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Renewable Energy Alternatives For Your Home with Greenheart Installations

April 20th, 2010 · 20 Comments · Environment, Small Companies, Sustainability

Like charity and family values, energy efficiency begins at home. So with your washing on at 30 and the kettle half full you might be looking at your rickety old boiler as the biggest energy thief in the kitchen, but before you rush out and buy the combi-boiler they’ve got next door, take a minute [...]

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Advanced Energy Usage Monitoring with Wattson

December 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment · Climate Change, Small Companies, Sustainability

I have given up following people around turning off lights and being generally “annoying” about consumption. The problem is not a lack of desire to do the right thing (as so often reported in the papers) but more a lack of knowledge of what I can actually do myself.

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Kind Toys From The Organic Toy Company

October 28th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Environment, Organic, Sustainability

I’ve learnt a lot. Take cotton, for example.  A simple, natural material, you might think, but Natalie Southgate, founder of The Organic Toy Company knows otherwise.

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Duchy Originals: Are Good, Do Good, Taste Good!

October 26th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Environment, Organic, Sustainability

Established in 1990 by Prince Charles, Duchy Originals is a pioneer of the organic food movement. Beginning with a humble oaten biscuit in 1992, a recent partnership with Waitrose means the Duchy range will include over 500 organic products (see video below). Despite their success Duchy have remained true to the laudable values laid out [...]

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Calling All Single Gloves

October 21st, 2009 · No Comments · Environment, Non profit, Recycling, Special Occasions, Sustainability

Remember Green Thing? We introduced you to him last year and while he may appear to be a hideous monster he is, in fact, not hideous at all.

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Employees Rewarded for Reducing Carbon Footprint

September 24th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Big Companies, Environment, Lovely to Staff, Sustainability

How would you like your employer to hold you accountable for your carbon footprint? WSP Group is doing just that.  The global management and consultancy service is pioneering a novel way to reduce the carbon footprint of its employees.

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The Bottom Line – Ecological Disposable Nappies

August 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Recycling, Small Companies, Sustainability

Let’s talk about nappies. Half a ton of nappies, actually. A year’s worth of disposable nappies for just one baby. Because babies poo. A lot. Big-brand manufacturers seem to ignore the environmental impact of disposable nappies. This is very concerning. But disposable nappies are so convenient! What’s a parent to do? Marlene Sandberg asked herself [...]

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EthicalSuperstore.com: Creating Global Change Through An Ethical Consumer Revolution

August 24th, 2009 · No Comments · Ethics, Small Companies, Sustainability

Earlier in the year I met up with a local lovely company. Hailing from the Team Valley Trading Estate in nearby Gateshead, EthicalSuperstore.com sells thousands of different groceries, gifts and gadgets from their easy-to-use website. I had a chat with founder and CEO Andy Redfern and he showed me round their offices and warehouse. For [...]

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TED Talk: The business logic of sustainability

May 21st, 2009 · No Comments · Sustainability

Successful entrepreneur Ray Anderson shares his vision for sustainable business at TED:

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Graze deliver lunchboxes to your office

March 17th, 2009 · No Comments · Environment, Small Companies, Sustainability

I’ve been meaning to write about Graze for some time now and today there are some discount codes floating about on Twitter so, if you’re quick, you can read about the product and try it for free! The idea behind Graze is simple. Delicious, healthy food, delivered straight to your desk at work. You can [...]

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GoodGuide: “Goodness” Ratings of Consumer Products

February 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Environment, Sustainability

GoodGuide.com provides the world’s largest and most reliable source of information on the health, environmental, and social impacts of the products in your home. It can help you answer such questions as “Is my shampoo safe?” and “What are the safest toys for my children?” GoodGuide was started by Dara O’Rourke as “a ‘For Benefit’ [...]

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Interview with Etsy CEO Robert Kalin

January 29th, 2009 · No Comments · Lovely People, Small Companies, Sustainability

Etsy is an online marketplace for handmade goods. It’s a fine example of a thriving community website and it’s also a very successful business: in 2008, transactions on the site totalled $100m! Check out Loic Le Meur‘s interview with Etsy CEO Robert Kalin below. Robert talks about the origins of the site, how many the [...]

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Are You Inadvertantly Wasting Fuel?

January 29th, 2009 · No Comments · Climate Change, Environment, Sustainability

Here’s a little tip from the lovely folk at Method that we spotted a while ago on their blog People Against Dirty… When you’ve finished filling up your car with fuel make sure you do up the petrol cap nice and tight – it should click three times – otherwise some of your fuel will [...]

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The OWL

January 28th, 2009 · No Comments · Climate Change, Environment, Small Companies, Sustainability

An OWL arrived at LovelyCompanies.com HQ over Christmas and I thought it was worthy of a quick review… The OWL is a nifty little mobile device that you can put anywhere in your house and it displays your current electricity usage in a couple of different units including pence/hour and kg of greenhouse gas/hour.  A [...]

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Lovely Company: Pants To Poverty

December 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Ethics, GSOH, Small Companies, Sustainability

Our friends at Eco Fashion Junkies recently interviewed Ben from Pants To Poverty. Watch the pun-tastic interview below to find out more about this awesome new underwear brand: Ben discusses how they use a “golden supply chain” in which each link is as ethical as possible right from “grape to groin, from cotton to bottom”! [...]

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Lovely Company: MoreEco

December 13th, 2008 · 6 Comments · Affiliates, Climate Change, Environment, Small Companies, Sustainability

Another lovely company that got in touch with us recently is MoreEco. MoreEco is an eco shopping reward site… We search the internet for the best organic, green, environmental, and natural online retailers and negotiate with them a reward level which can be passed on to the moreeco registered users. For every 10 points a [...]

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Lovely Company: Ecotopia

December 11th, 2008 · No Comments · Small Companies, Sustainability

The folks at Ecotopia – an online shop offering ‘feel good shopping’ – got in touch recently to tell us about their website… “At Ecotopia we wince when we see unnecessary packaging, we worry when a T-shirt costs just £2.50, and we cringe at all the plastic bags being used. Shopping shouldn’t be like that. [...]

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Advice For Lovely Car Industry CEOs

December 10th, 2008 · No Comments · Big Companies, Sustainability

“If they were very smart, the CEOs would drive unreleased, next-generation cars that get 100 MPG. They’d stop in a half-dozen towns along the way and invite a newspaper editorial board writer to ride shotgun for a dozen miles. They’d update their status on Twitter. They’d write a few posts for the company blog. They’d [...]

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Touchnote.com: 100% of Sales to Charity

December 9th, 2008 · No Comments · Charities, Fundraising, Small Companies, Sustainability

Touchnote.com is a digital printing company founded to help people become better friends. They make it easy to send cards, made from FSC certified card and featuring your own photos, to your friends and family. They got in touch with us recently to tell us about the charity offer they are promoting. If you buy [...]

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Innocent Jess, or should that be Lovely Jess?

December 8th, 2008 · No Comments · Ethics, Innocent, Lovely People, Sustainability

innocent’s sustainability manager, Jess Samson, has been chosen by Ethical Corporation as one of the “individuals who have done the most to advance the cause of responsible business over the year”. I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a huge achievement, especially as her fellow nominees include such characters as Bill Gates and Barack Obama! [...]

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