Co-op and Marks & Spencer: UK's 'greenest' shopsGuardian Unlimited | 20 Dec 2010
The Co-op and Marks & Spencer are today named as the UK's "greenest" supermarkets in a new survey which rates retailers' progress in areas such as sustainable and ethical sourcing. Tesco, Asda and Netto were identified as the three worst performing companies. As households stock up for the festive season, Ethical Consumer magazine urges shoppers to cut the environmental cost of Christmas by shopping from retailers with a proven track record of pursuing "green policies".
Can I use a frying pan and be green?Guardian Unlimited | 14 Nov 2010
Beware slick new non-stick pans...The non-stick frying pan, a ubiquitous piece of kitchen equipment, cannot be relied on to keep its act together under extreme heat. The plastic synthetic coating (the non-stick bit) is made of Polytetra-flouroethylene (PTFE) and when it is burned it releases potentially harmful fumes. That's a design fault given that a frying pan on a normal hob can reach 350C in just a few minutes and tests show PTFE in non-stick pans degrading above 250C.
Special Report: The problem with phthalatesReuters | 18 Oct 2010
Imagine a child sitting in his classroom, gazing through the window at the rain. He picks up his pencil and chews distractedly on the eraser at its top. Chemicals, classed in Europe as "toxic to reproduction," dissolve in his saliva and enter his body.
What's the greenest way to wrap my lunch?Guardian Unlimited | 12 Oct 2010
Is is better for the environment to use clingfilm or aluminium foil to preserve your lunch for later? When I wrap my sandwiches in the morning, should I be using clingfilm or foil? Question posed via Twitter. This isn't the most pressing environmental crisis facing us today, but this niggling...
Why landfill mining could be the next big thingGuardian Unlimited | 11 Oct 2010
A new project that will reuse 16.5m tonnes of rubbish from a Belgian landfill site could help solve a host of environmental problems. It might sound like a load of old rubbish, but landfill mining could be the next resources idea to sweep Britain and the rest of Europe. UK company Advanced Plasma...
Sainsbury's excessive packaging case droppedGuardian Unlimited | 11 Oct 2010
Trading standards officers in Lincolnshire dropped a landmark legal case against Sainsbury's over unneccessary packaging. Trading standards officers in Lincolnshire today dramatically dropped a landmark legal case against supermarket giant Sainsbury's over excessive and unneccessary packaging,...
Blighted beaches: Britain's shores are drowning in litterGuardian Unlimited | 26 Mar 2010
Beach litter figures down overall, but quantity of plastic found on shorelines grows to unprecedented levels. From the mundane debris of food wrappers and cigarette butts, to a laboratory incubator and a dead goat, Britain's beaches are strewn with litter, according to the Marine Conservation Society.
Beach litter survey reveals plastics tollThe Independent | 26 Mar 2010
Piles of plastic rubbish, ranging from thousands of drinks bottles and carrier bags to a joke severed finger and a set of vampire teeth, were collected in the latest annual survey of beach litter.
Fashion show pushes chemical messageGreen Consumer Guide | 22 Jun 2006
A fashion show organised by Greenpeace has shown that the industry can avoid the use of toxic chemicals currently found in clothing, without compromising style.
Katrina cleanup sparks fear of toxic trashtoday.reuters.co.uk | 14 Jun 2006
A Vietnamese-American community in New Orleans fears that Hurricane Katrina is spawning a second tragedy as waste from the storm is dumped in a neighboring wetlands landfill.
England would win 'Litter World Cup'Green Consumer Guide | 08 Jun 2006
A survey from litter charity Keep Britain Tidy has found that a high number of English people are ashamed of the state of the countrys streets and if there was such a thing as a Litter World Cup awarded for the amount of rubbish discarded – England would be clear winners.
IKEA cracks down on carrier bag useLetsRecycle.com | 08 Jun 2006
Out-of-town furniture giant IKEA has imposed a levy on plastic carrier bags in a bid it believes can save the use of 20 million bags each year.
The bottle that heralds a plastic revolutionThe Independent | 29 May 2006
It is the container that could launch a revolution. The first biodegradable bottle has gone on sale in Britain, raising hopes we may one day stop adding to the mountain of plastic packaging accumulating in shopping baskets and landfill sites.
Government welcomes report on affordable rural housingDEFRA - Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs | 18 May 2006
A new report which highlights the need for more homes to help families in rural areas has been welcomed by Housing Minister, Yvette Cooper and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs David Miliband.
Exposed: Secret plot to back radioactive waste dumpsFriends of the Earth- Scotland | 15 May 2006
Plans by the government's nuclear waste agency, Nirex, to run a secret campaign to overturn political and public opposition to dumping Britain's nuclear waste underground have been exposed.
How to furnish a flat for freeThe Independent | 12 May 2006
With mountains of discarded stuff heading for landfill, why add to the waste by buying new gear?
Scotland improving on recyclingGreen Consumer Guide | 10 May 2006
Scotland recorded a 6% increase in recycling and composting between October and December 2005 compared to the same period the previous year, bringing the annual rate to 22.8%.
Government tackles rural stressGreen Consumer Guide | 10 May 2006
A new funding package aimed at supporting organisations who help farmers deal with stress has been announced.