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Blue & Green Daily: Thursday 20 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Why energy saving, cutting bills and reducing carbon footprint will stay centre stage Budget 2014: Investment tax relief to boost social enterprises...


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Ethical retailer of the week: Earth Friendly Products

Earth Friendly Products is an award-winning firm producing environmentally friendly, non-toxic and cruelty free cleaning products. Earth Friendly Products aims at to create cleaning products that are “environmentally responsible, work well and provide value”. It was founded in 1989 by Van Vlahakis as a ‘green’ division of Venus Laboratories...


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From the archives: Blue & Green Tomorrow’s budget coverage since 2011

When George Osborne stands up to deliver the 2014 budget on Wednesday afternoon, it will be the fourth time Blue & Green Tomorrow has been on the scene to hear the chancellor’s proposals. Reading back our post-budget analysis after each of the last three statements, there is a common theme...


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B******* as usual… #11

This is the latest cartoon in our B******* as usual… series, in which we share work by Manchester-based cartoonist Polyp. For more information on Polyp, see our interview with him here.  Previous cartoons: B******* as usual… #1 / B******* as usual… #2 / B******* as usual… #3 B******* as usual… #4 / B******* as usual… #5 / B*******...


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Why energy saving, cutting bills and reducing carbon footprint will stay centre stage

Energy saving, cutting bills and reducing carbon footprint are the triplet child stars holding centre stage in the UK power drama. They are the offspring of a decade or more of neglect in the energy policy arena at the national level, becoming the focus for hopes and aspirations of...


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Blue & Green Daily: Wednesday 19 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. My budget 2014: Julian Parrott, ethical financial adviser Sustainable transport: to fly, or not to fly? Green ISAs: it’s not too late...


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Six months to go: the Scottish referendum and sustainability

In six months’ time, Scotland will vote on whether it will separate from the UK and become independent. Some businesses have suggested they will leave the country should the population vote in favour of independence. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen how the proposal will affect Scotland’s sustainability. Those...


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Green ISAs: it’s not too late to resurrect an inspired idea

It’s been six years since the then-shadow chancellor George Osborne proposed the idea of green ISAs to encourage public engagement with, and inject capital into, the green economy. At the time Osborne said, “Green ISAs will engage the public in a new way in the issues around climate change...


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Sustainable transport: to fly, or not to fly?

One side argues that the green movement can be enriched by air travel; the other says environmentalists must stay grounded. But who’s right? This article originally appeared in Blue & Green Tomorrow’s Guide to Sustainable Transport 2014. Innovations that will reduce passenger planes’ considerable environmental impact may be possible, but...


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My budget 2014 wishlist: Julian Parrott, ethical financial adviser

Julian Parrott, a partner at Edinburgh-based specialist sustainable financial advice firm Ethical Futures, reveals his wishlist for Wednesday’s budget statement. I’d like to see strategies that would start to focus fiscal policy on creating a more sustainable and socially just society. So, in no particular order: - Maintain increase...


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Blue & Green Daily: Tuesday 18 March headlines

Blue & Green Daily finds and summarises the top sustainability stories around the web every morning. We start with our own picks from Blue & Green Tomorrow. Resonance: matching social enterprise with investment Corporate careers with a conscience: challenge, success, making a difference – can you have it all?...


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Investment term of the day: Enterprise Investment Scheme

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) offers tax relief to investors buying shares in smaller high-risk trading companies. It is designed to encourage investment n companies that are not listed on a stock exchange. Investors can invest up to £1m in any tax year and receive 30% tax relief. However,...


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St Patrick’s Day: Ireland’s sustainability credentials at a glance

Today is St Patrick’s Day, the annual holiday that celebrates the life of Ireland’s patron saint – and kicks off 24 hours of Guinness-fuelled merriment around the world. At Blue & Green Tomorrow, we’re celebrating by wearing shamrocks and rounding up all of our Irish-themed stories and features. Energy Renewable...


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Corporate careers with a conscience: challenge, success, making a difference – can you have it all?

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has held the above conference for its students for the last few years. Heavy snow prevented me from being a panellist in 2013, so I wasn’t going to miss out this year. The economist Nick O’Shea was in the chair...


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Resonance: matching social enterprise with investment

As interest in social enterprises continues to grow, social impact investment firm Resonance represents an innovative way to connect social organisations with responsible investors. It aims to match social enterprises with investors who share their values and want to invest in sustainable, well-planned projects. The organisation is currently working...


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