ethical and green living

Dutch take cycling to a new level, with world's biggest multistorey bike park

Dutch take cycling to a new level, with world's biggest multistorey bike park

In the Netherlands, where there are more bikes than people, serious money is being spent encouraging even more people to get on their bikesIn a nation with more bikes than people, finding a space to
Here's what I learned from my privileged, western failure to go plastic-free for a month | Van Badham

Here's what I learned from my privileged, western failure to go plastic-free for a month | Van Badham

I tried to re-enact my nanna’s depression-mindset, zero-waste home, but no victory over plastic went unpunishedMy “plastic-free” July began with an idea to retain every piece of plastic waste I
'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish?

'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish?

You sort your recycling, leave it to be collected – and then what? From councils burning the lot to foreign landfill sites overflowing with British rubbish, Oliver Franklin-Wallis reports on a global
The rain in Spain: how an ancient Arabic technique saves Alicante from floods

The rain in Spain: how an ancient Arabic technique saves Alicante from floods

To protect itself from destructive flooding, the city has built a park designed to store and recycle rainwater In Alicante it never rains but it pours. The city in southeast Spain goes without rain
Can you afford to be green when you're not rich? I kept a diary to find out

Can you afford to be green when you're not rich? I kept a diary to find out

Politicians and corporations have placed the burden of environmental responsibility on the consumer – but how easy is it to go green when you’re barely getting by? How easy is it to go green, to make
Is fair trade finished?

Is fair trade finished?

Fairtrade changed the way we shop. But major companies have started to abandon it and set up their own in-house imitations – threatening the very idea of fair trade. By Samanth Subramanian It wasn’t
UK energy-saving efforts collapse after government subsidy cuts

UK energy-saving efforts collapse after government subsidy cuts

Only 10,000 upgrades such as loft insulation happen each month compared with 65,000 in 2014, report showsEfforts to end fuel poverty and energy waste by making the UK’s draughty homes more efficient
I've seen the future and it's Norwich: the energy-saving, social housing revolution

I've seen the future and it's Norwich: the energy-saving, social housing revolution

The 100 homes on Goldsmith Street aren’t just smart and modern. They may be the most energy-efficient houses ever built in the UK. Could this be the start of proper social housing? Rows of glossy
The big fashion fight: can we remove all the toxic, invisible plastic from our clothes?

The big fashion fight: can we remove all the toxic, invisible plastic from our clothes?

More than half of all textiles produced each year include plastic. Now the urgent search is on for a more sustainable way to clothe the worldIt was probably the only time a 93-year-old has stolen the
'A sort of eco-dictatorship': Shanghai grapples with strict new recycling laws

'A sort of eco-dictatorship': Shanghai grapples with strict new recycling laws

Steep fines and social credit penalties face people violating complex waste sorting rules – but some say the answer is all about pigsFor the last two weeks, Shanghai residents have grappled with a
Australia urged to invest in recycling manufacturing after Indonesia sends rubbish back

Australia urged to invest in recycling manufacturing after Indonesia sends rubbish back

Kickstart the domestic market so Asian countries rejecting Australian waste is no longer a problem, industry suggests Australia could quickly solve the problem of Indonesia and other countries
Toilet paper is getting less sustainable, researchers warn

Toilet paper is getting less sustainable, researchers warn

Major brands are using less recycled paper, meaning more trees cut down unnecessarilyToilet paper – the one product that the majority of us use just once and flush away – is becoming less sustainable,
Toilet paper is getting less sustainable, researchers warn

Toilet paper is getting less sustainable, researchers warn

Major brands are using less recycled paper, meaning more trees cut down unnecessarilyToilet paper – the one product that the majority of us use just once and flush away – is becoming less sustainable,
University admissions and messy exits | Letters

University admissions and messy exits | Letters

Readers debate routes into university, the mess left behind when students move, and Jeremy Hunt’s student loan promiseBernie Evans asks a critical question about pupils from underprivileged
Revelry and rebellion: is this the greenest Glastonbury yet?

Revelry and rebellion: is this the greenest Glastonbury yet?

David Attenborough and the climate crisis take centre stage, while single-use plastic is banned for the first time. But have the festival’s environmental efforts gone far enough?Twelve years ago,
Under new rules for selling solar power, is it still worth it?

Under new rules for selling solar power, is it still worth it?

With a big outlay and a six-month wait before the launch, do you invest now, wait or skip it?Householders keen to install solar panels are weighing up their options after the government unveiled new
Americans' plastic recycling is dumped in landfills, investigation shows

Americans' plastic recycling is dumped in landfills, investigation shows

Consumers’ efforts to be eco-friendly go to waste as many communities find themselves with nowhere to send their refuseWhere does your plastic go? Revealing America’s dirty secretA sign on an
Eskilstuna: how a Swedish town became the world capital of recycling

Eskilstuna: how a Swedish town became the world capital of recycling

The city was dying. Then somebody had a great idea to save it – make it the greenest place on Earth‘People talk about Eskilstuna as the place where nothing new is invented,” says the shopping mall
Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America's dirty secret

Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America's dirty secret

A Guardian report from 11 countries tracks how US waste makes its way across the world – and overwhelms the poorest nationsThis week we’re exploring plastic pollution as part of our six-month Toxic
Flight shaming is taking off – can travel be more ethical?

Flight shaming is taking off – can travel be more ethical?

Campaigners want us to take fewer flights, but ditching the plane for a train is easier said than doneWhen 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg arrived in London as part of her awareness