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Weekly Environmental news update March 2020

Your weekly roundup of the top eco stories from the last 7 days. This week Corona Virus is reducing CO2 emissions, A university uses drones to track glacier melting, Bears are coming out of hibernation early due ot mild weather, UK tree plantations are not helping the climate crisis and Greta Thunberg rally leaves green damaged.

Our top famous environmental activists

As we close the chapter to our month of focusing on film and literature we thought it might be nice to celebrate eco warriors in the limelight. These may be film stars, TV personalities or singers, who are all working towards the same goal as us here at E.C.O. These are people who are working in active service to protect our planet from degradation and destruction. Using their position in society to amplify their voice and increase awareness is a necessary step to ensure the message of our climate crisis is reaching as many people as possible.

Weekly Environmental news update February 2020

Your weekly roundup of the top eco stories from the last 7 days. This week cereal and snack giant, Kellogg's, commits to removing palm oil by 2025, 25% of tweets supporting Trump's climate denial were written by bots, coral bleaching in GBR are estimated to reach all time high, activists in the UK referred to anti-radicalisation programmes and finally, some good news! Blue whale abundance seems to be on the rise in South Georgia with 55 sightings.

The best, quick vegan guacamole recipe

It is hard to not be in the mood for guac and tortilla chips. Guacamole is often sold in plastic tubs which cannot be recycled in some areas, or are not washed after use and contaminate a whole recycling batch. Forget the plastic and make your own guacamole at home. It can be made in less than 10 minutes (and eaten in five!) so is great for making as soon as your guests arrive or just before you press 'play' at a movie night.

Quick, delicious Mexican enchilada sauce recipe

This sauce is super versatile and can be used in virtually any Mexican recipe including fajitas, enchiladas, burritos and Mexican pasta. The best thing about this recipe is you can adjust the spice depending on your taste.

An interview with Julian Hoffman on ‘Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save Our Wild Places’

This month at E.C.O. we shining a spotlight on eco Film and Literature and are lucky enough to have interviewed a dear friend and author, Julian Hoffman. Two years after I met Julian in Indonesia, Julian, my boyfriend and I met in London in an old bank which has now been converted into a pub. After an amazing few hours of drink, food and environmental chit chat we had put the world to rights (we are awaiting our Nobel Peace Prize), and he kindly offered to spare his time for an interview via Skype which we are extremely grateful for!

Weekly Environmental news update February 2020

Your weekly roundup of the top eco stories from the last 7 days. This week the Earth's largest iceberg is headed for the open ocean, the EU are pressured to introduce a meat tax, vegan guidelines are confirmed for UK fashion industry, children are taking climate action into their own hands at school and A-list celebrities back Cara Delevigne's climate initiative.

BOSH! – the ultimate cookbook for quick, delicious vegan recipes

Changing your diet to cut down or cut out meat doesn't have to mean sacrificing on taste and flavour. BOSH! has the most flavoursome vegan options out there and this article features our favourite recipes including the ultimate chilli, cauliflower buffalo wings, sticky toffee pudding, bangers in blankets and curry house jalfrezi.

The best vegan substitutes for everyday vegan meals

With Veganuary ending today we just want to say a massive congratulations to everyone who took part. Whether you’ve cut all meat and dairy out of your diet or just cut down, your actions are making a difference to the planet and to animals.

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An interview with Julian Hoffman on ‘Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save Our Wild Places’

This month at E.C.O. we shining a spotlight on eco Film and Literature and are lucky enough to have interviewed a dear friend and author, Julian Hoffman. Two years after I met Julian in Indonesia, Julian, my boyfriend and I met in London in an old bank which has now been converted into a pub. After an amazing few hours of drink, food and environmental chit chat we had put the world to rights (we are awaiting our Nobel Peace Prize), and he kindly offered to spare his time for an interview via Skype which we are extremely grateful for!

Our guide to eating in restaurants during Veganuary

While many restaurants still don’t have a plant based option or have the odd measly salad, the options are slowly starting to open up. We've trawled the best plant based options in chain restaurants and we’ve found an extensive range across many cuisines...

Weekly Environmental news update November 2019

Read this week's E.C.O. news roundup to hear the latest environmental news. EasyJet are set to carbon offset their flights, Coldplay are planning a net-zero album tour, fires and flood cause fear worldwide, African plants are set for extinction and Greta Thunberg is a time traveler.

Food Articles & Recipes ›

Quick vegan harissa squash hummus recipe

We are turning the flavour up with our butternut squash and harissa hummus. This is healthy, spicy and perfect for picnics, pre-dinner snacks and parties. Put it in wraps, burgers or just have with piping hot pitta.

The best, quick vegan guacamole recipe

It is hard to not be in the mood for guac and tortilla chips. Guacamole is often sold in plastic tubs which cannot be recycled in some areas, or are not washed after use and contaminate a whole recycling batch. Forget the plastic and make your own guacamole at home. It can be made in less than 10 minutes (and eaten in five!) so is great for making as soon as your guests arrive or just before you press 'play' at a movie night.

Quick, delicious Mexican enchilada sauce recipe

This sauce is super versatile and can be used in virtually any Mexican recipe including fajitas, enchiladas, burritos and Mexican pasta. The best thing about this recipe is you can adjust the spice depending on your taste.

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Weekly Environmental news update January 2020

Your weekly roundup of the top eco stories from the last 7 days. This week the celebrate Thailand's 20-year plan to completely ban plastic, the National Grid released reports the UK was fuelled on more renewable energy than fossil fuels in 2019, Single-use plastic bans could be more damaging to the planet based on CO2 emissions from alternatives, a new protein has been made 'from thin air' by Finnish scientists which could compete with soya and major Indonesian floods sadly cause deaths across the capital.

Weekly Environmental news update December 2019

Your weekly roundup of the top eco stories from the last 7 days. This week there is a rise in veganism, Seychelles are taking climate action into their own hands, statistics show UK cities produce half of the country's CO2 emissions, Australian fires continue to spread and scientists have found a way to 'scrub' CO2 from smoke stacks in the US.

The environmental Christmas Tree tradition is growing

ere have been great discussions this year as people become more environmentally conscious around the Christmas tree tradition. What is better for the planet – artificial or real? We have seen a new wave of innovation year on year as many have shunned the two traditional routes and created their own style of tree. Now that we all have our trees up and are counting down until Santa arrives, we wanted to show your our favourite eco trees this holiday season.

Clothing & Fashion ›

Three sustainable, eco clothing brands to follow

Here at E.C.O. we do not support fast fashion. However, there will always be a need for new items of clothing, and as we have been become a consumerist society we will most likely continue the desire to own new items of clothing. Before we go into some brands we support I would like to quickly remind readers of how to shop responsibly.

Donate unwanted, old coats to homeless and needy with Wrap Up London

The clocks have gone back, the evenings are getting darker and colder, the blankets have come out along with the warm pyjamas, and although it’s only autumn it’s beginning to feel like winter is setting in. It’s hard to imagine not having these luxuries let alone a roof over your head, but that’s the reality for many people living on the streets

Why you should take part in Veganuary 2020

Veganuary is a 31 day challenge to take part in Veganism. It gives you an opportunity to make a difference to your life and the lives of others on a trial basis. Not tying you into any contract or commitment, giving you a manageable amount of time to test a new lifestyle. We have four main reasons we think everyone should give Veganuary a go. Have a read and see if you think you can take the 31 day challenge!

Our favourite, easy vegan homemade nut butter recipe

This is the worlds easiest recipe and with only one main ingredient (and three optional) it’s almost impossible to mess up! It’s also a great option for those who want to avoid palm oil or don’t want any additives in their nut butter