Meat Free May

As part of ‘Meat Free May’ Ethical Consumer has released a guide to veggie burgers and sausages.

The guide looks at the companies behind the brands and finds out just how ethical those veggie bangers really are.

This report includes:

  • Ethical and environmental ratings for 21 brands of meat-free sausages and burgers.
  • Best Buy recommendations
  • Veggie vs meat – which is better for the environment?
  • The soya and mycoprotein (Quorn) ingredients
  • Soya and Brazilian deforestation

Share your ethical breakfast ideas

The report also features in our guide to making an ethical fry-up. From organic eggs to fake bacon we look at how you can make the traditional English breakfast without any pigs having to go to market.

They would love for you to share your ethical breakfast ideas on their forum.

We look forward to reading about your favourite foods.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - April 29, 2016 at 9:32 am

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Join the Fashion Revolution

Ethical Consumer have partnered with campaign group Fashion Revolution to publish the first edition of a new Fashion Transparency Index.

The index includes 40 of the biggest global fashion brands and ranks them according to the level of transparency in their supply chain.

They feel that more transparency equals greater consumer and regulatory accountability in the supply chain of fashion companies.

This Index represents the start of a process whereby we can answer the question ‘who made my clothes’.

Its launch co-incides with the 3rd anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster where 1,134 people were killed in a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh. The factories operating in that building made clothes for over a dozen well-known international fashion brands, some of whom are included in this Index.

Report highlights:

  • Levi Strauss & Co, H&M, Inditex (Zara, Pull & Bear, Bershka, etc.), Adidas and Primark are the most transparent global fashion companies compared to the rest of the brands surveyed.
  • The average score for the 40 brands we surveyed is 42%, with Levi Strauss & Co coming top of the class with 77%.
  • Chanel came bottom with just 10%, closely followed by Forever 21, Claire’s Accessories, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Prada, sending a strong signal that luxury brands in particular have much more work to do.

Take action

Ethical Consumer have created an action page where you can easily contact the worst companies (either via their websites or on Twitter).

Support Fashion Revolution with an Ethical Consumer subscription

As part of the campaign they are also offering readers a special subscription offer.
For every subscription they sell as part of the campaign we are giving £10 to Fashion Revolution.
Subscribe now to take advantage of this opportunity.

We hope that you find the report interesting and useful.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - April 21, 2016 at 8:28 am

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Could You Live Off Grid?

The infographic is an easy to understand guide to living off the grid from CastIronRadiators.

The guide gives advice on how you could be as self-sufficient as possible in terms of energy, water and food production.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - April 20, 2016 at 5:50 pm

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Leonardo DiCaprio highlights rainforest destruction in Indonesia

Celebrity endorsement? Don’t knock it! Long-time conservation supporter and award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio has irritated the Indonesian government on a visit to Sumatra to highlight rainforest conservation efforts. The nation’s top immigration official, Ronny Sompie, was so infuriated by DiCaprio’s  comments he threatened to revoke the actor’s visa.

DiCaprio made a fiery speech including mentions of climate change during a visit to the beautiful Mount Leuser national park in Sumatra, confirming his support for a “mega-fauna sanctuary” in the area, a place already seriously damaged by palm oil plantations, mining and logging.

Celebrity support reaches millions of people

The great thing about celebrity support is it ends up splashed all over the media, and the message reaches millions more people than it otherwise would. This level of international exposure is important for protecting the lovely lowland forests of the Leuser Ecosystem, the only place left where the incredibly rare Sumatran elephant survives in the wild.

Palm oil disaster

Ever-expanding palm oil plantations are decimating the region, cutting off essential elephant roads so the animals find it harder to get to food and water. The forest is also the last place on earth where you’ll find Sumatran orangutans, tigers and rhinos in the wild. But there’s more. The forests also play a critical role in regulating the earth’s climate, acting as a huge carbon sink. At the same time millions of ordinary people depend on the local ecosystem for their living, and for clean water.

The actor’s conservation foundation, which he set up in 1998, will work closely with the Acehnese conservationist Rudi Putra. Together they’re determined to create a wildlife sanctuary in the area by building barriers, training special wildlife rangers and reporting habitat destruction to officials and the media.

Typical political short-term thinking

It’s hard to see why the Indonesian government is so angry. They hold the fate of an exceptional resource in their hands, something precious and unique, and you’d think they’d be more interested in conserving it than destroying it. It looks like short term gain and greed are, as is so often the case with politics, getting in the way of intelligent long term thinking.


Article by The Rainforest Foundation.

 

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Posted by Eco Warrior - April 15, 2016 at 7:58 am

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Wildlife lovers unwittingly supporting hunting

Ethical Consumer has recently conducted research into how the UK’s wildlife lovers could unwittingly be supporting the controversial global hunting industry through their choice of binoculars, cameras and spotting scopes.

The report looks at over 30 of the world’s leading binocular, camera and viewing optics companies and finds that more than 80% were involved in selling sport hunting accessories or marketing products to hunters.

Not only does this report seek to stimulate debate around this contradictory situation, but it also identifies which companies consumers should avoid if they wish to cut their links with sport and trophy hunting, including the hunting of bears in North America.

Sadly just less than 15% of the companies surveyed, including Canon Inc and the Olympus Corporation, were found not to be selling or marketing products to hunters.

Embedded within hunting industry

The report reveals the extent to which global optics companies are embedded within the hunting industry. Almost 50% of the companies featured use language in their marketing which references ‘big game’ or trophy hunting.

The report also found that many optics companies including Nikon, Swarovski and Zeiss sponsor television programmes that promote trophy hunting.

Almost 80% of companies that sold hunting accessories also sponsor hunting organisations. For example, Swarovski sponsors the Youth Hunter Education Challenge in the US, an event organised by the highly controversial US-based National Rifle Association.

Send to a friend

They think the several million birdwatchers and wildlife lovers in the UK may be shocked to learn that their purchases may be linked to the sport hunting industry, or are actively promoting it.

Please share this post with any wildlife lovers you know who may inadvertently be supporting the hunting industry.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - April 15, 2016 at 7:46 am

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What makes Samsung an inspirational sustainable tech company?

Electronic waste is growing at an alarming rate, creating a major issue worldwide. A study featured by The Guardian revealed that 50 million tones of e-Waste is generated annually and it continues to grow massively as ownership and usage of mobile devices increases. Experts say that designers, manufacturers, and recyclers should work hand-in-hand to fight the growing tide of electronic junk.

The company’s very own smartphones were recently recognized for their sustainability. Amongst the many handsets they have, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge proved to the most eco-friendly of all of the releases thus far in 2016. In a report by the GSM Arena, the two smartphones have been awarded a ‘Sustainability Product Certification (SPC)’ by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and ‘CO2 Measured Label’ by the UK Carbon Trust organization. The smartphones also received a ‘Vitality Leaf’ from the Ecological Union in Russia and a quality label by the Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas (ABNT) in Brazil.

Since 2004, Samsung has adhered to their sustainability goals, where they set up an internal “Eco-Design process” to ensure their products are validated and named ‘eco-grade.’ Their latest handsets the Galaxy S7 models also fall under the Eco-Design process. In a featured handset post by O2, it revealed that the latest flagship device has all the upgraded features every mobile user wanted: a powerful processor (Octacore – 2.3GHz Quad & 1.6GHZ Quad), clearer camera (Dual True Pixel), more productivity feature (Always-On Display) among other valuable features. The resource also mentioned that the newly released handset now support wireless charging for faster and eco-friendly answer to e-waste. Samsung also ensured that the package is made out of 100% recyclable materials while the printed labels are made from soy ink, and the charger contains 20% recyclable plastic.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB UK SIM-Free Smartphone – Black

Based on the data shared in the New Samsung Galaxy page, the company’s mobile average user spends 1.63 hours a day on their smartphones and more if they are watching movies through their handset. Trivia: Charging the Galaxy S6 and later handsets for 10 minutes allows you to play a full-length movie. With the wireless and fast charging on the S7, this can be shortened for a more enjoyable time with your mobile device.

Companies such as Samsung are also making a name for themselves for the social initiatives they actively pursue to help the planet become sustainable.

The Korean tech company has tackled social challenges in five representative citizenship programs. The Samsung Village highlighted some of the popular sustainable and social initiative projects of the company, such as:

1. Smart School

A project designed to foster the abilities and creativity of young individuals through Internet- connected educational environment with the help of the latest IT devices.

2. Solve for Tomorrow

A contests for young people to turn their brilliant ideas into a reality. It focuses on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math).

3. Tech Institute

It aims to bring opportunities to young students with the help of specific technologies and engineering needs. The program is set to assist the countries in need of tech assistance.

4. Nanum Village

Aims to “improve the economic independence of people in low-income and underprivileged areas.” The project works with local governments to provide infrastructure to identified societies in need of assistance, while engaging local communities by providing them work.

5. Care Drive

It operates two types of project: the Sono Schools that trains diagnostic medical experts in developing countries and the Mobile Health Care Centers that offer local communities basic health check-up services.

We hope Samsung can challenge other tech companies in creating sustainable projects themselves. This is a good start to see improvements in the green industry and social initiatives, as it helps highlight the need for companies and society to pay more attention to eco-friendly projects and products.


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Posted by Eco Warrior - April 5, 2016 at 5:02 am

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Ethical Consumer Powers New Palm Oil Campaign

Ethical Consumer and the Rainforest Foundation have joined forces to respond to the threat facing the Congo rainforest.

Palm oil is an ingredient used in thousands of products from chocolate to shampoo. However, the mass production of palm oil is devastating the world’s rainforests.

palm oil

The aim of the campaign is to encourage consumers to buy best rated products, forcing companies to use more sustainably sourced palm oil and not cut down native forests in the Congo basin in Africa.

Their extensive research now powers the Rainforest Foundation’s campaign and palm oil guides to highlight which products contain it and the best ways to avoid it.

They have rated the palm oil usage of companies that produce:

  • chocolate
  • bread
  • biscuits
  • skincare
  • make-up
  • hair products
  • party food
  • cleaning products

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Posted by Eco Warrior - April 1, 2016 at 7:58 am

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A Guide to Alternative Car Fuels

What do the following have in common: hydrogen, electricity, biodiesel, natural gas, propane, compressed air? Yes, they are all types of energy, and as well as that, they can all be used as fuel for vehicles. Gone are the days when motorists had to choose between diesel and petroleum for fuelling their cars. We now live in an age where we can embrace a large number of greener alternatives which not only are far better for the environment, but can often be cheaper than the high-emission fuel sources of old.

For environmentally conscious motorists, there is a vast array of fuel options other than petrol and diesel. It’s simply a matter of deciding which one is best suited to you, based upon variances in cost, availability and environmental impact. If you own a large vehicle such as a truck or Jeep, for instance, an energy-dense fuel such as propane or liquefied natural gas is a great alternative to consider. Southside Motor Factors (www.smf.ie) created this infographic which explores the pros and cons of 10 of the leading car fuel alternatives to diesel and petroleum. Check it out below!

alternative fuel

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 21, 2016 at 2:02 pm

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Water Conservation 101

With World Water Day approaching, water safeguarding and preservation is at the forefront of our minds. In 2016, the most severe crisis facing cities is water shortages. However, with some small changes in daily water usage, it is possible for households to become more self-sufficient when it comes to water supply. From saving water in our homes to large scale water conservation projects, conserving water can help not only the environment but also our back pocket. But what is water conservation?

Water conservation refers to ‘’any beneficial reduction of water usage, loss or waste. It also includes the strategies and activities to manage and protect water resources to meet the demand for human consumption.’’ By understanding all of the benefits of conserving water, from the maintenance of essential aquatic ecosystems to saving exorbitant amounts of money spent annually on recycling, cleaning and purifying water, we are helping the world’s environment and our local area. The Water Filter Men created this infographic that looks at everything from tips to conservation projects worldwide. Let’s take a look!

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 21, 2016 at 9:32 am

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Three Energy Tech Innovations You Didn’t Know About

Love Energy Savings launches new ‘Track My Switch’ technology, which has the potential to revolutionise the energy switching process.

With new government releases and reports of rising bills seemingly being the only energy-related news that ever make the headlines, rarely is anything ever said about the great changes being made in the industry.

Across all areas of the energy sector, companies are taking huge leaps forward to help cut back on our energy usage, for the good of the environment and our bills.

To celebrate the progress being made in the industry, business energy comparison specialists Love Energy Savings have gathered three ground-breaking pieces of technology that are helping to transform the energy industry for the better.

During production – Carbon Capture and Storage

We tend to take electricity for granted, but the way that it’s traditionally been generated creates a tremendous amount of harmful greenhouse gases which contribute to global warming. While it’s important that renewable energy technology continues to develop, we must also explore the possibility of reversing the damage already done, and a technique called Carbon Capture and Storage has the ability to do this.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) can capture up to 90% of carbon dioxide generated during electricity production, before it is released into the atmosphere, and stores it kilometres below the earth’s surface. CCS is our best hope for drastically reducing the amount of CO2 that escapes into our atmosphere. In fact, as the technology develops, researchers are exploring the possibility of ‘carbon negative’ methods that would actually be able to draw the CO2 out of the atmosphere to be stored deep underground.

Although it is yet to be used too widely, and for many countries it is still in the development or testing stages, there is no doubt that CCS is one of the most revolutionary pieces of energy technology to emerge. The effect it could have on the world’s fight against global warming are profound, enabling us to minimise future damage to our environment.

TMSFINALMobilePaying your bills – Track as you go

Despite the well-publicised rise in energy prices, many people across the country are still not aware that they could (and really should) be paying less. Switching energy tariffs or providers can be considered a confusing and lengthy process, often deemed an unworthy task due to the time it can take to make the savings.

When you add into the mix the lack of transparency that the energy market is often bad-mouthed for, you can begin to understand the logic behind the apathy.

In an industry first, Love Energy Savings have introduced a new piece of technology that will allow customers switching suppliers or tariffs through them to keep tabs on the progress.

The new service, called Track My Switch, builds on Love Energy Savings’ commitment to exceptional customer service. Taking inspiration from the B2C market with Domino’s pizza tracking feature, Track My Switch allows people to see exactly what progress is being made, and keeps them updated every step of the way.

Phil Foster, MD of Love Energy Savings, said that Track My Switch was born out of their commitment to always striving for high levels of customer service: “With poor customer service in the energy sector making headlines recently, any methods designed to improve communication between suppliers and customers are most welcome. Track My Switch gives power back to the customers and lets them see exactly what is happening with their energy bills.”

For the future – Compare and contrast

With bills tight for many households across the country, many will be keeping a much closer eye on their energy usage.

Opower is a technology aimed at energy suppliers, which allows them to engage and interact with their customers on a smaller scale. One particular service, called Bill Advisor, allows suppliers to send bills to their customers to see their usage and compare with neighbours. It tells consumers when they are heading for a higher month, and provides tailored advice on how to improve energy efficiency.

Similar to the Track My Switch technology, Opower helps to put the control of their energy bills back into the hands of consumers, allowing them to make fully informed decisions over their energy usage.


For more information, please contact Emily Clark on 01204 977001 or Emily.Clark@bringdigital.co.uk

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 17, 2016 at 3:27 pm

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