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Welcome to 2014!

Winter is well and truly upon us, and for some this time of year coupled with a reluctant return to work can create a post-Christmas gloominess. On the other hand, the new year can be a time of revival and optimism for the future. Sales of fair trade products continue to rise, renewable energy is playing a more prominent role in our economy and consumer demand for companies to adopt more ethical policies remains high on the agenda. There is clearly more work to be done but there are positive signs and opportunities for the green economy as the UK market picks up. January is a great time to pick up bargains, save money and help the planet!






Ethical Superstore are currently running a January sale offering up to 50% off a wide range of items including clothing, homeware, household goods and coffee plus much more. It's a great time to bag yourself a bargain and help fair trade suppliers and the planet at the same time! They're also giving away free items on purchases such as a FREE Ecover Fabric Conditioner when you spend £30 or more.








 
Green People provide natural beauty and skincare products for the whole family. They are currently offering a range of detox products to beat the post-Christmas fatigue as well as a range of 2 for 1 offers across a range of products. Again, a great time to look and feel better whilst saving money.




  




People Tree offer sustainable and fair trade fashion at very reasonable prices. Many of their clothing ranges are unique and not available on the High Street. They are currently offering a massive 60% off a wide range of clothing items across January.








Spirit of Nature have been delivering natural, organic and earth-friendly baby products to happy customers across the UK for over a decade. Check out their best-selling eco-disposable nappies and organic babycare, or treat yourself to something for mum. They are currently offering up to 50% off in their January sale.










Myakka offer beautiful, unique fair trade furniture that is truly stylish and different. They are currently having a winter sale with 50% off a wide range of furniture. Its an especially good time to grab a bargain if you have just moved house or in the process of upgrading your living room.






 


If you have received a new phone or upgraded your old phone over Christmas remember to recycle your old one. Mobile phones contain materials which are toxic when they start to seep into the soil in landfills sites. Protect the environment and earn some extra cash instead.


 


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Are wind turbines economically viable? In a word, yes. The carbon payback of construction of wind occurs in three to six months, there are over 16,000 direct jobs and around 14,000 indirect jobs in the wind industry, and payments only occur for energy generated by wind turbines – not installed capacity.


Typhoon Haiyan should spur climate change action Climate change's link to extreme weather such as the powerful storm that hit the Philippines means our efforts need to go beyond relief and aid – we need to cut emissions and adapt to a warming world.


Congratulations to Oxfam Their Behind the Brands campaign persuaded Coca Cola to ditch land grab sugar. Now it’s time for big food companies to also commit to sourcing from small holder farmers says Jon Walker, Fairtrade’s Sugar Product Manager


Largest African wind farm begins production After three years of construction, Africa’s largest wind farm is now producing electricity for Ethiopia. As the second most populous nation in the continent, the east African nation has been investigating new sources of energy that will increase the supply of electricity to the grid.


Women farmers A new report by TWIN finds investing in women farmers is good for business and development, as the Fairtrade Foundation and TWIN urge businesses to 'smash the glass ceiling' for women farmers, who play a vital role in global food production.


Arctic is warmer than in 40,000 years Evidence of the speed and severity of recent Arctic warming has been unearthed by scientists who have found mosses that have been exposed to sunlight for the first time in at least 40 millennia.


Climate change is causing the world’s oceans to acidify at rates not seen for the last 55 million years, and the only way to moderate this danger is to reduce human emissions of carbon dioxide, conclude 540 scientists from 37 countries in a new report.


Transport for London (TfL) has agreed on a new energy efficient lighting programme to help reduce the cost of lighting the TfL Road Network (TLRN). It is one of the largest 'invest to save' strategic road lighting projects ever undertaken in the UK with the hopes of lowering operating costs and improving reliability.


A Fairtrade co-operative in Western Uganda has pioneered a ground-breaking training scheme to help to increase gender equality throughout the region. The Bukonzo Co-operative in Western Uganda has 2,400 farmer members and produce some of the finest washed Arabica coffee in the world. It is made up of 85% of women and has pioneered the methodology ‘Gender Action Learning System’ (GALS), a training programme designed to tackle issues in gender empowerment such as land ownership, and division of labour.


Britain's first "social supermarket" has opened its doors, offering shoppers on the verge of food poverty the chance to buy food and drink for up to 70% less than normal high-street prices. If successful, the Community Shop, in Goldthorpe, near Barnsley, south Yorkshire, which is backed by large retailers and supermarkets, could be replicated elsewhere in Britain. Community Shop is a subsidiary of Company Shop, Britain's largest commercial re-distributor of surplus food and goods, which works with retailers and manufacturers to tackle their surpluses sustainably and securely.



 

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