Sunday, February 1st, 2015

The rubber in your rubbers: the condom company making sexy time sustainable

  You should be able to buy a condom that doesn’t require chopping down native jungles, or paying its workers less than the living wage to produce it. A gang of German entrepreneurs has started what it calls the world’s first ethical and sustainable condom company. Einhorn, a brand decorated with unicorns and a schoolboy […]

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Berlin duo launch a supermarket with no packaging

It works like this. You bring your own containers and have those weighed. Berlin-based supermarket Original Unverpackt labels your containers. You shop. When you get to the till, the weight of your containers is subtracted and you pay for the net weight of your groceries. The label is designed to survive a few washings so […]

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Cycling is a green activity but finding sustainable, ethical cycling gear is hard

Cycling’s big. It’s worth at least £26.1bn as a worldwide industry. There are two to four billion cyclists in the world and more people are taking it up everyday. So why is it so difficult to find sustainable and ethical cycling gear? “Cyclists don’t know the impact of the stuff they’re buying but maybe there’s a mindset […]

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

How Adidas supported worker rights in China factory strike

Two months since workers walked out of Yue Yuen factory that supplies for Nike, Adidas and Timberland, Leah Borromeo looks at how the brands responded.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

White Lyan cocktail bar brings a refreshing twist to waste and recycling

How one London cocktail bar has reduced its waste output to just bottle caps, napkin wrappers and 24 glass bottles a week.

Friday, May 9th, 2014

New adhesive system makes a circuit board that is 90% recyclable

Three British companies have developed a system that means components can easily be separated with hot water.

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

flax your muscles

It calls its product the “friendliest fibre on the planet”. But Crailar, a US company which has found a way to soften bast fibres like hemp and flax, has its beady eyes on cotton. Not as a direct competitor – they’re not that big yet – but if their recent moves and shakes are anything to go […]

Monday, March 17th, 2014

A Swedish denim label wants to change the way we wear our jeans

Swedish denim label Nudie Jeans recommends people don’t wash their new jeans for at least six months. It has also opened satellite repair stores around the world where customers can take their knackered trousers in for a free fix up. Nudie wants to be a fully transparent company. “Caring capitalism” may be an oxymoron but Nudie appears […]

Monday, March 17th, 2014

spinning sour milk into silky fibres

A German company is spinning fibres out of milk. Qmilk, was founded by Anke Domaske as she was looking for non-allergenic fabrics for her cancer-sufferer father. After having seen a YouTube video on milk fibres, she found that the old process was too chemically laden for what she needed but that a more environmentally friendly […]

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

E-cigarettes: helping smokers quit or glamourising a dangerous habit?

Smoking is cool again. At least, electronically. The electronic cigarette (e-cig, vapouriser, fake fag, digital cancer) is, if you believe the adverts and scare stories in the press, the new black. No longer happy with the adverse health effects of smoking analogue traditional cigarettes, a large swathe of smokers are hanging up their lighters and […]