreements and banning of bee-harming pesticides. But we’ve also witnessed fracking, continued population growth, species extinction, rainforests being destroyed for palm oil plantations and other severe ecological threats.

I would like to think that the directory has made a useful contribution to protecting the environment, and that it can play an ongoing role in helping to build a sustainable future for our children and the planet’s rich and diverse wildlife.

Guest post by Dr Gary Robertshaw

Coca-Cola - Myth busting Coke's claims on ocean plastics | Greenpeace UK

As thousands of Greenpeace supporters have piled the pressure on Coca-Cola, the mega brand is starting to take notice - but Coke’s answers aren’t yet good enough.

When we launched our report showing how Coke is failing to take responsibility for the damage its plastic bottles are causing in the ocean, the company said it was “disappointed” by our findings. What’s really disappointing is that in the past decade, Coca-Cola has actually increased the proportion of single-use plastic bottles across its global packaging mix. But when we delivered a 2.5 ton monument to ocean plastic pollution to Coca-Cola’s London HQ, a spokesperson simply stuck to the line that they were “disappointed”.

Since April, over 88,000 of you have written to Coke’s CEO in Europe, calling on the world’s largest soft drinks company to ditch throwaway plastic to protect our oceans from plastic pollution. Hundreds of you called Coca-Cola’s switchboard in a single afternoon, and have been sharing spoof videos and gifs on social media showing the devastating impact Coke’s single-use plastic bottles are having on marine wildlife.

Read more: Coca-Cola - Myth busting Coke's claims on ocean plastics | Greenpeace UK

Friday, 2 June 2017

Best Years

Best Years stock a wide range of handmade, fairtrade and organic toys from around the world. Includes the fabulous Pebble crochet toys, hats and blankets, the only crochet toys with WFTO status. Also Under the Nile organic and fairtrade toys and swaddle blankets. Handmade in Egypt from organic Egyptian cotton and perfect for babies. Friendly service guaranteed.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Original Volunteers

Original Volunteers
Original Volunteers have been providing affordable volunteer opportunities worldwide since 2006. Projects last 1 to 24 weeks and run throughout the year on flexible start dates. All ages and levels welcome. Local support teams at all locations providing airport transfers and assistance throughout the placement. Tailored placements also available. 1 – 2 projects each year can provide free accommodation.
Not sure if you need a number and email for enquiries too?….
Email: contact [at]
Tel: 01603 280702

Friday, 3 February 2017

Freeflush Rainwater Harvesting

Freeflush Rainwater Harvesting FreeFlush design and supply rainwater harvesting systems. FreeFlush design experience has been nurtured through many years working in the water industry.

The designs range from simple wall hung water butts through to large underground tanks with pumped control. They aim to make rainwater harvesting more accessible through their innovative products. 


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Ecard Shack

Ecard Shack provides fully customizable business ecards through their super easy, on-line design tool. You will find an extensive range of high quality images, animation and seasonal music tracks that you choose from to build bespoke electronic Christmas cards for your business. At Ecard Shack, they provide everything you need to wow customers at Christmas.