September 21st, 2018

Beyond Petroleum or Boosting Production? BP’s sustainability goals

by Alexander Boden   Businesses – especially energy businesses – have a huge role to play in limiting global warming. The combustion of oil-based fuels accounts for more than 50% of GHG emissions in industrialised countries. It’s hard to see a path to keeping global warming to below 2°C without fossil fuel companies committing to […]

June 1st, 2018

Food for thought: should we stop using palm oil?

by Debbie Fletcher   Recently, haunted by images of deforestation and homeless orangutans, I decided to cut palm oil out of my diet. After spending a long time during my weekly shop carefully checking lists of ingredients, I can report that going palm oil free is incredibly difficult. Not only is the stuff present in […]

May 25th, 2018

Sanitary check: a year’s progress on menstrual products

Tampon Applicator Beach Litter

by Katharine Blacklaws and Natalie Fee   The ‘Blue Planet Effect’ following David Attenborough’s celebrated documentary series has led to a wide-ranging and popular ‘War on Plastic’. It has been endorsed by both the Prime Minister and the Queen; while organisations across the land, ranging from the BBC and Parliament to small businesses, have taken […]

March 23rd, 2018

Green wedding: can your big day have a small environmental impact?

by Alice Morris   After spending eight years following each other around the country for different jobs, Kevin, my all-time favourite person, finally proposed to me. I said ‘yes’, and we moved back home to Saddleworth, near Manchester. While I’ve always known that weddings are a big deal, I massively underestimated the pressure placed on […]

March 9th, 2018

Setting the record straight: is streaming greener than vinyl?

by Duncan Oswald and Steve Watson   In 2017, UK sales of new vinyl records were up by 26.8% on 2016, with 4.1 million LPs purchased. While the vinyl resurgence has been welcomed by music loving discophiles wary of the digitalisation of culture (like Steve), it is a source of worry for resource efficiency-minded environmentalists […]

December 22nd, 2017

A glitterature review…

by Caroline Campbell   At this time of year, it seems that glitter is almost everywhere. It gives a festive glint to Christmas cards, wrapping paper and gift bags. Decorations, wreathes and even Christmas trees are dusted with it. And Christmas revellers may adorn themselves with glittery make-up, nail varnish, and festive accessories. There may […]

September 8th, 2017

The inconvenient truth about convenience

by Dominic Hogg   I recently chaired a session alongside the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York. It was the first time I’d been to the United Nations Headquarters, and the array of speakers, the diversity of representation and the passion for the subject was impressive. Rather less impressive, though, was the building’s canteen. […]