EU and Canada’s deal CETA is set in motion, but stumbles in its first steps

EU and Canada’s deal CETA is set in motion, but stumbles in its first steps

After 8 years of negotiations, CETA is now a (provisional) reality approved by the EU and Canadian governments. We say provisional because now the accord needs several steps to progress. Firstly, it has to be ratified by the European Parliament; secondly, by all the parliaments of the 28 member states (and in some countries, also the regional parliaments). However, it will immediately come into force no matter when […]

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Scary figures: 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkins are dumped every Halloween

Scary figures: 18,000 tonnes of edible pumpkins are dumped every Halloween

As Halloween gets closer, the sales of pumpkins increase more and more. We all know what the destiny of those squashes is: to be emptied and carved, becoming an element of evil appearence with its own thoughts. The main purpose is to give a cool touch to our houses for this night of celebration. But what happens next is not cool at all; most of those […]

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Why we should reduce our excessive consumption of bottled water

Why we should reduce our excessive consumption of bottled water

The fact of buying bottled water in a convenience store may seem a harmless action, and most of us don’t even think of the consequences that such a mundane gesture does indeed have. According to James Salzman, the author of Drinking Water: A History, bottled-water craze began with a TV spot launched by Perrier at the end of the 70’s. The charming voice of Orson Welles opened a […]

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The countless benefits of being part of an organic box scheme

The countless benefits of being part of an organic box scheme

It’s delivery day! You’ll understand the excitement if you’re already in an organic box scheme, receiving weekly your box full of colour and taste. Fortunately, the UK is a rich country in organic farms. In the Soil Association website you’ll find all those which offer organic box schemes in England and in this list are those operating in Scotland, but you’ll probably have numerous options […]

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Madrid punishes carpooling company BlaBlaCar with a €8,800 fine

Madrid punishes carpooling company BlaBlaCar with a €8,800 fine

Can you imagine that your city’s administration bans AirBnB for not complying with specific laws? Well, that situation is not hypothetical in cities like Paris, New York or Barcelona. In the latter, the online company has been fined €30,000 by the local government for side-stepping the tourism laws. The pressure comes not only from the hospitality and hotels industry, but also probably from the city’s Council, very much concerned about […]

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Zaytoun brings the best olive oil from Palestine to the UK

Zaytoun brings the best olive oil from Palestine to the UK

Yesteday, Edinburgh hosted its second Eco Fair, a great opportunity to discover how charities and local businesses are carrying out the idea of “think global, act local”. Greenpeace, East Coast Organics or Hadeel were some of the organisations present in Out of the Blue Drill Hall. This year the fair has gone bigger, with 30 stalls devoted to causes such as animal welfare, climate change, and fair […]

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Free-range eggs to dominate the UK market by 2025

Free-range eggs to dominate the UK market by 2025

Time is proving that it wasn’t an utopy: a world without cages is possible, at least for laying hens. Some of the largest supermarkets in the world have announced their commitment to stop selling eggs from caged hens and start selling free-range eggs exclusively. Maybe due to a sudden and collective ethical awakening, or perhaps to not be left behind in a market that is increasingly opting […]

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How sustainable is travelling on board a cargo ship?

How sustainable is travelling on board a cargo ship?

Who hasn’t heard about the impact of aviation in the global emissions of CO2? And yet we need to take planes for going home, visiting our beloved ones, for accomplishing with work demands or simply for travelling. However, the latter action -travelling- is usually the most flexible one, and the choice of going wherever by plane or other means lies solely and exclusively in our hands. We […]

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Healthy junk food to feed awareness

Healthy junk food to feed awareness

Every year, around 88 million tonnes of food are dumped in the EU (other kind of ‘junk food’), being the UK on the top of this waste chart with over 12 million tonnes. This is ‘normal’ given its large population, and it’s proportionally aligned with the rest of the European countries, but think about the figures. Twelve million tonnes is equivalent to 12.000.000.000 kilos. Estimating […]

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