ethical and green living

The green bank for kids - set up by a child

The green bank for kids - set up by a child

José Adolfo Quisocala teaches poor children how to save and to earn money by recyclingHe is a Peruvian banker who encourages schoolchildren to save, and offers his 2,000 customers cash for recycling
From no recycling to zero waste: how Ljubljana rethought its rubbish

From no recycling to zero waste: how Ljubljana rethought its rubbish

Fifteen years ago, all the Slovenian capital’s waste went to landfill, but by 2025, at least 75% of its rubbish will be recycled. How did the city turn itself around?Words and photographs by Luka
Consumers apply the brakes to UK new car sales

Consumers apply the brakes to UK new car sales

Analysts blame Brexit uncertainty as April data shows 10% fewer private sales than last yearNew car sales fell more than 4% in the UK last month, the second-lowest April since 2012, with analysts
Consumers apply the brakes to UK new car sales

Consumers apply the brakes to UK new car sales

Analysts blame Brexit uncertainty as April data shows 10% fewer private sales than last yearNew car sales fell more than 4% in the UK last month, the second-lowest April since 2012, with analysts
‘I don’t want to leave a damaged world': meet the new eco-warriors

‘I don’t want to leave a damaged world': meet the new eco-warriors

There are things we can all do to lower our impact on the environment. We speak to three people who have taken the first stepsSome want a clear conscience. Others want to see if they are up to the
Green gas and the question of digestion | Letters

Green gas and the question of digestion | Letters

Simon Richards says the science behind green gas manufacture is straightforward, we just need a government with guts. ffinlo Costain thinks energy companies should be more upfrontYour article (Energy:
Is it worth carbon offsetting flights – and how should I do it?

Is it worth carbon offsetting flights – and how should I do it?

I’m worried about the environment, but I’m not sure which schemes I can trustEvery week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best
SodaStream’s recycling incentive has left a nasty taste

SodaStream’s recycling incentive has left a nasty taste

We had to fight to get our cartridge deposit refunded and it’s not worth the hassleI have had challenges reclaiming deposits from SodaStream. If you pay a £10 deposit for an online order of a gas
Climate crisis: today’s children face lives with tiny carbon footprints

Climate crisis: today’s children face lives with tiny carbon footprints

Next generation must keep their own carbon levels at a fraction of their grandparents’ in order to prevent catastropheChildren born today will have to live their lives with drastically smaller carbon
‘Environmentalists are horny right now’: how to make your sex life more eco-friendly

‘Environmentalists are horny right now’: how to make your sex life more eco-friendly

From biodegradable vibrators to organic lube and vegan condoms, the sex industry is catching up to consumers’ demands for sustainable livingLauren Singer is a zero-waste blogger based in New York
'‘We built an eco-house for £10,000 and grow our own food'

'‘We built an eco-house for £10,000 and grow our own food'

Cassandra Lishman on how she is trying to avoid draining the planet’s resourcesName: Cassandra Lishman Age: 49 Income: £20,000 Occupation: Farmer and weaverI live in a pink roundhouse made out of
Deadly air in our cities: the invisible killer

Deadly air in our cities: the invisible killer

Traffic pollution is putting our children at risk. We meet campaigners – many of them concerned mothers – fighting backIn the winter you can taste and smell the pollution,” says Kylie ap Garth,
Wiped out: America's love of luxury toilet paper is destroying Canadian forests

Wiped out: America's love of luxury toilet paper is destroying Canadian forests

Major brands’ refusal to use sustainable materials is having a devastating impact on forests and climate, new report saysWe’re all becoming more aware about the damage single-use plastics and fast
MPs turn heat on ministers amid boiler installation slowdown

MPs turn heat on ministers amid boiler installation slowdown

Critics warn of ‘chronic public health crisis’ as green initiative leaves homes in the coldCampaigners and MPs have accused ministers of leaving vulnerable households in the cold, as new figures
The new household rules: ditch your toilet brush and wash much, much more

The new household rules: ditch your toilet brush and wash much, much more

How many towels does one person need? Should you change your sheets each week? And do you really have to clean the toilet with nothing but your rubber gloves? Experts on 10 modern domestic
Climate protesters disrupt London fashion week by blocking roads

Climate protesters disrupt London fashion week by blocking roads

Extinction Rebellion calls for British Fashion Council to declare climate emergencyProtesters from the environmental action group Extinction Rebellion have disrupted London fashion week in an attempt
Ikea to sell refurbished furniture to boost culture of recycling

Ikea to sell refurbished furniture to boost culture of recycling

Swedish retailer expands old furniture exchange scheme as part of circular business modelIkea is trialling the sale of used, patched-up furniture in the UK as part of its efforts to become more
Plastic waste: UK should not pass buck to world's poorest, say MPs

Plastic waste: UK should not pass buck to world's poorest, say MPs

UK must deal with plastic waste on its own soil, says group calling for export banA cross-party group of MPs is calling for a ban on the export of plastic waste over concerns the UK is passing the
Dutch man's epic 89,000km drive proves electric cars are viable in Australia

Dutch man's epic 89,000km drive proves electric cars are viable in Australia

By driving such extreme distances, Wiebe Wakker hopes to bust Australian anxieties about electric vehiclesA Dutch man who has driven 89,000km from Amsterdam to Adelaide in a small electric car says he
'I’m a freegan – I get food from bins, foraging or my garden'

'I’m a freegan – I get food from bins, foraging or my garden'

Green activist John Cossham, 52, on how he earns very little so he can live a low-carbon lifestyleName: John Cossham Age: 52 Income: £10,000 Occupation: Entertainer and ecology educatorI’m an