Monthly Archives: April 2007

I’m not an ethical bag; Sellout ‘green’ carrier is made in China with cheap labour

- The Evening Standard (London)

The designer shopping bag aimed at promoting green awareness was made using cheap labour in China, according to an Evening Standard investigation.

The “I’m not a plastic bag” bag became a must-have fashion item even before 20,000 of them sold out within an hour at Sainsbury’s. Women queued from 3am to get one of the Pounds 5 cotton bags made by designer Anya Hindmarch they are now changing hands on eBay for Pounds 225.

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Italian Government Issues Regulation for Socially and Ecologically Responsible Products

- IPS (Latin America)

Italy is leading the way in a European drive to convince public authorities that they should adopt a policy of buying goods produced in a socially and ecologically responsible manner.

Last year, the Italian government issued a new regulation stating that public authorities should take account of sustainable development when they are issuing calls for tender. (more…)

Is Organic Coffee Doomed?

- Treehugger.com

Will organic-coffee lovers need a different kind of fix, soon? Earlier this month, Salon published a story decrying the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent tightening of organic-certification requirements. The main sticking point: These revised standards could drastically cut back on the ability of small grower co-ops to produce organic coffee. (more…)

Ben & Jerry’s, Now Free & Fair! New Flavors, Including Fair Trade, Launch Global Free Cone Day on April 17th

- Business Wire

Your local Ben & Jerry’s has been hard at work preparing for another summer season filled with legend-dairy classics like Cherry Garcia, Phish Food and Chocolate Fudge Brownie as well as a few brand new flavors to please your palette and satisfy your soul. The company traditionally launches new flavors on Global Free Cone Day, Tuesday, April 17. Participating national and international shops will throw open their doors and scoop out free cones all day long. (more…)