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Lonely Planet's top 10 eco stays for 2014

We asked Lonely Planet’s authors and travel editors to nominate outstanding eco-friendly hotels and hostels. From the incredible array of green stays around the world, our panel of experts hand-picked 10 of the best. So if you want your next trip to make a positive impact, our round-up of …

Costa Rica

H&M's Clevercare Labels Helping Customers Extend Clothing Life While Saving Energy, Water

Image credit: Ginetex<p>Related:<p>At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit last week, designer Stella McCartney made an appearance via video to announce the …

Customers

Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin's food maps of the world – in pictures

Which country springs to mind when you think of kiwis? Or curry? Or biscuits? Turning culinary stereotypes of countries and continents into beautifully detailed, edible maps, New Zealand photographer Henry Hargreaves and American food stylist Caitlin Levin take 'iconic and recognisable maps from …

Levi's Water<Less Jeans Have Saved 770 Million Liters So Far

Image credit: Levi-Strauss<p>Related:<p>In celebration of World Water Day (March 22), Levi Strauss has released new stats about how much water can be saved …

The Great Retail Demassification, Part 1

<b>The Death and Diminishment of Malls and Other Big Footprints</b><p>We are on the edge of the Great Retail Demassification. Prior to the “great disruptor” (that would be the Internet), and before the marketplace became ridiculously over-stored and overstuffed, consumers were well served by massive regional …

The world’s most ethical countries: 2014

A new study shows why bringing tourism dollars to destinations like the Bahamas and Chile can be more impactful than Costa Rica or Ghana.<p>What makes the Bahamas a more ethical vacation choice than Costa Rica?<p>That’s the crux of a recent survey about ethical travel, a movement that encourages …

Whale watching on Ireland’s newest coastal route

Ireland’s southwest coast is one of the easiest places on Earth to see whales, porpoises and dolphins in the wild – and no one knows it yet.<p>When I saw the first roll of dark skin emerge from the water, I knew we weren’t alone. I was on a boat with Whale Watch West Cork less than a kilometre off the …

Ireland

PACT Apparel Launches New Organic Cotton, Fair Trade Certified Line Carried in Whole Foods

PACT brand announced this month that it is launching a line of organic cotton apparel manufactured in a Fair Trade Certified facility. The line will …

TripAdvisor Extends GreenLeaders Certification to European, Canadian Hotels

Image credit: TripAdvisor<p>Related:<p>TripAdvisor, the go-to global site for travel advice, is extending its GreenLeaders program to 19 new markets …

Tourism

Pinterest

Creating Sustainable Apparel Value Chains, Part III: Improving Conditions and Replicating Best Practices

Image credit: Reuters/Andrew Biraj<p>Related:<p><i>This post first appeared on CSRwire's Talkback blog on January 14, 2014.</i><p><i>Part III in the Creating</i> …

Sustainability

2014 Trends and Priorities for Customer-Driven Commerce

Online merchants hoping to grow revenue and deepen customer loyalty in 2014 are finding the ground shifting beneath their feet. Their customers are …

What It Means to Be Organic

By Only Organic | September 26th, 2013 |<p>It’s fairly simple. The organic seal indicates that food has been grown in ways that has passed nature’s own …

Agriculture

World Fair Trade Day Plans & Resources Announced for May 2014

Fair Trade Resource Network is delighted to announce plans and resources for World Fair Trade Day in N. America, with events taking place May 3-18, …

Beautiful Games: frozen waterfall climbing

These remarkable photos of professional ice-climbers tackling huge frozen waterfalls and icefalls in Eidfjord, Norway, were created by photographer Thomas Senf. He used spotlights and flares to illuminate the spectacular landscapes at night-time, achieving results which look other-worldly. It took …

World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)

How Boll & Branch's Conscious E-Commerce Aims To Make Customers Sleep Better

When was the last time you grabbed a garment or other cloth good and thought about where it came from before you plunked down your cash? Would you feel better if you knew there was no sweatshop labor involved? Scott and Missy Tannen are betting that you would.<p>Part of a new wave of entrepreneurs …

Creating Sustainable Apparel Value Chains, Part II: Fostering Total Resource Productivity and (Impact) Investing

Workers from the Myue & Soe Garment factory stand during a protest for a salary increase in front of the Mayangone Township labor office in Rangoon …

Sustainability

Alternative business models for sustainable fashion – live chat roundup

<b>Why should the fast fashion industry change?</b><p>For a fast fashion giant like Primark, which recently reported a 22% rise in revenues to £4.27bn this year, it could feel like there's nothing broken to fix. But current fast fashion business models will not remain viable forever. Climate change might not …

The Natural Effect

VIDEO: The Natural Effect<p>By Only Organic | August 26th, 2016 |<p><b>Video:</b> The Natural Effect.<p>“The False Advertising Industry” reveals the shocking truth …

Agriculture

FWP Campaign Asks Brands Participating in Fair Trade to Support Fair Trade Policies

Fair World Project, an advocacy program of Organic Consumers Association, is inviting Fair Trade supporters to ask Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, …

The Nave of Yosemite [explore]

Let's go all-in on selling sustainability

The big blue buildings of Ikea have sprouted solar panels and wind turbines; inside, shelves are stocked with LED lighting and recycled cotton. Why? …

Sustainable textiles: Fact, fiction and the future

Many apparel brands are trying to eliminate toxic chemicals from their supply chains<p><b>Sustainability in textiles is high on the apparel industry's</b> …

Sustainability

Alternative's spring collection features Peruvian organic cotton

Peruvian textile makers and Alternative has entered into partnership to create fair-trade clothing. The "Made in Peru" project is the result of this …

Clothing

Plans for organic cotton taskforce | Fashion & Retail News

ISTANBUL – Proposals for a groundbreaking initiative that could rapidly accelerate growth in the organic cotton market are being discussed by leading …

Clothing

First Fair Trade Shoe Factory Produces Footwear Available in N. America

The first-ever Fair Trade certification for a shoe factory was announced recently. A Canadian company, Oliberté, imports the shoes from a factory in …