Julia Hailes MBE

" I wear many hats, but they're all green."


Since September 2011, I have been focused on setting up E for Good and campaigning on e-waste. However, there is some other news too – covered
here. Please also look at news from previous years:

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  • Sainsbury's Round Table with Justin King - CEO (Sep12)

    I was one of a dozen 'opinion formers' invited to a dinner at Sainsbury's HQ, with Justin King. The meeting was chaired by Anna Ford - former newsreader - shortly before she stood down from the Sainsbury's board...

  • Biomimicry - sustainable solutions (Sep12)

    [caption id="attachment_1151" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Michael Pawlyn"][/caption] I'm a great fan of Michael Pawlyn - from Exploration Architecture.   I love his ideas and thinking...

  • Haller news (Sep12)

    Rene Haller was in London for the September board meeting.   After the board meeting we visited British Airways who have made Haller one of their favourite charities - with on-board films and other sponsorship activities...

  • Haller raises £15k through The Funding Network evening

    It started with bubbles and canapés and culminated with the London Gay Men's Chorus, who were all dressed in black and looked a bit scary, until they opened their mouths!  The 10th Anniversary celebration of The Funding Network was held at Mansion House.  Haller was one of five charities selected to make a presentation - it focused on small-scale ideas for urban slum gardens...

  • Moved house - and have limited access to broadband

    I've just moved house - just over the border from Somerset to Dorset.  Loads of boxes to unpack and things to do...

E for Good

In 2011, I set up E For Good, with Melinda Watson .We’re campaigning to reduce the amount of electrical waste (e-waste) as well as setting up systems to increase repair, reuse and efficient recycling. This is the focus of my work in 2012.

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Baby Business Campaigning Carrier bags Cleaning Communications Communities Consumers Detergents Disposables E-waste Eco-renovation Education Energy Food Government Green building Household M&S Media Nappies P&G Packaging Plastic bags Plastics Recycling Schools Supermarkets Sustainability Waste

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Haller news (Sep12)

Rene Haller was in London for the September board meeting.  After the board meeting we visited British Airways who have made Haller one of their favourite charities – with on-board films and other sponsorship activities.  They were very enthusiastic about what Rene had to say.  The visit coincided with Louise Piper stepping down as the Director of Haller (but staying as a Trustee).  She is being replaced by Kevin Sloan, who has worked for many years in the British Diplomatic Service.   The other significant Haller development is a much needed revamp of the website – it’s now worth looking at!  It was designed by Green Chameleon in Bristol, who also did the E for Good website

Women in Action (Sep12)

Melinda Watson and I travelled to Corby, not knowing what to expect for the Women in Action event, organised by Planet Aid.  We arrived to music and a fashion show – promoting recycled clothes.  Melinda was the first to take the platform.  She talked about the illegal export of e-waste and its impact on developing countries – and explained how E for Good was campaigning on the issue.  I then talked about the work of Haller in land restoration and promoting sustainable communities.

Which? on plastic bags (Aug12)


I’ve done a lot of speaking and writing about plastic bags!  I’ve even written a poem on the subject, for one speech I made.  Which? asked me to give them an expert view for an article in entitled ‘Plastic bags at breaking point.   As well as being interviewed on the topic, I wrote a short piece which included an action list for supermarkets to:

1.  Encourage customers to bring their own bags and reuse them as much as possible

2.  Promote recycling of all polyethylene film, along with carrier bags

3.  Close the loop and make carrier bags from recycled plastic

Speaking at Ashridge (Jun12)


The Ashridge building and grounds were spectacular.  I was asked to speak to post-graduates doing an MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility  by Ashridge Business School.  The programme was aimed at people already working in business and corporations, including consultants, activists, public sector managers and NGO professionals, which means there was a pretty mixed bunch.  My talk was about my personal sustainability experience, but it soon opened into a more interactive session with lots of questions from all the other participants.

Washing up tips with Fairy (May12)

Procter & Gamble, manufacturers of Fairy liquid, asked me to write some consumer advice about the greenest way to wash dishes.   One of my bug bears is people who rinse their plates under the tap before putting it in the dishwasher – either wash the plate or put it in the dishwasher. There’s no need to do both.  Another washing up horror is washing dishes under a running tap – particularly if it’s hot water.  I find it very difficult watching other people wash up, if they’re being wasteful – and sometimes can’t stop myself trying to change other people’s washing up habits!  Eek.

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