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Marine Ingredients in Cosmetics: Sustainability Implications 21.10.12

The cosmetics industry is increasingly turning to the sea and oceans in the search for new ingredients. Although many novel raw materials are emerging, the development is raising many questions about sustainability. Can the cosmetics industry learn from the food industry and prevent damage to marine eco-systems when sourcing?

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Organic farming enhances soil carbon stocks 19.10.12

Organic agriculture provides environmental benefits through the sequestration of atmospheric carbon in soil organic matter, says a group of international experts headed by scientists from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) they analysed data from 74 field comparison studies that measured the soil organic carbon (humus) levels in different soils under organic and conventional farming systems throughout the world. Of those, about 20 delivered results that enabled comparisons of carbon sequestration rates among farming systems.

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Harriet Lamb Appointed New CEO Of Fairtrade International 09.07.12

We are delighted to announce that Harriet Lamb has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Fairtrade International. Source: Fairtrade Foundation

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Organic vs Conventional Plant Prices 03.07.12

Go into any large garden shop and the price of organic produce is inflated way beyond what is justifiable by the costs of production and materials.

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History of the Garrigue 28.06.12

Contrary to the what most people think there is very little natural about the garrigue that covers the hills of the Aude and the Languedoc. It is very much the product of the agricultural development of the land, the history of this ecology can be traced back over 4500 years but the last 60-70 years have been the most dramatic. The garrigue is very much a product of man’s over exploitation of the dry Mediterranean landscape.

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University of Greenwich named UK’s ’greenest university ever’ 30.05.12

With a record 145 universities participating in this year’s People & Planet Green League ranking and 46 receiving First Class degrees, it is clear student campaigning to green the UK higher education sector is making serious inroads. Source: People & Planet

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New Masterclass Hones in on Sustainable Cosmetic Ingredients - Organic Monitor 24.05.12

The growing use of sustainable ingredients in cosmetic products is the focus of the next Natural Cosmetics Masterclass, taking place in Paris on June 27th. Dwindling petrochemical supply and rising raw material prices are pushing chemical companies towards plant-based feedstock as a sustainable source. However, cosmetic ingredients from agricultural raw materials are giving rise to new formulation issues.

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Bees at risk from chemicals increase 23.05.12

Pesticide use rose by 6.5% between 2005 and 2010, increasing the risk to bee populations, according to new research launched today by Friends of the Earth. The report, ’The Decline of England’s Bees’ was carried out by leading bee experts at the University of Reading as part of the environment charity’s latest campaign, The Bee Cause.

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Palestinian farmers ordered to uproot 1,400 olive trees by Israeli Civil Administration 22.05.12

The Fairtrade Foundation has expressed outrage and shock at the news that Israel has ordered nine Palestinian olive farmers of Deir Istiya, Salfit on the West Bank to uproot 1,400 olive trees in Wadi Qana area by 1 May 2012.

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Organic and natural solutions for snail and slug control 22.05.12

Snails and slugs are the bane of organic gardeners, basil, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuces and other tasty leaves can be destroyed in one night-and their is nothing more disheartening than seeing the heads of tray seedlings fall victim to the nocturnal slippery slimes. Without the use of expensive poisons there is no simple solutions, here are a few ideas that organic gardeners can try and hopefully find the right combination that works for you.

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Increase in cancers and fertility problems may be caused by household chemicals and pharmaceuticals 19.05.12

Chemicals which disrupt the hormone system – also known as ’endocrine disrupting chemicals’ (EDCs) – may be a contributing factor behind the significant increases in cancers, diabetes and obesity, falling fertility, and an increased number of neurological development problems in both humans and animals, according to a review of recent scientific literature commissioned by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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Apple, Amazon, Microsoft choose dirty energy to power growing cloud 04.05.12

The current explosion in cloud computing offered by major IT companies is driving significant new demand for dirty energy like coal and nuclear power, according to a new report from Greenpeace International. The report, "How Clean is Your Cloud?" shows a growing split within the tech industry between companies that are taking steps to power their clouds with clean energy, like Google, Yahoo and Facebook, and companies like Apple, Amazon and Microsoft who lag behind by choosing to build their growing fleets of data centres to be powered by coal and nuclear energy.

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Paraben-Free Cosmetic Formulations Gaining Popularity 03.05.12

New alternative preservation systems for cosmetic products are gaining popularity. In its new Technical Insights report, Organic Monitor finds the move to new alternative preservative systems is driven by high consumer demand for natural & organic cosmetics as well as the growing trend of formulators avoiding parabens.

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UK’s Natural and Organic Awards 2012 Winners Announced 04.04.12

BBC star Kate Humble hailed the “incredible passion” of the natural products industry as she announced the Natural & Organic Award winners on Sunday 1 April. Around 450 industry professionals saw her present the awards, jointly hosted by Natural Products magazine and the Soil Association. This year’s Natural Products Outstanding Achievement Award was won by Green & Black’s co-founder Craig Sams.

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E. coli superbugs warning 30.03.12

In a report published this week, the Soil Association warns there is now overwhelming evidence that the excessive use of antibiotics on UK livestock farms is contributing to the rise of drug resistance in human E. coli infections.

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Stop Dodo launches a new Green Social Forum 30.03.12

StopDodo, the world’s leading green sector job’s site has launched a new social forum to bring the Green Economy’s key actors together. Have your say and find a new work opportunity at the same time.

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Three Organic Alternatives to Hormone Rooting Powder 08.03.12

With Spring almost appearing its time to think about taking cuttings. Here at Montrouch we have a series of strong mother plants awaiting a hair cut, the Rosemary, Mint, Thyme are all looking suitably shaggy. The problem however is how to maximise the survival rate and to ensure strong growth. For chemical gardeners this isn’t a problem, a good hormone rooting powder does the job, organic growers however have to be a little more creative.

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Celebrity ‘Steppers’ go crazy during Fairtrade Fortnight 06.03.12

Through the ‘Take A Step for Fairtrade’ campaign, the Fairtrade Foundation wants to see more individuals and businesses buying and selling Fairtrade products in the UK, The public are being asked to think about what they can do every day, every week or every month throughout 2012 and take a step to make a difference to the lives of farmers in the developing world who produce the products they buy.

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Get on my land! New report shows thousands benefit from community farming 09.02.12

An impact assessment of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in England – entitled ‘The Impact of Community Supported Agriculture’– has found that CSA schemes are providing multiple benefits to thousands of members, their communities, local economies and the environment. CSA offers an innovative approach to reconnecting people with their food, and helps to build strong partnerships between communities and farmers.

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Government loses appeal over ’unlawful’ solar cuts 26.01.12

The Court of Appeal today (Wednesday 25 January 2012) unanimously rejected Government attempts to overturn last month’s High Court ruling that its plans to rush through sudden cuts to solar tariff payments are illegal.

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‘Take a Step’ for Fairtrade in 2012 25.01.12

‘Take a Step’ for Fairtrade is this year’s campaign call to people in the UK to engage with the Fairtrade Foundation’s vision of an even bigger movement for positive change on unfair trade, including making the switch to buying Fairtrade.

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World’s first Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold to tackle poverty faced by miners and their families 14.02.11

The world’s first Fairtrade and Fairmined gold will go on sale on 14 February in a groundbreaking effort to secure a fair deal for gold miners and their communities.

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How to harness ethical shopping’s ’floating voters’ 03.02.11

Ever since they first entered public consciousness in the late 1980s, a great deal of time and money has been spent pondering the mysteries of the ethical shopper. How many of them are there? How influential are they? Where do they shop and what makes them tick? writes the Ethical Trading Initiative’s Stephen Rylance

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CUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL COST OF CHRISTMAS AND DO YOUR BIG SHOP AT THE CO-OP OR M&S SAYS ETHICAL CONSUMER 22.12.10

As households prepare to do the biggest shop of the year to stock up for the festive season, Ethical Consumer magazine urges shoppers to cut the environmental cost of Christmas by shopping at either the Co-op or M&S which are named today as the UK’s greenest supermarkets in the latest Ethical Consumer buyers’ guide.

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Groasis: Green technology for low water tree planting 29.11.10

A retired Dutch tulip grower, Pieter Hoff, has come up with a simple. logical and easy to use system for establishing trees from saplings or seeds in low water climates and on degraded land. It’s just brilliant. We will be using this technology to start our olive grove. Its a bit pricey at the moment but prices are expected to drop drastically.

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Blueprint for water-10 steps to sustainable water by 2015 11.11.10

Water is our most precious natural resource. It is vital to people’s health and happiness, vital for the environment and our wildlife, and vital to our economy. But this most precious asset is in crisis. That is why in 2006 a coalition of leading environmental organisations, launched the Blueprint for Water, setting out 10 steps to sustainable water.

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Housing: how to build 1m new homes in 5 years and cut Government spending 11.11.10

We can build one million new affordable homes over the next five years and still cut Government spending if measures are taken to reduce the cost of building land and the interest rates paid by social landlords, says a new report from independent think-tank nef (the new economics foundation).

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Sustainable Cosmetics Summit Highlights Need for Positive Change 02.11.10

Practical sustainability initiatives for the beauty industry were extensively discussed at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit which came to a successful close in Paris at the end of October. Held at the Paris Marriott Champs-Elysées hotel, the summit was organised by Organic Monitor and brought together 180 senior executives from 26 countries. Source:Organic Monitor

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People and Environment Achievement Awards 2011 04.10.10

NOMINATIONS are invited for the inaugural People and Environment Achievement Awards (PEA awards) which will identify the country’s green heroes.

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Low carbon private rentals? 12.09.10

A straightforward change to an act of parliament could remove many of the barriers to landlords investing in energy efficiency, argues Andrew Warren Director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy-the energy efficiency industry association.

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Go into free solar panel deals with your eyes open – warn campaigners 11.08.10

Following an announcement from a company who say they intend to provide free solar panels to 100,000 households, Consumer Focus and the Centre for Sustainable Energy are warning consumers to investigate the details of such schemes to avoid future problems.

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Conspicuous consumption and destructive wealth The case of Ira Lennert 09.08.10

If you want to start a campaign focusing on grossly conspicuous consumption as an environmental crime, then an appropriate poster boy would be Ira Rennert, currently the 144th richest man in the world. Forbes magazine pegs his net worth at US$5.3 Billion, writes Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus.

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100 B&Q stores start to sell Fairtrade Cotton 30.07.10

B&Q announces that it will be selling its first Fairtrade products in store this year. From August 2010, B&Q will sell a range of Fairtrade cotton bedding in 100 stores. 2010 is an important milestone as it marks the fifth year anniversary of the introduction of Fairtrade cotton into the UK market. Source: Fairtrade Foundation

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Farmland bird populations in sharp decline 29.07.10

Overall farmland bird populations in England fell by 5 per cent last year to their lowest level for 40 years, according to official figures released today (July 29, 2010). Source RSPB

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Labour Activists slam Bangladesh Garment Workers Wage Proposal 28.07.10

Garment-workers unions and labour-rights organisations have reacted with indignation and disappointment at the newly-proposed increase of minimum wage in Bangladesh’ garment industry. Yesterday the National Wage Board recommended an increase of the minimum wage to 3000 Bangladeshi ’taka’ (€33). Source: Clean Clothes Campaign

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IFOAM urges FAO to develop work programs based on ecological intensification 28.06.10

In 2009 the FAO Committee on Agriculture (COAG) concluded that an ecosystem approach should be adopted in agricultural management in order to achieve sustainable agriculture. With production in over 150 countries Organic Agriculture is the world’s leading ecosystem based farming system. It is the basis on which FAO’s strategy for the sustainable intensification of crop production should be built.

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2 short satires from War on Want condemns ’sweatshop’ brands 24.06.10

Campaigners today step up their drive for a watchdog to prevent supermarkets abusing suppliers’ workers by launching new films which satirise overseas sweatshops. Source: War in Want

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Glastonbury 2010 pushes sustainability 21.06.10

The Fairtrade Foundation congratulates the Glastonbury Festival (Wednesday, 23 June to Sunday 27 June) at Worthy Farm as it celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year, and commends the festival organisers on their success at placing the sustainability agenda central to the midsummer celebration.

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Aminopyralid Herbicide contaminated manure threat 17.06.10

The Soil Association and the Organic Growers Alliance (OGA) are calling on growers and gardeners to be vigilant following renewed cases of damaged crops due to manure contaminated with the herbicide aminopyralid. The symptoms exhibited on the crops are twisted, cupped, and elongated leaves; misshapen fruit; reduced yield; death of young plants; and poor seed germination.

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Lidl Retracts False Claims of Fair Working Conditions 02.06.10

Consumer and worker rights organisations are celebrating a historic victory after the giant German retailer Lidl agreed to withdraw public claims that its goods were being produced under fair and decent working conditions. The agreement was reached following a legal challenge, launched by the Consumer Agency Hamburg, which accused Lidl of engaging in false advertising.

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Electronic giants failing to go green 28.05.10

Version 15 of Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics sees Samsung, Toshiba and Dell, all picking up penalty points for backtracking on their self proposed timelines to eliminate some of the worst toxic substances from their products. The poor performance of these companies is in contrast to their competitors like Apple and HP who are making real progress by offering their customers a range of greener electronics.

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UK Organic market drops 12.9% in 2009 14.04.10

Organic sales in the UK had a terrible year in 2009, after a decade of double digit annual increase, last year saw a 12.9% drop in total sales to ₤1.84 billion, from a high in 2008 of ₤2.113 billion. Particularity hard hit was the organic meat and prepared food sectors, while organic milk, baby foods and home cooking ingredients held up and cosmetics and health product demand increased. Early signs from 2010 indicate a slow resurgence with projections of between 2-5% according to the newly released Soil Association’s Organic Market Report 2010.

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Fairtrade and Fairmined gold standards launched 18.03.10

Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) launches the first ever third party independent certification for gold, opening up market opportunities for millions of impoverished artisanal small-scale miners and their families.

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Marks & Spencers new 80 sustainable commitments welcomed by Fairtrade campaigners 01.03.10

The Fairtrade Foundation commends the launch of Marks & Spencer’s 80 new commitments with which they aim to make themselves the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015, by converting all food, clothing and home items to carry at least one sustainable or ethical label, such as the FAIRTRADE Mark.

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460 Fairtrade Towns prepare for Fairtrade Fortnight 23.02.10

Nearly 20 new villages, towns and boroughs around the UK are celebrating achieving Fairtrade status in time for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (22 February – 7 March) which has the theme of ‘The Big Swap.’ They will join another 440 who already work closely with the Fairtrade Foundation to promote Fairtrade produce to their citizens.

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Fairtrade hits £800 million in 2009 23.02.10

The global economic downturn made 2009 an incredibly tough year for the world’s poor seeking a fair deal for their produce. The global economic turndown has been felt worst in developing countries, where an estimated 50-90 million more people were thrown into extreme poverty in 2009, according to UN Millennium Development Goal figures. Meanwhile, here in the UK, just over 7 in 10 people told YouGov that they cut back on their personal budgets in some way as a result of the recession, such as eating out less.

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Businesses pushed to convert to Fairtrade cotton 18.02.10

Following the success of Fairtrade cotton in the UK market over the past five years, the Fairtrade Foundation is now rolling out a strategy to target public procurement and the business world to open up new market opportunities for marginalized cotton farmers in the developing world.

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10 tips for an eco-friendly Christmas 11.12.09

Want to save money and do your bit for a healthy planet this Christmas? Then check out Friends of the Earth’s top ten tips for making Christmas greener and surprise your family and friends with your creativity!

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Top 10 tips for low water organic gardening on a budget 11.08.09

Difficult as it may be for most people living in the British Isles this summer, in theory summer is a period of low rainfall. For the gardener dry weather throws up a number of problems, and with water prices rising, not to say the words ’hose pipe ban’, maintaining a traditional ’English’ garden during a period of drought can be a heart breaking experience. Here Peter Shield gives his top 10 tips for a low water approach to gardening on a budget.

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Nike agree to stop buying Amazon leather following Greenpeace report 28.07.09

The global sportswear company Nike has announced that it is to stop buying leather from the Amazon region of Brazil, following concerns that its shoes and trainers could be driving the destruction of the world’s largest rainforest and contributing to climate change.

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Mothers of Innovation: One Mum leads a fight against the recession! 28.07.09

Reports on the Credit Crunch have indicated that it is affecting women in employment more than in previous downturns. New website Mothers of Innovation aims to be an antidote to recessionary gloom and a breath of fresh air for working women and mothers in the UK.

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Hot water use key to cutting domestic emissions, says study 22.07.09

Hot water use will remain a major cause of domestic carbon emissions - and could even overtake emissions from heating in new homes - unless action is taken to reduce demand and energy losses from inefficient boilers and poorly lagged pipes, says a new report from The Energy Saving Trust.

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The Real Green Retail Group welcomes M&S £200 million plan and green marketing campaign 21.07.09

M&S has launched a national advertising campaign pushing its £200m ethical plan and chiding rivals for retreating from commitment to green issues. The Real Green Retail Group applauds M&S’s commitment to green retailing, reveals what the economic downtown has meant to them, and their hopes for the future.

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Incognito a 100% natural protection from moquitoes 30.06.09

Holiday time is upon us once again, time to pack the tent, book the train or bus and wobble off precariously off into the countryside on the bike to enjoy the wide big outdoors and dodge the dusk arrival of the bugs that bite. Anyone who has ever been camping in Scotland can tell you that midges can take all the fun out of an adventure. Luckily there is now a 100% natural, and vegan, solution to 90% of the problem.

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Role of HFCs in climate change likely to rise 24.06.09

EnvironmentalResearch Web. By 2050 hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions could contribute up to 45% of the global warming effect of carbon dioxide emissions. That’s according to researchers from the Netherlands and US, who’ve looked at the effects of growth in demand for refrigeration and air conditioning in developing countries and replacement of ozone-damaging hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) with ozone-friendly HFCs as a result of the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty drawn up in 1987 to protect the ozone layer.

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57 Fairtrade beauty products hit the shelves 24.06.09

From today(24th June) the public will be able to buy Fairtrade certified beauty products including lip balms, face masks, body butters and shower gels from 5 companies including Boots, Bubble & Balm, Essential Care, Lush and Neal’s Yard. Each beauty product contains one or more Fairtrade certified ingredient such as cocoa butter, shea nut butter, sugar or brazil nut oil, benefitting disadvantaged producers from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  To date, 57 beauty products have been licensed by the Fairtrade Foundation and it is expected that many more will follow.

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Global Fairtrade sales increase by 22% 18.06.09

Despite the global recession, worldwide sales of Fairtrade products grew by an impressive 22% in 2008 as consumers spent an estimated 2.9 billion Euros on Fairtrade products globally. The United Kingdom overtook the USA in 2008 with a 12.5% year on year growth to make a total market of Euro 880,620,304.

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Global Natural Cosmetics Market: The Battle of the Standards Gains Pace 15.06.09

The final version of the Cosmos standard has recently been announced. The launch comes after six years of negotiations between the leading natural & organic cosmetic certification agencies in Europe: Soil Association (UK), BDiH (Germany), Ecocert (France), Cosmebio (France), ICEA (Italy) and Ecogarantie (Belgium). Combined, these agencies provide certification to about 1,000 cosmetic companies and 10,000 products.

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NaturalChoices back online and with a clean bill of health 11.06.09

Apologies to regular readers but for the last 4 week or so we have been experiencing some pretty heavy virus attacks, with the site black listed by Google and various Anti-Virus programmes. It all boils down to some old adserving kit we had installed a couple of years ago that had a back door. Everything has now been cleaned out, new adserving, content management and newsletter system are in place. It’s been a struggle but thanks to our great partners at Ecological Hosting and Archetype we are up and running again.

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Palestinian farmers use permaculture to challenge occupation 11.06.09

Sarah Irving, The Electronic Intifada. At five in the morning on 8 November 2000, Israeli troops invaded the Sustainable Development Centre in the West Bank village of Marda, tearing doors off their hinges and smashing windows. They destroyed seven years of work on the permaculture project. During the two-and-a-half hour rampage, the plant nursery, seed bank, agricultural equipment, computers and files were all wrecked.

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Is LVMH buying half a conscience with 50% of Edun? 15.05.09

The French haut couture mega group Louis Vetton Moet Hennessy has just announced it is buying a stake in Edun; the organic clothing company launched by Ali and Paul Hewson, aka Bono, according to reports in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal (14th May).

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Lancaster residents fight against unsustainable shopping mall 08.05.09

Residents of Lancaster continue to fight plans to ’regenerate’ their city with a new shopping centre that would increase the size of the city centre by around 50%. A London-based company called Centros has waved enough cash under the nose of the near-bankrupt Lancaster City Council that the latter agreed a 250-year lease of the site, reports Corporate Watch

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Fairtrade aims for £2 billion sales by 2012 07.05.09

The Fairtrade Foundation has appointed a new Marketing Director to its senior leadership team to help deliver an ambitious new strategy to double its reach and impact for producers in the developing world.

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Colour and luxury fabrics mark the 2009 Spring/Summer Collection at DeviDoll.com 07.05.09

Mociun, Doie and Fin feature fresh and strong ethical couture collections at DeviDoll for Spring/Summer 2009. The focus is on florals, fine tailoring and colour, all in organic cottons, silks and bamboo making for a beautiful, eco-conscious spring/summer season. By choosing a tightly knit collection of key pieces mixed in with chic essentials, DeviDoll is helping customers ‘curate their consumption’ whilst staying true to their individual fashion style.

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A passion for conservation can snap a prize 07.05.09

Defra and Kew’s International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition have joined forces to find the first Conservation Volunteering Photographer of the Year. The competition is launched today by Defra minister for Wildlife and Conservation Huw Irranca-Davies.

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1% drop in demand of oil lowers price by 2% study shows 07.05.09

European fuel efficiency standards for new vehicles will lead to a lower global oil price according to a groundbreaking new study published today by Enerdata energy consulting. National governments must respond by increasing fuel taxes to counteract the increase in oil demand and greenhouse gas emissions that would result, according to T&E who commissioned the study.

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Calling all young artists: design the EU’s new organic logo and scoop a cash prize 01.05.09

Just got this in from DEFRA. Young artists are being offered the chance for their work to appear in every supermarket and greengrocer’s in the European Union.

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Prinmark Protest 2nd May 01.05.09

Campaigners will protest on Saturday (2 May) at British fashion retailer Primark’s huge new two-floor store in London over poverty wages for garment workers. Activists, including teenagers, from the fair trade fashion company People Tree and anti-poverty charity War on Want will hand out leaflets to shoppers, calling for a living wage and an end to the exploitation of garment workers making clothes for Primark.

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Cotton On: Conference 9th May 30.04.09

A groundbreaking conference to be held in Bristol on 9 May will present a new vision for sustainability in the cotton industry. ‘COTTON ON!’ will be introduced by environment journalist Lucy Siegle and will offer expert speakers from the Department for International Development, Soil Association Oxfam, Fairtrade Foundation, Labour Behind the Label, Gossypium, Monsoon, and more.

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24 million homes need greening up to meet 2050 targets 14.04.09

It would take 23,000 teams of people working for 500 months to make the necessary energy efficiency alterations to the 24 million existing houses that will be standing in 2050 if UK is to meet national and international emissions targets,says the new ‘How people use and ’misuse’ buildings report’ from the ESRC.

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Easter Sunday UK moved in global ecological debt 14.04.09

The UK went into "ecological debt", having used up all the natural resources the country can provide for the year, on Easter Sunday, research revealed.

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Save Water, Money and Effort in the Garden 13.04.09

This time of year is traditionally when we all start getting to grips with our garden. Before rushing out to the local garden centre it’s worth taking a few minutes to consider some simple ways to avoid wasting water and money says the Consumer Council for Water.

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Ecologist drops print edition for online future 09.04.09

Source: Ecologist Press Release. As the world’s most respected environmental affairs magazine, the Ecologist has always embraced change. That is why as of June we will be relaunching online.

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The Sustainable Events Summit 2009 08.04.09

The Summit takes place on Friday 22 May at One Wimpole Street, London. With sustainability currently a huge issue in the events industry, and organisers eager to learn best practice and implement sustainable measures, this is a timely moment for the summit to take place

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Pesticides not a threat to honey bees says Benn 08.04.09

Source: Farmers Guardian. Hilary Benn, Defra Secretary, has rejected calls from the organic lobby to ban insecticides they say damage the health of honey bees.

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10 Better Things You Can Do To Help Save The Bees 08.04.09

In response to yesterday’s article about bees, Phil Chandler, author of The Barefoot Beekeeper, here suggests 10 more natural and organic orientated solutions to help the endangered honey bee.

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10 things you can do to save Honey Bees 07.04.09

Bees are probably one of the most economically useful creatures on earth, pollinating a third of all we eat. They provide more than 50% of pollination of wild plants on which birds and mammals depend say Dr Ivor Davis, Master Beekeeper.

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Unwanted keys will help open new doors for homeless people 07.04.09

Londoners are being asked to hand over their unwanted keys to help unlock the potential of homeless and disadvantaged people. The Key is the name of a unique show garden being planned for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May and thousands of keys are needed to line its pathways.

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Energy direct debits ‘interest-free loans’, says Which? 25.03.09

New research from Which? Money reveals that energy suppliers are effectively using their customers’ money as ‘interest-free loans’, by taking unnecessarily high direct debit payments each month.

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No excuse for worming your way out of compost 23.03.09

Setting up a home wormery could be the answer to the age-old excuse ‘I don’t have room to compost’, according to the UK’s leading organic growing charity, which is urging everyone to give composting a go during Compost Awareness Week, Sunday 3 – Saturday 9 May 2009.

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Community Land Trust 2009 Conference 18.03.09

New Solutions for Changing Times, 30th June, Savoy Place, London. Organised by New Start Publishing.

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The European Natural Cosmetics Markets 2009 18.03.09

New research by Organic Monitor shows that that the mainstreaming of the European natural cosmetics market is leading to increased market segmentation; new entrants and existing suppliers are developing products for specific consumer segments and sales channels.

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Carbon Reduction Label is the new fashion for spring 17.03.09

In a UK and fashion first, the retail sector is launching a groundbreaking range of carbon labelled clothing this week. The carbon footprint of the T-shirts was calculated by the Continental Clothing which manufactures and supplies the T-shirts and certified by the Carbon Trust.

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Green Sex: 101 for men 17.03.09

What is the relationship between a man’s underpants filler and the environment. I know I know I just couldn’t resist publishing this one.

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Garden 0rganic offers rare sale of even rarer vegetables 17.03.09

The British have a long and rich tradition of vegetable and fruit growing, from the apple orchards of Somerset to the allotment vegetable plots of Teeside factory workers. However visit the fresh produce section of any major supermarket and a very different story unfolds, yes the range of fruit and vegetables on offer is a season defying vastness but the depth of produce on offer is remarkably shallow

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66% of consumers still buying green despite recession 12.03.09

New research from the Carbon Trust Standard shows that consumers still want to buy green despite the current economic climate, with 62% of consumers saying environmental concerns influence their purchasing decisions ‘the same as a year ago’ and just over a quarter saying they influence them ‘even more’ than in 2008.

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Natural Burial: Do we need a headstone? 14th March 11.03.09

Natural burial is often thought of as a green option that takes place in the countryside for non-religious people, but according to researchers at the University of Sheffield, that is only part of the story. Panel Discussion Saturday 14th March 1.30-3.00pm, Long Gallery, Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP.

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91% of UK households would consider installing solar power 11.03.09

According to a new survey to be published by the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) 91% of the UK population have considered or would consider buying solar photovoltaics (PV) to generate electricity at home

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CarbonFree Weekly News launches theEnergyCrowd.com 11.03.09

theEnergyCrowd.com, a project orientated, crowd-sourced based website for engineers and developers who are working on a range of practical renewable energy solutions has been launched today by Steinkrug.

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Fox News blow the toilet paper test 10.03.09

Fox News, one of , if not the, most hostile news sources to environmental issues really blew this one. Greenpeace US literally wipe their asses with sustainably sourced loo roll.

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EcoCoffins- a lighter last footprint 05.03.09

Many of us live by our green values, so why should it be any different when our final farewell comes asks EcoCoffins founders Sophie Dansie and her husband Ben.

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Plea to protect the plight of nation’s gardening heritage 05.03.09

A leading organic growing charity is urging people to help it save some of the UK’s most endangered vegetables before it is too late.

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24 million UK homes to be near zero carbon by 2030 03.03.09

The Sustainable Development Commission has hailed as "truly visionary and very positive" the Government’s plans to upgrade all 24 million UK homes to be near-zero carbon by 2030.

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Big 6 fail Green Energy Investment targets 02.03.09

The annual WhichGreen figures, released today by green energy company, Ecotricity, reveal that Britain’s failure to invest in green energy will leave the government’s 2020 emissions targets in tatters.

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Garden Organic says 1st priority should be skills 02.03.09

Garden Organic, the UK’s leading organic growing charity, has approved of the National Trust’s announcement that it will make areas of unused land available for food growing, but urges that while access to land is important, re-skilling people in ’how to grow your own’ is essential.

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Recession fashion stays globally Fair 26.02.09

Gossypium are launching their fashionable answer to the global recession by turning their trademark organic and Fairtrade cotton into a jewel of a dress this Fairtrade Fortnight.

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Fairtrade sales top £700 million in UK 23.02.09

Efforts to tackle the global food crisis will fail without urgent action to support small farmers in developing countries, says the Fairtrade Foundation in a new report launched on the eve of Fairtrade Fortnight, The Global Food Crisis and Fairtrade: Small farmers, big solutions?

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1000 new allotments from National Trust 19.02.09

1,000 new allotment plots will be created on Trust land in the next three years to give local communities the space to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

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Excessive packaging still costing shoppers 17.02.09

Excessive food packaging used by supermarkets is undermining householders’ efforts to recycle more and is adding to council tax bills, a new report from the Local Government Association will say today (17th Feb).

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The Birmingham Remade Fashion Fair 2009 12.02.09

The Birmingham Remade Fashion Fair will take place on 21 February from 11 am - 5pm at Birmingham’s Custard Factory Gallery.

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Say it with words : 4 Fairtrade Valentine’s ideas from Box of Gifts 12.02.09

The fairtrade gift company, Box of Gifts, proposes four beautiful hand crafted stationary ideas for a perfect Valentine’s present. These lovely presents from sustainable materials all come in at under £7. It doesn’t break the bank to show you care.

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Auro’s CO2 Neutral Natural Paints get a new look. 11.02.09

Auro UK have been supplying natural paints for over twenty years, their new labels and CO2 neutral accreditation firmly puts them as leaders in true Natural Paint distribution. They were so pleased with being named Best Buy by Ethical Consumer Magazine that they put it on the tin.

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8 Fairtrade Valentine’s ideas from Boutiko 10.02.09

With Fair Trade Fortnight on the horizon, now is the perfect time to start thinking not only about buying ethically produced food, clothing and flowers, but also making a commitment to choosing products made in fair trade conditions as gifts.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2009 starts 23rd February 05.02.09

Members of the public can join team Fairtrade for some free sporty fun and games at the public launch of Fairtrade Fortnight 2009. The two-week annual campaign (23 Feb – 8 March) highlighting global inequalities in trade and promoting Fairtrade products, kicks off with an action-packed event on London’s South Bank on Sunday 23rd February 2009 (11am-4pm).

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Earthwatch Institute Spring lectures 02.02.09

The Earthwatch Institute have announced two fascinating Spring lectures, Forests and Climate Change chaired by explorer Paul Rose, and Conserving Biodiversity in the Americas chaired by Dr George McGavin. Book early as tickets are limited

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Ethicalsuperstore.com bucks trend with 50% growth 31.01.09

The online ethical retailer has witnessed record festive sales, dispelling the myth that the credit crunch is forcing consumers to opt for budget lines.

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Feed-in tariffs: another romantic delusion 04.12.08

As with other great popular causes, such as improving access to public libraries, reducing the use of plastic bags, and the protection of urban hedgehogs, everybody is in favour of ‘feed-in tariffs’ for renewable energy, writes Chris Goodall.

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Get Ethical this Christmas 03.12.08

With the crowds abandoning the High Street for the comfort of online shopping, there’s still the issue of visiting several different stores to get everything you need for Christmas gifts for friends, family and colleagues. There is a great – and green – solution now, with online ethical store Get Ethical www.getethical.com

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Kids invited to Shout About Climate Change in 2009 01.12.08

Friends of the Earth is calling on schools and youth groups across the UK to sign up to its Shout About activity week. The project will show young people how to take action to tackle climate change in their local communities - supporting the major cuts in carbon emissions required by the Climate Change Act, which became law last week (26 November 2008).

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Ethical Consumerism Report 2007 28.11.08

Household expenditure on ethical goods and services has almost doubled in the past five years according to the eighth Co-operative Bank Ethical Consumerism Report published 30th November 2007.

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The Recycle Warehouse- Business against climate change 28.11.08

The Recycle Warehouse is an online department store that is championing the environment and fighting climate change. Their object is to be the next John Lewis, except that every item at The Recycle Warehouse is made from recycled materials says founder John Halladay.

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Green sector is credit crunch proof says OOFFOO.com 24.11.08

Christmas is coming, belts are tightening and even the infallible Marks & Spencers are quids down at the moment, but all this financial insecurity is not stopping eco-conscious buying, thinking and living, according to a recent poll conducted by ooffoo, the brand new exciting eco space where it’s free to swap, sell, give away, recycle and share ideas with like-minded people.

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Boutiko celebrates 1st year’s trading 18.11.08

Beautiful on-line ethical gift store Boutiko is set to find out whether they have won a coveted Green Award the week after their official first birthday. Boutiko has been shortlisted along with four other ethical companies for the Best Fair Trade Company category of the awards, which are being run by Green England.

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Our Eco Shop opens for ethical Christmas shopping in London 18.11.08

For the first time, eco friendly designers and makers are showcasing their innovative and ethical products together in a single shop, providing Christmas shoppers with truly eco-friendly gifts for family, friends and colleagues.

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Is being ‘Green’ a middle class thing? 01.08.08

I have recently been thinking about the concept of being ‘green’ and asking myself is it a middle class thing? ” Green is the new black” scream headlines so yes it’s definitely trendy and generating lots of interest, writes guest columnist Linda Sones, of the organic baby company www.sonesuk.com

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Nappies- The Natural Choice 31.07.08

The prevailing myth about washable (cloth or reusable) nappies is that they are difficult to use, smelly and unpleasant to wash. This is far from the truth. The design of modern cloth nappies is such that they are easy to put on and easy to wash argues the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Real Nappy Network Co-ordinator Gary Lamont.

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Growing a green Baby 15.03.08

Linda Sones, from sonesuk.com, the online organic baby clothes retailer, writes about how to give your baby the best start in life by choosing a sustainable road.

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2008 the year that the natural and organic cosmetics finally get standards 07.03.08

According to leading organic research organization, Organic Monitor, 2008 should see the cosmetics industry finally see some standards being applied to labeling of cosmetics claiming to be organic or natural. Until now outside of the organic certification process by the likes of the Soil Association it has been up to the producer to decide.

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18 Fairtrade ideas for Fairtrade Fortnight 28.02.08

With Fairtrade Fortnight reaching the end of its first week, the Fairtrade Foundation has come up with a18 tips and nuggets of Fairtrade information to spread the word about the UK’s fastest growing grocery sector.

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Fairtrade sales grow 81% in 2007 to £493 million 27.02.08

Sales of Fairtrade products in 2007, announced to coincide with the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight (25 February – 9 March 2008) set a new pace for international trade. As the two-week annual campaign entitled Change Today. Choose Fairtrade gets underway across the UK , the Fairtrade Foundation reveals an increase of estimated retail sales of Fairtrade products to £493m, a huge 81% increase on 2006 sales of £273m.

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Fairtrade- What does it mean to you? 22.02.08

With Fairtrade Fortnight upon us, Linda Sones, who runs the organic textile site for babies, sonesuk.com, talks about why Fairtrade cotton is so vital for a sustainable, and just, future for the textile industry.

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Fairtrade Fairground attractions- 24th February 21.02.08

The Fairtrade Fortnight (25th Feb-9th March) kicks off with a great Fairtrade Fair on London’s South Bank on Sunday 24th, 11am-4pm. The two weeks of fun and activity throughout the country celebrates the over 3,000 Fairtrade products now available in the UK. Be sure to check out your local Fairtrade Fortnight activities and join in.

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Raw Gaia Launches 100% Organic Skincare Gift Set for Valentine’s Day and beyond 12.02.08

Organic skin care company Raw Gaia announces the launch of a lovely new gift set, “I Love You” Box, from its distinctive range of living skin care products. The gift set is available now, in time for the Valentine’s shopping season.

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Debenhams 4th supermarket to confirm ban on Uzbek cotton 05.02.08

Since the start of 2008 Tesco, M+S and Matalan have also announced a ban on cotton sourced from Uzbekistan. Now Debenhams, who had already placed Uzbekistan on the banned countries list, has now reaffirmed that it will not be doing business in the country.

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Siân Berry’s 50 Greener Ways series 05.02.08

Siân Berry has been very busy, not only is she the Green Party’s London Mayorial candidate, she has also spent her free time writing fours great little guides to greener shopping, greener travel, greener home , and lastly on energy and water savings.

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Beyond Organic offer 100 % biodynamic cosmetics for a special Valentine 05.02.08

Beyond Organic Skin Care is offering a suitably sensual gift for the significant other in your life with its Valentine’s Day Gift Pack. Hand made in Cornwall, using local ingredients and all certified biodynamic- it doesn’t get much better.

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2.4 billion items of unworn clothing in the British wardrobe 01.02.08

Almost half of the clothes in Britain’s wardrobes go unworn, a new survey from Oxfam and Marks & Spencer has shown.A YouGov report, commissioned to mark the first day of the M&S and Oxfam Clothes Exchange, shows that 46 per cent of people’s clothes - an estimated 2.4billion items - have sat gathering dust on shelves and hangers and were not worn once in the last year.

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Having Kids Can Turn You Green – says Arabella Miller 17.01.08

A recent survey from UK organic children’s clothes company, Arabella Miller, found that 62% of parents said that they made greener choices after having children and 80% now defined themselves as a “green parent.”

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Brits say they are planning to Spend £13 Billion on Green Home Improvements 17.01.08

New research by Co-operative Bank Mortgages has revealed that Brits are planning to spend over GBP13 billion making their homes greener, with over two thirds of people (68%) claiming they have already taken steps to reduce the carbon footprint of their homes over the last year alone.

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Tescos to ban Uzbek cotton over child labour abuse 15.01.08

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) applaud Tesco’s breakthrough decision following ongoing discussions with the campaigning group to place a ban on all cotton sourced from Uzbekistan for its clothing range, homeware and corporate purchases.

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Organic Gardening 12 months for only £29.95 08.01.08

So you have made the Resolution to make that backyard, window sill, allotment work harder, and in the process make you healthier. Now you need some practical advice on what to do when- there is no better place to start that the Organic Gardening magazine.

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100 Million Re-cycled Christmas cards is Woodland Trust’s target 03.01.08

The Woodland Trust with Recycle Now is aiming to raise enough money from recycled Christmas cards to plant 24,000 trees in the UK. They hope that 100 million old cards will be handed in at recycling points at Tescos, WH Smiths, M&S and TK Maxx before the 31st January.

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13 Million make New Year’s resolutions to be greener 02.01.08

We’ve used enough wrapping paper to cover over two thirds of Britain, we’ve sent approximately 858 million Christmas cards, and we’ve wasted bin liners upon bin liners of food. But with the New Year in tow Brits are planning to turn their conscience green, according to new research by Friends Provident.

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Go Green for a great 2008 with Friends of the Earth’s New Year’s Resolutions 02.01.08

Save cash and save the planet by taking up some of Friends of the Earth’s suggestions for green New Year’s resolutions. Friends of the Earth is calling on the UK government to make the changes we need in 2008 to start cutting the UK’s carbon emissions.

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10 Green New Year resolutions from WWF 02.01.08

Forget the usual New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or stop smoking - make one which will really make a difference by pledging to help save the planet in 2008. "No-one can go green overnight but by taking on a couple of our New Year’s resolutions you know that you will be part of a global movement to tackle climate change," said Colin Butfield, head of campaigns at WWF.

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72% demand private housing developers should meet green targets 02.01.08

The majority of people surveyed in a new poll by the National Housing Federation want the Climate Change Bill to require private developers to drastically cut the carbon emissions of their new homes.

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Pete’s 10 Green New Years’ Resolutions for 2008 28.12.07

Green guilt is racking the nation, we should be doing something, we know we should but we never get time. New Year is the time to make a plan, says naturalchoices editor Peter Shield. Here is my list of New Year’s resolutions to try and make 2008 more enjoyable and productive than 2007.

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Top 10 tips for a low carbon Christmas 19.12.07

A time of peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind, Christmas has also become a frenzy of mass consumption. And, as new calculations from the new economics foundation reveal, our obsession with high-tech energy guzzling gadgets threatens both to derail attempts to cut emissions, and erode our well-being. Great top 10 tips - shame about the Brussel Spouts though.

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4 great ethical Christmas hampers from Turnham Green 18.12.07

Stuck for a Christmas present idea? Has to get there tomorrow? Then the wonderful selection of Turnham Green hampers may be the solution to your problem- and in case you were worried they are delivered in environmentally friendly jute bags.

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Natural Choices Top 10 Green Websites 2007 18.12.07

2007 has seen some great new sites being launched for the ethically inclined, as well as the continuing of some of the classics. Information is the key to eco and ethical lifestyles and business, and the rise of a forest of new sources is a key in gaining critical mass.

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11 ways to turn your computer green 18.12.07

Green PC, the great little green blog on all things to do with personal computing, has come up with this superb list of action you can do both at home and at work to lower the impact of your IT. A great New Year’s action resolution.

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Natural Choices top ethical business books- 2007 17.12.07

Jonathan Porritt, Adrian Henriques, Simon Zadek, John Grant, Chris Anderson, and Paul Allen – the quality of books on ethical business and corporate social responsibility has never been better.

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Top 28 Ethical companies to chose from for Christmas Gifts 13.12.07

The Ethical Company Organisation publishers of The Good Shopping Guide and the site www.gooshing.co.uk have published their top accredited ethical gifts companies, organic food and clothes, to green energy and pet foods. You couldn’t want for a better place to start your seasonal shopping.

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Innocent Oils launch Innocent Angel Body Silk- 100% Vegan 13.12.07

Innocent Oils, famous for their hemp seed oil based natural moisturizers and bodycare products for sensitive skin have launched a new Body Silk- the ideal present for Mum or Dad and great for after ski skin revitalization.

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Raw Gaia launched the UK’s 1st organic raw soap 13.12.07

Organic skin care company Raw Gaia announces the launch of the UK’s first organic raw lavender and rose geranium soaps. It is gentle, truly delicious to use and one of the purest soaps available anywhere.

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4 Organic New Year’s resolutions 12.12.07

With the present wrapping recycled and the excess Christmas pudding composted, for the perfect eco-friendly end to your festive holiday why not see in the New Year with these top four revitalising and ethical ideas from the Soil Association

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Traidcraft launch 100% recycled tissues to get to the bottom of unfair trade 04.12.07

This week the pioneering fair trade organisation launches a new range of 100% recycled domestic tissue products displaying the eye-catching slogans: ‘I’m flushing away unfair trade’ on the loo roll, ‘I’m cleaning up trade injustice’ on the kitchen roll and ‘I’m blowing poverty away’ on the tissues.

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Ant’s top 10 natural cosmetics Christmas gifts for men 04.12.07

The season of giving is once again upon us, from stocking filler’s to luxury gift set’s, Male Organics has everything you need for a well groomed green festive period. Anthony Oram, co-founder of male-organics.com, gives his hand tips for organic and natural gifts for men and boys.

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112,500 tonnes of recyclable rubbish will be binned this Christmas 04.12.07

This Christmas 112,500 tonnes of recyclable rubbish will be thrown away, according to new research, by the new think credit card from the Co-operative Bank. This is equivalent to 14,940 red Routemaster buses, 93,360 Minis OR 406 Airbus A380’s.

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Ethical market worth £32.3bn in 2006 30.11.07

The Co-op Bank’s ethical consumerism report for 2006 show the sector has grown from 29.3 billion in 2005 to £32.3bn in 2006. Household spending on ethical goods and services is now £664, up from just £366 in 2002 an 81% increase in five years.

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Top 10 luxury goods companies fail WWF sustainability test 29.11.07

A new report launched by WWF today, called ‘Deeper Luxury’, examines the environmental and social record of some of the world’s top brands, including L’Oréal, Hermès, Tods, Tiffany & Co and Swatch, and asks that celebrities should not promote or endorse environmentally damaging products.

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Nigel’s Top 10 Eco Christmas Picks 27.11.07

Nigel’s Eco Store an ethical online retailer, has come up with a selection of environmentally friendly eco gifts and products for Christmas 07 that will help people save money, reduce their carbon footprint and live a greener kind of life long after the turkey and trimmings have been cleared away for composting.

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£2.3 billion micro-generation industry by 2016 is possible 22.11.07

Zero Carbon homes could create a £2.3 billion renewable energy supply market by 2016 argues a report by the Renewable Advisory Board. The report looks at the key role played by onsite micro-generation as opposed to relying on large scale offsite generation such as offshore wind farms.

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100% Fairtrade Liberation Nuts hit the shelves this month 22.11.07

Twin Trading and Equal Exchange, two of the organisations behind Cafédirect, have announced that the first Liberation range of Fairtrade nut snacks will appear on the shelves of UK stores this month.

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Local stores can be greenest grocers 20.11.07

Independent local shops and street markets have the potential to be the UK’s greenest grocers, despite intensive PR from supermarkets highlighting their environmental credentials, delegates at a Friends of the Earth sustainable food seminar will be told today (20th November)

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Nigel’s Top 10 tips for a Green Christmas for the home 19.11.07

Nigel Berman, he of Nigel’s Eco-store, has put together his top 10 Green Christmas tips that’ll help to save money, reduce your carbon footprint and live a more eco friendly life.

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Green Classics- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson 19.11.07

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is often quoted as one of the founding texts of the modern American environmental movement. First published in 1962 Carson was the first scientific author to raise the issue of the impact of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides on man and nature to the wider public audience.

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Christmas 2007 shopping is going local and online 16.11.07

Deloitte & Touche ’s annual Christmas Retail survey shows that more and more consumers are looking for a local shopping solution, or online, than ever before. 30% say they will look to buy their food from farmers markets and local shops, 40% are looking to the local high street for gifts.

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10 Top Tips for an Ethical Christmas 15.11.07

Get Ethical and EcoMiundi’s Phil Soulsby gives his top ten tips for an ethical Christmas that supports local, fairtrade, organic, and small ethical companies as well limiting your carbon footprint and maximizing your family and your friends enjoyment

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Raw Gaia launches the world’s 1st Raw Chocolate Face Pack 15.11.07

Organic skin care company Raw Gaia announces the launch of the world’s first raw chocolate face pack. This is a mouth watering product helps to promote a smooth and toned complexion. Raw Gaia is a vegan society certified producer that takes the principals of a raw food diet and works them into natural cosmetics.

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22 Green Fairy Tips for a Green and Inexpensive Christmas 13.11.07

This year, there’s no need to let Christmas get you stressed and leave you skint. Friends of the Earth’s green Xmas fairy is on hand with some ideas that will help you to put the love back into Christmas and go easy on the planet - as well as your purse strings. Here are some of her ideas for presents, parties and decorations that won’t cost the earth.

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps 02.11.07

All-One Hemp Peppermint Pure-Castille soap from the legendary Dr. Bronner has to be on of the classic soaps of all time. Now available from male-organics.com.

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Green People’s ‘Shave Now’ organic gel gets 10 out of 10 24.10.07

It’s organic, it gives a great refreshing shave, smells wonderful- and it cuts out moisturising afterwards. Green People’s ‘Shave Now’ available from Male-organics.com wins a new fan writes Peter Shield.

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Raw Gaia- breaking the cosmetics marketing hype 24.10.07

Mainstream bodycare marketing, and even a lot of ‘ethical’ marketing, centres around images of “impossibly perfect looking” models and phrases such as ‘anti-aging’ and ‘getting rid of wrinkles’. Hector Bolanos, Joint Managing Director of Raw Gaia talks to Naturalchoices about why they have taken a different route.

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1 in 5 brides want a greener wedding 23.10.07

It would seem today’s bride has more on her mind than just her wedding, as weddingchaos conducted a recent poll and found that more than 1 in 5 brides (21.2%) did consider the environment when planning their big day.

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169 Women - That’s the Answer to Saving the Planet 19.10.07

Research released today, ahead of Energy Saving Week 2007 (October 22nd -28th), reveals the first ever index to pinpoint Britain’s biggest energy-saving influencers. With 169 people in their social networks Britons are already acting as advisers to 10 people on energy-related issues.

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BT announces £250 million investment in wind power 19.10.07

BT unveiled plans to develop wind farms aimed at generating up to 25 per cent of its existing UK electricity requirements by 2016. The wind farm scheme represents the UK’s biggest corporate wind power project outside of the energy sector.

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£100,000 wind fall for Fenland Green Power 18.10.07

Lincolnshire Co-operative has shown its support of a local wind farm by buying shares in Fenland Green Power Co-operative. Share applications are now open and members of the public are invited to find out how to ‘own’ a wind turbine and play a part in creating green energy.

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The 6 tribes and ‘Green’ Tescos- what £50 million buys you 18.10.07

The °Climate Group today launches the findings the Climate Brand Index which tracks consumer perceptions of how brands are performing on climate change. It concludes that greenwash no longer works- then places Tescos as the strongest green brand.

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Max Green Alchemy Elemeni Anti-Aging Organic Face Oil -£19.45 from Eco-ago-go 17.10.07

Eco-a-go-go launch Max Green Alchemy’s Elemeni anti-aging face oil in the UK. Featuring the finest precious Bulgarian rose otto, the intensive healing treatments are ideally suited for UV damage, fine lines and wrinkles, rosacea and scarring.

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iPhone- not G3 and full of dodgy chemicals 16.10.07

It looks like a beautifully designed brick -welcome to the iPhone. Despite Steve Job’s promise to make Apple a leading green technology company Greenpeace say once again environmental concerns have been ignored.

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Animal Aid’s Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre, 2nd December 12.10.07

Come and join in the fun at Animal Aid’s 14th Annual Christmas Without Cruelty Fayre at Kensington Town Hall, on Sunday 2nd December, from 10.00 until 17.00. This is their 30th Anniversary year, so help Animal Aid celebrate this milestone in style.

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8 green steps to an Organic Christmas 09.10.07

The Soil Association’s eight steps to an organic Christmas is a wonderful starting place to plan your perfect seasonal celebration- healthy, environmentally friendly and delicious. Who could ask for more?

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Moixa’s USB AA rechargeable batteries 08.10.07

Nigel’s Eco-Store thoughtfully sent Naturalchoices a couple of the Moixa’s USB AA rechargeable batteries. “More junk to rattle around the bottom of the your sack” quipped one wag in the office, two weeks later I couldn’t live without them writes Peter Shield.

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Innocent Oils- organic skincare for all skin types 04.10.07

Innocent Oil founder Helen James talks to naturalchoices about how sensitive skin lead to discovering the amazing properties of hemp oil and organic ingredients and the setting up of her organic, vegan skincare company.

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Local is No 1 Choice for Ethical Shoppers 01.10.07

Local produce is the number one ethical choice for British shoppers, and six out of 10 of us now actively try to buy local products according to ’Britain’s Ethical Shopper; Which Way Now?’ from IGD and Nielsen

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The Sustainability Show 26th-28th October 28.09.07

David Miall, co-founder of the Sustainability Show which makes its first appearance at the O2 in London on 26-28th October, talks to Naturalchoices about why they decided to launch with such a splash.

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Reduce Reuse Recycle by Nicky Scott 27.09.07

A pocket sized book packed with superb information on getting the most from what we use, where we buy it from and what we do with it. Another superb Green Books Guide.

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Good Energy doubles ‘pay back’ to 9p a unit for home generation 26.09.07

On 1st October Good Energy the 100% renewable electricity supplier is launching its new ‘pay-back’ tariff to its customers generating their own electricity. Good Energy will pay 9 pence for every unit their customers generate.

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SolarCentury’s C21 is a natural fit for Sony 07.09.07

Derry Newman, COO of SolarCentury, talks to naturalchoices about the link up with Sony’s UK Technology Centre to make the revolutionary C21 solar roof tile, and Solar Century’s strategy in the UK and beyond.

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Urban Green Fair 9th September 06.09.07

If you live in London this year’s Urban Green Fair is a must do. Sunday, 9th September, Brockwell park, Lambeth. Cafés, kids’ zone, speakers, poets, solar cinema, workshops, craft and campaign stalls, all powered by working examples of renewable energy.

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Eco-ago-go launches affordable natural cosmetics site 04.09.07

Eco-a-go-go.co.uk launch to make buying everyday natural and organic body care products easier for health conscious consumers. Gary Reed, co-founder talks to naturalchoices about sourcing their unique range.

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More rights for new home buyers demands NCC 30.08.07

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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It’s green, but is it any good? 30.08.07

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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Take a deep breath and let the Exhale team take away your stress 28.08.07

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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’Be good guilt’ lead 9 out 10 Brits to tell little green lies 24.08.07

"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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Nick Rosen on launching Off-Grid.net 23.08.07

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 23.08.07

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 22.08.07

“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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Green studios from £59,950, or build them yourself for £19,950 09.08.07

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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Downsell Primary School stars in Climate Calendar 2009 08.08.07

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 08.08.07

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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Male-Organics.com the natural site for men 03.08.07

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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The Self-Sufficiency Hand Book- Alan & Gill Bridgewater 02.08.07

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 01.08.07

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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Patio Heaters- warming more than the guests 30.07.07

Patio heaters are spreading across the gardens and terraces of the UK. According to the Energy Savings Trust’s latest Green Barometer numbers are likely to grow from 1.2 million to 2.3 million.

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Greening Your Office- Jon Clift & Amanda Cuthbert 25.07.07

From cupboard to corporation: an A-Z guide. Published by Ethical Junction member Green Books, this pocket sized guide should be in every office in the UK it has loads of handy tip to save money and make office work more sustainable.

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Organic cotton demand set to double in 2007. 24.07.07

The battle for UK’s influenced consumers has moved out of the food halls and into high street fashion. New Look and H&M have now joined the growing number of high street fashion chains who market organic cotton based cloths.

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The Ampere Strikes Back 24.07.07

A new report from the Energy Savings Trust, ‘The Ampere Strikes Back’, reveals the dawn of a new ’ICE (Information, Communication, Entertainment) Age’ as a proliferation of home entertainment equipment across the UK undermines efforts to manage domestic energy demand to curb the effects of climate change.

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Electricity consumption growing in spite of efficiency drive says EU report 20.07.07

A report from the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), indicates that overall electricity consumption is growing in the Europe. Despite the increase in renewable energy the increased demand caused by the increase of household gadgets has effectively nullified its impact. However low energy light bulbs and doing away with standby modes would reverse the trend.

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ESRC: Rural communities revived by energy 19.07.07

A study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, of community renewable energy projects in Britain has found that so far, projects are largely based in the countryside, some quite remote.

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Friends of the Earth calls for weekly food waste collections 18.07.07

Local authorities should introduce weekly food waste collections as part of a strategy to cut waste, increase recycling and tackle climate change, says Friends of the Earth said. Household waste only accounts for 9% isn’t it time to concentrate on business waste?

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Ethical Goodies- a new site for green and ethical competitions and giveaways 17.07.07

This week saw the creation of www.ethicalgoodies.co.uk , a single online venue where businesses can promote new products and consumers can either win or enter draws for products or services that are organic, fairtrade, environmentally friendly or otherwise ethically sourced.

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Cut the Carbon March leaves Belfast on Saturday 13.07.07

Christian Aid’s Cut the Carbon March sets off for a 80 day, thousand mile walk around the British isles on 14th July, it is the longest protest march ever held in the UK. Marchers Mohamed Adow, and Fraser Winterbottom speak to Naturalchoices.

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Smart meters - 40,000 households in energy saving trials 12.07.07

Around 40,000 households will be taking part in energy saving trials in a bid to cut household bills and help in the fight against climate change, Business and Enterprise Secretary John Hutton announced today.

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80% of consumers want to buy local, recycle and have less packaging 10.07.07

In a new report on ethical consumption in the UK published in this week’s Marketing, Henley Centre HeadlightVision shows that 80% of consumers want to buy local food, reduce product packaging and recycle rubbish.

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The rise and roots of ethical consumption in the United Kingdom 09.07.07

Peter Shield, editor of naturalchoices looks at the roots of ethical consumerism in the United Kingdom. From the Rochdale Pioneers in 1844, to the growth of consumer power in the 1970s.

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Green my Mac hits home, but Nokia still in the lead 06.07.07

The fourth edition of the Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics is out now. Apple moves up as a result of Steve Job’s "Greener Apple" pledge to phase out PVC and other chemicals from their product line.

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Christian Aid challenges music lovers to ’Cut the Carbon’ at T in the Park 06.07.07

Unlike Live Earth which expects to attract 2 billion viewers T in the Park is a smaller gathering of music fans, smaller in number and much smaller in carbon footprint- in fact it has no carbon footprint at all. A mere 80,000 music lovers who won’t get to watch the concert on MSN because they will all be seeing it live at Balado, Perth and Kinross.

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Eco-Centres and Courses – by Terena Plowright 06.07.07

Throughout the UK the galaxy of courses and hands on training around living a more sustainable life is breath taking. Published by Green Books, this is a comprehensive guide of fun and interesting days out for both adults and children.

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Tour de France- Discovery’s Blue Train goes Green 06.07.07

Lance Armstrong’s ex team Discovery Channel, the famous Blue Train, that dominated the peleton for so many years are going carbon neutral for this year’s Tour which starts in London on Saturday.

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The Eco-store that Nigel Built - from clicks to bricks 05.07.07

Nigel’s Eco Store was founded strangely enough by a man called Nigel-Nigel Berman. While the trend in retail is moving from selling through shops to selling online, Nigel Berman talks to Natural Choices about why they have gone the other way.

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Barefoot to Olympia 05.07.07

The Co-founder and Chairman of the European Yoga Network, Mat Witts is planning to embark on a 109-mile journey, barefoot to coincide with The Yoga Show at The National Hall, Olympia, London.

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Love Actually Love Naturally 25.06.07

Natural Friends was the first online introduction agency for green and ethically motivated people. Its founders James and Barbara Bradshaw talk to naturalchoices. Starting off 25 years ago little could they image how the internet could transform their business.

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Thenag.net changing the world one click at a time 19.06.07

You know what to do, that list of 101 things is pinned to the fridge and all it makes you do is feel guilty. How do you turn that first step into a skip? Briony Greenhill The Nag’s Project Director tells to naturalchoices how it works.

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Plastic Ain’t My Bag- campaign builds for Christmas 2007 12.06.07

We Are What We Do, the people who brought us “I’m not a Plastic Bag”, and "Change the World for a Fiver", launches its first high profile national campaign to unite shoppers and shops for a plastic bag free Christmas.

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Whole Foods Market- it’s here and it’s huge 07.06.07

During the war American GI’s arrived in London bearing chewing gum and, rather strangely, nylon stockings, unseen luxuries for Britain’s besieged population. Now they are back again but this time armed with 17 different types of organic coffee beans.

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The New Green Consumer Guide- Julia Hailes 05.06.07

How green should you be, how green can you be in modern Britain? In The New Green Consumer Guide published by Simon & Schuster Julia Hailes takes a practical lively look at how to reduce the environmental impact of your life, up to and including your death.

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Carbon footprint labelling finally gets of the ground 31.05.07

Ian Pearson, Minister for the Environment, announced that DEFRA, is to develop a carbon foot print labelling scheme to show consumers the production, transport and disposal impact of products.

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Green Mobile link up with the Environmental Investigation Agency 31.05.07

Green Mobile, the UK’s first environmentally friendly phone service, has teamed up with the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) to offer a mobile service that raises funds for the EIA.

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Co-op rolls out sustainable paper products 22.05.07

The Co-op this week converted all its household paper range, including facial tissues, to material that has been completely sourced from FSC-certified responsibly-managed forests and recycling facilities.

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Ecology Building Society opens the 10,000th saving account 18.05.07

The Ecology Building Society, a unique mutual building society providing a range of straight forward green mortgages and ethical savings accounts, celebrates its 10,000 account after 26 years of providing funding for green housing projects.

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Renewable energy- now only for the rich 11.05.07

Despite the fact that Gordon Brown increased the funding for the Low Carbon Building programme from £12 million to £19 million Alistair Darlings newly launched scheme will mean that an average solar photovoltaic system will rise 60% in price.

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Organic Gardening- the natural no-dig way by Charles Dowding 30.04.07

This book is a superb introduction from Green Books to a tried and tested organic gardening technique perfected by Charles Dowding over 25 years of hands on experience.

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Bags of Change- Over the shoulder ethical loyalty scheme 26.04.07

A cool organic hemp-cotton tote bag that gives you 5% discount on Fairtrade and organic products in your local independent shops- not accepted at any large multiple superstore.

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How to live a low-carbon life by Chris Goodall 03.04.07

In the UK the average individual is responsible directly and indirectly for 12 ½ tonnes of carbon dioxide. How do we get that down to 3 tonnes- well reading Chris Goodall’s ‘How to live a low carbon life- the individual’s guide to stopping climate change’ is the best start.

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Levi’s launches organic 506 and 570’s jeans 26.11.06

Levi’s is the first major brand to address organic issues. In October it launched a totally organic jean based on the 570 design for women and the 506 for men. Produced in Hungary every aspect of the jeans production is based on organic materials, from organic cotton, to coconut shell waist button to non-galvanised fly buttons.

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Ethical Living news site launched by Natural Choices Media 21.11.06

Ethical consumerism is on the rise, from organic foods and wines, Fairtrade coffee, to energy saving light bulbs and responsible travel, a growing number of us are choosing a more informed lifestyle.

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