International Women’s Day – Why Balance is Better

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, while focusing world attention on areas which still need improvement, and calling for action to accelerate gender parity. On this day, we look back at the Suffragette movement, where women before us fought for the right to work. To the…

Clean Up Coffee

Did you know that 7 million disposable coffee cups are thrown away every day? Of this staggering figure, less than 1% are actually recycled. Ethical coffee brand Percol have started a petition to request that the government makes all disposable cups recyclable. Percol offer fairtrade coffee, with an organic range, and a carbon neutral supply…

Burberry Commits Fashion Sin

Whilst the world of fashion and ethical consumerism rarely go hand in hand, I am still shocked to hear of Burberry burning £28m worth of clothes and accessories, all to protect its brand image. Burning clothes, while the ethically and environmentally conscious among us are trying to re-use, recycle and never throw clothes into landfill….

Unlock the True Taste of Fair Trade Tea with Traidcraft…

Do you know where your tea comes from, how it is grown and if the people who grow and pick it are paid a fair wage? When you buy fairly traded teas, you ensure that everyone in the supply chain, from farmer to supplier are paid a fair price. Sadly, much of the tea drunk…

Ethical Advent Day 22 – Risalamande Danish Dessert Recipe

Welcome to Day 22 of my Ethical Advent Calendar. Today I am going to share a Danish recipe which I have turned into a vegan dish. I had the pleasure of living in Denmark for 2 years, and I picked up some lovely traditions along the way. One of my favourites is this gorgeous festive…

Ethical Advent Day 2 – Underwear

Welcome to Day 2 of my Ethical Advent Calendar. Underwear is a very popular gift at Christmas time, and can often be a very special token of love. Why not make it extra special this year, and buy organic, ethical underwear, which makes a real difference to the lives of others. I recently featured Y.O.U…

Ethical Advent by Monsoon of Random

As an ethical consumer, it can be very hard at this time of year. Subjected to all kinds of adverts and the temptation to spend mindlessly. Christmas wish lists may be a minefield of gifts you’d rather not buy, because you know the conditions under which they were made, or the materials that they are…

Participate in a More Ethical Black Friday

Black Friday is not my favourite time of the year. To me, it signifies everything that conscious, ethical consumerism is against. Mindless greed in the pursuit of money from corporations and retailers, often selling cheaply made, sweatshop produced goods, to consumers who don’t really need many of the goods on offer, but are convinced by…

Change the World… With your Underwear

Have you ever thought about the small things you can do which have a huge impact? I often hear many people say that one little thing can’t make a difference, or one person can’t change anything, but I really don’t feel that’s true at all… and neither do the lovely Sarah and Lily behind Y.O.U…

Join the Ethical Resistance… Star Wars Shoes!

In a galaxy not so far away, we are reaching a new and exciting phase in the realm of ethical footwear.  For a long time, Po-Zu have topped the Good Shopping Guide ethical rankings table for Footwear. Their shoes are made in a small, eco-friendly, ethical factory in Portugal, and their mission is to halt…