December 18th, 2018

Needle points: are real Christmas trees greener than artificial ones?

Christmas Tree Poem

by Steve Watson   This Christmas, many festive households will choose between a real Christmas tree and an artificial one. While homemaking considerations may determine the choice for most, the question of whether to go real or fake has an extra dimension for the environmentally minded householder: is one option really better for the environment […]

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 21st, 2016

Alcohol problem: the environmental impacts of beer

by Alice Walton   Most of us enjoy a pint or two at Christmas time. Whether we’re letting our hair down at the work Christmas party or meeting up with family and friends down the local pub, and whether it’s an ale to warm the cockles on a cold winter’s night or a cool lager […]

September 2nd, 2016

Beyond the grave: environmentalism and death

by Steve Watson   While we may never know for sure if there is life after death, we can be sure that there will be environmental impacts. If it weren’t bad enough that we spend our lives consuming natural resources and steadily accruing huge carbon footprints, thanatophobic environmentalists may add fears of ongoing emissions and […]

March 26th, 2014

Defra’s ex WRATE-ed guide


by Ann Ballinger   Incineration might be worse than landfill. Although not an unfamiliar conclusion for us at Eunomia – we suggested as much in a report written for Friends of the Earth eight years ago – it’s rather more surprising to hear Defra echoing it in a recent publication. Hitherto the department seems to […]

April 19th, 2013

Eco labelling is dead, long live the eco label

by Simon Hann   Eco labelling: a minefield on the path to sustainability if ever there was one. It should be the bridge between the ivory tower of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and the man on the street, and a way for manufacturers and retailers to show off their green credentials; instead, it is difficult […]

September 6th, 2012

Reshuffling the waste hierarchy

Owen Paterson

by Phillip Ward   It will no doubt take Owen Paterson a few days to uncover all the issues Caroline Spelman left in his in-tray. One which has dipped under the radar is the promised revised guidance on applying the waste hierarchy.  Whilst it has been around for a long time, the hierarchy assumes greater […]