Wednesday, 3 March 2021
Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Snooty Catz ethical living for people and pets was founded in 2016 in the steel city of Sheffield; they are a small independent business with a passion for living ethically for both themselves and their pets. They work hard to offset their carbon footprint and they also plant one tree for every order placed.
Friday, 19 February 2021
Friendly Soap Natural, biodegradable soap and shampoo bars. Their products are vegan, cruelty-free and made by people paid a living wage, without using plastic or preservatives. They use a cold-process method handed down through generations of makers. Creating no by-products and relying on old-fashioned elbow grease, with every bar poured, cut and packed by hand in Yorkshire. Friendly Soap is biodegradable too, so it’s better for the planet even once you’ve used it. Friendly Soap hope to change buying habits by giving a more natural, sustainable and affordable option. www.friendlysoap.co.uk
Thursday, 11 February 2021
They also have unique recycled, plastic free and biodegradable packaging materials and everything for the eco office: from recycled string to glue sticks made from almonds and potato starch. Their customers include big organisations wanting to run green conferences, small pioneering green businesses, eco-conscious home users, natural wedding planners and green pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels. They have over two thousand regular customers throughout the UK and some overseas, who all want to use their purchasing power to make a difference. You are not recycling unless you are buying recycled, CLOSE THE LOOP.
Monday, 8 February 2021
Tuesday, 2 February 2021
Eco Living the property and lifestyle magazine with a purpose, working towards saving our planet for future generations to enjoy. More than just another lifestyle magazine Eco Living is delivering a real message, helping its readers to make discerning choices when it comes to purchasing homes, holidays, food and goods that will, by their nature, help nurture and ultimately save our planet. From features on preserving wildlife, organic farming, sustainable fashion, holistic spas, and eco housing the magazine will also explore projects that are working right now to help preserve the balance of nature including the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy project.
Monday, 1 February 2021
Wednesday, 27 January 2021
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.
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
ethicalfutures are ethical independent financial advisers (IFA) specialising in ethical investment and financial planning. Based in Edinburgh, they advise clients throughout Scotland. At ethicalfutures, they can help you make your money change your world by ensuring that the decisions they help you make are both financially and ethically sound. Ethical Futures have a range of advice services to fit your needs.
Monday, 18 January 2021
Jungle Culture’s philosophy is to inspire people to see the beauty and purpose in nature. They create earth-friendly and functional goods sourced directly from independent artisans and makers from all over the world. They believe in fair and honest manufacturing and care deeply about building relationships with the local communities that we work alongside.
Tuesday, 5 January 2021
When searching for fair trade and eco friendly flowers, its important to recognise that many of the standard cut flowers found in shops and delivered by large companies are grown using peat and fertilisers. Digging out swathes of peat damages local habitats and increases carbon emissions. Fertilisers can harm wildlife and rivers. As if that weren't bad enough, many are grown using pesticides which harm bees, pollute waterways and result in loss of biodiversity.
Organically grown, fair trade flowers do not use artificial pesticides or fertilisers and are kinder on the environment. When ordering flowers for loved ones and special occasions why not choose natural flowers, with the colour, vibrancy and smell that nature creates herself instead of chemically-laden flowers?
Wednesday, 16 December 2020
We've all heard horror stories about sweat shops in Bangladesh and third world countries where workers endure poor working conditions and a meagre pay for long hours. Many brands are keen to showcase their latest fashion with celebrity endorsements but less enthusiastic about the human misery behind the gloss. In addition to the human cost there is often environmental damage associated with the use of toxic pesticides in cotton production.
Cotton is one of the most commonly used materials for clothing. However, conventionally grown cotton often involves widespread use of pesticides, which are hazardous to workers and which can pollute waterways. In areas where cotton is grown conventionally there have been many reports of health problems, including rashes, allergies and respiratory problems. Sadly, children are often used to produce cheap clothing in sweatshops and are exposed to a toxic mixture of chemicals that harms their health. In this sense, conventionally grown cotton is probably one of the least eco-friendly materials around.
Given a choice its clear that most people would opt for fashionable clothing that has been produced in a way that protects workers rights and provides fair pay, and which minimises harm to the environment. Whilst many High Street shops and clothing brands continue with unethical production methods, its reassuring to see the growing number of sustainable clothing companies now operating in the UK.
So what constitutes sustainable clothing? With so many different ways to define 'eco-friendly' its clearly not a straightforward answer. For example, does a clothing manufacturer that uses micro-plastics in its fibres but pays its workers a decent wage and good working conditions qualify?
Brands such as Lofte offer a carefully curated collection of luxury brands, influenced by Scandinavian style. Using ethically sourced materials, our selection comprises some of the most exciting brands in sustainable fashion. They donate 20% of their profits to eco-conscious charities, promising style and sustainability.
Other brands such as Kind Clothing ensure that their clothing is kinder to the earth and all her creatures. They also believe that it's more sustainable to buy 'forever tees' that are ethically made and are exceptional quality, so they'll last for years to come.
There is now a wide range of eco-friendly and sustainable clothing brands in the UK, available at reasonable prices. Instead of cheap, mass-produced High Street clothing why not opt for fashion that is stylish, unique and kinder to the environment?
You can find a wide range of sustainable clothing companies in our green directory to include childrenswear and t-shirts.
Tuesday, 15 December 2020
envoPAP make innovative, sustainable packaging and paper that’s kind to the planet. By using renewable sources—like sugarcane waste instead of wood—their production has a much smaller environmental footprint than traditional packaging, and still delivers an industry-leading product.
As a certified B Corporation, sustainability’s at the heart of their business. They balance profit and purpose, striving for ethical, eco-friendly, transparent production. They’re also committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 around sustainability, responsibility and innovation.
Each metric tonne of envoPAPEnvopap helps save 50 trees from being chopped down for paper and packaging production. So far, they’ve saved 760,000+ trees from deforestation. By 2030, they aim to save 10 million trees across the globe, as well as empowering 1,000+ people through job opportunities and donating profits towards sustainable development. www.envopap.com/
Ethiqana – Ethical, Sustainable, Logical. Ethiqana is a convenient, stylish, ethical and sustainable alternative to the usual. Ethiqana are passionate about people and the planet so they get very excited about things that are ethical and sustainable. They work with small artisan producers. Economic empowerment, creative pursuit and eco-friendliness are at the heart of their mission. Their collection includes organic wooden toys, unique home décor, artistic & economical heating solutions, stylish personal accessories & beautiful greeting cards. Everything is exceptionally handcrafted by artisan heroes so everything is truly unique. Also, every sale contributes to a worthy project through Buy1Give1, at no cost to you!
Friday, 27 November 2020
Dr Gary Robertshaw
According to the New Scientist , for every star in the known universe, there are at least 10 million viruses on Earth! Viruses are so small that more than 100 million can fit on a pinhead. Compared to viruses, humans are thus massively outnumbered. There is an undeniable relationship between virus transmission and the number of humans on the planet, increased globalisation and human impingement on virus-harbouring wildlife habitats.
As the human population grows inexorably upwards, deforestation, hunting, wildlife trade and conversion of land for agriculture are exposing more people to zoonotic diseases whereby viruses spread from animals to humans. According to a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society , the causes of wildlife population declines have facilitated the transmission of animal viruses to humans. The UN has also warned that up to one million species are at risk of extinction due to human activity. The stakes could not be higher.
When we destroy Nature we destroy ourselves. Global markets and the stampede to foster economic growth ignore this simple yet powerful tenet. As we have seen, markets are defenceless in the face of a rapidly spreading virus. Another pandemic involving a more virulent virus in the next few years would result in economic collapse.
Wherever overpopulation occurs, Nature will always seek to redress the balance. Human overpopulation and destruction of wildlife habitats present viruses with greater transmission opportunities. As James Lovelock, originator of the Gaia theory, has said "We are an opportunity for the virus... If you go on building up the population, it's almost inevitable." Cruel and dirty factory farming of animals for meat production is also providing a reservoir for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and is a ticking timebomb. Reducing meat consumption, reducing family sizes, cutting carbon emissions and buying sustainable products from eco friendly companies can all have a positive impact.
In today's civilised societies, we are shielded from carnivorous predators and our legal and security services seek to protect us from harming each other. We feel safe and separated from the ravages of Nature. Yet this is an illusion. We are part of a vast eco-system, only the predators now are different.
Nature is vastly more powerful than all human ingenuity and technology combined. We can change our destructive ways and look to build a more sustainable future, or Nature can make the changes herself. The choice is ours.
 Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24833104-300-the-race-to-find-and-stop-viruses-that-could-cause-the-next-pandemic/#ixzz6ez5Obcer
 Global shifts in mammalian population trends reveal key predictors of virus spillover risk, https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.2736
 James Lovelock: Gaia theory creator on coronavirus and turning 101 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-53644147
Monday, 26 October 2020
JUMP are proud to be certified by The World Land Trust as a Carbon Balanced Printer. With the aid of in-house solar power, they can provide the highest quality FSC certified materials and print using vegetable-based inks, in a carbon neutral environment; producing zero emissions and zero waste to landfill. As one of the few UK Carbon Balanced Printers, they measure their carbon output to offset emissions through dedicated environmental projects. JUMP Design and Print’s mission is to deliver the highest quality, creative Design and Print Services across the UK; smartly, sustainably, and mindfully. Visit:
Friday, 23 October 2020
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Dr Gary Robertshaw
Sadly, according to the Woodland Trust, the UK now has only around 13% of its land covered by trees. This is woefully inadequate and far short of the 19% target the government has set by 2050 to meet its net-zero climate change targets.
Whilst there are many well-intentioned and indeed highly effective initiatives underway such as the offshore windfarm boom, it still remains the case that trees are one of the simplest and most powerful weapon in the fight against climate change. Trees can be considered the ultimate carbon capture method; a young wood with mixed native species can lock up to 400 tonnes of carbon per hectare (or 10,000 square metres). Tree planting has also been shown to be highly effective against flooding and reducing pollution.
It's both amazing and depressing to know that such a simple and highly effective method is at our disposal, allowing us to meet our net-zero target in the UK, yet its not widely acknowledged. The ultimate carbon capture solution - plant more trees (many more!)
Monday, 19 October 2020
George Monbiot’s position on population can be summarized as, “Don’t worry about fertility rates. They are not the real problem and it’s racist to say they are.” He points out, correctly, that climate change and other environmental impacts are mainly due to people in rich countries and that poverty and violence come in large part from the exploitation of the poor. He thinks it is racist to worry about population growth in Africa and other poor countries.
Read the full article here
Thursday, 15 October 2020
Dr Gary Robertshaw
Pareto also has wider applications in areas such as biology and problem solving. It's very often the case that small changes to one specific area can cause significant overall changes. In an environmental setting, take bees as an example. Whilst only one insect amongst the huge number of different insect species, if bees were to go extinct then it would have quite profound consequences for food production.
Likewise, it could be argued that a relatively small number of changes could have a significant impact on the planet. Two such changes are beef consumption and family planning.
1. Replacement of beef with viable plant-based substitutes
Beef production requires massive amounts of land, energy, and water, and is fuelling destruction of the rainforests – the lungs of the Earth. Globally, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all the world’s transportation systems combined! As well as deforestation, it also takes 48 times as much water to produce beef compared to vegetables.
2. Greater education and empowerment of girls
The human population is growing unsustainably and putting huge pressure on natural resources, which are being consumed faster than being replaced. Where girls are better educated as children, and treated as equal to men in adulthood, with freedom of choice in marriage and access to freely available contraception then birth rates tend to decline. There are many good examples of this correlation.
Currently, there is a lack of political will and investment to address point 1, which is why we are rapidly losing the rainforests as they are cleared for rearing cattle. In tandem, there is religious resistance to point 2. Many patriarchal societies sadly prefer the status quo.
Taken in combination, these two changes alone would have a dramatic impact on the well-being of the planet. Of course, other positive actions also play a part such as eliminating plastics, tree planting, protecting endangered species, renewable energy and cutting carbon emissions, and many other laudable initiatives.
The point though, is to move away from the erroneous notion that saving the planet is too difficult and that many complex changes are needed. In fact, a few small changes in order of priority, following the Pareto Principle, would make a major difference.
Monday, 12 October 2020
Financial advisors in my area – finding ethical advisors, green and ethical investments
Banks and financial advisor practices are always keen to churn out statistics on returns, x% on this bond, y% on ISAs, etc.. but as an eco-conscious consumer how do you know what they are investing in and its impact on the planet?
Many investors are sadly unaware of the impact of their savings and investments on the environment.
Is a good return on your investment worth losing endangered species, losing the rainforests and displacement on millions of people due to rising sea levels caused by global warming? Does investing in ethical funds mean smaller returns? How should these be balanced?
There are a growing number of advisor practices that work exclusively on green and ethical investments, that provide stable and good returns whilst minimising harm to the planet. The rapidly expanding offshore wind industry being one such example. In fact, according to a report by Imperial College London, offshore wind power is now so cheap that it could actually pay money back to consumers. Investing ethically means not funding fossil fuel industries, tobacco companies, arms industries, new coal mines, deforestation, polluting industries, oppressive regimes and countries with poor human rights.
More investments going into the burgeoning green economy helps to protect the planet and the future of our children, creating new jobs and improving the overall quality of life and well-being. Next time you think about investing or moving your investments why not speak to a financial advisor who specialises in this area?
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
The Fair Trade Store is a UK-based online shop dedicated to bringing you Fair Trade products and gifts, bags, jewellery, fashion accessories, homeware and more – all handmade in the developing world. Trading since 2009 they now have thousands of happy customers. The products they sell are unique and not readily available in supermarkets or department stores, which allows you the opportunity to purchase something special. By shopping with The Fair Trade Store you are just a few steps away from artisans in some of the world`s poorest communities. Your purchase helps transform trade and change lives. How good is that?
Call 01704 569111
Thursday, 3 September 2020
helps conscientious investors avoid fossil fuels, weapons and other unwanted sectors and only invest in companies working towards a sustainable future. Fully FCA regulated investments for your pension, ISA, investment account, Bond or Trust. Lower your carbon footprint with ethical investments. Independent advice from regulated advisers helps you pinpoint investments that align with your beliefs. Ethical solutions are now easier to access and with competitive costs and performance there is no need to compromise your returns for your beliefs.
Tuesday, 1 September 2020
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
Saturday, 1 August 2020
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Thursday, 23 July 2020
Nilaqua is a range of “towel off” personal care products, which allows you to wash effectively without additional water or rinsing. Easily removing mud sweat and odours. Just apply, massage and towel dry. Each bottle replaces the need for hundreds of litres of water, is recyclable and multi-use. Nilaqua also offers waterless hand hygiene with refillable dispensers which means you never have to bin plastic pouches again. The inert water based formula still kills a high spec of germs and used daily in the NHS.
Friday, 17 July 2020
Thursday, 16 July 2020
Bamigo is an eco-friendly, sustainable supplier and retailer of men’s clothing line hand-crafted from bamboo viscose fibre. Their products include bamboo underwear, sportswear, socks, T-shirts, and loungewear which are silky-soft, breathable, comfortable and handmade. Bamigo’s collection is environmentally friendly, hypoallergenic, crease-free and is a perfect fit for the modern man.
Sunday, 28 June 2020
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Monday, 9 December 2019
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. www.carhopuk.com
Tuesday, 5 November 2019
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Friday, 20 September 2019
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.
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.