The size of food product packaging may have to increase, not contract, if recent thinking on providing more information on environmental impacts was to be enacted. We've heard about carbon labelling for food in the UK, now an Australia academic is
If the fur-trimmed recycled-polyester bolero jacket we wrote about in Part I of this entry is very questionably eco, what about a bedspread or throw pillows from pesky possums threatening to overrun New Zealand's flora and fauna?
"People see what you look like before they realise what you are like. So they judge you before they really find out your personality. So you show your personality in what you are wearing." Such was the insight of ten year old Jessica, who
The other day we were taking votes on an alternative to the word 'green', which is taking a bit of an over-use pounding of late. Well, seems our Scandinavian brethren had such a word all along. Lagom is Swedish for 'just enough', or an appropriate
Where should shopping fit in to our sustainable lifestyles? The latest bulletin from the David Report delves into consuming and where to draw the line between conspicuous consumption, conscious consumption, and the sociological and psychological
Recent PhD Gunne Grankvist has devoted eight years of his life to researching the psychology behind shoppers' habits and concluded that organic and other eco-labels work best to guide the already interested and initiated.
TreeHugger has encountered the notion of conspicuous consumption before, and what we consume as individuals and as a society can be a tricky topic. It isn't very green to buy stuff all the time, but we all need to eat, clothe ourselves and furnish our
Having written only yesterday about how we hoped the green living show LondonAware08 would be more than just another chance to consume 'ethically', we thought we'd check out some of the exhibitors. Unfortunately the first one we came across,
From the Green Festivals to Natural Products Expo West to the Green Living Show, exhibitions and trade shows based around ethical consumerism and green living have certainly been mushrooming in North America. They may also be getting more popular in
Looking for something to do with all of that spare money you've got lying around? Well why not invest it in saving the planet? March 11, 2008 heralded the launch of the first regional chapter of the international Eco-Investment Club from San Diego,
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
"Why are there 50 varieties of toothpaste on grocery store aisles?" Thinkers from business, design and innovation, including method's co-founder Eric Ryan, got together for a debate at Conscious Capitalism: Resolving the Conflict Between Consumerism
It's official darling, buying new clothes is so out of fashion. All the smartest women are trading names of dressmakers, dyers, shoemakers and cleaners. They are tweaking, pinning and reviving old clothes to make them look up to date. It's a
There is something so anti-fashion about these hand-made baby clothes. They are irresistible because of their refusal to show off a child's clothing as a reflection of the parent's taste and success. They are so retro. Each one is unique. All of the
Dr. Muhammad Yunus, economist, banker and Nobel Prize Winner, addressed a few hundred, mostly young, people in London about his inspirational and wildly successful project, the Grameen Bank. He is a very slow and thoughtful speaker, explaining complex
Be it paper or plastic, packaging and its environmental impacts have always been squarely on the TreeHugger radar (here, here and there). And last week, to add one more pebble to the mountain, the Dogwood Alliance released a report on the effects of