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August 2007

Starbucks 0 Ethiopian Coffee growers 1 31 Aug 07

Fairtrade and organic food pioneers Equal Exchange will be the first company to become licensed distributors for speciality Ethiopian coffee in the UK under a new trading agreement that will benefit some of the world’s poorest farmers.

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Ethical Investments 4.6% ahead of average over last 12 months 30 Aug 07

The latest survey by Moneyfacts.co.uk reveals that ethical investors are being rewarded for following their conscience, with ethical fund returns surging ahead of mainstream traditional funds.

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Danger ahead as car industry demands weaker CO2 standards for heavy cars 30 Aug 07

European lawmakers must reject car industry calls for weight-based CO2 emissions standards because they would lead to more road deaths and higher emissions overall says European enviromental campaigners Transport and Enviroment.

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Central targets may hinder sustainable waste management 30 Aug 07

Government priorities can drive local waste partnerships towards the achievement of central targets and efficiency savings rather than wider sustainable waste management objectives, a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council shows.

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More rights for new home buyers demands NCC 30 Aug 07

Consumers have more rights when they buy a kettle than a newly built home – says New Build Housing – Setting the standard, the latest paper from the National Consumer Council.

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Rachel’s Organic say 58% opt for an organic breakfast 30 Aug 07

As part of a UK-wide organic breakfast campaign, ‘Wake up to an Organic Breakfast’ run by the Soil Association, Rachel’s Organic, the UK’s first organic dairy, have just published a survey on British breakfast habits

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It’s green, but is it any good? 30 Aug 07

Ethical Product Review has been launched this week to help consumers find out from their peers the green and ethical products that are actually worth buying. Find out what others think about the latest green products and services and add your own opinions.

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Co-operative saves 8 tonnes of plastic waste with ‘naked’ cucumbers 29 Aug 07

The Co-operative Food is to become the first retailer in the UK to launch “naked” cucumbers. Innovative box packaging will save unnecessary packaging while preserving shelf life and freshness.

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Liberal Democrats aim for a zero carbon Britain and carbon free cars by 2040. 29 Aug 07

“Zero Carbon Britain –Taking A Global Lead” is the Liberal Democrat’s pre-Conference proposals on what an environment policy under a Liberal government would look like. Radical proposals include zero carbon cars by 2040, a carbon free electricity sector by 2050 and a high speed rail network.

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Take a deep breath and let the Exhale team take away your stress 28 Aug 07

Genene Edwards, co-founder of work place mobile massage company, Exhale, explains the benefits to both workers and companies of taking time for a massage at the office. Besides from the health benefits, Genene believes that investing in your team can lead to real business benefits.

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GSE EcoTour’s Village Homestays: In Search of an ethical & cultural holiday 28 Aug 07

Karen Fields of Kenya’s GSE Eco Tours explains the idea of Village Homestays and why it is a growing part of the responsible travel sector. The holidays that GSE Eco Tours support both the local economy and help the traveller understand the life and culture of the country, it’s a far cry from ‘Fly and Flop’.

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’Be good guilt’ lead 9 out 10 Brits to tell little green lies 24 Aug 07

"Be good guilt" is leading Brits to exaggerate their ethical lifestyles rather than change their behaviour - seven in 10 Brits say being seen to be green is the new way of "keeping up with the Joneses".

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Child Labour Awareness Week 20th August-26th August 23 Aug 07

While children in Britain are preparing to go back to school, an estimated 80 million children in India will not have this option according to a report published by Indian children’s charity the Child In Need Institute to mark Child Labour Awareness Week.

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Nick Rosen on launching Off-Grid.net 23 Aug 07

Nick Rosen, author of How to Live Off-Grid and website publisher explains how he launched the site, wonders if he is rather sad, and why now, with the explosion of media interest, nobody seems to have remembered his phone number.

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Re-used computers from only £79 in the New Forest 23 Aug 07

Jamie’s Computers, a social enterprise division of Southampton’s largest homelessness charity, The Society of St James, has just announced the a partnership with Dorcas, a furniture re-use project in the New Forest. Now cheap re-used computers will be available throughout the New Forest

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Companies waste £6,000 per year by leaving electronic equipment on standby over the weekend 22 Aug 07

“The Big Switch Off” campaign is urging UK businesses to save energy and switch off this weekend in a nationwide campaign to reduce CO2 emissions. npower business’ ’Big Switch Off’ calls on businesses to switch off unused equipment before leaving for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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Cycle Tourism takes off as £120 million mark passed in 2006 22 Aug 07

Instead of returning from a well-earned break relaxed, rested and tanned, large numbers of Brits are coming home toned but windswept and saddle sore. Latest research from MINTEL finds, that Brits blew some £120 million on dedicated cycling holidays in 2006.

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57% increase in military R&D pushes social and environment research out of Universities 21 Aug 07

In its latest report, "More Soldiers in the Laboratory: the militarisation of science and technology - an update" Scientists for Global Responsibility show that expanding military influence over science and technology is marginalising social and environmental programmes.

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Camp for Climate Action 2007- A spark of hope 20 Aug 07

Last weekend’s actions at Heathrow and round the country are a superb reminder that civil protest is still possible, and now more than ever necessary, argues NaturalChoices editor Peter Shield.

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‘Wake up to an Organic Breakfast!’ 1-16 September 2007 17 Aug 07

The Soil Association is asking everyone to ‘Wake up to an Organic Breakfast!’ to celebrate Soil Association Organic Fortnight, Europe’s biggest celebration of organic food. Nutritionists have long known that a good breakfast is at the heart of a healthy diet, and what could be healthier than an organic breakfast?

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The cost of biofuels 17 Aug 07

Researchers at the University of Leeds and the World Land Trust have warned that growing biofuel crops to make eco-friendly car fuel could actually be harmful to the environment.

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6% discount on Animal Friends life insurance for non-meat eaters 16 Aug 07

Not eating meat has been known to have major health benefits but now it also has financial benefits as well. It pays not to eat meat says Elaine Fairfax managing director of Animal Friends Insurance Services, as they launch the first life insurance targeting Britain’s non-meat eaters.

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Ethical science award goes to pioneering brain scanner team. 16 Aug 07

Researchers using powerful brain scanners to develop methods of replacing invasive experiments on laboratory animals, have won an ethical science award from non-animal medical research charity, the Dr Hadwen Trust .

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Buyer beware: WWF seeks help of British tourists to stamp out illegal wildlife trade 16 Aug 07

WWF is urging British tourists to be vigilant about buying wildlife souvenirs this summer when travelling abroad.

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Low cost democratising air travel?- 55% didn’t fly last year. 15 Aug 07

Low cost airline’s claims that they are making international travel available to all was burst by Defra 2007 environment survey, 55% of English people never took a leisure flight, while a mere 4% took a third of all return flights.

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2007 DEFRA environment survey shows people don’t walk the talk 15 Aug 07

DEFRA’s 2007 survey of public attitudes and behaviours toward the environment , reveals that while there has been some changes in people’s actions to prevent climate change since 2001 there is a large gap between thinking and doing.

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32% annual growth for ethical investment 13 Aug 07

Ethical investment funds have never been popular according to the latest results from the Investment Management Association, the total invested ethically passed £5 billion in January and now stands at £5.6 billion.

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88% of colleges want sustainability on the syllabus of all subjects 13 Aug 07

Amidst growing concern about climate change, the University and College Union (UCU) endorsed a call by colleges for more environmental education in the college curriculum.

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Green studios from £59,950, or build them yourself for £19,950 09 Aug 07

Sponsored by the Co-operative Bank a ground breaking low cost initiative from Living Space 21 makes buying your own new green house affordable for everyone. Combined with a Green mortgage from the Co-op for a perfect partnership.

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Ethical consumption - consumer driven or political phenomenon? 08 Aug 07

The most effective campaigns to encourage ethical consumption are those that take place at a collective level, such as the creation of Fairtrade cities, rather than those that target individual behaviour, says new report from the Cultures of Consumption project

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Downsell Primary School stars in Climate Calendar 2009 08 Aug 07

18 lucky pupils from Downsell Primary School in Leyton took part in a special photo shoot for Flipside Vision’s 2009 edition of the superb Calendar of Climate Change.

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Ethics Girls- news, product review and online shop 08 Aug 07

Ethics Girls is a new website designed for eco and ethically motivated women. Packed full of the latest news and with a shop full of the best in ethical and green products. Founder Sam Rogers talks to naturalchoices about why now is the right time to launch.

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Your Ethical Business by Paul Allen 08 Aug 07

How to plan, start and succeed in a company with a conscience. Paul Allen’s book, in association with P3 Capital and NGO Media is the perfect starting place for ethically motivated entrepreneurs.

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Male-Organics.com the natural site for men 03 Aug 07

Male-Organics.com, a site specifically targeting men who are looking for natural grooming products, has just hit the internet. Founder Anthony Oram talks to naturalchoices about why organic cosmetics are all the rage.

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Is Whole Foods Market’s John Mackey up to his old tricks? 03 Aug 07

Early this morning (2nd August), 6am French time, naturalchoices.co.uk and newconsumer.com both had comments posted on them by a poster identified as rohadeb, the same alias used by John Mackey on Yahoo Finance to denigrate his competitors and boost his own company.

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New map highlights massive building plans for England and Wales 03 Aug 07

An online map highlighting the location of over one hundred new developments that could be forced through if the Government gets its way over changes to the planning system has been launched by planningdisaster.org.uk

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Food Miles: Miles more progress to be made 03 Aug 07

Flying round the Caribbean and South Africa, Brazil and Israel, may sound like the holiday of a lifetime, but in fact it is just the route your morning fruit salad is likely to have taken to reach the breakfast table.

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The Self-Sufficiency Hand Book- Alan & Gill Bridgewater 02 Aug 07

As summer draws it damp way toward autumn and work once again raises its ugly head, dreams of stepping off the treadmill and opting for a simple life cross an increasing number of people’s minds.

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Allotments-UK.com joins the 21st century 01 Aug 07

Allotments-uk.com, the longest running online community for allotment users in the UK, today announced the launch of a host of new upgrades for its dedicated users.

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MPs demand tougher targets for Climate Change Bill 01 Aug 07

’Beyond Stern: From the Climate Change Programme Review to the Draft Climate Change Bill’ from the House of Common Environmental Audit Committee calls for stronger, more coherent, action by Government on climate change.

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