Going Vegan Won’t Protect All Animals

Going Vegan Won’t Protect All Animals

The Vegan Confusion

In 2015, the respected Argentinian naturalist, Claudio Bertonatti published an article controversially entitled ‘The Vegan Confusion’, where he warns that eating a vegan diet won’t necessarily prevent the death of all animals. The article enraged vegans and vegetarians alike but made an important point about the danger in thinking killing animals for food is the only thing harming them, or that stopping it is the only way to save them.

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Should Companies Pay For Carbon Offsets To Keep Forests Alive?

Should Companies Pay For Carbon Offsets To Keep Forests Alive?

Forests are disappearing. We are losing 100,000 acres of forests a day thanks to logging for timber, felling trees for agriculture, mining and development. The problem with this is not only that nature and habitats are being destroyed but that the massive carbon basin that is held in the world’s trees is being depleted, so carbon is left to float freely into the atmosphere. Deforestation is such a problem, it accounts for around 12 percent of

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Acting Up For The Planet: The Nature Conservancy

Acting Up For The Planet: The Nature Conservancy

Who Are They?

The Nature Conservancy is a charitable environmental organization ‘working to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people’. Since their birth way back in 1951, they have protected over 119 million acres of land, thousands of miles of rivers and now maintain more than 100 marine conservation projects across the world.

What Do They Do?

They use scientific…

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We Could Lose Two-Thirds Of The World’s Animals By 2020

We Could Lose Two-Thirds Of The World’s Animals By 2020

According to a Living Planet report, we are on track to say goodbye to two-thirds of the world’s wild animals forever by 2020. It’s easy to think about extinction in terms of wooly mammoths and dodos and not to think that it is something we could be facing on a mass scale within the next few years. So let’s break down how this has happened and look into this report some more.

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Planting Trees For A Greener Future

Planting Trees For A Greener Future

Let’s start off by talking a little bit about trees. Trees not only give our planet the luscious and awe-inspiring characteristics we admire most about nature, they do many important jobs too. For example, in our race against a warming planet, it’s useful to know that an acre of trees can absorb enough CO2 to account for a car driving 26,000 miles. Sadly, at the moment the world loses 100,000 acres of…

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What The Textile Industry Is Doing To Water

What The Textile Industry Is Doing To Water

When you ask somebody where they got their flashy new jacket the chances are they will respond with the shop name or designer. But maybe we should think about where our clothes are really coming from. In the U.S. most of us are actually importing clothes from developing countries. In fact, in 2013 $80 billion of clothing was imported with the bulk of that coming from China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia. What does that have to do…

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The Magic Of Ecosystems

The Magic Of Ecosystems

How Reintroducing Wolves to Yellowstone Saved the Park

One way of thinking about ecosystems would be to consider the ‘butterfly effect’, which refers to the fact that something as small as the flapping of a butterfly’s wings could determine the nature of a tornado’s path weeks later. Even the teeniest change can have a knock-on effect, and that’s ecosystems for you, and why they need protecting.

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If We Want To Save Ourselves We Have To Save Our Soil

If We Want To Save Ourselves We Have To Save Our Soil

Is it possible that the answer to saving the earth could be, well, earth? Most modern agriculture treats soil like a pair of trainers, running them to the ground and then tossing them aside when they are no longer useful. Intensive ploughing, over-grazing and liberally applying chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers to the soil damages land and depletes soil of the nutrients that naturally existed there. Industrial farming like this means that 40 percent of

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Is Water Scarcity Our Biggest Threat?

Is Water Scarcity Our Biggest Threat?

We talk a lot about the impact of global warming in terms of melting ice caps, rising sea levels, flooding…the general feeling is that the world will soon be under too much water. But did you know we are actually facing a water crisis? From farms dealing with drought and irrigation sources running out, to the health crisis of unsanitary supplies; water is a real issue.

One in seven people worldwide already don’t have sufficient access…

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The New Cruelty-Free Vegan Silk

The New Cruelty-Free Vegan Silk

How you can get a beautiful home and hair the vegan way.

There’s a reason we all reach our hands out to touch clothes when we’re wandering through shops: we want to know how they feel. Handfeel and a luxurious look makes clothes desirable, we’re sensory beings after all. We love to use silk in clothes and bedding particularly, but it’s not a very humane option. There are vegan alternatives too, like: Lyocell, milkweed seedpod fibers,…

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Small Diet Change: Big Effect On Climate Change

Small Diet Change: Big Effect On Climate Change

Healthy eating has become pretty chic in recent times, with the health and wellness sector set to reach a value of $1 trillion this year. Cafes have ditched cakes and coffee for vegan bowls and almond milk smoothies. In the supermarkets, we find food bragging more about what it does not contain, than what it does. With all this scare talk about health and diet, we sometimes forget about its relationship to…

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3 Sustainable Brands With A Heart

3 Sustainable Brands With A Heart

There are many reasons for your company to endorse social responsibility, but the main reason has got to be for, and from, the goodness of your heart. Here are three incredible brands with heartfelt stories to tell:

Thirty One Bits

Born out of a college dorm room in California, among a group of 21-year-olds busy deciding on their futures, Thirty One Bits sprung into…

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5 Hard-To-Recycle Packets We Can Do Without

5 Hard-To-Recycle Packets We Can Do Without

It’s tempting to think that we don’t need to worry so much about packaging waste because it gets recycled, right? Wrong.

According to Stanford research, only between 60 and 80 percent of what gets tossed in the recycling bin actually gets recycled. They did find that recycling was more efficient if a single stream recycling system was used, rather than having the lucky dip of which of five bins your item…

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Dirty Laundry

Dirty Laundry

The toll of washing on clothes and the planet

Maybe it’s because we like that clean smell a bit too much…according to Procter & Gamble Co., the average family in America washes between 6-7.5 loads a week. That basically means doing laundry every day.

It does seem a bit excessive, especially when you look back to the 19th Century, when it was normal to do one large wash every one and…

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The Only Way To Motivate Employees

The Only Way To Motivate Employees

How do you think your employees feel about coming to work in the morning? Ok, it’s true that none of us like getting out of bed but generally; do they feel like they are apart of something? Or do they feel completely detached and unmotivated? A survey of American employees actually found that a shocking 70 percent of workers do not feel engaged with their work.

So is it so unusual…

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The Brand Turning Old Jeans Into Sunglasses

The Brand Turning Old Jeans Into Sunglasses

I have never seen anything like it: two little discs of glass suspended in front of his eyes in loops of wire. Is he blind? I could understand it if he wanted to hide blind eyes. But he is not blind. The discs are dark, they look opaque from the outside, but he can see through them. He tells me they are a new invention. “They protect one’s eyes against the glare of the sun,” he says….

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The New Plastics

The New Plastics

No this isn’t about the group of Mean Girls who have strict lunch rules about wearing pink on Wednesdays. However the new plastics could definitely have an impact on what your lunch tray looks like.

Plastic is not a sustainable packaging solution for the planet and yet, we make 300 million tonnes of it every year. Made from fossil fuels and polluting our land and oceans in more ways than one; plastic really has to go. The list…

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What Will Your Workplace look Like In The Future?

What Will Your Workplace look Like In The Future?

We’ve all seen it, fake plants lining ugly glass panels, perhaps a wilting house plant in the corner. The modern office, bare and lit by stark white bulbs.

As a sustainable brand, or even your average millennial, it’s important to feel like your company is working hard to make the world a better place. We are more likely to feel moved to help somebody or support a specific cause if we have heard a personal story. If we…

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Why Electric Vehicles Are Coming Of Age

Why Electric Vehicles Are Coming Of Age

The electric vehicle era is not so far down the road, not only because of technology, but in the face of global warming and worldwide air pollution, it has become a necessity.

The World Health Organization reports that air pollution is the world’s biggest environmental health risk, with three million premature deaths, as well as illnesses, especially in children, linked to dirty air.

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Why Your Company Should Care About Social Responsibility

Why Your Company Should Care About Social Responsibility

People care about a company’s social responsibility more than ever before. According to a global study, more than half of consumers are willing to spend more on products that have a positive environmental and social impact. Social responsibility is also high on the agenda for future employees, as a Deloitte survey found that 70 percent of millennials included their company’s commitment to community as part of the…

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Goodvertising in Uncertain Times

Goodvertising in Uncertain Times

Advertising has, and always will be, a force for change. Just think about how many people watch, and even look forward to, the Coca Cola advert at Christmas. Advertising has the ability to reach and impact so many people in just a few short minutes, so imagine what could happen if it is used for good.

Most advertising is about consumption, right? 99 percent of adverts function…

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Natural Dyes Transforming Textiles

Natural Dyes Transforming Textiles

So we’re all familiar with the possibilities of using natural products to dye our clothes, right? We’ve all dabbled with tie-dying with beetroot at one time or another, at the very least we’ve witnessed the dying potential of turmeric on our chopping boards. So can natural dyes be used for textiles beyond our homes?

The Problem with Synthetic Dyes

The pollution caused by the run-off from dyes seeping into freshwater…

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Young Activists Fighting Climate Change

Young Activists Fighting Climate Change

The youth of today are the future entrepreneurs, educators and changemakers of this planet. But why wait until you’re grown-up to change the world? As Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever says in The Youth Solutions report featured below, ‘Today we have the largest generation of youth in history — a powerful force for change’.

The youth movement is already proving itself to be this powerful force, not just envisioning but creating real world sustainable solutions…

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5 Reasons To Switch To Natural Beauty Products

5 Reasons To Switch To Natural Beauty Products

We’re all on the lookout for the miracle beauty product that will fix our hair or banish those wrinkles. Which is why you can go to stores and find shelves upon shelves of products promising just that. But isn’t all this glamour sidestepping the issue of what the product actually contains?

Almost 90 percent of cosmetics and skincare products in the U.S. have not been properly evaluated by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review or the FDA, says…

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The People Protecting Our Oceans

The People Protecting Our Oceans

Oceans cover 71 percent of the earth’s surface, often looked to as a source of mystery and wonder, the impact we are having on our waters is no mystery today.

In fact, over 80% of marine pollution is caused by land-based activities, much of this waste has only existed for the past 60 years, so the devastation caused by human life is colossal. According to…

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10 Easy Ways To Clean Your Home Naturally

10 Easy Ways To Clean Your Home Naturally

In an effort to keep our homes fresh and germ free, we may actually be inviting a greater health risk inside than the one we started with. Most of us are exposed to tons of chemical nasties everyday, each one of them loaded with their own set of hazards ranging from skin irritation to cancer. To find these chemicals, you need look no further than your kitchen or bathroom cupboard to discover…

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The Vertical Farm Revolution

The Vertical Farm Revolution

We stack people into tower blocks, should we start growing our plants in the same way?

What Is Vertical Farming?

‘Vertical Farming’ is a relatively new concept. At its simplest, the vertical farming system involves vertically stacked beds of crops grown within a carefully controlled environment with no natural light or soil. The term was first coined by Dickson D. Despommier, Ph.D., the writer of ‘The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century,’ who

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Why We Need Zero Waste Supermarkets

Why We Need Zero Waste Supermarkets

The world produces 1.6bn tonnes of waste a year, loaded into skips, that’s enough to cover all of the New York boroughs.

A lot of this waste is avoidable. Think of the last time you received a package in the post, did it look like a matryoshka doll of boxes within boxes? Think about your food shop, not only is there once again the packaging problem, with all kinds of fruit and vegetables suffocating in plastic, but this also means…

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Going Off Grid

Going Off Grid

 

How people are escaping the rat race

Off grid has come to mean two things: being self-sufficient with utilities and, due to our tech-heavy lifestyles, taking a step back from the screen. But escape comes in many forms, from quitting your job and starting a farm, to realising you can convert a van and work from anywhere in the world.  

So why the dramatic escape? There are a whole host of reasons for going off grid, bored by rent…

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Repair Café Culture

Repair Café Culture

 

If you happen to have grown up with a repair savvy parent, in a home that leaves no broken items forgotten on sideboards, you’ll know a little something about repair. Bike needs a repair? Sorted. That broken purple ipod circa 2009 that you will never use again? Like new. But not everybody has this ethic towards repair, I’m certainly at a loss not living at home anymore, and not all products seem to be worth reviving.

So what exactly happened…

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A Coffee Break Guide To Fairtrade

A Coffee Break Guide To Fairtrade

 

The Fairtrade standard is one of the most well-known and trusted ethical certifications around – Bond has ranked Fairtrade an impressive number 2 of 48 NGOs for transparency. But what exactly is Fairtrade?

At the hands of corporations, production often falls to developing countries, where costs are cheap; this also means poverty is rife, working regulations are slack, and standards of…

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The Perks of Being a Sustainable Brand

The Perks of Being a Sustainable Brand

For some brands the story behind products has to be silenced like it’s a dirty word, but not for you guys, you have the advantage of transparency. And through your advocacy and success, you achieve the higher goal of putting pressure on the rest of the industry to be as open as you are. You set a standard for conscious consumption that others aspire…

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5 Apps To Help You Go Green

5 Apps To Help You Go Green

Apps are a good starting point when it comes to achieving your goals. Once discussed on New Year’s Eve and forever forgotten, your phone can now remind you exactly what you’re aiming for. Want to meditate more? Download an app. Want to do more running, cooking, traveling? You get the idea. Having fun with easy-to-use apps is a great way to stay on track…

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Eco Kitchen Gadgets You Will Love

Eco Kitchen Gadgets You Will Love

Green gadgets for the kitchen are getting a whole lot sleeker. We all want to foster a healthy and eco-friendly environment at home and all the time more options are becoming available to make that possible.

A common complaint for kitchen owners is that eco practices aren’t clean, better alternatives don’t exist, or that compost bins are just too damn stinky. Technology is here to help. Check out these gadgets:

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Borrowing Is The New Black

Borrowing Is The New Black

The sharing economy doesn’t stop at Airbnb and Uber. These digital platforms have encouraged us to think about unnecessary belongings in our physical spaces too.

With digital culture making it so easy to get in touch with people in our community, neighbours don’t need to be strangers. Why buy that steamer you need to use once when you can use your neighbour’s…

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Solar Panels Just Got Sexy

Solar Panels Just Got Sexy

With the temperature of the planet soaring and the cost to wildlife and humanity already in evidence, the need for renewable energy has never been clearer. A brighter future without fossil fuels could be in sight as Tesla unveils some seriously good looking solar panels.

Powering our homes and businesses with solar energy just makes good sense. Solar energy is much more cost efficient and energy efficient after all. It’s no wonder nine states in…

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The Sky’s The Limit For These Urban Farms

The Sky’s The Limit For These Urban Farms

For hipsters, foodies and eco-warriors alike, the demand for local produce is on the rise.

Urban farming has long been a successful venture in cities that boast open spaces, like Detroit, where urban farms transform derelict spaces into havens for fresh produce and community building. But residents of cities like New York and Tokyo aren’t about to let the metropolis…

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10 Sustainable Brands Killing It On Instagram

10 Sustainable Brands Killing It On Instagram

Instagram is an amazing tool. It’s a place not only to showcase your stunning visuals, but to reach out and connect with your community. It’s especially useful for sustainable brands, because it’s a way to tell the story of your inspiring journey and the people behind it.

Here are 10 brands killing it right now:

Reformation

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Don’t Stress! How to Create a Healthy Workplace

Don’t Stress! How to Create a Healthy Workplace

A successful company is a busy company and that means that everybody needs to bring their A-game. Does it also mean that food should come in plastic boxes and stress should be the new normal? No. As a sustainable business you’re all about protecting the environment; it’s fair that your colleagues get their share of that protection too. It goes without saying that a healthy, happy…

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