Responsible consumerism - general information
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
The next time you're thinking of buying a new product, consider the Three Rs - reduce, reuse, recycle.
* Do you really need to buy a new product - can you borrow or rent it, or do fine without it?
* Can you repair your old one?
* If it really is broken beyond repair, how can you recycle it?
* If your old product is still working but you don't need it any more, could someone else find it useful? Can you reduce its environmental impact by giving it to someone else or selling it, rather than throwing it away? (THE WASTEBOOK might be able to help here!)
The humble lettuce has emerged as the UK's number one waste item, with 61% of households throwing a soggy one away each week. If you're one, find a way not to do this ! Britons waste up to £80bn a year on food that goes off and clothes that are never worn, a Prudential survey has indicated. Clearly people with no access to a compost heap or allotment, and no kitchen waste collection, need to better served by their local authority. Reuse or recycling of clothes also needs to be made easier and outlets promoted.
The survey of 2000 adults said that young single males are the worst
offenders. At the other end of the scale, older females squander the
least, following the maxim "waste not, want not". The survey
said men waste on average £240 more each year than women. The most common
reaction to waste, by both sexes, was to say it did not bother them. Nearly a
third of respondents were untroubled by waste, with just 16% admitting to a pang
of guilt. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3752745.stm
So what can we do?
The real challenge is to promote more thoughtful forms of consumerism - concern with quality of life rather than mass consumption, satisfying needs with minimal use of resources, and at a wider social level, reducing the need for travel and energy consumption (this should also be done at a personal level!), and eliminating wasted resources in all fields of human activity wherever possible. If the whole world consumed as much as the average UK citizen, we would need about three planets!
The campaigning group Enough has sought to raise awareness of the disturbing aspects of consumerism by organising
events such as shopping free zones in the middle of frenetic shopping
With runaway climate change, it is now vital to change our wasteful habits. We must buy less. Simple examples: Reusing and buying recycled products, with minimal packaging (refuse carrier bags at the till, and always carry 2 sturdy bags of your own); buying things to last; choosing local and fairly traded goods; growing our own fruit and veg, and buying organically grown produce; and purchasing and investing ethically. We demonstrate practical steps in the right direction throughout this directory.
guides to cut packaging and re-use waste
WEN's Packaging Action Kit is a step-by-step guide for individuals and
groups on how to tackle waste from a shopping trip. From the simplest action, such as leaving bags and excess packaging at the checkout (and telling the assistant why), to how to challenge supermarkets to reduce waste and meet their legal obligations, it includes tips on how supermarkets work, community campaigning, and ideas for low-waste shopping.
One person's rubbish is someone else's treasure!
WEN's Guide to Running a Give or Take Day (Developed with the Forest Recycling Project) is designed for community groups, local authorities or businesses - sometimes groups of businesses get together to organise a Give or Take Day. They are fun, easy to run and a great way to divert useful items away from landfill into the hands of people who can really use them. Think of a swap shop or jumble sale with no money changing hands. People can bring along virtually any household items (in good condition) and take away others. At one event a lucky punter snapped up an entire kitchen!
The Guide covers relevant legislation and pitfalls to avoid. Maeve Murphy, WEN's Waste Prevention Officer, said: "In the UK we dump a shocking 414 million tonnes of waste in landfill every year - much of this is unnecessary packaging or perfectly good items that someone could use."
Both guides can be downloaded free from www.wen.org.uk or send £1 each for a hard copy to WEN, PO Box 30626, London E1 1TZ.
Also see all other sections from 400 to 470, for instance -
Organic and low-input food and drink (440)
and all sections from 300 to 390, for instance -
Recycled and natural clothes and textiles (330)
WASTE PREVENTION AND REDUCTION
A whole series of useful tips in One World Don’t Waste It - a free downloadable report at www.wen.org.uk/waste/resources.htm
Always ask for an assurance concerning the safety of second-hand equipment bought or donated.
Always power down computers, including screens, over night. This will save money, reduce CO2 emissions, and could also protect you in case of a power surge.
TRIPS AND HOLIDAYS
Flying is the fastest rising contributor to climate change. To many destinations, going by train is much easier than you think. See Man in Seat 61 listed below. Useful free report Greener Ways for UK Holidays downloadable at www.wen.org.uk/waste/resources.htm
Alphabetical list of organisations
Tel 01494 871655 Fax 01494 872986
Website www.beyondskin.co.uk Email firstname.lastname@example.org
89 Holloway Road, LONDON N7 8LT
Ethical footwear label producing hand-made shoes, all made in England in a way that is non-exploitative to animals, humans and wherever possible the greater environment. Created to combine style and fashion with a cruelty-free lifestyle. Trans-seasonal, made-to-order from materials ranging from satins and soft synthetic suedes to organic cottons. Endeavours to support a sustainable lifestyle. Committed to sourcing wherever possible the most natural, eco-friendly fabrics. All footwear is both vegetarian and vegan, and packaging and promotional material made from recycled paper using soya based inks or from a sustainable source. A percentage from every pair of shoes sold goes to a selection of ethical charities, which can be nominated by you. (Updated May 2005)
Buy Nothing Day / Buy Nothing Christmas
Website Email email@example.com
22 Downview Road, YAPTON, ARUNDEL, West Sussex BN18 0HJ
Contact Michael Smith (Mobile 07748 492 285, after 7pm)
Annual ‘festival of frugal living’ in November celebrating responsible consumerism. Argues that a person’s decision not to buy anything even for one day will lessen pressure on world resources, reduce the need to produce, and so reduce pollution and other environmental damage too. Ideally leads to long lasting commitment to consuming less, reusing and recycling more, and challenging companies to clean up and be fair. Exposes ethical problems of consumerism: developed countries - only 20% of world population - consume over 80% of natural resources, creating a mountain (or many pits and incinerators full) of waste, causing a disproportionate level of environment damage and unfair distribution of wealth. People can take part more actively by joining a ‘Jammer Group’. ‘It can be anything you want it to be - enjoy and have fun’. Website includes leaflets, posters and other free materials to print and distribute - to put up at school, in windows, workplaces and your town. On-site information, FAQs, resources, links to www.buynothingchristmas.org, other organisations and related issues, including sweatshops. Loose network of environmental and ethical activists/artists around the world - unfunded but gratefully supported by many individuals (to donate please contact Michael - email ‘Subject’ must contain ‘BND’ or will be filtered out, as huge amounts of email come from Oct-Dec). Questions products and producers: what are the true risks? ‘We should seek simple solutions; Buy Nothing Day is a good start. Supermarkets or shopping malls may offer choice, but it shouldn't be at the cost of environment or poor people. ‘A day to switch off from shopping. Holiday for some, street party for others. The challenge: try a day’s simple living, time with family and friends, rather than spend money on them, as a personal experiment or public statement. IT'S FREE!’ (Updated Jan 2005)
Tel 0845 456 7689 Fax 0870 120 6991
Website www.bynature.co.uk Email info@bynature,co.uk
71 Avoca Road, Tooting, London SW17 8SL
Many recycled, organic and environment-friendly household items and gifts, including clothes for children and adults. Also tips about a greener (more responsible) lifestyle - energy, transport, chemicals, holidays. (Updated Nov 2005)
Campaign for Political Ecology
Tel 01793 790438
Marsh Cottage, Wanborough, SWINDON, Wilts SN4 0AR
Lobbying and awareness raising organisation linking various environmental issues with the underlying themes of limits to resources and economic growth; diversity of lifeforms and human cultural activity; stability of the Earth's cycles and energy flows. Publishes 'Eco-View' quarterly newsletter and 'Real World' magazine.
Compassion in World Farming
Tel 01730 264208 Fax 01730 260791
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.ciwf.co.uk
Charles House, 5A Charles Street, PETERSFIELD, Hants GU32 3EH
Organisation campaigning to end factory farming; end genetic engineering and cloning of farm animals; end long distance transport of farm animals; and end antiobiotic growth promoters in farm animals (these are administered to humans only when necessary, but regularly to animals to increase growth rates - this both causes animals to suffer and reduces effectiveness of antibiotics in treating human illnesses). Promotes strict limits on journey times for animals transported in the EU, and for the recognition of animals as 'sentient beings'. Much useful info on website. (Updated Nov 2003)
Corporate Responsibility Coalition
Up to 100 groups including Friends of the Earth and the TUC campaigning for a stronger than 'voluntary' approach by government to achieve corporate social responsibility (CSR). This should encompass environmental action and reporting. CSR is a growth industry among consultants and PR firms, but 'Greenwash' (window-dressing to disguise business as usual) can tarnish reputations. There are rewards for demonstrating responsibility for lifecycle management of goods and services and social concerns. It is vital that multinational corporations learn not only to address the concerns of campaigners and customers, but accept and act to bring more sustainable and ethical practice. Sadly, for some corporate boards, this is still viewed as a step change too far. (Updated May 2004)
Tel 01326 340956
Email email@example.com Website www.cut4cloth.co.uk
4 Fore Street, Constantine, FALMOUTH, Cornwall TR11 5AB
Contact Lucy & Kurt
Children's clothes designed to fit over cloth nappies. All fairly traded, 100% organic cotton (certified by AGRECO, Germany www.agrecogmbh.de), handpicked in rural India, and using environmentally responsible dyes. 'Tailored to give cloth nappy babies more room to wriggle', as many clothes are designed to cover the smaller un-environmental disposable nappies. Dyes are free from banned amines, AZO, AOX, formaldehyde, heavy metals and other harmful additives. The manufacturers in India give importance to working conditions, wages and human rights; no employee under 18 years of age, and the company has a long-term agenda of support for a local tribal school. (Updated Oct 2004)
Don't throw it all away
Tel 0207 490 1555 Fax 0207 490 0881 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Website www.foe.co.uk/pubsinfo/pubscat/dont_throw_it_all_away.html or www.foe.co.uk
Friends of the Earth, 26-28 Underwood Street, LONDON N1 7JQ
FoE easy-to-read guide to waste reduction and recycling: where to recycle batteries, CDs, mobile phones, paint, and odds and ends. How to deal with kitchen and garden waste, renovate a house using recycled, stylish materials, or start office paper recycling schemes. Looks at what we buy and bin, the social and environmental problems from over-consuming and creating so much rubbish, and potential for re-use and recycling. Illustrated, with inspiring stories from ordinary people, giving practical advice to cut consumption and waste; from recycling the stuff of everyday life to large home improvements. Recommended by Good Housekeeping. Printed on paper made from 100% post-consumer waste. New second edition £6.50, order online or from FoE Publications Despatch, Tel 0207 490 1555. Further info on FoE and/or waste issues: FoE Information Service freephone 0808 800 1111, email email@example.com. (Updated Oct 2004)
Ecotopia.co.uk (formerly Ecomania)
Tel 01453 752 345 Fax 01453 752 345
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.ecotopia.co.uk
32 High Street, STROUD, Gloucestershire GL5 1AJ
Online green shop offering a wide range of interesting and innovative, fairly traded, recycled or environmentally produced products. Categories include: mother and child, body care, books, confectionery; energy products including wind-up, solar and water powered (chargers, clocks, and helicopters!); gardens and wildlife (including feeders, nests and composting); gifts, home and kitchen, cleaning products, glassware, stationery, organisers, mousemats, toys, real and reusable nappies (see also WasteBook's Nappies and Personal Products section 63). Products using recycled materials include those from car tyres, circuit boards, glass and plastics. Quick site links include best sellers, specials, reviews, what's new, manufacturers, categories tree, information, quick and advanced searches. Online arm of Ecotopia shop based in Stroud - 'established 2002, striving to constantly source environment friendly goods and gifts'. Links including 'hot deals', newsletter and A-Z products list. (Updated Dec 2005)
EIRIS (Ethical Investment Research Service)
Tel 0207 735 1351
80-84 Broadway, LONDON SW8 1SF
General or specific advice on ethical investment, including lists of independent financial advisers specialising in this area. Produces Money And Ethics, a guide to PEPs pensions, etc, concentrating entirely on ethical funds (latest edition Dec 1997, Price £15).
Tel 0161 226 6668
One World Centre, 6 Mount Street, MANCHESTER M2 5NS
Campaigning group pursuing Principle 8 of the Rio Declaration on Environment & Development 1992: "To achieve sustainable development and a higher quality of life for all people, states should reduce and eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption". (Enough's emphasis). Hence promotes anticonsumerism, requiring more thoughtful forms of consumption through attention-drawing events in busy shopping areas, emphasising local organic produce, fair trade goods, patronage of small specialist shops, and neighbourhood shopping areas. A lot of common sense on website, such as "we must not think of the things we could do with, but only of the things that we can't do without." Also see Verdant. (Updated Nov 2003)
Ethical Careers Guide see Justwork
Ethical Consumer Research Association
Tel 0161 226 2929 11am-6pm Fax 0161 226 6277
Email email@example.com Website www.ethicalconsumer.org
ECRA Publishing Ltd, Unit 2, 41 Old Birley Street, MANCHESTER M15 5RF
Co-operative campaigning and publishing organisation promoting sustainable consumption through more positive and thoughtful use of consumer power, since 1989. Main activity is the publication of 'Ethical Consumer', a lively, bi-monthly magazine (annual subscription currently £17). Reports on the wider activities of companies behind the brand names, judging them positively (best buys) as well as negatively, on ethical criteria such as environmental policies and reporting, pollution, animal testing, armaments, support for oppressive regimes, factory farming, workers' rights, genetic engineering, political activity, boycott campaigns and irresponsible marketing. Produces 'Which' style tabulated comparisons as well as feature articles. Also conducts corporate research and has information available on-line. (Updated May 2004)
Tel 01244 570 336 Fax 01244 570 336
Website www.ethicalescape.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Briarley, Chapel lane, Rossett, WREXHAM, Clywd LL12 0EE
Advice on ethical accommodation, country guides, health and insurance, and unfortunately, flights. However, to avoid flying, site includes a link to The Man in Seat 61 - see below. Aims to make ethical holidays as simple to organise as possible: provides travellers with information to help choose which part of the world to travel, and puts them in touch with accommodation providers. Uses guidelines from the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, including: minimise negative environmental, social and cultural impacts; make positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage and to maintain the world's diversity; and more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and greater understanding of local cultural and environmental issues. Linked with Communicycle (see section 80). (Updated Aug 2005)
Ethical Investment Co-operative
Tel 0845 458 3127 (local rate)
Email email@example.com Website www.ethicalmoney.org
4 Hall Close, LEEDS, West Yorks LS16 7JQ
Award winning independent financial adviser offering impartial advice nationally on ethical and socially responsible investment, retirement, insurance, tax and mortgages. This avoids investing in businesses whose activities or behaviour you disagree with, and allows investment in businesses working for a healthier future, such as renewable energy, organic farming, healthcare and education. Clients include individuals, charities, trade unions, small businesses and NGO's. (Updated Nov 2003)
Ethical Investors Group
Tel 01242 539848 Fax 01242 539851
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.ethicalinvestors.co.uk
Montpellier House, 47 Rodney Road, CHELTENHAM, Glos GL50 1HX
Contact Lee Coates
Provides independent advice exclusively on
ethical and socially responsible investments, pensions, savings and insurance
to individuals, charities, groups and companies who share a concern for the
future of society and the environment. Distributes at least 50% of profits to charities and
campaigning groups. Aims to radically increase public awareness of links
between the financial sector and environmental & social issues. Also
offices in Plymouth. (Updated Nov 2003)
Tel 0207 405 5942 Fax 0207 405 5943
Website www.fairtrade.org.uk Email email@example.com
Room 204, 16 Baldwin's Gardens, LONDON EC1N 7RJ
International body 'cutting out the middleman' and buying direct from farmers, ensuring small suppliers get a fair price for their work, and also investing in the local community. Many farmers or producers in the developing world may not otherwise receive enough to cover the costs of producing their crop or goods. Sets international standards, administering the Fairtrade label. 360 Fairtrade certified producer groups in 40 countries. 18 countries license the Fairtrade mark. Products available in supermarkets and many independent shops - supplier lists on website. Quarterly Fair Comment newsletter; reports, education packs, catering directory, events, ethical funds. Founding member of the Trade Justice movement. Contact for the Fairtrade Labelling Board: Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO), Kaiser Friedrich Strasse 13, D 53113 Bonn, Germany (Tel +49 228 949 2311, Email firstname.lastname@example.org, Website www.fairtrade.net ) (Updated July 2004)
Fax Preference Service
Tel 0845 070 0702 / 0207 291 3330 Fax 0207 323 4226
Website www.fpsonline.org.uk Email email@example.com
DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London W1W 8SS
Contacts Michele Taylor (Subscriptions), Shella Hussain (Complaints)
It is unlawful to fax to an individual (including sole traders and partnerships) unless you have their prior consent. From May 1999, to avoid receiving unsolicited faxes, businesses can register free the fax numbers on which they do not wish to receive unsolicited direct marketing messages. Individuals and partnerships are already protected but may also register. Fax-marketing companies can receive the numbers of Businesses who have registered by subscribing to the FPS. The website gives 'list cleansing' services. The scheme is monitored by the regulator OFTEL (Tel 0207 634 8700), which appointed the Direct Marketing Association following competitive tender. This is the first scheme to offer statutory protection, by placing obligations on marketing companies and others to respect the wishes of subscribers. It is now unlawful, and financial penalties of up to £5000 could be incurred, to phone, or send a fax, without first checking the register to see who does not wish to be contacted. An information pack explaining business rights and obligations is available from DMA on 0207 291 3300. Further information can be obtained from local council trading standards advice service. To avoid junk mail, see the Mailing Preference Service below. To avoid unwanted email spam or phonecalls, see section 34. (Updated May 2004)
Tel 0207 837 2250 Fax 0207 837 1141
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.foodcomm.org.uk
94 White Lion Street, LONDON N1 9PF
Not-for-profit company campaigning for safer,
healthier food. Provides information, advice, research and education about food
policy, additives and sustainable production in the interests of improving
public health. Publisher, 'The Food Magazine', which covers issues such as
nutrition, diet, health, food production, distribution, catering, cooking, and
consumption. First watchdog to investigate risks of genetically modified
food, and believes GM plants and animals pose long-term risks to environment,
animal welfare and possibly human health. Produces informative
wallcharts about children's food and misleading labelling.
|Forest Stewardship Council
Tel 01686 413916 Fax 01686 412176
Unit D, Station Building, LLANIDLOES, Powys SY18 6EB, Wales
Named by the Green Claims Code as an example of "What a green claim should be", FSC is a labelling system for wood indicating that it comes from responsibly managed forests. FSC is an international non-profit organisation founded in 1993 in response to growing public demand. It is an association of members, currently 307 from 50 countries (January 1999) representing environmental and social organisations, the timber trade and forestry industry. To ensure independence, FSC is funded only by non-commercial donations, and fees for accreditation and membership. FSC principles of forest management include: recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples and workers; conservation of biodiversity including water and soil, maintenance of the ecological functions of the forest; monitoring of the forest's yield and condition, social impacts; conservation of primary forests and sites of major environmental, social or cultural significance; and adherence to management principles for plantations which reduce pressure on natural forests. Total certified area in the UK is 16,268 ha, and 12,690,848 ha globally (January 1999).
Through extensive consultation a set of standards has been developed for certifying management of British woodlands. Accredited certification bodies in the UK are the Soil Association, Tel 0117 914 2435 (see section 440) and SGS Qualifor, Tel 01865 201212 (see below). Over 2,000 FSC labeled products are on sale in the UK. FSC can supply comprehensive information on sources of certified timber species and suppliers of certified wooden products worldwide.
The WWF 1995+ Group, a separate but related initiative set up in 1991, is a partnership between WWF-UK and 90 major UK companies committed to buying timber and wood products independently certified by schemes such as FSC. Info from Catherine Graham, Tel 01483 419278, WWF UK, Branksome House, Filmer Grove, Godalming, Surrey GU7 1AB, Email email@example.com.
Forum for the Future
Tel 0207 251 6070 Fax 0207 251 6268
Website www.forumforthefuture.org.uk Email firstname.lastname@example.org
227a City Road, LONDON EC1V 1JT
Sustainable development charity set up in 1996 by Jonathon Porritt, Sara Parkin and Paul Ekins to promote good news about the environment. Solutions to many environmental problems are already available. Aims to speed up action in the UK, promoting good practice to help deliver a healthy environment, better quality of life, strong communities and practical answers to poverty and disempowerment. Works to overcome barriers to sustainable development, sharing lessons with decision-makers. Has developed partnerships between business, local government regional bodies, universities and the voluntary sector. Works on issues such as climate change, farming, renewables, finance, environmental accounting. Offers one-year postgraduate course in Leadership for Sustainability. Maintains an electronic Directory of Sustainability in Practice. Publishes 'Green Futures' magazine - see WasteBook section 640, Magazines & publications. (Updated May 2004)
Global Action Plan UK
Tel 0207 405 5633 Fax 0207 831 6244
Website www.globalactionplan.org.uk Email email@example.com
8 Fulwood Place, Gray's Inn, LONDON WC1V 6HG
Independent environmental charity established in 1993, operating in 11 countries. Promotes environmental change, in particular waste, energy and reduction in water use, by encouraging individuals to take effective practical action in their homes, workplaces, schools and communities, eg runs 'Action at Home' scheme, which encourages a family to work together to set targets and improve their environmental performance. Has developed a range of programmes, tools and advice to make it a little easier. We all make many choices daily, often without thinking about it - whether to drive or walk to the shops, to buy a free range or cheap factory-farmed egg; whether we can be bothered to switch off the TV at the plug each night; all these decisions add up. Website offers practical advice on waste (is it really?) energy, transport, water, food and shopping. Online surveys to measure your carbon emissions at home or work, and how green your household is, plus tips to reduce your impact on climate change. Breaks down the contents of your bin, and gives advice on how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Long list of businesses on website which have worked with Global Action Plan to develop environmental and social initiatives, saving money and resources - and a list of good reasons to enter into such a partnership! Supported by the EC, and in the UK by government, local authorities, companies, charitable trusts and WWF. (Updated May 2005)
Global Village - see People Tree
Tel 01945 461 452 Fax 01945 461 219
Email firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Markham Publishing, 31 Regal Road, Weasenham Lane Industrial Estate, WISBECH, Cambs PE13 2RQ
Directory of eco-friendly, natural, ethical and organic goods and services, to help domestic and business users adopt a more sustainable lifestyle & workplace. See particularly "make an impact" pages. Has become over 12 years a comprehensive directory, widely regarded as essential for anyone interested or involved in sustainable, ethical and environmental issues. Over 12,000 entries, divided into 920 categories in 12 specific areas including food and drink, cosmetics, clothing, energy, waste and home furnishings, ethical investment, travel, business, education, media and sources of further information. (Updated Oct 2005)
Website www.greenchoices.org/recycling.html Email firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 31617, London SW2 4FF
Free, independent, not-for-profit web guide to greener living. Like THE WASTEBOOK, it has no products to sell or promote, only ideas and information to help people make greener choices in their day-to-day lives. The section of the website given above has general advice on reducing, reusing and recycling waste, but there is much more on other web pages. (Updated May 2005)
Tel / Fax 01452 770629
Website www.greenshop.co.uk Email email@example.com
Bisley, STROUD, Glos GL6 7BX
Mail order of solar, wind and water heating products, rainwater collection and harvesting systems, environment friendly paints, recycled products, wormeries, many other products, books, magazines and advice. (Updated Nov 2003)
Tel 01803 868001 Fax 01803 868002
Website www.greenfibres.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Freepost LON7805, Westbourne Unit P, TOTNES, Devon TQ9 5ZZ
Mail order supplier selling textile products made in ecologically and socially responsible ways for adults, children and babies. High quality, thoughtfully designed clothes, bedding, pillows, mattresses, towels, tablecloths, toys and crafts. Supports environmentally responsible farming and production methods - materials include organic cotton and linen, demeter wool, untreated silk and hemp. Also organic and non-allergenic, sustainably produced (info on website) cleaning products, skincare, perfumes and essential oils. Shop at 99 High Street, Totnes. Encourages limiting consumption. (Updated Dec 2004)
Justwork: Ethical Careers Guide
Tel 020 8 981 7527 Fax 0870 133 5236
Website www.ethicalcareersguide.co.uk Email email@example.com
Vine Studios, 25a Vyner Street, LONDON E2 9DG
New handbook on careers with a conscience. Ranges from charities to international development; campaigning; fair trade; renewable energy; environment; ethical finance; corporate social responsibility; setting up your own ethical business. Interviews with people in their ideal job; how-to guides; extensive directory. 128 pages; £4.95 from bookshops or online. (Updated Aug 2005)
Tel 0207 354 2111 Fax 0207 226 1929
Unit 3d, Aberdeen Studios, 22-24 Highbury Grove, LONDON N5 2EA
Internationally known British fashion designer, also known for inventing new technical processes and campaigning for political and social issues, including organic clothing and fair trade. Committed as a matter of personal conscience to only selling clothes manufactured ethically and as environmentally as possible, preserving traditional skills. Website includes news on how pesticides and politics of 'Conventional Cotton is killing Africa'; 'Consumer Power' with information on chemicals in different clothing, materials and products, and referring to details from Pesticides Action Network (PAN UK - listed below); sections on 'Environment Issues' and 'Protect and Survive'. Among Katherine's other projects, The Soil Association (see section 440 Organic and Low Input Food and Drink) in its Living Earth publication reported her as ' working on a sustainable solar-powered desalination project with the Schumacher Institute that will provide fresh water with electricity as a by-product. This will, we hope, be able to be used to help reverse climate change.' (Updated May 2005)
Tel 0207 607 7852 Fax 0207 609 7112
12 Southcote Road, LONDON N19 5BJ
London co-ordinator of Local Exchange Trading Schemes, in which goods and services are traded rather than money.
LILI (Low Impact Living Initiative)
Tel / Fax 01296 714184
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.lowimpact.org
Redfield Community, Buckingham Road, WINSLOW, Bucks MK18 3LZ
Non-profit organisation committed to promoting practical ways to live more harmoniously with the environment. Aims to help people understand the damage of human impact on our planet - through the way we travel, work, consume, enjoy our leisure, provide food, energy and shelter, and dispose of our waste - and how they can change aspects of their lives to reduce their impact, save money, live in a healthier, more satisfying way and improve their quality of life. Runs residential weekend courses (£150 waged, £100 unwaged) on topics such as recycling clothes and textiles, permaculture, hedge-laying, wind, solar and sustainable energy, self-build hot water, green woodworking, building with timber or strawbale, roofing, beekeeping, making biodiesel, low-impact smallholding, water and sewage, natural paints and lime, and herbal medicine. Accommodation and food provided. Course details and dates on website, or sign up for their email newsletter. £10 subscription brings bi-annual newsletter and discounts on courses. Links with small manufacturers to sell green products. Also produces 'What can you do?' information sheets, available on website, which may be printed and distributed; and a range of do-it-yourself manuals at £7.50. Now sells and delivers biodiesel - see section 13. Has a marquee, demo solar hot water panel, and many display boards: will staff a stand at green fairs, and assist local authorities. Worked with National Energy Foundation on government project to install solar hot water systems in 50 homes. (Updated Sep 2005)
Mailing Preference Service (MPS)
Tel 0207 291 3310 Fax 020 7323 4226 Email email@example.com Website www.mpsonline.org.uk
DMA House, 70 Margaret Street, London W1W 8SS
Contacts: Chris Mason (Subscriptions), Alison Bell (Complaints)
Non profit organisation operating a free registration scheme funded by the direct mailing industry. To avoid receiving wasteful, unsolicited mail, names and home addresses are removed from lists used by the industry. Just write to: The Mailing Preference Service, FREEPOST 22, London W1E 7EZ, stating that you would like your details included to stop receiving unsolicited direct mail. Some unwanted mail may continue for a few weeks after registration. Registration covers all persons sharing the same surname at a single private address unless otherwise requested, and requires renewal at five-year intervals. When direct mailers send volume mailings and use Royal Mail's Mailsort service, they pay a levy which helps fund the MPS. The service stops most unsolicited advertising material addressed to individuals personally being delivered to their home address by post. But they will continue to receive advertising from companies with which consumers have done business, or charities to which they have donated in the past, will continue to be delivered. If this mail is not wanted any more, it can only be stopped by contacting the individual company or charity directly. MPS cannot stop personally delivered items or those addressed to "The Occupier", free inserts in magazines and newspapers, some local mailings or some mail from overseas. To avoid unwanted faxes, see Fax Preference Service, see above. To reduce email spam and unwanted phonecalls see section 34. (Updated May 2004)
The Man in Seat 61
Website www.seat61.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Independent, well-organised website run free by Mark Smith, ex-British rail station manager at several London terminals, now working in government regulation of the railways. Advice on rail travel to Europe, by country from Albania to Ukraine. Also advice and details on train journeys within UK and in many other parts of the world. Explains how quick, easy and comfortable it is to travel overland by train. Extremely useful for those who wish to avoid flying, for climate change reasons, or who prefer " a more civilised, comfortable, interesting, adventurous, romantic, historic and exciting way to travel". Lists best times to travel, approximate fares to destinations throughout Europe, info on railpasses, how to take a bike or car, and booking hotels. Many contact and enquiry details, and useful links for other foreign travel advice. (Updated Aug 2005)
Natural Collection Catalogue
Tel 0870 331 3335 (queries) 0870 331 3333 (orders) Fax 0870 331 3334
Website www.naturalcollection.com Email email@example.com
PO Box 135, SOUTHAMPTON, Hants SO14 0FQ
Mail order shopping to contribute to a sustainable future, including many products with recycled content. Over 500 products chosen with the environment in mind, and helpful advice by phone. Most products included reduce waste, energy and resource use. Includes flushable and biodegradable personal products; also organic clothing for adults and children. Published by Green Dot Guides and supported by Friends of the Earth, The Vegetarian Society, World Development Movement etc. Delivery free over £100. (Updated Jan 2005)
Naturesave Policies Ltd
Tel 01803 864390 Fax 01803 864441
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.naturesave.co.uk
Freepost (SWB30837) TOTNES, Devon TQ9 5ZZ
Insurance intermediary which seeks to use the insurance industry to promote sustainable development. Helps businesses adopt more environmentally aware trading practices through free environmental performance review. Free advice on environment and waste-related matters is included in products and services. Company also sells household and travel insurance of which 10% of all premiums goes to specific environmental and conservation projects.
New Consumer Magazine
Tel 0131 561 1780 Fax 0131 553 6800 Website www.newconsumer.org
Email email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
51 Timberbush, Edinburgh, EH6 6QH
(Subscriptions: Tel 0141 335 9050, Fax 0141 353 6667, New Consumer, FREEPOST SCO6902, Glasgow G1 4BR)
Contact Mel Young, Editor-in-Chief or Wendy Martin, Deputy Editor
UK fair trade magazine, including environment and human rights issues. Aims to tackle poverty globally by encouraging people to be responsible and change shopping habits to fair trade goods. Product updates and reviews, stories about fair trade companies. Fashion, style, childrens' section, foods and recipes, letters, and information about people who benefit directly from fair trade. Good information source if you're concerned but don't know how to help. Shows addressing poverty is easy - the answer's in your shopping! Free trial issue. Website has list of corporate supporters, company profiles, and why your company should promote fair trade. Online shop with fair trade goods and back issues. Published 6 times a year, annual subscription £10. An idealistic vision to inspire trade justice and equality: some stories about brilliant people creating livings through determination and often against great odds; or what happens when rich people come together with poor, forming partnerships benefiting everyone. Independent but actively champions like-minded groups and organisations. Encourages people to write in sharing ideas, experiences and interests. 'Intelligent, thought provoking for anyone who has ever consumed.' 'Together we can change the world.' (Editor Mel Young is co-founder of Big Issue Scotland, and Chair of Senscot (Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland)). (Updated Oct 2004)
New Economics Foundation
Tel 020 7820 6300 Fax 020 7820 6301
Website www.neweconomics.org Email email@example.com
3 Jonathan Street, LONDON SE11 5NH
Non-profit organisation acting as an independent 'think and do' tank. Believes in economics as if people and the planet mattered. Researches the impact of rich countries' lifestyles. Local Works campaign seeks to create healthy local communities which increase people’s well-being and environmental sustainability. Climate catalyst at nef is a programme of action research and advocacy that proposes an alternative international system for addressing climate change. Researches and promotes a 'new economics' concerned with sustainable use of resources, conservation of the environment, addressing a whole range of human need. Research includes social initiatives, product durability, the consumer economy, energy and materials consumption and new indicators to measure wealth and progress, including 'hidden inputs' - consumption that is not generally accounted for. Building a model and tools to help policy makers practically consider and influence wellbeing. (Updated Mar 2006)
Organic, fair trade cotton string bags, cloth gift bags, and organic cotton handkerchiefs by mail order. All products ethically sourced. Aims to reduce use of paper and plastic. String bags hold up to 33 pounds in weight, can be rolled up small, and washed occasionally at 40 C. Handkerchiefs are particularly useful for those with sensitive skin - chemicals such as formaldehyde are added to facial tissues to make them soft. Recommends making your own cloth gift bags from scrap material to cut the amount of wrapping paper and tape ending in the wheelie bin. Interesting links. (Updated Nov 2005)
Out of this World
Tel 0191 213 5377 Fax 0191 213 5378
Website www.ootw.co.uk Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Head Office, 106 High Street, Gosforth, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne & Wear NE3 1HB
Founding body of the Creative Consumer Co-operative, begun in 1995, with 16,000 members, who own three shops - at Newcastle, Nottingham and Leeds - selling goods which are organic, additive-free, fairly traded, environment-friendly and locally produced wherever possible to support local businesses and reduce food miles. Supports farmers converting to organic production within 50 miles of the three shops. Gluten-free and special diet range for people with allergies. Products chosen with a minimal environmental impact on the earth, from sustainably managed resources, to be energy efficient, recyclable and durable. Many non-food items such as recycled paper products, washing and cleaning products, bodycare and cosmetics (not animal-tested), crafts and ceramics. Members pay £12.50 a year, buy at least 5 shares for £5, and receive newsletter 3 times a year, food magazine supplement and other benefits such as deals with other ethical organisations. In store 'Worldly Wise' public access database explains product selection in terms of origin, ingredients, method of production, impact on human and environmental resources. Works in association with the New Consumer Charitable Trust, which undertakes research on food and ethical shopping, and plans to develop Worldly Wise for use in schools and colleges, for students to explore issues around sustainable consumerism. (Updated Aug 2005)
People Tree Ltd and Global Village
Tel 0845 450 4595 or 020 7739 0660 Fax 020 7739 4169
Website www.peopletree.co.uk Email email@example.com
Studio 7, 8-13 New Inn Street, LONDON EC2A 3PY
Fair trade and ecology fashion. Works with 70 fair trade groups in 20 Asian, African and Latin American countries, helping marginalised producers improve lives, giving design, technical and quality control skills, fair prices, regular orders, and advance payment as needed, to overcome barriers to selling their products. Women's, men's, children’s and babies' clothing, bags, jewellery, and home and gifts including bedding and decorations. Clothes made with 100% organic cotton, handwoven fabrics, environmentally friendly materials and dyes, ‘promoting natural farming safe to environment and the wearer, reviving traditional skills and creating employment and much-needed income in rural areas’. Partners include a project in India employing 150 young women from poor families, many hearing- and speech- impaired, who would otherwise be extremely marginalised. Benefits include homes and training, to more than 500 families of organic cotton growers and garment workers. Fleur Britten (Telegraph, Vogue) praised People Tree’s fashion as ‘modern, urban, with super-soft thread’, and because it addresses the problems. She said: “20,000 people die every year from pesticide poisoning, a further 3 million become chronically ill, and cotton is the biggest culprit. These are the real fashion victims.” Also funds village welfare projects such as schools and hospitals, and supports local skills and materials, keeping threatened communities and cultures alive. Has NGO arm, Global Village, which is a member of IFAT (see above) since 1994. (Updated Nov 2004)
Tel / Fax 0845 458 1805
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.permaculture.org.uk
BCM Permaculture Association, London WC1N 3XX
Educational charity, run by members, helping people use permaculture to improve their quality of life and environment. Developed in 1970s in response to destructive agricultural methods, poisoning the land, water, and wildlife, and causing serious soil erosion, it is based on personal responsibility, ecological principles of natural systems, limits to population and consumption, and fair shares. Supports projects through information, training, networking, research, using ethics and principles of permaculture, and seeking funding. Website offers info on courses, groups, projects, education. Phone at national office, Leeds, 10-2 Tue-Thu, answerphone other times. Address is a forwarding company, avoiding problems with future address changes. Large parcels to Permaculture Association, Hollybush Conservation Centre, Broad Lane, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorks LS5 3BP. (Updated Nov 2003)
Recap Swap and Sell
Swap & Sell is a FREE online domestic exchange service operating over Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, where you can find details about unwanted or surplus items, and view requests for wanted goods. No telephone, but linked to Cambridgeshire Materials exchange (see section 120). Its main aim is to help you to get rid of your unwanted items or help you to find goods that others no longer need, at minimal cost - some items free. Categories include baby and toddler, toys, books and magazines, clothing and textiles, computing, electrical, furniture, garden, home, music, TV and video, sport and leisure, photography, and wanted items. (Updated Nov 2003)
Pesticide Action Network (PAN UK) (formerly Pesticides Trust)
Tel 0207 274 8895 Fax 0207 274 9084
Email email@example.com Website www.pan-uk.org
Eurolink Centre, 49 Effra Road, LONDON SW2 1BZ
PAN UK is the UK branch of a network of over 600 non-government organisations in over 60 countries. Independent, non-profit body working to eliminate the health and environmental hazards of pesticides, raise awareness, promote discussion, introduce effective regulations, and increase use of sustainable, ecological alternatives to chemical pest control in agriculture, urban areas, parks, gardens and homes. Promotes healthy food, agriculture and an environment to meet food and public health needs without dependence on toxic chemicals, and without harm to food producers and agricultural workers. Produces Pesticides News and Greenfly. (Updated May 2004)
Website www.responsibletravel.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org
On-line travel agent launched in 2001 for those who want more authentic holidays that benefit the environment and local people, and wish to protect wildlife and avoid destroying fragile environments and cultures. Markets carefully pre-screened holidays for all budgets, from over 270 leading worldwide tourism brands and businesses - does not act as a middleman, but good advice on website, including business travel. Hotels that save water, energy and minimise waste also save money! Independently publishes travellers' feedback. Organises annual responsible tourism awards. (Updated Aug 2005)
Slim Your Bin
Tel 08456 072 072 Website www.slimyourbin.org.uk
Campaign encouraging all of us to reduce waste by shopping smart, and supporting local kerbside schemes, recycling banks and household-waste recycling sites. Includes a roadshow travelling between towns, to encourage everybody to think about how to cut down the amount of waste they produce, by simple steps. Why, what, where and how to recycle. Site also has recycling games, via schools section of www.recycle-more.co.uk (see 630 Specialist directories). Partnership between councils in the Anglia Region, supported by Anglia Television (including Anglia Action initiative), www.recycle-more.co.uk and Viridor Waste management. (Updated Nov 2004)
The Society for Responsible Use of Resources in Agriculture and on the Land
Tel 01425 652035
Chester House, 12 Hillbury Road, Alderholt, FORDINGBRIDGE, Hants SP6 3BQ
RURAL is a voluntary agency providing sources of information and ideas for developing a more planned use of the countryside, and conference/seminar opportunities to debate all aspects of agriculture likely to have a long term effect on the producer.
Tel 0117 973 9339 Fax 0117 973 9303
Email email@example.com Website www.triodos.co.uk
Brunel House, 11 The Promenade, Clifton, BRISTOL BS8 3NN
Bank enabling money to work for positive social, environmental and cultural change. Comprehensive range of services for businesses, charities and groups and various savings accounts for individuals. Has thousands of customers, shareholders, depositors and investors. Only lends money to organisations and businesses pursuing positive environmental and cultural goals, and responsible business for social renewal. Established 1980 in The Netherlands, it also has offices in Belgium, and an International Development Investment Unit financing fair trade and microcredit in developing countries. Social, ethical and financial perspectives jointly inspire the name Triodos, ‘tri hodos’, meaning ‘threefold way’. Principles and international independence are guaranteed through a share-holding trust protecting the bank's philosophical aims. Seeks substance to ethical and social banking within clear objectives, and to make a fair profit. Charities or businesses working with disadvantaged groups can benefit from competitive loans through the Community Investment Tax Relief Scheme, Tel 0800 328 2181 (£3 million was raised in two weeks by the Community Investor Account, which has closed, fully subscribed.) Clear, comprehensive website includes FAQs, simple downloads of Annual Accounts and The Complaints Procedure, and you can request brochures and prospectuses. Subscribes to and provides copies of the UK's Banking and Business Banking Codes. (Updated Jan 2004)
Tel 020 7133 3330 Fax 020 7133 3331
Website www.tourismconcern.org.uk Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stapleton House, 277-281 Holloway Road, LONDON N7 8HN
Tourism often causes or exacerbates poverty and causes environmental damage. Begun in 1988, a charity since 1995, TC is a networking organisation aiming to effect change in the tourism industry by campaigning for fair and ethically traded tourism. Led the focus in UK on tourism and fair trade, community-based tourism, and tourism and human rights. Works with communities in destination countries to reduce social and environmental problems connected to tourism, such as loss of homes and livelihoods. Supports creation of conservation areas that look after communities. Most Third World partners say the same: "We want tourists, but at the moment we don't benefit from them." Tourism is usually imposed on communities by governments, foreign developers and tourism businesses. There is little linkage between large scale tourism and local industry, like agriculture; land and natural resources are frequently co-opted, often illegally; and cultural traditions are appropriated and commercialised. The trend is towards greater control by multinationals, tourism which excludes local people and businesses. TC seeks to work with the industry to support local people, cultures, environment and economies, to make holidays exciting and enjoyable. But needs to campaign publicly, as public opinion matters increasingly to private companies. Produces resources for schools, universities, the public and the tourism industry, including a book "Corporate Futures: Corporate Social Responsibility in the Tourism Industry", a video Looking Beyond The Brochure, and Good Practice consultation. Informs the media, produces reports, magazines and videos. (Updated Aug 2005)
US anti-consumerism website, setting out the things we can change to make it happen. Tips on growing your own food, building your own house from salvaged materials. Two families are compared - each with same income and basic housing situation in the same community to illustrate the negative effects of consumerism and the healthy effects of actively avoiding it. Some extremely wise words, very close to the philosophy of The WasteBook. Everything below is quoted from the site.
"The best method to overcome consumerism is to question one's true need for all items purchased new. Ask yourself, can an old item be repaired, or a substitute borrowed, rented or bought used? If you must buy new, can you wait for the item to become 'last years model', thus saving money and turning planned obsolescence against itself? If purchasing new items, the lowest cost to both the purse and the environment is a quality product that lasts, yet can be eventually repaired if need be. Before buying a new item that you personally may not use up or wear out over the life of the product, determine whether there is a secondary market for the used product and whether the material it contains can be recycled when it ultimately does wear out. When there is a choice between products, buy those made as close as possible to home. Buying goods made in your state or local area prevents the squandering of fossil fuels used to transport goods long distances. Take advantage of large corporate owned advertising-driven stores to shop for and examine items, but then buy or order them from a locally owned independent store if possible.
Each item that you give away can take the place of one yet to be purchased. Thus you have prevented the shrinking of inventories and the squandering of the embodied energy and material that would be used in the manufacture of the new item. Just about every thing that you need except for food and fuel is probably sitting unused and unwanted somewhere. How to determine where it is and obtain it is always more difficult than destining your unwanted items to others. Here are some solutions to this. If you and your neighbors pool your resources and material goods, a tremendous amount of energy, money and time can be saved. For example, a neighborhood, or community wide lending library of tools is easy to set up and eliminates the duplication and expense of everyone having their own rarely-used tools. Setting up a community wide exchange service based on category and (clothing) size is now practical with widespread use of home pages, community bulletin boards and servers.
Food, from epicurean to basic, makes the ideal gift. It is totally useful, leaves little waste and may not be subject to sales tax.
WASTE: One can lead a good life through the elimination of waste and using products made by sustainable means. Waste often is found by discovering patterns in how we live, our choice of what to buy, what to consume and what to do with the byproducts.
Waste also can be found in inefficiency, ritualized annual style-changes, and in the cleverly engineered consumer dissatisfaction with what we already have. Waste is in the cheap, short duration products that we buy for convenience or 'fun'.
Maximum sales volume of products demands the cheapest construction for the briefest interval of durability that the buying public will tolerate. Raise your standards. The individual ownership of rarely used objects is waste.
THE ECONOMY OF REUSE: What can one do to alleviate such consumption and waste while still leading a comfortable, productive life? Simply stated, every item that passes through one's hands should be utilized to its maximum. Items are useful if they have any utility or recyclable material left in them. Treat every serviceable item that one discards as a potential resource that can be used somehow. Recycling is part of this, destining items to others for reuse is another. Making do with an old item adapted for a different use is an intellectual challenge and can be far more satisfying than spending money for a new item.
Sustainability means that there is no long term environmental cost to nature in the manufacture of a product or the provision of a service: the base materials from which such products and services are made and provided can be replaced in a reasonable period of time by natural processes.
Sustainability requires choosing among products that each use a certain amount of energy in the production process, and selecting the one which requires the least energy and contains materials that originate, biodegrade and are replaceable by nature in a reasonable amount of time. Sustainability means that one learns the origins and production processes of the goods and services one buys. This requires eliminating complacency and actively learning. This usually leads to a savings of money as well.
Ask where the things that you consume originate? Do they come from halfway around the world, using up fossil fuels in their transport, or do they come from nearby? Who makes them, how are they made, what is used? Do you invest in quality items that will last a lifetime, made by skilled workers earning a decent wage in your community, state or country or do you buy items made by child-labor or near slave labor that cost less, but will be thrown away, broken, worn-out or rendered "unfashionable", within a short time?
These are simple, everyday ways to overcome consumerism." (Updated Nov 2003)
Tel 08450 560045
Website www.yourtomorrow.co.uk email email@example.com
Woodfield Cedars, DROITWICH, Worcs WR9 OLJ
Website selling ethical gifts,
including environmentally produced and recycled products made from material such
as printed circuit boards, glass. Aims to contribute to a fairer, more equitable, and ethical society
for the future. Has tried to find a range of presents that meet one or more of the following
criteria: local trade to reduce transport and help the environment;
uses natural products; produced in developing countries by communities with ethical employment practices such as providing education to employees;
fair trade; recycled products. Uses recycled packaging wherever possible.
Articles on website: What you can do in the office; what you can do at home;
toxics in the bathroom. Register to receive regular newsletter, take part in discussions,
and be entitled to special discounts and offers. (Updated