The debates about climate change and its inevitability, our ability to prevent it happening and what we do to mitigate its effects if we fail to act are becoming more heated.
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We believe strongly in beauty and skin care products made with natural ingredients. Lisa Johnson started her own business making beauty products from her home in Wilmslow, Cheshire so we wanted to share the story of her venture, LJ’s Natural Solutions.
Shopping locally is a great way to keep variety on the high street and support independent businesses trying to make a living. There are small business owners providing a vast array of services from baked goods to home improvements, gift ware to coffee shops throughout the towns, villages and cities of the UK.
We love chocolate (who doesn’t?!) So when we heard about Rainbow Organic Chocolates, handmade by Suzanne with assistance from her 13 year old son Euan, we had to find out more.
Encouraging wildlife into gardens and the wider environment is something close to our hearts. From pollination of plants to the fruit in British orchards and vegetables in allotments and veg plots around the UK, bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects have a key role to play. Wild flowers can be a simple and beautiful way to encourage more wildlife to flourish, and with SEEDBALL, a fantastic product launched by Project Maya, it couldn’t be easier.
Opus Energy is one of the UK’s fastest growing companies providing gas and electricity to the business market in the UK. The company currently supplies energy to over 160,000 business locations and employs over 500 staff in its offices set in Northampton and Oxford.
When we heard about a new advertising agency who want to carve out a different path and stand out from the crowd by being ethical and only representing businesses that met with their ethical ideals, we had to meet them. A (fairtrade) coffee and a perch in their cardboard chair (yes really) later, we’d had a fun chat and learned more about what We Are Good is all about and their plan to be the change they want to see in the advertising industry. We bring you this fascinating Q and A session with their founder and CEO, Lauren Penny.
Given the already unrelenting amount of economic strain that small businesses have been under in recent years, it’s perhaps no surprise that the notion of cultivating an ‘eco-friendly’ workplace, has been somewhat subdued in recent years.
We were lucky enough to be offered a personal weather station from Netatmo to review. As a quirky concept, we didn’t know quite what to expect, but after a month of use, there’s lots to report.
Although not yet compulsory, a number of companies have voluntarily been auditing and reporting on their carbon emissions, and many companies are seeing the benefits, a report commissioned by the government has revealed.
Few of us know that while we think our machines are sleeping, they are actually leeching 25% of the power that they consume from us. We also don’t often think about the fact that more than half the trees chopped down in the world are used for paper.
In the past, it seemed like anyone who suggested recycling or using greener methods of production was called a tree hugging hippie. However, in today’s society, that’s no longer true. Recycling programs exist in almost every major city, and businesses around the world are looking into greener, more environmentally friendly ways of producing, shipping, and advertising their products. To many, though, going green is a behind the scenes tactic – surely it can’t affect business that much, right? Wrong. Consumers, especially environmentally conscious ones, often will support businesses that go green over those that don’t. Sometimes, they are even willing to pay a bit more if it means saving the environment!
The fifth year of The Observer Ethical Awards launches today and will give recognition to green projects and people for their involvement in ethical initiatives throughout the past 12 months.
At the annual ‘celebrating staff success’ event held by Staffordshire University, a new category for this year’s event saw staff being presented with awards for sustainability. The ceremony, which is about recognising the achievements of employees in the University over the past 12 months, included two awards highlighting commitments by members of staff to sustainability within the University, both on-site and in the curriculum, and outside the workplace.
A new study conducted by WRAP, Waste & Resources Action Programme, published on 28th August 2009, has identified that demand for waste wood will outstrip supply in the next few years. The report, ‘Wood Waste Market in the UK’, provides both a detailed analysis of how the situation with waste wood product availability is likely to develop over the coming years, and also looks at the origins of waste wood products.