April 17th, 2014

Let’s make community energy EIS-y


by Jonathan Johns


Nobody could have mistaken Budget 2014 for the greenest budget ever. A few of the disappointments for those interested in promoting green energy were headline news, but others have taken a little time to emerge. For example, in the Overview of Tax Legislation and Rates document published alongside the budget, paragraph 1.59 stated:

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April 11th, 2014

Does the nanny state have a role in changing nappies?

Nappy photo

by Thomas Vergunst


Some time ago I wrote an article on the merits of reusable nappies; to my surprise the piece proved to be rather popular on Isonomia and generated a whole string of comments on the site. It also stimulated some animated conversations – one friend challenged me as to:

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April 4th, 2014

Food, gloriously certified food


by Sarah Ettlinger


According to new figures recently published in the Ethical Consumer’s annual Ethical Consumer Markets Report, sales of ‘ethical’ food and drink increased by 51% from £6.7 billion in 2007 to £10.2 billion in 2012 (in 2012 real food prices), despite the economic downturn. The report defines ethical consumerism as “personal allocation of funds, including consumption and investment, where choice has been informed by a particular issue – be it human rights, social justice, the environment or animal welfare.” The vast majority of this increase came in the last year, where purchases increased by a whopping 33%.

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April 2nd, 2014

Bad data, inaccurate reporting and dubious certificates

The Typing Pool

by the Administrator


The sun glints on a bale of cans in a MRF yard; hares frolick amongst fresh-faced daffodils atop a reclaimed landfill; the golden dawn is greeted by the easy laughter of a collection crew…. Such signs can only mean one thing: spring has arrived in the world of Isonomia. While you couldn’t begrudge the team a break to enjoy a gentle stroll in the warming air, we’ve been as busy as ever throughout the month of March, making sure that the Land of Blog has been every bit as blossom laden as the trees. So, what has been putting a spring in our step this month past?

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March 28th, 2014

Foam of contention: dealing with polystyrene wastes


By Michelle Rose Rubio


Expanded polystyrene (also known as EPS foam, polystyrene or Styrofoam) is a popular plastic for the packaging of food items, electric and electronic goods, furniture and more due to its excellent insulating and protective properties, as well as a being a production material in its own right for such items as disposable cups, trays, cutlery and cartons.

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