Daily Footprint, #32 – Quorn

Two packages (the UK and US versions) of the new vegan spicy burger patties available from Quorn.

Hey folks! I’m continuing to look at the social and environmental impact of meat-alternatives; last time it was a newcomer, Beyond Meat, and now I’m going to take a look at one of the originals: Quorn. Since the 1960’s there has been a lot of interest in the idea of reducing our dependence on meat … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #32 – Quorn

Green Stars ethical review competition for Earth Day

Earth seen from space, above a graphic of 5 green stars, representing an ethical score for social and environmental impact.

I’m happy to announce the winner of the latest Green Stars ethical review competition. Congrats to Willow Croft! Willow wrote a review of Milagro Herbs, a small company that sells organic herbs and skin care products in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can read her full review on her blog. Willow – you win a … Continue reading Green Stars ethical review competition for Earth Day

Daily Footprint, #31 – Beyond Meat

A package of four Beyond Meat sausages (hot Italian variety)

Hi Folks! In a return to the Daily Footprint posts, I’m going to spend some time looking at plant-based meat substitutes. They are definitely catching on: last year, in the US, sales of meat rose by 2% while sales of plant-based meat-substitutes rose by 24% (and sales rose even faster than that in Europe). Over … Continue reading Daily Footprint, #31 – Beyond Meat

How to decide on an ethical rating: Cafés

Scorecard showing how to compute an ethical rating for Starbucks.

A common issue that people raise is that they are not sure where to start when it comes to writing an ethical review. Perhaps you would like to join in, but the process of deciding on an ethical rating seems overwhelming? Well, look no further, because informing this process is one of the main priorities … Continue reading How to decide on an ethical rating: Cafés

Green Stars Ethical Review Competition: Results and Reboot

Avalon Organics Brilliant Balance night cream

You probably know that I run recurring competitions to encourage you to write ethical consumerism reviews online. I’m happy to announce the winners for this month and also to start the clock on a new round (winners will be announced in mid-April ). Please consider entering! Congrats to this month’s two winners: Amanda and Nicole! … Continue reading Green Stars Ethical Review Competition: Results and Reboot

The Problem with Loop

A cartoon showing the process of ordering items from Loop online, receiving them in a reusable tote package, then returning the package to Loop for cleaning and refilling to be shipped to another customer.

Tom Szaky, founder of Terracycle, is about to launch a new enterprise called Loop that aims to tackle the problem of packaging waste by delivering products in reusable containers. How important is packaging in ethics? Packaging is usually one of the factors to consider when deciding on an ethical (Green Stars) rating for a product. … Continue reading The Problem with Loop

Competition: write an ethical review online

On the left, heading text of "write a review" over images of 1 to 5 green stars. On the right, heading text of "Win a WWF gift / donation" over an image of assorted World Wildlife Fund gifts.

The primary mission of the Green Stars Project is to encourage you, dear reader, to consider the ethical impact of your purchases. The best way to do this, and to have an impact on others at the same time, is to rate the product or business with a score for social and environmental impact. Reviews … Continue reading Competition: write an ethical review online