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

Vegans Take Heart: You Do More Than You Know

Vegans Take Heart: You Do More Than You Know

When you’re passionately vegan, it’s easy to become disheartened by what you see around you. Yes, you’re avoiding all forms of animal exploitation, but so many people are still contributing to it. You can control your own actions, but not other people’s. And you sometimes start to wonder if you’re really making a difference. I’ve … Read More