Archive for the ‘Air miles’ Category

Why it could be better to buy flowers from Kenya this Mother’s Day

Monday, March 17th, 2014 by Flemmich

Women picking flowers

Mother’s Day is a good excuse to buy your mum flowers to show your love and appreciation. But flowers, like anything else cultivated, can have harmful environmental and social impacts. Nigel’s Eco Store looks at greener ways to buy blooms.


To carbon offset, or not?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 by Nigel

Christmas is fast approaching and I am looking back at 2009, at whether I can be more planet friendly, reduce my carbon footprint and be more sustainable in my living. This year I’ve been pretty good: shopping locally, cutting back on things like meat, walking more, and switching off as much as possible at home and at work.

The odd holiday splurge is the one thing that leaves a nasty


Video conferencing: Green Business Travel

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 by Nigel

Videoconferencing

Continuing on the green travel theme, if you travel for business to meet clients and suppliers, you could save money and cut carbon emissions by video conferencing instead….


Food miles furore

Monday, July 30th, 2007 by Nigel

The Soil Association have been toying with the idea of removing organic certification from food flown in from countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia on the grounds that freighting food overseas damages the environment. Airfreighted food has too high a carbon foorprint, runs the argument…


Rock music goes green?

Monday, June 18th, 2007 by Nigel

I think you have to admire the musicians who’ve put their names to Live Earth. It’s not so much the committment to playing at a humungously huge world-wide gig. A twenty-minute set is hardly going to kill them. It’s the fact that by appearing there they’re opening themselves up – for the rest of their careers – to charges of hypocrisy…


Another green world

Friday, April 6th, 2007 by Nigel

Gorilla safari in Rwanda

I was at a local get-together for people involved in ethical businesses the other night and I met Justin Francis there – one of the co-founders of Responsible Travel. He spent an hour telling me how they do business there, which was a) very impressive, and b) really, really useful. The Ecostore is burgeoning, but it’s a very competitive …