Tag: England - Page 10

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    Green Gifts for Eco-Warriors

    December 19, 6:25 AM by Bonnie Alter in Style

    Of course we are all sick to tears of more ecological recommendations for Christmas presents, but when they are from the green goddess herself, Lucy Siegle, how can we resist? She prefaces her list with a confession that she is not yet "sufficiently

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    New Tricks, Old Dogs

    December 18, 6:55 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    Vitra, the Swiss furniture company, has commissioned some new design from familiar old names such as Frank Gehry, Jasper Morrison, and Ron Arad . Vitra held the first commission twenty years ago and this second time 'round it is interesting to note how

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    Crafty Gifts

    December 17, 6:04 AM by Bonnie Alter in Style

    There is something so warm and cozy about receiving a present that is handmade and homespun looking, rather than designer label, assembly-line. Like little elves, craftspeople across the land are working hard, using all their skills and creativity to

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    U2 Has Architectural Problems

    December 14, 6:51 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    You can't always get what you want....ooops, wrong group. U2 is having big problems with the 32-storey skyscraper that it wants to build, which will be the tallest building in Dublin and all of Ireland. Plans include a recording studio that will hang

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    The People's Millions...The Winner Is

    December 13, 6:17 AM by Bonnie Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    The People's £50 Million Lottery Giveaway is the biggest-ever lottery grant awarded by public vote. It's a lottery fund with £50M to give away to the best environmental project in the UK. The winner is decided by voting and the lobbying has been hot.

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    A Child's Christmas

    December 12, 6:39 AM by Bonnie Alter in Culture

    And in the end, holidays are about children and the joy of seeing their faces light up with the happiness and excitement of the occasion. When looking for gifts, it's hard to succeed with all the commercialism and advertisements for hideous toys and

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    Some British Communities Fed Up With G.P.S. Units

    December 11, 10:05 AM by Andrew Posner in Cars

    G.P.S units are good for so many things: tracking global warming, recovering stolen bikes, finding green services and renewable landmarks, and so on. But for many small communities throughout England, G.P.S navigation systems are responsible for an

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    Swap Shop for Christmas Decorations

    December 11, 6:53 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    If you want a new look for your christmas tree, or don't have any nice baubles to put on it, here is the ecological way to go. A swap shop--bring in your old tree trimmings or just buy someone else's. Choose by colour and size and pay as little as £1,

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    National Climate Change March

    December 10, 6:30 AM by Bonnie Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    Saturday was the National Climate March, celebrated in 50 cities around the world, to coincide with the UN climate talks taking place in Bali. The goal was to come together and exert international pressure on world leaders to take the urgent actions

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    You Voted For It--Now Wear It: Mr. Splashy Pants Continued

    December 10, 6:21 AM by Bonnie Alter in Style

    It's official: on-line voters have shown their support for the name Mr. Splashy Pants as the overwhelmingly favoured monicker for Greenpeace's humpback whale. Mr.Splashy Pants got a huge 119,367 votes (over 78 percent of the vote) with his nearest

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    Carnaby Street Wins on Christmas Decorations

    December 7, 6:42 AM by Bonnie Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    It's a tradition, of sorts: every year in mid-November, C-list celebrities, always women, are enlisted to turn on the Christmas lights festooning major streets. Very tacky, and environmentally wasteful. So hurray for Carnaby Street, that funny little

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    Name That Whale, Quickly!

    December 5, 6:57 AM by Bonnie Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    Calling all treehuggers: Greenpeace is holding an online poll to name a humpback whale. So far, the most popular name is Mr. Splashy Pants. More than 11,000 possible whale names were submitted but this one currently holds 76% of the vote.

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    Baby It's Cold Outside

    December 4, 7:28 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Fashion

    It's getting cold out there and some of us have turned on the heat and are looking for something warm and woolly to wear. It's a tricky topic, the sourcing of wool, because with the growing world demand, animals are being raised on a vaster scale, in

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    Trashy Tiaras

    December 3, 6:34 AM by Bonnie Alter in Style

    If you need a tiara for your next eco ball or costume party, here's the answer. These tiaras are modeled after historical Russian and English designs and modernised for today's glamorous world. They are made out of red, purple or red Waitrose

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    How Does Your Garden Grow?

    November 30, 8:10 AM by Bonnie Alter in Lawn & Garden

    The Observer must be one of the few newspapers in the world to have its own organic allotment garden. And an ongoing blog about it too. It's a year old now and the garden's development has involved community members, local school children and

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    Book Review: Eco Chic: a Guide to Ethical Fashion

    November 29, 6:54 AM by Bonnie Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    Katharine Hamnett wrote the intro and she says it all: "This book is a must-read for all clothing manufacturers and retailers, as well as consumers, who wish to be informed so they can make responsible choices and shop with their conscience." And it's

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    50 Ways to Cut Your Food Bill

    November 28, 5:58 AM by Bonnie Alter in Green Food

    The funny thing about the endless consumer tips and suggestions in the papers and magazines for cutting your bills is that they all lead back to a greener life style. The root of these money-saving and penny-pinching lists is what treehuggers have been

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    Fashion Conscience

    November 27, 6:40 AM by Bonnie Alter in Style

    Fashion Conscience is a site for the fashion-minded and green that promises to provide you with "everything that's hot, totally wearable, totally green and totally wearable RIGHT NOW". That's their claim and after one look at this slick new site one

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