Consumerism

Create a revolution in your wardrobe - part one

Posted by louise — 2 August 2011 at 5:01pm - Comments
Daily workers at a denim washing factory in Xintang, China, search wastewater fo
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Workers at a denim washing factory in Xintang, search wastewater for stones, to create stonewash denim.

Has our Detox campaign made you think about your clothes and their hidden consequences? You may already heart second hand, throwaway fashion makes you ill, and your mantra is quality not quantity. But how else can you align your sartorial and sustainable sides? Here's our first set of tips to help decrease your fashion's footprint.

Is it about time fish-eaters were more adventurous? Sainsbury’s think so.

Posted by Willie — 13 June 2011 at 2:47pm - Comments
Jamie Oliver and the 'Unusual Suspects' on offer at Sainsbury's
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Jamie Oliver and the 'Unusual Suspects' on offer at Sainsbury's

In Africa, safari-bound tourists are usually keen to bag ‘The Big five' - species which once people wanted to shoot with bullets, but are now ones we want to shoot with cameras. However, we're so keen to ‘bag’ these species, that tourists often overlook the other amazing wildlife all around them.

Business and government can make swift changes when they want... or are forced to

Posted by John Sauven — 18 October 2010 at 12:22pm - Comments

Jeff Swartz, CEO of Timberland wrote recently in the Harvard Business Review, 'You can tell a lot about how your day is going to unfold by the number of e-mails that are waiting for you ...  On June 1, 2009, they kept coming, and coming, and coming.'

The emails flooding Jeff Swartz's inbox were coming in response to a newly released Greenpeace report about deforestation in the Amazon. The gist of the report was that (a) Brazilian cattle farmers are illegally clear-cutting Amazon rainforests to create pastures, and (b) the leather from their cows might be winding up in shoes - including Timberland's.

CarrotMob in the UK

Posted by saunvedan — 11 September 2008 at 3:21pm - Comments

Yay - the CarrotMob's coming to London! If you're confused as to my sudden outburst of joy, you'll be happy to know that some people have come up with a plan to save the planet where everyone wins (including businesses). CarrotMob has turned consumerism on its head for the benefit of the environment.

Should liberties be sacrificed for a greener future?

Posted by jamie — 21 February 2008 at 12:06pm - Comments

There's a great opinion piece in today's Independent, in which Johann Hari argues that leaving the fate of planet to consumer choice and voluntary action isn't going to work. His words echo those of George Monbiot and Mark Lynas, and he looks to government to force us all to use less stuff:

In reality, dispersed consumer choices are not going to keep the climate this side of a disastrous temperature rise. The only way that can ever happen is by governments legislating to force us all – green and anti-green – to shift towards cleaner behaviour. Just as the government in the Second World War did not ask people to eat less voluntarily, governments today cannot ask us to burn fewer greenhouse gases voluntarily.

Weekly green web: stuff, stuff and more stuff

Posted by jamie — 8 February 2008 at 5:13pm - Comments

If you're looking for some web-based wonders to inform, entertain or inspire, here's what's caught our collective eyes recently:

  • The Story of Stuff has been doing the rounds since before Christmas but Annie Leonard's occasionally breathless but totally brilliant film about resources, consumption and consumerism is worth mentioning again.According to Annie, natural resources in the developing world are seen as "our stuff that got on somebody else's land".
  • Another oldie-but-goodie is Breathing Earth, a global map that shows when someone is either born or dies, plus the CO2 emissions from each country. In real time. Be afraid, be very afraid.
  • It looks like video, but apparently this evocative climate change film is composed entirely of still images by Toronto Star photographer Lucas Oleniuk
  • So popular they had to get bigger servers, this video shows what happened when 200-plus people stopped moving in New York's Grand Central Station. It's not really green but it's really cool.
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