Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Is it possible to produce goods and services in a fair and ethical way, without damaging the environment?

There remains fierce debate surrounding the question of whether consumerism can ever be accommodated within a sustainable framework. In other words, is it possible to produce goods and services in a fair and ethical way, without damaging the environment? The question is not quite so straightforward. For example some fair trade products such as coffee can be ethically produced, but can also have an adverse impact on the environment. It would appear, therefore, that there is no universally accepted definition of what actually constitutes green consumerism.

This lack of consensus does not mean, however, that we cannot live greener and more sustainable lifestyles – far from it. There is a growing realisation today that our actions are having a detrimental effect on the planet, pushing more people to consider how they can make a difference. The increase in demand for fair trade products and surge in clean energy are two areas that are testament to this. Other people see sustainable living as an effective way of reducing costs and saving money. For example, insulating the house or car sharing.

Having decided to adopt a greener lifestyle, reduce our carbon footprint and save money into the bargain, the question then arises of how we go about finding green products and services amongst the myriad of confusing claims, greenwashing and different alternatives! There are suppliers of everything from fair trade clothing to green insurance policies, but these have tended to be fairly disparate and involved lots of internet searches and shopping around niche websites.

A genuine desire to help protect the planet, encourage sustainable living and make it easier for eco-conscious shoppers to find greener products and services led to my decision in 2005 to launch the Green Providers Directory.

The idea was that the directory would provide a one-stop shop for all things green, eco-friendly and sustainable – all under one roof. Suppliers are listed in easy-to-use sections, with a description of what they provide and contact details. The directory is free and easy to use, providing links to a range of renewable energy suppliers, fair trade clothing, health and beauty products, energy saving devices, ethical gifts and organic wines, as well as news and updates on environmental issues and related topics.

The directory has since been listed in The Guardian and Channel 4’s environmental sections and on green.tv, a United Nations Environmental Programme. It also has a number of links with schools and universities, including Cambridge University, Bradford University and the University of Huddersfield, providing articles and information on green issues and sustainable living.

The directory is also involved in areas such as helping to protect the world’s rainforests and endangered species, writing articles for green blogs and publications, and providing support for a number of environmental causes and campaigns.

In the 11 years since the launch of the Green Providers Directory we have seen progress in many areas such as growth in clean energy production, fair trade products being stocked in major supermarkets, electric cars, charges for plastic bags, climate change agreements and banning of bee-harming pesticides. But we’ve also witnessed fracking, continued population growth, species extinction, rainforests being destroyed for palm oil plantations and other severe ecological threats.

I would like to think that the directory has made a useful contribution to protecting the environment, and that it can play an ongoing role in helping to build a sustainable future for our children and the planet’s rich and diverse wildlife.

Guest post by Dr Gary Robertshaw

Coca-Cola - Myth busting Coke's claims on ocean plastics | Greenpeace UK

As thousands of Greenpeace supporters have piled the pressure on Coca-Cola, the mega brand is starting to take notice - but Coke’s answers aren’t yet good enough.

When we launched our report showing how Coke is failing to take responsibility for the damage its plastic bottles are causing in the ocean, the company said it was “disappointed” by our findings. What’s really disappointing is that in the past decade, Coca-Cola has actually increased the proportion of single-use plastic bottles across its global packaging mix. But when we delivered a 2.5 ton monument to ocean plastic pollution to Coca-Cola’s London HQ, a spokesperson simply stuck to the line that they were “disappointed”.

Since April, over 88,000 of you have written to Coke’s CEO in Europe, calling on the world’s largest soft drinks company to ditch throwaway plastic to protect our oceans from plastic pollution. Hundreds of you called Coca-Cola’s switchboard in a single afternoon, and have been sharing spoof videos and gifs on social media showing the devastating impact Coke’s single-use plastic bottles are having on marine wildlife.

Read more: Coca-Cola - Myth busting Coke's claims on ocean plastics | Greenpeace UK



Friday, 2 June 2017

Best Years



Best Years stock a wide range of handmade, fairtrade and organic toys from around the world. Includes the fabulous Pebble crochet toys, hats and blankets, the only crochet toys with WFTO status. Also Under the Nile organic and fairtrade toys and swaddle blankets. Handmade in Egypt from organic Egyptian cotton and perfect for babies. Friendly service guaranteed. www.bestyears.co.uk



Thursday, 16 March 2017

Original Volunteers

Original Volunteers
Original Volunteers have been providing affordable volunteer opportunities worldwide since 2006. Projects last 1 to 24 weeks and run throughout the year on flexible start dates. All ages and levels welcome. Local support teams at all locations providing airport transfers and assistance throughout the placement. Tailored placements also available. 1 – 2 projects each year can provide free accommodation. www.originalvolunteers.co.uk
Not sure if you need a number and email for enquiries too?….
Email: contact [at] originalvolunteers.co.uk
Tel: 01603 280702



Friday, 3 February 2017

Freeflush Rainwater Harvesting


Freeflush Rainwater Harvesting FreeFlush design and supply rainwater harvesting systems. FreeFlush design experience has been nurtured through many years working in the water industry.

The designs range from simple wall hung water butts through to large underground tanks with pumped control. They aim to make rainwater harvesting more accessible through their innovative products. 

Visit www.freeflush.co.uk





Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Ecard Shack

Ecard Shack provides fully customizable business ecards through their super easy, on-line design tool. You will find an extensive range of high quality images, animation and seasonal music tracks that you choose from to build bespoke electronic Christmas cards for your business. At Ecard Shack, they provide everything you need to wow customers at Christmas. www.ecardshack.com



eCO2 Greetings


eCO2 Greetings supplies business greetings ecards and for every single ecard sold, they plant 10 trees. So far the carbon dioxide they have offset by planting trees equals 76,000 tonnes (June 2016), and this figure is always on the rise. For more information on this green business please visit the website at www.eco2greetings.com





Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The Fair Trade Store


The Fair Trade Store is a UK-based online shop dedicated to bringing you Fair Trade products and gifts, bags, jewellery, fashion accessories, homeware and more – all handmade in the developing world. Trading since 2009 they now have thousands of happy customers. The products they sell are unique and not readily available in supermarkets or department stores, which allows you the opportunity to purchase something special. By shopping with The Fair Trade Store you are just a few steps away from artisans in some of the world`s poorest communities. Your purchase helps transform trade and change lives. How good is that?
Visit www.thefairtradestore.co.uk, call 01704 569111 or email: enquiries@thefairtradestore.co.uk


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

A Local Printer


A Local Printer has led the way for eco-printing since 2006 and was the first company in the UK to launch a website featuring only 100% eco-friendly printed products. Since then they have continued to expand their range and now offer 100+ different eco-friendly items, from gorgeous retail orientated products, to promotional and business stationery – there really is something for everyone! A fully accredited eco printer, they print only on recycled paper or materials from sustainable sources, using vegetable oil based inks or cutting edge digital toners. They would love you to drop by, browse a while and be inspired!
Visit www.alocalprinter.co.uk or call 01903 742003



Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Beyond Organic Skincare have just won their 28th Award!


Marianne Tregoning from Beyond Organic Skincare said "We are excited to announce that we have won an award in The Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards 2016."
Beyond Organic Skincare won a BEST BUY award for their Natural fresh crystal deodorant.
Visit www.beyondorganicskincare.com to find out more about their award-winning range.

Beyond Organic Skincare




Sunday, 12 June 2016

SoFairSoGood

SoFairSoGood believe you can have the best of both worlds… beautiful, stylish products that have been fairly traded without exploitation. They sell Fair Trade, ethically sourced Bags, Purses, Scarves, Gloves, Brooches, Jewellery and gifts. They carefully select their suppliers to ensure that the original stylish items they offer have been made by local craftsmen and women who are fairly paid and work in decent conditions. Their ethos is that they sell fashionable, western style designed accessories that are nonetheless fairly traded, ethically sourced and made from natural, sustainable materials. So if you want to look good and feel good then SoFairSoGood is the site for you. www.sofairsogood.co.uk


Monday, 25 April 2016

Best Years - The Best Place to Find Toys for the Best Years of Our Lives


Best Years stock a wide range of handmade, fairtrade and organic toys from around the world. Includes the fabulous Pebble crochet toys, hats and blankets, the only crochet toys with WFTO status.

Also Under the Nile organic and fairtrade toys and swaddle blankets. Handmade in Egypt from organic Egyptian cotton and perfect for babies. Friendly service guaranteed.

Visit www.bestyears.co.uk




Saturday, 26 March 2016

Beyond Organic Skincare - winning their 27th award!

Beyond Organic Skincare offers a truly effective range of 100% Natural and Organic Products from basic, natural, unisex deodorants right through to luxurious organic anti-ageing skincare. There is also a high performance, natural anti-acne range.

We are delighted to announce that Beyond Organic Skincare have just won their 27th award!

Visit www.beyondorganicskincare.com for more information




Friday, 18 March 2016

Fit Pit Natural Deodorant


Fit Pit Natural Deodorant – 100% Organic Vegan Earthkind. Natural deodorant cream handmade in the UK by The Green Woman.

Free from Aluminium, Parabens, BPAs and plastic packaging. Suitable for vegans. Jars are returnable/reusable.

Fit Pit is available for men and women, sensitive skin, teenagers as a first deodorant, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, the menopause, homeopathic treatment and cancer treatment.

The Green Woman believe in driving social change to support a greener more sustainable future. They are environmental campaigners and 10% of their profits are donated to work against climate change.

Visit www.thegreenwoman.co.uk




Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Hippy Paste by Earth Conscious


Earth Conscious is a transparent and trustworthy brand bringing eco friendly and natural products to customers with an interest in making healthier and/or green choices.

They aim to encourage everyone to feel empowered to make those changes.

Earth Conscious currently offer a 100% natural deodorant fondly named *Hippy Paste* and is priced so everyone can make the switch from antiperspirant to a healthier deodorant.

Visit https://hippypaste.com for more information






Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Mama Nature

Mama Nature an are an award winning eco-friendly, organic skin care company that freshly prepares all products by hand. They just can’t help their mothering instinct to nurture, help and protect. Because their diverse range of products are innovative, revolutionary and life changing they are recommended by Dermatologists, Mid-wives and Health Visitors.

VeganThey care about your well-being and that’s why they refuse to fill their products full of synthetic ingredients. They are leading the way in the use of natural and organic ingredients in skin care. Everyone needs a Mama LOL.

Visit www.mama-nature.co.uk



Beyond Organic Skincare

Beyond Organic Skincare offers a truly effective range of 100% Natural and Organic Products from basic, natural, unisex deodorants right through to luxurious organic anti-ageing skincare. There is also a high performance, natural anti-acne range.

Winners of 26 prestigious awards, certified organic and with all recycled packaging. Not tested on animals. Free from parabens and ALL synthetic chemicals. Think glowing, dewy, healthy skin.

Visit www.beyondorganicskincare.com



Saturday, 13 February 2016

Introducing Conscious Skincare’s New Exfoliant Range


Gentle Exfoliant for dry, sensitive skin
This gentle exfoliant has been made with skin calming organic chamomile floral water and organic aloe vera to leave skin feeling softened and calm. Organic lavender essential oil helps soothe irritation and induce a sense of calm.
Neutralize Exfoliant for oily, problem skin
This exfoliant has been made with organic Melissa balm floral water to help tone and tighten pores. Ti-tree and lemongrass organic essential oils work together to control oiliness and remove grease and grim. The key active ingredient is an anti acne formula, proven to help reduce the occurrence of acne breakouts and works as an anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial treatment.
Rejuvenate Exfoliant for Mature Skin
This exfoliant with its aromatic organic rose tones gently lifts dead skin cells and tones the skin. The uplifting organic lemon essential oil tones skin and also works as a skin brightener to revive dull looking skin. Organic frankincense essential oils works to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Enrich Exfoliant for Normal, Combination Skin
The uplifting aroma of organic geranium essential oil and organic orange blossom floral water blend perfectly to freshen and revive skin. With organic aloe vera and organic lavender essential oil which work together to smooth and tone skin.
Introducing Conscious Man ‘Fuzz Off’ Shave Gel
Conscious Skincare's about to launch a new Men's range 'ruggedly made in britain'. The first product in their new range of men’s skincare, is an organic shave gel. It is blended with lemony scented organic Melissa flora water and organic lemongrass which act as mild astringents, tightening pores to help hairs ‘stand up’, ready for shaving. The combination of organic aloe vera and organic cucumber extract combine to protect the skin against razor burn and rash to leave skin refreshed, soothed and conditioned after shaving..
The Conscious Skincare range comprises individually handcrafted face and body products, using certified organic plant ingredients, fair-trade wherever possible and made in Britain.
All their products are free from sls, parabens, phtalates, synthetic or chemical preservatives, colours or fillers. The independent cosmetics database in the USA, EWG, rates them as one of the highest scoring companies for using the safest ingredients.
They are fully approved by the Vegetarian Society and proud to carry the Leaping Bunny Cruelty - Free logo, in addition to being accredited by PETA.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Insure Green


Insure Green t/a Independent Insurance Services would like to offer all members of The Green Providers Directory a minimum 5% discount on any new insurance product taken out with them. 

They will also offer you a free review of all your insurance needs – as businesses grow, many do not keep their insurance companies informed and therefore are often under-insured, which causes them a major problem if a claim has to be made. They will sit down with you to make sure that all your insurance requirements are met.

They specialise in the commercial market and can cover any type of risk, including Property Liabilities, Professional Indemnity, Fleet, Mini-Fleet, Contractors, Homeworkers, Transit, Shop, Office, Restaurant & Pub, Cyber, and many more specialist schemes, they can also take care of your personal insurance needs too!

If your insurances are not due for renewal yet, let them know your renewal date, along with a copy of your current insurance schedule, and they’ll contact you when it’s due to arrange a quotation.

They can be your helping hand for claims, to get your business back on track as quickly as possible. Additionally, they are able to offer their customers, both personal and commercial, Private Medical Insurance - a handy and useful benefit to be able to offer your employees!

Call them on 01303 22 11 88, or email info@independentinsuranceservices.co.uk to see how they can help you, quoting reference GID15IG.

Independent Insurance Services is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (firm reference number: 304299). FCA Registration details can be checked at www.fca.org.uk/registeror by contacting the FCA on 0800 111 6768.



eco-craft recycled paper and card, envelopes, card blanks, craft, packaging and stationery products

eco-craft sell recycled paper and card, envelopes, card blanks, craft, packaging and stationery products for the environmentally and ethically aware consumer.

They are specialists in the supply and the manufacture of environmentally friendly card and paper stock suitable for print, letterpress etc. plus craft products, card blanks, blank boxes and CD sleeves for printing, envelopes, coloured notepads, bio-degradable bags etc. eco-craft currently supply one of the widest range of coloured recycled card stock available, (now in over 30 colours).

Along with coloured recycled papers and envelopes.

Everything you need to make your own greetings cards, for fund raising, pleasure or profit.

Also including a growing range of recycled, fair trade. biodegradable and ethical packaging. Plus new bulk packed papers to print your own menu’s, stationery etc.

www.eco-craft.co.uk




New From Old - Solid Wood Kitchens and Furniture from Reclaimed Wood

New from Old designs, handcrafts and installs bespoke solid wood kitchens and furniture for the home using either reclaimed pine or new accredited sustainable hardwoods, including the beautifully grained Oak, Ash, Elm, Sycamore, Beech.

The grain of the wood is carefully chosen and used as an integral part of each design. Sole Proprietor Rick Forward is a furniture craftsman, and uses time-tested methods of craftsmanship to create traditionally made kitchens and furniture in contemporary and traditional styles.

His philosophy is to create beautiful and functional interiors with minimal environmental impact. www.newfromold.co.uk


Friday, 6 November 2015

Ethical Futures - ethical investments












ethicalfutures are ethical independent financial advisers (IFA). They specialise in ethical investment and financial planning.

Based in Edinburgh, they advise clients throughout Scotland and the UK. Their job is to help you make the right decisions for your needs both financially and ethically.

At ethicalfutures, they believe they can help you make your money change your world. Julian Parrott, partner with ethicalfutures, has been voted the Money Management Ethical Investment Planner of the Year 2007.

Visit www.ethicalfutures.co.uk



Friday, 30 October 2015

Insure Green

Insure Green is a trading arm of Independent Insurance Services, one of the first carbon neutral insurance brokers, giving customers a variety of benefits, help, and guidance all focussed on saving you money whilst simultaneously helping the environment.

They can provide insurance cover for individuals or businesses, they are trusted by start-ups, and SMEs to large corporates.

Insure Green are an award winning broker, offering first class service, coupled with innovative products, giving competitive rates for standard, and non-standard risks alike, all the while being environmentally aware.

Call 01303 22 11 88, they’re there to help.

www.insuregreen.co.uk