How to Plant and Care for Currants

Currant (Ribes) bushes are often grown solely for their ornamental appeal, but the berries are a highly nutritious and tasty treat that should be enjoyed too. The bushes are thornless and grow best as an understory plant or in any shady location. White berries are sweet and can be eaten as-is. Red, black and pink currants have a

5 Ways in Which Storytime Will Benefit Your Child

There is a very good reason why there are a real wealth of different kids books out there that you can choose from. Reading with your children is incredibly valuable and something that forms a crucial part of their development. But why is this? What makes reading through the pages

Saying No to Consumerism

With today’s invasion of video games, unneeded technology, 300 channels on television and fast-food restaurants, we, as a people, need to stand up and say no to consumerism. We need to think how much rampant consumerism is responsible for unhappiness and greed. Gone are the days of children and stickball or basketball pick up games in our parks. People are too busy with their everyday lives of working to the hilt to give thought to the types of activities their children are involved in. Too much child playtime is not spent on outside, healthy exercise, but on learning how to use their game controllers to kill video characters on their television screens or arcade screens. Parents

Pat McGrath Labs is Worth. Every. SINGLE. Penny

That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 5.7.18 Question of the Week: What’s the most expensive eye shadow palette you own, and is it worth it? Answer: It’s the beauty shown here, Pat McGrath Labs Mothership IV Eyeshadow Palette in Decadence. At $125, it’s a big splurge. But this is palette perfection! The pigment is off the charts,

Behind those iconic golden arches, a commitment to sustainability

McDonald’s committed to making 100 percent of its packaging sustainable by 2025.

3 books to get you through the end of winter

Here are three books Conservation International (CI) staff can’t put down.

Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Gloss: Swatches of all 20 Shades

press sample affiliate link Glosses that Dance to the Beat of Every Drummer Is there anything more fun than lip gloss? Not for me. Not right now. Why? Because new to the scene is Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine lip gloss in twenty colors and four finishes (at a totally reasonable $20 a piece), and we got to swatch and try all of them. Paaarrr-taay! We all know that Urban Decay is the patron saint of makeup glitter and funky colors, as well as the creator of the uber-popular Naked palettes, So while fun and funk is abound, there is always something

Nat Geo’s ‘Planet or Plastic?’ Initiative Latest Attempt to Save the Oceans from Plastic

As the amount of single-use plastic in the world’s oceans continues to grow, National Geographic is announcing a new, global commitment to tackle this pressing problem. On Wednesday, the media giant launched Planet or Plastic?, a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness of this challenge and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters the world’s oceans. As a global brand with a rich history of scientific

Trending: Global Beauty Industry Joins Forces to Drive Sustainability in Products, Packaging

Collaborative efforts are advancing sustainability in the beauty industry. Supported by contributions from major brands and retailers, Forum for the Future and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) have produced a draft assessment tool for evaluating the sustainability of beauty and personal care products, with the goal of simplifying and aligning the wide array of product assessment criteria in use today. Participating organizations included Sustainable Brands members CVS Health, Procter & Gamble, Target, Eastman Chemical Company, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., and Unilever, as well as other leading industry players such as Burt’s Bees, Colgate, Method, Sephora, Seventh Generation, Walgreens, and

Why the government’s watchdog consultation is so disappointing

At long last, the government has published its environmental watchdog and principles consultation. As stubbornly technical as it sounds, the consultation is significant. In fact, despite all the positive announcements on plastic, it is probably the most significant moment yet in the government’s recent environment drive. In outlining a plan for how laws and policy will be enforced after we

Resource efficiency is the UK’s missing climate policy

As the UK government lobbies to host crucial UN climate talks in 2020, it can rightly claim to have demonstrated leadership on this pressing global issue. We were the first country in the world to set legally binding budgets for carbon. We have shown it’s possible to grow our economy while reducing emissions to meet the first three legally binding

7 ways cities can encourage better energy performance in rentals

Looking at you, Boulder, Colorado.

In good company: How Obvious Ventures is disrupting venture capital

Impact investing isn’t about being”cute.”

What on Earth is the ‘blue economy’?

On the first day of the Economist World Ocean Summit, we break down the “blue economy.”

Recent op-ed misses the forest for the trees

A recent op-ed published in Yale Environment 360, missed the mark in its criticisms of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

SoulBuffalo Gets Execs Out from Behind Desks to See Their Impacts on the World

As we at Sustainable Brands — and anyone working to rectify the damage people have done to the planet — are well aware, it’s all too easy to ignore pressing social and environmental issues if their effects can’t be seen or felt in our daily lives. After a life-altering excursion across three continents,

Wales Aims to Become First ‘Refill Nation,’ Teach Residents ‘Value of Tap Water’

The Welsh Government and City to Sea, a group campaigning against single-use plastics, are collaborating on the development of campaigns to encourage refills and change residents’ behavior to make tap water their first choice for hydration. While the campaigns will help people ‘see the value of water,’ the government has also announced an additional £15 million of capital funding to further improve Local Authority recycling collection systems and infrastructure, including for plastics. The Welsh Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn made the announcement, highlighting Wales waste reduction achievements to date, including a recycling rate “well over” 60 percent. By comparison, Scotland and England each

Reasons to be hopeful about new funding to tackle plastic waste in developing countries

This blog is by Joanne Green, senior policy associate at Tearfund. Last year, Maria das Gracas’ house flooded eight times. As I stood with her in her home in a favela in Recife, Brazil, she told me how her community is now sorting and collecting the plastic and waste that clogs the river running through the neighbourhood, improving people’s lives and

The day protecting the environment became the right thing to do

When first announcing the government’s plans to legislate the UK’s withdrawal from the EU the prime minister assured the nation that the same rules and laws will apply on the day after exit as on the day before and that we will have a workable, certain, continuing system of law. This really matters for the environment as 80 per cent of

3 ways businesses can show governments they’re taking action on climate

How to push past the Paris Agreement.

Report Report: Carbon accounting, SDG roadmaps, 4th wave environmentalism

The latest crop of research and insights for sustainable business professionals.

To save marine habitats, conservationists find natural ally: surfers

Hundreds of areas with world-class waves also contain a variety of diverse marine species.

Want to fight climate change? Read these 3 books first

Climate change can seem like an impossibly large problem — what can any one of us do? Three recent books can help point the way.