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, 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 […]

Monday, March 19th, 2012

burn tory, burn

The Coalition government did something very nasty tonight. They are killing the NHS. An amendment in the House of Lords seeking to delay the NHS ‘Reform’ Bill was defeated 328 votes to 213. It goes to the Commons on Wednesday where it looks likely to be passed. Nye Bevan would be turning in his grave […]

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

space hijackers: nhs for sale [random acts]

The second instalment of my Random Acts films for Channel 4 aired on Monday night. This one is on the Situationist-inspired anarchitect collective, the Space Hijackers. Troublemakers with a dapper cut and a razor-edged wit, they saw fit to tackle moves by the UK’s coalition government to privatise bits of the NHS. Their mode of […]

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Trafigura

If you haven’t seen this yet, watch it now. [Courtesy http://vimeo.com/user5235544]

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Indian Cotton Farmer Suicides, Pesticides and Fashion

Up to 26 Indian cotton farmers a day commit suicide by drinking pesticides to kill themselves out of debt. This taster is for Dirty White Gold, a film by Leah Borromeo about cotton, chemicals and consumerism’s real casualties. When you bag a bargain, who pays for it? CREDITS Director, Producer, Presenter, Camera: Leah Borromeo Executive […]

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Deadly White Gold

When you’ve got a bargain, do you think about who’s paid for it? When I buy underwear, I ask myself “is the cotton used to make this organic cotton?” If it isn’t organic, I follow up with a series of sub-questions tripping around “what permanently debilitating condition does the farmer who grew this have?” and […]

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Smoke For Free, Die For Nothing

Publicity surrounding the link to cancer has left US tobacco firms so desperate to recruit new customers they have started giving their products away. I was “hit up” by one of Chicago’s “cigarette fairies” – a promotional vendor who has routes throughout urban bars and clubs. “So what brand do you smoke?” she asked. “You […]