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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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21st century rail - at last 06.08.09

Morning Star Editorial: When Michael O’Leary tells you an idea’s dreadful, you know you’re on to a winner. The union-bashing Ryanair chief is so consistently on the wrong side of any argument that you’d be forgiven for taking it with a pinch of salt if he told you to keep breathing.

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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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Sail away with a Nordic God 20 – 25 September 07.05.09

Staying in the UK for your holidays this summer doesn’t mean cutting back on adventure and glamour. You can simply go as far as Embercombe on the Devon coast this July to spend a week on Embercombe’s beautiful old Dutch Sailing Barge, Baldur, delving into the myths of Nordic Gods and using them as a gateway to self-understanding.

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Responsible Tourism Awards 2009 08.04.09

Nominations are now open for the Responsible Tourism Awards 2009 organised by responsibletravel.com and sponsored by Virgin Holidays. The Awards celebrate tourism ventures around the world that make positive contributions to conservation and the economies of local communities.

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A bleak future for Eco-friendly walking tours in France? 16.02.09

The fall-out from the threatened closure of the Cevennes railway on eco-hiking in France would be enormous, writes Scott Anderson from The Enlightened Traveller

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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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Top 10 tips for greener skiing 21.01.08

The mountain tops are snow covered, the skis are rattling restlessly in the basement, knees are being flexed and the old salopettes are being squeezed into after a Christmas of excess. It’s that time of the year again- ski time. So how do you cut down on the impact of this mountain passion.

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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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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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6% of Brits offset their holiday travel emissions 12.11.07

Quarter of holidaymakers say they’ll switch to greener plans, but only 6 per cent put their money where their mouth is. Few holidaymakers are prepared to part with their cash in order to fulfil green travel aspirations, according to a new study from research company TNS.

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GSE EcoTour’s Village Homestays: In Search of an ethical & cultural holiday 28.08.07

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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Cycle Tourism takes off as £120 million mark passed in 2006 22.08.07

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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Buyer beware: WWF seeks help of British tourists to stamp out illegal wildlife trade 16.08.07

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. 15.08.07

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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Organic Places to Stay in the UK and Ireland-3rd Edition- Linda Moss 31.07.07

Now in its third edition and now including Ireland. Hotels, B&Bs, holiday homes and campsites, Linda Moss has gathered an extensive range of organic orientated holiday accommodation across the UK in this superb guide from Green Books.

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Ryanair adverts attacking Brown condemned by ASA 18.07.07

Ryanair, dubbed by Labour’s Ian Pearson as the “irresponsible face of capitalism”, has finally had their advertising rapped by the ASA following a complaint from Airport Watch. The campaign, created in-house by Ryanair’s marketing department attached Gordon Brown as a thief, and rubbished claims about aircraft CO2 emissions.

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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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Responsible Travel – just another business bandwagon? 25.06.07

Scott Anderson, director of The Enlightened Traveler, a travel company based in the Camargue, in the Languedoc region of southern France, writes about how they have created a responsible travel company for the discerning holiday maker.

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Flybe introduces ‘eco’ labelling for flights 05.06.07

Cunning plan or marketing scam? Last week, Ryanair announced that environmental awareness about flights were beginning to hit their bottom line. This week Flybe introduces eco-labelling and carbon off setting.

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Four Seasons at The Barn Vegetarian Guest House 05.06.07

Richard & Sandra Barnett set up the Barn Vegetarian Guest House in the New Forset four years ago. Richard writes about the ups and down of starting an ethical tourist business.

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The Ethical Travel Guide from Tourism Concern 11.04.07

Travel in the modern world is an ethical minefield. The Ethical Travel Guide written by Polly Pattullo with Orely Minelli for Tourism Concern, published by Earthscan, doesn’t have all the answers but it is a good place to start.

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Dying on a Jet Plane- £10.4 billion air travel subsidy 20.03.07

The aviation industry is the fastest growing producer of carbon emissions in the United Kingdom, due to enormous tax breaks it is also heavily subsidised according to the World Development Movement.

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Skiing like you care in the French Alps 15.12.06

Alpine downhill skiing is my passion. It is a passion I share with over a million Brits who go to the French Alps every year. Yet there is no greater clearer link between sport and the environment than skiing, a mere one degree temperature rise will make over 160 European Alpine ski-resorts unviable.

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