An eco-friendly city break: Bruges

There’s no getting around it: aeroplanes suck for the environment. And when the sun’s out and you’re dreaming of a city break someplace fancy, it’s pretty tempting just to shrug your shoulders, accept you’ll feel a tad guilty, and book a flight to somewhere in Europe. But, you can have the city break and keep a…

Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Head to Yosemite

Last year, more than 4m visitors flocked to Yosemite national park in California to gape at the dramatic mountains, hike through the vast meadows and soak up the stunning scenery. It’s pretty clear why the park, which is 1,169 sq miles big and boasts 800 miles of trails, is a popular destination for tourists. Even…

5 eco-friendly Berlin hotels

Almodóvar Hotel The “bio hotel” offers guests the opportunity to rent a 100% green electricity car, and even has a 100% vegetarian organic kitchen. All the hotel’s meals and drinks are sourced from controlled organic farms, and the premises only serves fair trade organic coffee, and using regional suppliers and seasonal products where possible. The…

7 stunning Lighthouses you can holiday in

Argus Cottage, Cornwall The cottage in Pendeen, Penzance, boasts dramatic views from its perch on a granite headland on the North Cornwall Coast in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The South West Coast path runs through the headland, passing through part of Cornwall’s oldest mining areas. Pendeen lighthouse lies six miles north of Land’s End and two miles from…

5 foraging courses in London

Foraging is the best way to make the most out of nature – but only if you know what you’re doing. Rather than venturing out into the woods yourself, check out these London-friendly courses. Forage London John Rensten organises wild food walks in London parks and nature reserves. All walks last about three hours, and involve safely picking…

Inside Britain’s first and only organic pub

The Duke of Cambridge in Islington looks just like any other cosy London pub from the outside. But, step inside, and it’s a whole other story. The Duke of Cambridge is the UK’s first and only wholly, 100% organic pub. It’s not just the food either; all the furniture is either second hand, repurposed or recycled;…

6 eco-friendly festivals in the UK

Festivals have become infamous for producing tonnes of waste – not to mention the effect hundreds of thousands of people congregating in a field has on the environment. But it doesn’t have to be that way.. Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire In just five years, Shambala Festival has reduced the onsite carbon footprint by 81%. The festival is…

Tiny Leaf: The London restaurant cooking with food waste

Tiny Leaf is the long-standing dream of chef and food activist Justin Horne. The organic vegetarian restaurant, which is residing in Notting Hill’s Westbourne Park Road, uses food donated by local food suppliers which would otherwise have been binned to create “guilt-free” meals. The menu changes daily, depending on the deliveries from Planet Organic and…

7 of London’s most eco-friendly hotels

Tooting horns; high-rise hotels; bustling streets. London might not seem the kind of destination you’d choose if you had an environmentally-friendly holiday in mind. But, as these seven hotels prove, some of the capital’s most famous hotels have pretty impressive green credentials. The Savoy Despite sitting in the middle of the busy, often-chaotic Strand, the…

The food labels you need to know

Wanting to eat ethically is one thing, trying to find ethically-sourced food is a whole new kettle of fish. Consumers are bombarded with a mind-boggling amount of different labels and phrases, which can often been misleading. For example, “farm fresh”, “farm assured” and “local” doesn’t necessarily mean the eggs, meat or dairy you’re buying is…

If you knew these facts, they’d change the way you eat meat

All these facts, quotes and figures have been taken from Farmageddon: The True Cost Of Cheap Meat, with kind permission of author and Compassion for World Farming CEO Philip Lymbery. If you have not read the book, I strongly suggest you do. You can buy it here. The truth about factory-farmed meat Farm animals’ feed uses…

5 reasons organic food is better for you

A recent study by the Soil Association found “clear nutritional differences” between organic and non-organic milk and meat. The differences also apply to organic dairy like butter, cream, cheese and yoghurt. So, without further ado, here are five simple reasons organic food is better for you: both organic milk (dairy) and meat contain around 50%…