Ethical living
Ethical living

Ethical living

It’s official: Fairtrade screws over labourers

A new study exposes Fairtrade for what it is – a Western vanity project that impoverishes those it’s meant to benefit.

21 December 2011

Another Christmas, another ‘ethical gift’

Charities urge us to shop till Third World poverty drops, but ‘ethical consumption’ only makes Westerners feel good.

20 June 2011

The narcissism of the Primark haters

Panorama’s faked footage of Indian child labour shows how ethical consumerism is always about us, not them.

11 March 2011

People have too much wealth? Get stuffed!

Yet another anti-consumerist tract slams people’s obsession with stuff – overlooking the fact that this so-called stuff has improved our lives hugely.

23 February 2011

The politics of The People’s Supermarket

A visit to the reportedly radical store reveals that it doesn’t quite live up to its posh backers’ expectations.

11 February 2011

Why I don’t buy this ‘People’s Supermarket’

Channel 4’s latest one-man mission to change consumer habits has little to do with the interests of The People.

2 December 2010

Longing for the bad old days

For some greens, the problem with the recession is that it just isn’t deep enough to force people into eco-poverty.

20 October 2009

Recycling: an eco-ritual we should bin

Reprocessing waste might one day be cost-effective, but for now it's a moralistic reminder that humans are greedy.