Growing New Life With A Green Burial

Growing New Life With A Green Burial

When we talk about returning to the earth at the end, we don’t really mean it literally. Since modern funerary rituals are rife with chemicals, concrete and metal, the possibility of a body really having the chance to decompose into the earth is rather slim. In fact, it’s like we’re doing everything to stop it from happening. Some key environmental thinkers want to change this process, so that when we go, something else can grow.

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Ecospire Introducing: Ethical Jewelry For Luxe Nomads By Slate + Salt

Ecospire Introducing: Ethical Jewelry For Luxe Nomads By Slate + Salt

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The Cruelty Behind Those Cute Viral Videos

The Cruelty Behind Those Cute Viral Videos

We all know that scrolling through the internet can be pretty mindless. Taking a break from work to enjoy a baby panda rolling around or a puppy braving the stairs for the first time is, for many of us, the highlight of the day. Of course, we just love furry creatures. But in our absent scrolling, sharing and issuing of lols and likes within the space of less than five seconds, is it possible that we’re not…

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What Is The Blue Carbon Initiative?

What Is The Blue Carbon Initiative?

In the heat of the planet’s current moment, it’s tempting to focus on the different things generating greenhouse gases but sometimes we forget about the things holding onto them that we are destroying too. Degrading or removing nature’s carbon stores both stops them from doing their job of taking in carbon, and releases centuries or even millennia of stored carbon into the atmosphere. We know that chopping down rainforests does this, but…

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Ecospire Introducing: Plaine Products Refillable Vegan Body Wash, Shampoo and Conditioner

Ecospire Introducing: Plaine Products Refillable Vegan Body Wash, Shampoo and Conditioner

So you’ve found a product you like. Finally something that makes your body and hair smell and feel fabulous. You know you love it because of all the plastic bottles slowly collecting in your bathroom cupboard. The problem with all this plastic, is that even when you do get around to throwing it away, it lasts forever. Plaine Products are here to free-up your cupboards, simplify your hair and skin routine and…

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How To Source Conscious Jewelry and Why It Matters

How To Source Conscious Jewelry and Why It Matters

When we gift jewelry to somebody it is often seen as a symbol of love and prosperity for the future. However in some parts of the world, jewelry signifies just the opposite. We’re all aware of the issues surrounding blood diamonds, but we may not know quite so much about the environmental and ethical problems with mining jewelry in general, like that made of gold, silver or other precious gems and minerals.

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Ecospire Introducing: Purse & Clutch Artisan Made Bags and Accessories

Ecospire Introducing: Purse & Clutch Artisan Made Bags and Accessories

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We’re Destroying Species Quicker Than We Can Discover Them

We’re Destroying Species Quicker Than We Can Discover Them

Identifying all the species living on our planet is one of the biggest challenges biologists face today. It’s estimated that earth is home to upwards of 8.7 million species and of that, we’ve yet to identify about 86 percent of them! There’s plenty more species out there, but since we’ve only catalogued about 15 percent so far, many are likely to vanish out of existence before we’ve even had chance to discover…

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Ecospire Introducing: Wild Mantle

Ecospire Introducing: Wild Mantle

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Antarctica Is Going Green, But It’s Not A Good Thing

Antarctica Is Going Green, But It’s Not A Good Thing

Werner Herzog called his documentary on Antarctica, ‘Encounters At the End Of The World’ for a reason. Situated at the very bottom of the planet, this chilling continent has reached temperatures as low as -89°C/-128°F and as the driest and windiest place on the planet: it’s hard to think of it as part of the world we know. But as the effects of climate change set in and ice melts away, Antarctica is…

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Ecospire Introducing: A&A Eco Products

Ecospire Introducing: A&A Eco Products

Calling all eco brands on the lookout for some sustainable fabric suppliers for both apparel and home. Look no further! Introducing our newest fair and organic textile wholesaler: A&A Eco Products!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A&A Eco Products is a truly inspiring family-owned business that was established back in 2005 in Greater Noida, Northern India. Specialising in zero waste practice, they produce beautiful organic fabrics, clothing and…

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Brands Wrapped-Up In Eco Packaging

Brands Wrapped-Up In Eco Packaging

Excessive packaging is both costly for a company and the environment. We’ve all been caught in unwrapping rage more than once in our lives, and not just caused by your over-zealous aunt at Christmas. In some cases, packaging has become so complicated that it can’t even be recycled. So it gets dumped and our wildlife and marine life get caught in all the packaging too.

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Wooden Skyscraper ‘Trees’ To Cool The Planet?

Wooden Skyscraper ‘Trees’ To Cool The Planet?

We’re no strangers to bigger buildings, it was a big feat when Chicago’s John Hancock Center was built from 5 million tons of aluminium in 1965. Then came the Sears tower, the skyscraper that used more than 176 million pounds of steel. Vancouver Architect, Michael Green explains in his TED talk that three billion people, almost half of the world’s population, will need a new home over the next 20 years. As…

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What Does It Mean To Be Transparent?

What Does It Mean To Be Transparent?

What Does Transparency Mean?

According to Merriam Webster, transparency is “characterized by visibility or accessibility of information”. One business dictionary describes transparency as a “lack of hidden agendas or conditions, accompanied by the availability of full information required for collaboration, cooperation, and collective decision making.”

There are many different facets of transparency and ways of defining it, but for our purposes, let’s just say that transparency is about seeing the…

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How To Use Instagram To Build Community

How To Use Instagram To Build Community

So you’ve got your Instagram page looking pretty and you’re grinding those posts out fairly regularly but it still feels like you’re missing something. Engagement is one of the most useful aspects of this social media platform for brands. If done right, Instagram marketing can be used to reach out directly to your customers, and engage deeply with their lifestyle, feedback and conversation. Here’s how:

Find Your People

The chances are there are plenty of like-minded people…

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The Eco-Fashion It-Girls

The Eco-Fashion It-Girls

Celebrity endorsement is the driving force behind most advertising nowadays. We want to see faces we recognise, wearing the products we admire, in their daily lives. That is because, in a creepy way, it make us feel closer to them. We think what they are wearing is a personal choice. It often isn’t but in the case of eco fashion it becomes that bit more imperative to find a solid spokesperson on sustainability, which wouldn’t be possible…

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What Moves Us: The Psychology Of Giving

What Moves Us: The Psychology Of Giving

There are over 1.5 million non-profits and charities in the U.S. alone, all describing fundraising as their biggest challenge. So, is it a case of every penny helps? Or perhaps tear-jerking videos of impoverished children? Well, you might be surprised. Let’s look at some of the things that really encourage people to dig a little deeper.

It Takes One

Mother Teresa once said, “If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look…

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Using Data To Drive Social Change

Using Data To Drive Social Change

What influenced that recent purchase on Amazon? Was it a friend? Or was it an advert on Facebook? Data is increasingly behind every decision we make. From what t-shirt we buy, to who we vote for in a presidential election and even our factual understanding of the world. The internet is influencing before we have the chance to realise what hit us. So let’s slow down for a second and see how powerful it can be and…

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Small But Impressive: The Rise Of Microhomes

Small But Impressive: The Rise Of Microhomes

In a world where it’s all about buying more, doing more, having more, is there room to downsize on those dreams by living with less? We’re talking about microhomes.

Housing is getting tight. With 54 percent of the population worldwide already living in cities, the world’s accommodation is straining to fit everybody in. But houses are not changing to meet new demands. For example, almost half of New Yorkers over 25…

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Ecospire Introducing: Common Texture

Ecospire Introducing: Common Texture

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The U.S. Can’t Go Fossil Fuel Free By 2050…Or Can It?

The U.S. Can’t Go Fossil Fuel Free By 2050…Or Can It?

It’s been widely agreed that the best way to combat climate change is to convert the world to renewable energy. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement defies any kind of commitment to that task, agreed on by almost 200 nations, and puts a real spanner in the renewable energy works. We never said it was going to be easy, but switching to renewables to drastically cut emissions is something we really have to do,…

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4 Ways To Be A Sustainable Leader in 2017

4 Ways To Be A Sustainable Leader in 2017

We recently talked about the importance of sustainable leadership in Trump’s new ‘get out’ world, with dozens of influential political and business leaders stepping up to front the environmental message and ‘stay in’. But what exactly does it mean to be a sustainable leader in 2017?

As sustainable leaders, we are faced with some of the most pressing issues ever. Al Gore recently said in a speech that, faced with the climate crisis, today’s leaders need to be…

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Does Global Warming Cause Weird Weather

Does Global Warming Cause Weird Weather

By now you’ve probably seen the images of the boy who turned his balcony into a paddling pool and the online debate it ignited about whether the balcony can bare the water weight (unlikely). It’s clear that people are taking extreme measures to keep cool during blazing heatwaves, which are not the only extreme weather conditions we’ve been experiencing. Droughts, wildfires, tornadoes, heatwaves, floods and severe winters are all on the list…

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Urban Design Tricks To Update Your Home

Urban Design Tricks To Update Your Home

There’s no place like home, especially when you live in the hustle and bustle of the city. With hectic schedules and a thriving social life, it’s easy to relegate your apartment to the eating and sleeping only zone. But making your space into a small sanctuary can be more important in the city than anywhere else – and it’s just a few design tricks away!

But we get it, you live in the city and finding…

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Clean Energy Is Hiring!

Clean Energy Is Hiring!

How Renewable Energy Creates Jobs

President Donald Trump recently made the decision to retreat from the Paris agreement, citing that clean energy was a “bad investment” and hoping to promote the fossil fuel industry instead. But the idea that clean energy is a bad investment, in our future or economically, doesn’t seem to make much sense to us. Here’s why:

According to a recent report by EDF energy sustainability now represents more…

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A Case Of The Vanishing River Nile

A Case Of The Vanishing River Nile

You may have heard of the gripping Poirot story, but the death of the Nile today is no mystery. The water is under attack by two sources – an enormous dam under construction upstream in Ethiopia and downstream, the river is threatened by saltwater intrusion. All of this adds up to a potential crisis for the millions that rely on the river.

The Nile is the largest river in the world, depended on as much by…

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Pimp Your Feed: Twitter For Sustainable Brands

Pimp Your Feed: Twitter For Sustainable Brands

Social media only becomes fun and useful once you’re following the right people. Without that, you just find yourself scrolling through your feed wondering why you are even using this darn thing. Carefully curate your follows to include some open-mouthed sustainability experts and you will discover the latest sustainability news and expert insights into a wide range of eco issues too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why ‘Getting Out’ Sets The Stage For Sustainable Leadership

Why ‘Getting Out’ Sets The Stage For Sustainable Leadership

President Trump’s recent declaration that we are ‘getting out’ of the Paris Climate Agreement was a massive step back for America. However, following the reactions of world political and corporate leaders, could the decision actually have the opposite effect of galvanizing leaders into action against climate change? Here’s why getting out is a chance for you to continue the good fight and show the sustainable leadership that is needed now more than ever before:

 

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Is Viscose Eco-Friendly?

Is Viscose Eco-Friendly?

Whether you’re a sustainable brand on the lookout for eco-friendly materials or a conscious shopper keen to make ethical decisions, finding out what clothes are really made of is a top priority. We talk a lot about the issues with chemical-heavy cotton farming and harmful synthetic fabrics like polyester, but viscose, caught somewhere between a natural and synthetic fiber, remains a bit of a mystery. So, is viscose eco-friendly?

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7 Upcycling Kitchen Hacks

7 Upcycling Kitchen Hacks

Updating your home can be a mammoth job. But there are some thrifty upcycling kitchen hacks you can use to make the humble cooking bosom of your home a touch more inviting, and maybe even more organized?!

It’s tempting to shed a lot of cash on a kitchen makeover, and if you’re going down the new cabinets, appliances and surfaces route, you can probably look forward to a few tight months. But maybe you just moved in and…

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Why Small Business SEO Is Important

Why Small Business SEO Is Important

Starting your own business is no small feat. Never mind the normal juggling act of any business owner, now there is the internet to contend with too. Sure, going online makes it much easier to reach out to customers. For many though, the idea of small business SEO and even online marketing in general, still feels a bit alien.

So you know you need to work on social media, and you may have even put some emails out,…

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The Story of Berlin Bottle Deposits

The Story of Berlin Bottle Deposits

When out for a stroll with a beer in hand on balmy Berlin summer nights, it is considered polite to leave your empty bottle on the ground, or on top of a bin: in plain sight. Though this may look like slack littering, it is actually done out of consideration for Berlin bottle collectors, who will sweep in to collect your bottle usually within minutes of having left it there.

Some folk are making use of…

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Second-Hand Not Second-Best

Second-Hand Not Second-Best

A good song never gets old, and it’s much the same with stuff. One way of looking at second-hand goods is that, since they’ve lasted long enough to be re-used, they are worth saving. What’s more, buying second-hand is one of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental impact, saving on the production energy and materials needed to make something new, and resulting in one less…

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Nature’s Cure: Disease Fighting Foods

Nature’s Cure: Disease Fighting Foods

We often think of making a soothing bowl of chicken soup when a cold strikes. But what about the more long term medicinal benefits of our meals? Like cancer fighting foods, and super fruits that care for the heart?

Too much junk food is stripping our diets of the things our body needs most and our health is suffering for it. The World Health Organization has found that 80 percent of deathsRead More

What Carbon Sink Is Even Richer Than Rainforests?

What Carbon Sink Is Even Richer Than Rainforests?

Wetlands. The world’s bogs, swamps, mires and all-around squelchy areas cover just 3 percent of the earth’s surface and yet, they accumulate twice as much carbon as tropical rainforests (about 7 percent of earth), peatlands alone have an impressive carbon storage capacity of about 550 billion metric tons globally. Experts say that with an effort against deforestation – which destroys wetlands and releases all this stored CO2 into the atmosphere – we…

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A Zero Waste Starter Pack

A Zero Waste Starter Pack

It has become very trendy to co-opt jars into cocktail glasses, or into a home for your overnight oats. Some savvy zero waste bloggers, like Kathryn Kellogg of Going Zero Waste, are using these jars to store their entire year’s worth of trash. That’s right. All in one 8oz jar. A great feat when you consider that Americans generate an average of three pounds of rubbish per day. So how and why…

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Green Viewing: 5 Must See Environmental Docs

Green Viewing: 5 Must See Environmental Docs

Documentary filmmaking is one of the most important tools we have to spread the message about environmental issues. Using the evocative tools of cinematography and investigative journalism, documentaries have the power to show what is hidden and provide a platform for voices that go unheard. Spanning from Terra, which documents the impact of humanity throughout our time on earth to Before The Flood, where Leonardo Dicaprio interviews world leaders about today’s most urgent issues. We’ve put together…

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The New American Dream

The New American Dream

The American dream, to value “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”, is a commercial one for many. Where anyone can work their way up the money ladder and happiness translates to how many things you own. Even our definition of success, which Merriam-Webster defines as “the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame,” is wealth-driven.

However, for almost half of millennials polled by Harvard,…

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What We Can Learn From Germany About Green Energy

What We Can Learn From Germany About Green Energy

Scientists say that by the second-half of this century the world’s emissions need to to be cut to virtually zero to avoid a climate disaster. With Trump’s administration pulling the wheels from under the climate change fight, proposing to cut $100 million of environmental policies, it’s not looking like the US will be leading the way. Is Germany the nation we should look to as green energy leaders?

Germany has set…

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Last Male Northern White Rhino Joins Tinder

Last Male Northern White Rhino Joins Tinder

In A Final Bid To Save His Species From Extinction

Don’t be put off by this fellow’s wrinkled skin and slightly bulky demeanor. He’s the most eligible bachelor there is. We’re talking about Sudan of course, the very last remaining Northern White Rhino. Now on Tinder, in a last effort to save his species from extinction.

The folks at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, in East Africa, decided to put their good friend Sudan on…

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How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Eco-Friendly Bedding and Sleep/Loungewear

The planet doesn’t stop when you do, so it’s time to think about making your sleep routine eco-friendly too. There’s a whole host of organic, ethically made, Fairtrade loungewear and bedding out there. The great thing is it feels even more luxurious slipping into crisp, clean, wellmade bedding, which makes it so much easier to get a good night’s sleep.

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Green Your Workplace

Green Your Workplace

Many of us have energy-saving systems in place in our homes but are we applying them at the office? It doesn’t look good for a brand selling eco products to leave monitors on overnight and toss away wads of paper. It doesn’t make much financial sense either. But perhaps the reason eco-friendly schemes often flop in the workplace is because they are simply, too much extra work.

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Tableware Good Enough To Eat

Tableware Good Enough To Eat

As a nation, we get through a hell of a lot of disposable plates and cutlery. One survey found that 218.61 million Americans admit to using disposables, which means we get through 25 billion styrofoam coffee cups a year and throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles an hour. A one-time-use coffee cup spends up to 500 years in a landfill. So can we change the fate of…

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An Eco Guide To Camping

An Eco Guide To Camping

Are you scouts ready? Summer will soon be upon us and with it, camping season. We’re already looking forward to pitching our tents and sleeping beneath the stars but what do we need to do and pack to stay green?

Leave Without A Trace

Let’s go through a few of the ground rules you’ll need in order to leave nature exactly as you found it:

  • Dispose of all…

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The Impact Of Our Gadgets

The Impact Of Our Gadgets

We talk a lot about what’s going to be the next best smartphone on the market, and we get really excited about the release of the latest Xbox console, but why don’t we talk about where electronic gadgets came from to begin with, or even where they end up?

The production of electronics, including laptops and smartphones, involves mining rare earth minerals like neodymium (magnets) and europium (which puts the glow in…

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Working Together to Save Bluefin Tuna

Working Together to Save Bluefin Tuna

The Pacific Bluefin Tuna is one impressive fish. Capable of growing as big as two lions and reaching torpedo-like speeds, this is not the kind of fish you will find alongside cucumber and between bread. No, Bluefin tuna is primarily consumed in Japan, in restaurants and sushi bars. A delicious delicacy, the speedy fish has not been able to out swim the insanity of human consumption, and is now threatened by extinction as a result of unregulated…

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How Leather Is Poisoning Water Supplies

How Leather Is Poisoning Water Supplies

The ethical reason for choosing leather usually goes something like: but these shoes will last me a lifetime, which is far less harmful to the environment than buying lots of cheap plastic pairs. Certainly a perspective worth considering, but what about the lasting impacts of leather production for the nearby water supplies and the people that live there? Chances are this pollution is going to be worryingly long lasting too.

 

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Who’s Migrating To Escape the Heat?

Who’s Migrating To Escape the Heat?

Migration and Climate Change

The world is set to undergo some drastic changes over the coming years, thanks to climate change we can expect more water scarcity, sudden flooding, strengthening storms, rising sea levels and a world that just keeps hotting up. As climate change affects countries differently, can we expect some kind of mass migration as people and wildlife attempt to flee the rising heat and increasingly extreme weather?

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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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