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Join the #BagBrigade to make Black Friday Greener…

by EcoStreet November 25, 2011 Activism

I just joined the #BagBrigade at The Green Life Online and pledged to use reusable bags instead of plastic bags. Tomorrow, millions of Americans will take to the shops and just think of all the plastic bags that don’t have to be used. Plastic bags have never been so un-fashionable.  And for good reason!  There […]

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How to shop safely

by EcoStreet October 21, 2011 Fair Trade
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Makazi’s Guesthouse: sisonke singenza amahluko

by EcoStreet August 7, 2010 EcoHouse

I’m completely enchanted by Makazi’s Guesthouse. It’s built out of sandbags, and is kitted out with solar heating, composting toilets and recycled furniture. The house has been beautifully decorated (inside and out) and all profit made is used to fund the community-based Indlovu project, including a crèche, youth centre, clinic and soup kitchen. This would […]

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On freedom, saris and kick-ass bags

by EcoStreet April 19, 2009 EcoFashion

I’ve just discovered Freeset bags (& journals) and just love what they are all about… Freedom for the women who have no choice but to roam Calcutta’s streets as prostitutes, and for their daughters. My pick of the bags are these dragonfly print jute shoulder bags with cotton lining (the handles are lined too to […]

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Organic cotton: moving forward

by EcoStreet August 27, 2008 EcoFashion

Grandmother and former nurse Linda Sones sells organic cotton baby and children’s clothing and accessories, and natural, organic baby toiletries online at SonesUK. Her suppliers are all committed to various environmental and Fairtrade initiatives. Twenty years ago organic cotton pioneers built their own supply chains from scratch and created a new business model based on […]

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Ethical Shopping

by EcoStreet July 2, 2008 EcoFashion

Ethical shopping is a subject much discussed at present, but what does it actually mean to consumers? Wikipedia defines it as buying things which have caused no harm or exploitation to humans, animals or the natural environment. Our newspapers are full of tales of factory farming, climate change, sweatshops and child labour and it has […]

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Why you should be drinking Fairtrade coffee

by EcoStreet March 21, 2008 Fair Trade

Miles Owen is one of the directors of Ecotopia. We told you a little bit about them and their facebook forest recently. In this guest post by Miles, he looks at the documentary “Black Gold” and discusses the importance of buying Fairtrade coffee. Many people start the day with a few cups of coffee, or […]

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