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Building of the week: the Clif Bar bakery

You may be familiar with the Clif Bar, a cereal bar that markets itself to outdoor enthusiasts. I don’t come across them very often in the UK, but I look out for them. They’re one of those companies with a solid ethical culture, committed to going the extra mile for people and planet. They use […]

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How Islabikes are embracing the circular economy

Islabikes is a British company that specialises in children’s bikes. Their USP is that they go the extra mile in designing bikes for the particular needs of smaller riders. Their bikes are notably lighter than their competitors, and every part has been appropriately scaled down – no regular sized brake levers or chains used to […]

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Modern Meadow’s animal-free leather

Biotechnology is still a scary word in some environmental circles, but there is quiet revolution going at the moment that may well change the connotations that the word conjures up. It’s coming of age and being applied in a whole variety of new ways. In previous posts I’ve mentioned meat without animals, milk without cows, […]

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Is the world ready for a music streaming co-op?

Among the various personal interests that I don’t write about on the blog is music. I dabbled in music journalism during and shortly after my student years, traveling round the Midlands to review gigs and interview bands. I particularly enjoy discovering new music. Nowadays that mainly happens online, and mostly on Spotify. I always resisted […]

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The spider silk jacket from North Face

Outdoor brands are often some of the most progressive, presumably because their founders are outdoor people with a love and respect for nature. Patagonia is one of the most environmentally enlightened companies you could hope to encounter, and North Face also has high credentials. It was founded by businessman, conservationist and activist Doug Tompkins, who […]

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The Fashion Transparency Index

This weekend saw the 3rd anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, the garment factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,134 people. As you may remember, the building hosted several factories, making clothes for global brands including Benetton, Primark, Monsoon and Walmart. When cracks appeared in the building, shops and offices closed and evacuated. The clothing […]

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How Ecotricity is pioneering green gas

The clean energy revolution is dominated by electricity generation and the switch to renewable sources. Renewable heat gets far less attention, and that’s a big problem in Northern countries. In Britain we use more energy heating our homes than we use on anything else. It’s the next big challenge for the transition to a low […]

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Bakeys sustainable edible cutlery

India is the world’s biggest consumer of disposable cutlery, throwing away 120 billion items every year. That’s a huge amount of non-biodegradable plastic ending up in landfill. So Narayana Peesapaty devised a solution: edible cutlery. Eat your takeaway, and then eat the spoon. You can find out more about Bakeys here.  

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Growing construction materials with BioMason

Some sources of greenhouse gases we know about and talk about – power generation and transport for example. Others get less attention, such as meat and dairy, or the need for renewable heat. Another to add to that list is construction materials. Cement production in particular is very energy intensive: 5% of global CO2 emissions […]

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Impact investment for rural enterprises

There’s a bit of an investment gap when it comes to business in developing countries. Big projects can access capital because they can get attention from overseas investors, call on government support, or work with international institutions. At the opposite end of the scale, tiny cottage industries can draw funding because they can turn to […]

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