Category Archives: Environment

Mary Portas tells Co-op Congress how it is

This weekend I went to my first Co-operative Congress, held at the start of Co-operatives Fortnight. One of the draws was a Friday night session with Mary Portas. Not having a TV, my knowledge of Portas is limited. I had … Continue reading

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It’s time to slow down on the roads

Recently, I’ve been reading a lot about how we need proper cycling infrastructure and segregated cycle lanes if we want to get more people using bicycles. However, while I agree that segregated lanes ARE important, they’re a long way off, … Continue reading

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Cycling to Liverpool

When I first started riding my bike in Manchester, back in 1998, I remember once being utterly elated when I cycled from Hulme to East Didsbury, a journey of about 6 miles. It was the furthest I’d cycled in one … Continue reading

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Upcycling and refashioning

I’ve been writing about ethics in the fashion industry off and on for over a decade. Naturally, if I’m trying to encourage people to shop and behave ethically, I try and practice what I preach. My group of friends have … Continue reading

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Get Lippy for International Women’s Day

One of the proudest moments of my year working for Blue Ventures in Madagascar, was giving a speech (written for me in Malagasy) for International Women’s Day.  I was pleased to find that the women’s association in the village had … Continue reading

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Is this the beginning of the end for my local shops?

When Tesco made its application to open a Tesco Metro practically next door to my local organic co-operative grocery, I complained. I pointed out that my neighbourhood was well served with small, local, independent shops, as well as two supermarkets … Continue reading

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Fast fashion is a feminist issue

It’s London fashion week once again. For the fourth year, there’ll be a special exhibition dedicated to ethical fashion, Estethica and, for the first time, there’s also an on-schedule sustainable fashion catwalk. Since I first started learning about the ethical … Continue reading

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