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Hidden animal products – from Fashion to Fuel

Go Vegan graffiti on a wall covered with stickers

We all know a plant-based diet is good for the planet – in fact it’s one of the most impactful actions you can take as an individual (alongside greening your finances, and cutting out flying). BUT true veganism is more than just a diet. 

For some areas of our lives this is easy – maybe you even already buy vegan cleaning products, and cruelty-free cosmetics. However, did you know you might be using animal products without even knowing about it? Read on to find out more…

It turns out, animal products are used in everything from Aviation to Zinfandel! (Yep, sorry to be the one to break it to you, but that glass of wine you’re drinking probably isn’t vegan…)

I can show you the world… with satellites and citizen science

A photo of a satellite in space orbiting the earth with the sun rising

Earlier this month the Scottish government announced they were considering an annual LIDAR scan of all Scotland’s forests. The project would allow high-level and up-to-date monitoring of forest cover, giving insights into biodiversity and progress on climate targets. Large scale monitoring like this takes place all over the world, and is vital if we want to protect species and ecosystems for generations…

No pollinators, no food: Saving the birds and the bees (mostly the bees)

Without bees pollinating our crops, we would be hard-pressed to grow much of anything without costly and time-intensive intervention. The relationship between bees and plants is a win-win. The plant provides the pollinator with nectar and pollen for food, and the pollinator transfers genetic material for the plant that allows it to reproduce. This makes another crucial bee fact particularly concerning: The…

Biomass – to burn or not to burn, that is the question…

Biomass energy (energy generated from organic material such as plants, wood, and waste) has long been a contentious issue amongst environmentalists, scientists, and governments. Interested parties claim it is a “carbon neutral, renewable” energy source, because the trees being burnt absorb carbon during their lifetime and during regrowth. However, this has been debunked on numerous occasions. Environmental campaigners continue to fight for biomass to be downgraded and for subsidies to be stopped. 

Can we really afford cheap clothing?

a photo of a garment factory

Many of us know that fast fashion is harming the planet – we have previously written about the environmental impact of clothing manufacturing and the amount of plastics in clothing. But fast fashion also has a huge social cost, impacting the garment workers who manufacture our clothing and the communities that get left to clean up our discarded items. However, dealing with…

How to fight climate change from your garden: ask an expert

From returning a lost temperate rainforest to the North-West of England, to the rewilding of a secret garden, to practical yet inspiring tips and recommendations for every gardener, this article taps into the knowledge of professional landscaper, Jake Sutcliffe of Farm Lane Landscaping.  Jake – always curious about the nature and plants that surround us – has used his homegrown knowledge of…