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  • Enough Pious Eco-Snobbery - But What Next?

    March 5, 8:40 AM by Sami Grover in Corporate Responsibility

    Last week Green as a Thistle argued that "the greenest way to live is in the gray area. We can't possibly take this movement to the next level when we're still bickering about whether so-and-so is an environmentalist or not. Who cares?" In a

  • Stand By Your Ham: Dispatches From The End of Cheap Food

    March 4, 9:43 AM by Sami Grover in Green Food

    There have been plenty of unfortunate consequences predicted as a result of rising food prices, from the rising cost of pasta to the extinction of gummy bears. We're not sure anyone predicted this particular threat though — singing pig farmers. Pig

  • Ulster Bank Offers UK's First Solar Mortgage

    March 3, 7:56 AM by Sami Grover in Solar Technology

    We've heard rumors of 40% cuts in the cost of solar and claims of the imminent arrival of $1-a-watt solar technology, but the fact remains that going solar remains a significant investment (in fact, the Photovoltaics Economics Calculator can help you

  • RuralZED: UK's First Commercially Viable Zero-Carbon Home

    March 2, 12:13 PM by Sami Grover in Sustainable Product Design

    The announcement back in 2006 that all new homes in the UK will be zero cabon by 2016 caused a wave of optimism in green circles. It has also no doubt spurred architects and developers to start exploring what such houses may look like — the

  • One Planet Products Wins Sustainable City Award

    February 29, 9:01 AM by Sami Grover in Corporate Responsibility

    Having recently won Consultant of the Year at Building Magazine’s Sustainability Awards, the folks at the UK-based Bioregional Development Group are raking in the awards once more. This time it is the group’s One Planet Products that is being hailed as

  • 95% of UK Kids Show Real Concern about Global Warming

    February 26, 6:11 PM by Kenny Luna in Corporate Responsibility

    New research in the UK shows that 95% of kids between the ages of 4 and 15 questioned were 'concerned' by global warming, with more than half describing themselves as being 'very concerned'. And three out of four felt they were more fluent on the topic

  • Velorution: London's Folding Bike Rental Service

    February 14, 8:09 AM by Warren McLaren in Bikes

    Velorution, a bicycle shop in London reckons visitors to the UK capital should make like a local and get about on a zippy folding commuter bike. To this end they offer a rental service for folders. Here's the deal: "There is no faster way to do it

  • Straw Bale Building at the Farm

    January 11, 5:15 AM by Bonnie Alter in Sustainable Product Design

    Hackney City Farm is a little agricultural oasis in the middle of the grim east end of London. There are chickens, ducks, cows and goats living amidst the apartment towers and forlorn shops. It must be the only place where roosters pick around an old

  • Every Step They Take...

    January 10, 5:48 AM by Bonnie Alter in Cars

    British rock and rollers have been rated on how eco-friendly they are and how carbon neutral their tours have been this year. The scores ranged from 0: as carbon neutral as Bob Geldof's bathwater to ten: as good for the Earth as an oil spill. The

  • Yahoo! Finds of the Year Winners

    January 9, 5:54 AM by Bonnie Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    Yahoo! has announced the winners of its "Finds of the Year" competition. It's the annual search for the most innovative contributions to the web and we are so chuffed that some of our favourite sites have hit the heights. Nigel's Eco Store won in the

  • But Is It Art?

    January 8, 6:59 AM by Bonnie Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    It looks like a field of wildflowers, which it is (was...) It was commissioned for Grant Park in Chicago in 1984 and created and planted by the Texan artist Chapman Kelly. The work, called "Wildflower Works", was a 1.5 acre field of rare

  • Eco Hopes for the '08's

    January 7, 6:37 AM by Bonnie Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    It's the first list of 2008, and it could be the most important one. An esteemed panel, assembled by the Guardian newspaper, has chosen the fifty people most able to prevent the continuing destruction of the planet. There are some serious

  • Recycle Your Cards: It's Easy

    January 4, 5:36 AM by Bonnie Alter in Corporate Responsibility

    This one is a no-brainer, as they say. Collect all your Christmas cards, put them together and drop them in a specially marked bin at supermarkets and book stores. All the cards collected at these places will be taken to paper mills, where they are

  • Tinok Yarok: Organic Israeli Babies

    January 4, 5:11 AM by Karin Kloosterman in Culture

    Within the same week, not one, but two organic baby clothing suppliers entered our radar over here in the Holy Land. The first, who we will feature today, is Tinok Yarok, Hebrew for "green baby." Sophie Ohana, the company's founder dropped us a line

  • Now Free Cars For Paris

    January 3, 5:11 AM by Bonnie Alter in Cars

    First they had the Vélib' in Paris--the scheme where you can pick up a bike, ride it, and drop it off somewhere else. Now the Mayor is proposing the introduction of Voiturelib'--2,000 electric-powered vehicles that subscribers can drive off without

  • Anchors Aweigh: Earthrace

    January 2, 5:22 AM by Bonnie Alter in Clean Technology

    Earthrace is a 78 foot trimaran which is trying to set a world record for circumnavigating the globe in a powerboat. The record is 74 days but skipper Pete Bethune wants to do the 26,000 miles in 65 days. The interesting part for treehuggers is that

  • Products For a Happy Life

    January 1, 5:01 AM by Bonnie Alter in Culture

    This small, well-designed little book urges readers to "un-take for granted" the simple, functional items of our everyday life. It reminds us that instead of on-line shopping for last month's have-to-have item, there are products that represent

  • New Year's Resolutions: Change the World 9 to 5

    December 31, 5:42 AM by Bonnie Alter in Culture

    It's New Year's eve and once more we are reading articles about making those pesty resolutions. The latest one says that we are out of luck already: "Most important, say the psychologists, is not to leave the decision until New Year's Eve. In