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Foxconn: Why are we only picking on Apple?

Hurrah! Apple has announced that it will be forcing the infamous Foxconn to work with independent auditors from the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to improve conditions in its Chinese mega-factories. But there are two reasons why it’s a little too soon to celebrate. The first one is obvious: the audits have barely begun, so there […]

A great cleavage – with a clear conscience

It may be the depths of winter, and our toes may be turning blue, but February is a pretty good month to pick up some new lingerie. Lingerie brands and online fashion shops are clamouring to sell their valentine collections right now. Are you heading off this week to pick up something cute for your […]

Icebreaker: much bleating

Brrrr – it just got cold. If you’re not sure how to make it through to the Spring, try Icebreaker. This is a new brand from New Zealand that specialises in thermal underwear made from the wool from merino sheep. Apparently, when it’s warm it keeps you cool, and when it’s cold outside it keeps […]

Fairtrade bananas – (bio)logical packaging?

Banana farming tends to be pretty harmful, both environmentally and socially. Which is why we decided to launch a ranking for tropical fruit brands last year. And we were pleased to see that the Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance banana is gaining ground – after all, these labels protects both environmental and labor standards. Nowadays, you […]

Green Fashion comes to Amsterdam

Amsterdam Fashion Week takes place from January 25-29, and fashionistas are scrambling for the last tickets to the hottest shows. But there’s one show that’s grabbing attention among ethical-fashion watchers: it’s the Green Fashion Competition, which aims to spot talented entrepreneurs who are trying to build up a fashion house while safeguarding global biodiversity. Eight […]

Impossible to ignore: the rise of CSR

Companies are investing more and more in their CSR effors. That is the headline finding in a recent report by Dutch NGO MVOnederland, which reveals ten positive trends in the evolution of responsible business practices. Interestingly, it also seems that the business case for responsible and sustainable policies is getting stronger and stronger. Here are […]

Sustainable tourism in 2012

This week, the Dutch tourism industry gathered in Utrecht (Netherlands) for its annual trade fair – which included a green-themed ‘Changes in Tourism’ event. At the last fair, two years ago, you could just about see the beginnings of a shift toward greater sustainability in tourism. Progress takes time, so we were curious to see […]

3 Easy Green Resolutions for 2012

Going green doesn’t have to be hard work What’s your New Year’s resolution? To join a gym? Give up smoking? Maybe you’re worried you won’t last past the end of January… Well, here are a few ‘green’ resolutions that are easy to stick to, as our volunteer Alexandra explains: “Most of us think that ‘going […]

Are targets set always met? Or just… deleted?

If the rumours are true, and Google really is trying to take over the universe, then there is at least one reason to be cheerful: it looks as if the search engine giant is planning a solar-powered future. Since 2007, Google has been running a project called RE<C, which the aim of making renewable energy […]

Designer brands score zero for transparency

When a handbag is so beautiful that the designer can charge a thousand euros for it, I”m not going to blame anyone for buying it. But I can”t help wondering where that thousand euros goes. The leather can”t cost that much – even though it IS such wonderful quality. And the extra buckles and zips […]