Eco Zone

Welcome to to Global Cool’s Eco Directory, where we bring you all the best products, advice and organisations that can help you lead a greener life. Click on these links to jump to the area you want to explore…

Green lifestyle magazines
Recycling tips
Eco-friendly holidays
Ethical fashion
Public transport info
Start cycling
Reduce your energy use
Join climate change campaigns
Environment education
Support environmental conservation projects
Help protect wildlife
Support international development
Make your business sustainable


Green Lifestyle Magazines

Daisy Green Magazine
The daisygreenmagazine.co.uk team have been described as a cross between Sex and The City and The Good Life. Their aim is to act as role models for those people who wish to live a more ethical and sustainable life, but without preaching.

Green 24
Green 24 provide green tips to parents wanting to educate their children on the environment, for those wanting to travel sustainably and for people looking to run a greener home.

Recognise Magazine
Recognise Magazine is a lifestyle magazine celebrating eco-friendly living, lifestyle, sustainable fashion, celebrities and culture.


Recycling Tips

Recycle Now
Loads of information on how to recycle just about anything.


Eco-Friendly Holidays

Champneys
Champneys’ British hotels offer a great alternative to flying abroad for your holidays. Their four luxury health spa hotels are located in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire and Hampshire. Whether you want to detox, lose weight or improve your overall wellness there’s plenty to keep you active.


Eco Fashion

Bohohemp
BohoHemp are on a mission to make stylish eco-friendly clothing easier to find and buy in the UK. All their clothing is made from hemp and organic cotton, plus all their packaging and products are environmentally friendly. Follow them on Twitter to find out which fairs and festivals they ‘ll be attending.

Good One
Goodone is an award winning independent fashion label that reflects contemporary London through conscious, modern design. They believe that an intelligent approach to design should not only satisfy a hunger for new and constantly evolving concepts in style, but should also address the environmental impact of the fashion industry.


Public Transport Info

Traveline
Traveline is a partnership of transport operators and local authorities formed to provide impartial and comprehensive information about public transport. It operates in Scotland, England and Wales.


Cycling Tips

Going Going Bike
They tried to buy a used bicycle that wasn’t stolen. That’s how it all started! They found it hard to track down one that they liked and be sure wasn’t stolen. And so the basic idea of Going Going Bike was born – a legitimate market for used bikes and bike-y stuff. No bike thieves (or jargon) allowed!


Energy Use Advice

Energy Rethinking
Energy Rethinking aims to inspire and encourage everyone to use energy more wisely and save money at the same time.  Energy saving is about more than flicking switches and changing light bulbs. They have a lot of good ideas to share – from industry, academia, government and non-governmental organisations.

SCARF
SCARF provides householders, businesses and organisations with independent, free and impartial advice on sustainable use of energy that will not only reduce the amount of energy they use or save them money on fuel bills, but give them a warm, dry environment that puts less strain on natural resources and help combat climate change.

YouGen
If you want to make your home warm and cosy, avoid wasting energy, or generate your own renewable heat or electricity, then YouGen has all the information you need to go ahead. It’s practical and down to earth, with experts to answer your questions. It’s also a good place to find installers who are recommended by their customers.


Climate Change Campaigns

Action for Sustainable Living
The 2008 Guardian Charity of the Year winner in recognition of its upbeat, people-centered approach to progressing sustainability. Offering training and support to individuals in Greater Manchester and in projects throughout the wider UK, they address environmental priorities including energy efficiency, waste management, sustainable travel and food growing.

Climate Concern UK
This charity aims to challenge the scepticism and denial about carbon emissions and to discourage excessive use of energy and carbon emitting lifestyles. It provides updated information on climate change, ideas for campaigning and educating and when individuals are willing to join up with others in their local area, help them to connect with one another so that together they can make a difference.

COIN
Climate Outreach and Information Centre was set up in 2004 this was the first charity with a core purpose of engaging the public directly in climate change. COIN seeks to inspire lasting changes in attitudes and behaviour through the use of innovative action learning methods, and by assisting people to communicate their own messages to their peers.

Environmental Justice Foundation
EJF was established in 2000 to empower people who suffer most from environmental abuses to find peaceful ways of preventing them. One of the ways EJF achieves this aim is to train individuals in the southern hemisphere to document, expose and create long term solutions. Raising international awareness of the issues is key to the work they do.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth is an international network of environmental organisations in 76 countries. It considers environmental issues in their social, political and human rights contexts. Their campaigns stretch beyond the traditional arena of the conservation movement and seek to address the economic and development aspects of sustainability. Originally based in America and Europe, its membership is now heavily weighted toward groups in the developing world.

Greenpeace
Greenpeace tackles issues such as global warming, deforestation, overfishing, commercial whaling and anti-nuclear issues using direct action, lobbying and research to achieve its goals. They act to defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions.

Stop Climate Chaos
The UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities. Thier combined supporter base of more than 11 million people spans over 100 organisations, from environment and development charities to unions, faith, community and women’s groups. Together they demand practical action by the UK to keep global warming as far as possible below the 2 degrees C danger threshold.

The Young People’s Trust
The Young People’s Trust for the Environment is a charity which aims to encourage young people’s understanding of the environment and the need for sustainability. With climate change being such a big issue for us all, there has probably never been a more important time for environmental education. They provide free environmental information and services for schools and young people.

Zero Carbon Trust
This charity is delivering positive change towards us living in a sustainable and equitable de-carbonised society. They campaign that confusion, legislation and profiteering surrounding decarbonisation are commonplace.


Education

Atlantic Rising
Atlantic Rising is a charity that embarked on a 28,000 mile journey around the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way they gathered a huge amount of material – photographs, interviews, short films, soundscapes – which we have now transformed into an educational project for 12-15 year olds.

The Eden Project
The Eden Project is a visitor attraction in Cornwall with the world’s largest greenhouse. Its aim is to educate on the interdependence of plants and people. The project believes that by helping people to understand the value of the natural world they will be inspired to save it.


Environmental Conservation

Kew Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was founded in 1759, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Alongside Kew Gardens in London, Kew has a second country garden based at Wakehurst which is home to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank. Kew is the world leader in plant science and conservation, their work helps to describe the world’s plant and fungal diversity as well as safeguard the world’s plant life.

Pesticide Action Network UK
This charity carries out research into pesticide associated issues and delivers this information to those concerned such as governments, decision makers, media and concerned citizens. They campaign against the use of pesticides in the textile and food industry claiming it is possible to be organic and use low input production methods with success.

Rainforest Foundation UK
The mission of the Rainforest Foundation is to support indigenous people and traditional populations of the world’s rainforests to protect their environment and fulfil their rights to land and livelihood. Since it was founded in 1989 the Rainforest Foundation has helped indigenous and local communities to protect more than 100,000 square kilometers of rainforest .

Soil Association
The Soil Association is the UK’s leading campaigning and certification organisation for organic food and farming. It was founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists who observed a direct connection between farming practice and plant, animal, human and environmental health.

Surfers Against Sewage
SAS is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably. SAS was founded in 1990 by a group of surfers who were literally ‘sick of getting sick’ through repeated ear, nose, throat and gastric infections after going in the sea. SAS has been effective in delivering the virtual elimination of continuous sewage discharges.

SYLVA Foundation
The Sylva Foundation supports forestry science, promoting trees and their management to the public, and supporting the production and availability of home-grown timber. They run a number of projects under our Science,Education and Forestry programmes. It aims to advance education for the public benefit in the theory and practice of sustainable forest management.

The National Forest Charitable Trust
The National Forest Charitable Trust is transforming dereliction at the heart of The National Forest and creating environmental, educational and recreational facilities for people to enjoy in perpetuity. The Trust is working closely with the National Forest Company to create the National Forest and ensure its stewardship for future generations.

The Silvanus Trust
The Trust embraces a holistic view of forestry working extensively in education, social forestry, environmental woodland management and the forestry and timber industries, seeking always to foster the links between people and woodlands and woodland products. They work with communities and businesses to increase the potential of woodland to support greater rural economic activity by marketing local materials.

 Trees for Cities
Trees for Cities is an independent charity which inspires people to plant and love trees worldwide. Established in 1993, Trees for Cities creates social cohesion and beautifies our cities through tree planting, community-led design, education and training initiatives in urban areas that need it most. They involve local residents, schools and community groups helps ensure the sustainability of these green spaces.


Wildlife Protection

International Polar Foundation
The International Polar Foundation was established in 2002, it communicates and educates on polar science and polar research as a way to understand key environmental and climate mechanisms.

Orangutan Appeal UK
The Orangutan Appeal UK is a registered charity based in the south of England, dedicated to the rehabilitation and preservation of orangutans and the conservation of their habitat. The Appeal is also authorised to work on behalf of the famous Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

WildWood Trust
Wildwood is committed to improving conditions for wildlife throughout the UK. Their mission is to safeguard populations of endangered species in the UK, bring back recently extinct species such as the beaver to suitable habitats in Britain, and raise awareness about wildlife conservation through education initiatives at our wildlife park.

World Wildlife Fund
This international NGO works on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment. It is the world’s largest independent conservation organisation with over 5 million supporters world wide supporting around 1,300 conservation and environmental projects.


International Development

Powerful Information
A British charity working to empower communities in low-income countries to tackle the root causes of poverty, injustice and environmental harm. They work with and through local partners to support practical grassroots initiatives that build social capital, promote social justice, encourage community involvement, and raise public awareness of important social and environmental issues.

SolarAid
SolarAid confronts two of humanity’s greatest challenges, climate change and poverty, by harnessing humanity’s greatest resource, the extraordinary power of the sun. SolarAid is a British international development charity that promotes the use of solar energy to help reduce global poverty and climate change.

The Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Devlopment
The Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development works with partners in the UK and internationally to identify pathways to democratic innovation in the face of the major environmental and social pressures that lie ahead. They build general understanding through their links and campaign for sustainable development through their presentations, press work, networking and website.

The Humanitarian Centre
The Humanitarian Centre is an international development network affiliated with the University of Cambridge. They bring together NGOs, researchers, entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders, students and consultants working to reduce global poverty.

Village Aid Africa
Village Aid believed that African People are best placed to deal with the problems in Africa. The charity helps local people to develop situations by providing them with resources and capital required to do so. Village Aid works closely in partnership with local grass root organisations that are at the heart of the communities they support.


Sustainable Business

BioRegional Solutions for Sustainability
This award-winning social enterprise establishes sustainable businesses and works with partners around the world to demonstrate that a sustainable future is attractive and affordable.