Is This Fur Real? Why Fur is Still Profitable

Is This Fur Real? Why Fur is Still Profitable

Many of us are under the impression that wearing fur is a thing of the past. Public opinion of the fur industry is still very negative, and most people are at least partially aware of the suffering endured by animals who are killed for their fur. Some people don’t even realise that it’s still legal … Read More

Is Free-Range Really Free?

Is Free-Range Really Free?

“Laid in Britain…by hens free to roam, peck and cluck in the Great British countryside.” So reads the text on cartons of free-range eggs from Asda, one of the UK’s biggest supermarkets. The phrase ‘free-range’ often evokes images of happy hens roaming free over rolling hills. Unfortunately, this is not the case for the vast … Read More

Country or City Living: What’s Greener?

Country or City Living: What’s Greener?

I’ve always thought of living in the countryside as being more eco-friendly than city living. Given my rural childhood, the thought of country living evokes memories of collecting firewood, breathing fresh air and going blackberry-picking. But living in the countryside doesn’t necessarily equate to an eco-friendly lifestyle. With the number of people now on the … Read More

Biodegradable Plastic: The Solution to Pollution?

Biodegradable Plastic: The Solution to Pollution?

Plastic products are ubiquitous in today’s world. But what happens to these products when they are discarded? It’s common knowledge that ordinary plastic either doesn’t biodegrade or takes a very long time to do so. This has made plastic pollution an increasingly troubling problem. It looks ugly and kills animals which mistakenly ingest it – … Read More

Why You Should Eat More Fibre

Why You Should Eat More Fibre

One statistic which never fails to amaze me is that 97% of Americans are fibre-deficient. I wouldn’t mind betting that the UK doesn’t fare much better. Most people who are fibre-deficient probably don’t realise it – chances are, you’re one of them. But if you’re not aware of the health benefits, you probably don’t feel … Read More

Do Labour-Saving Devices Complicate Life?

Do Labour-Saving Devices Complicate Life?

I’ve fallen in love with simplicity. Since discovering minimalism, I’ve been really questioning what I do and don’t need. But some of my most meaningful discoveries have been made out of necessity. I grew up in a very low-income family, but we still had the typical labour-saving devices. Dishwasher, tumble dryer, microwave, electric kettle, toaster. … Read More

Should You Stop Eating Fish?

Should You Stop Eating Fish?

When people decide to give up meat, they often exclude fish. I was no exception, as I initially went pescetarian rather than fully vegetarian. It’s hard to explain why many of us view fish as separate to meat. From an ethical point of view, some people don’t believe fish feel pain. Others find it harder … Read More

Do Smartphones Contribute To Child Labour?

Do Smartphones Contribute To Child Labour?

Most of us don’t think anything of replacing our smartphones – it’s just a normal part of life. When choosing a phone, we’re usually more concerned with its features than with the ethical implications. But the smartphone industry has a dark secret. I first learnt about the use of child labour in cobalt mining by … Read More