ethical and green living

Next stop: the village of profound isolation | Brief letters

Next stop: the village of profound isolation | Brief letters

Suma’s ethical food | Reading the Guardian for a longer life | A sweet tooth | Cultural deserts | Paris near Holmfirth | New Yorks and New Zealands in the UKThank you for shining a light on Suma (The
World's first no-kill eggs go on sale in Berlin

World's first no-kill eggs go on sale in Berlin

Scientists can now quickly determine a chick’s gender before it hatches, potentially ending the need to cull billions of male chicks worldwideThe world’s first ever no-kill eggs are now on sale in
Brexit worries and bad weather cloud the Christmas high street

Brexit worries and bad weather cloud the Christmas high street

UK consumers are reining in spending as economic uncertainty dents footfall and hits salesRetailers vying for customers in the last full week of trading before Christmas are in for a tough time
Brexit worries and bad weather cloud the Christmas high street

Brexit worries and bad weather cloud the Christmas high street

UK consumers are reining in spending as economic uncertainty dents footfall and hits salesRetailers vying for customers in the last full week of trading before Christmas are in for a tough time
What was agreed at COP24 in Poland and why did it take so long?

What was agreed at COP24 in Poland and why did it take so long?

Fractious UN climate change talks ended with a deal on putting the Paris agreement into practice – but much else left unresolved‘We can move forward now’: climate talks take significant stepCountries
Progress and problems as UN climate change talks end with a deal

Progress and problems as UN climate change talks end with a deal

Nations agree on implementing 2015 Paris agreement, but put trickiest issues on back burnerThe UN climate change talks ended late on Saturday night in Poland with a deal agreed on how to put the 2015
Shenzhen's silent revolution: world's first fully electric bus fleet quietens Chinese megacity

Shenzhen's silent revolution: world's first fully electric bus fleet quietens Chinese megacity

All 16,000 buses in the fast-growing Chinese megacity are now electric, and soon all 22,000 taxis will be tooYou have to keep your eyes peeled for the bus at the station in Shenzhen’s Futian central
From freecycling to Fairphones: 24 ways to lead an anti-capitalist life in a capitalist world

From freecycling to Fairphones: 24 ways to lead an anti-capitalist life in a capitalist world

We asked readers for their thoughts on ‘non‑capitalist living’ and were deluged with replies. Here are their ideas for everyday ways to buck the systemAs the new Amazon advert goes, can you feel it?
Ethical gifts: let your money work for a small business

Ethical gifts: let your money work for a small business

Entrepreneurs in troubled countries can struggle to find funding – but you can helpIt’s the ethical Christmas gift that offers a financial helping hand to people trying to survive in the toughest
Ethical gifts: let your money work for a small business

Ethical gifts: let your money work for a small business

Entrepreneurs in troubled countries can struggle to find funding – but you can helpIt’s the ethical Christmas gift that offers a financial helping hand to people trying to survive in the toughest
Ethical Christmas: seven gifts that tread lightly on the planet

Ethical Christmas: seven gifts that tread lightly on the planet

You don’t have to damage the environment to enjoy the festivities. Here’s how …The frenzied celebration of tinsel-coated consumerism is upon us. But you can (just about) enjoy it without hurting the
Smart meters rollout labelled a 'fiasco' as consumers face extra £500m bill

Smart meters rollout labelled a 'fiasco' as consumers face extra £500m bill

National Audit Office says that with 39m meters still to be replaced, government has no chance of hitting 2020 deadlineConsumers face paying half a billion pounds more than expected for the rollout of
Smart meter installations 'need to hit 30 a minute'

Smart meter installations 'need to hit 30 a minute'

Energy firms set to miss government deadline for rolloutEnergy suppliers need to triple smart meter installation rates to complete a national rollout by 2020, according to the consumer champion
Will we ever be able to get rid of paper receipts?

Will we ever be able to get rid of paper receipts?

Paper accounts of your spending might seem harmless, but they pose an environmental hazard. What should we do?You diligently recycle, you carry a reusable coffee cup and you have sworn off plastic
Uber to introduce clean air fee to all London rides

Uber to introduce clean air fee to all London rides

Ride-hailing app to charge extra 15p per mile to help drivers pay for electric carsUber will charge its customers in London an extra 15p per mile on every trip to help its drivers buy electric
The fashion editor's eco-makeover: can I rethink my love affair with clothes?

The fashion editor's eco-makeover: can I rethink my love affair with clothes?

I’ll always love the thrill of shopping, but I care about the planet, too. Where do I begin? I love fashion. I love going to catwalk shows. I love getting dressed up. I love the illicit thrill of some
Walkers answers critics with launch of UK crisp packet recycling plan

Walkers answers critics with launch of UK crisp packet recycling plan

Manufacturer to collect and repurpose packaging after campaign against firm’s wasteWalkers has agreed to offer a free national recycling scheme to stop millions of empty crisp packets ending up in
Plastic waste set to beat price as UK shoppers' top concern – study

Plastic waste set to beat price as UK shoppers' top concern – study

In the next decade, reduced packaging and increased recyclability will become the main issues for consumers, research showsThe number one issue for British shoppers in the next decade will be to
Electric cars exceed 1m in Europe as sales soar by more than 40%

Electric cars exceed 1m in Europe as sales soar by more than 40%

Milestone reached nearly a year after China but ahead of the USThere are now more than a million electric cars in Europe after sales soared by more than 40% in the first half of the year, new figures
Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs

Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs

After nearly 60 years of lighting homes halogens will be replaced with more energy efficient LEDsAfter nearly 60 years of brightening our homes and streets, halogen lightbulbs will finally be banned