Julia Hailes MBE

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

Writing and Media

I don’t often describe myself as a journalist but I do sometimes write for magazines and newspapers. I was a regular contributor to the Telegraph for a couple of years – and had my blog published with them online, as well as the serialisation of one of my books – The New Green Consumer Guide. More recently, I’ve written a number of articles for the Financial Times.

I’m definitely not a TV presenter but a long time ago I presented a mini series entitled Green Matters on the Richard & Judy Morning Show. And I have been on numerous TV and radio programmes being interviewed about various things from packaging to plastic bags, recycling to xx, food to freezing, cleaning to clothes – and even a recent interview on wearing vests!

I could describe myself as a blogger because I write one as often as I can – but it’s never often enough. I always have blog ideas in the pipeline but I don’t always have time to write and post them. And I should definitely admit to being a Twitterer – I started in 2011 and sometimes tweet quite a lot.

I also write books:


  • 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'...

  • FT Article - It's Not Easy Being Green (Apr12)

    My article on eco-renovation was published in the House & Home section of the FT on 21st April, 2012.   It's explains how I set about greening my London flat - and the challenges I faced, despite being an eco-expert...

  • Writing for the Financial Times (Apr12)

    I’ve started writing for FT House & Home. My first article, co-written with Fiona Harvey in March 2011 was about Feed in Tariffs – click here for a link...

  • Vanessa Feltz show – BBC radio London (2011-2012)

    Having been on the programme in 2011 talking about plastic bags, I was asked back to talk about vests.  The show had seen a comment I’d made in the Daily Express about how difficult it was to get children to wear vests – but that this was preferable to turning up the heating...

  • Radio 2 - Jeremy Vine show

    Click here to listen to the fierce debate about food waste and the merits of ‘slop bins’ or garbage pages as I prefer to call them.   I’m being challenged by a chap who didn’t impress me much with with his views on food waste, recycling and climate change...

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.

Hot Topics

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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Radio 4 – Costing the Earth

This half hour programme looks at how some people are responding the the threat of climate change as we approach the Copenhagen summit in December 2009.  It includes interviews with school children participating in the Generation Green youth tank, including comments from Julia, as their expert green guide.
BBC Radio 4 Costing the Earth

Western Gazette

I’ve written regular articles for the Western Gazette including ones covering:

  • Leaving shop doors open
  • Recycling in Somerset
  • Aluminium
  • Electric bikes

Telegraph Articals and Blogs 2007-2009 [FLAG]

I’ve written numerous articles and blogs for the Telegraph.  – click here to see more…

In 2007 The New Green Consumer Guide was serialised in the Telegraph, starting with a feature article about me.



BBC 3 Counties Radio – Rant on Plastic Bags [FLAG]

Jonathan Vernon Smith from BBC 3 Counties Radio rants to Julia about why he doesn’t thing people should be charged for plastic bags.  Julia gives a robust response and explains that he shouldn’t be complaining about something so trivial.

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Radio 5 Live

I’ve been on a number of Radio 5 Live Programmes including:

  • Anita Anand Show – as a panellist throughout the evening
  • Richard Bacon Show talking about bottled water and plastic bags
  • Kay Adams – talking about how to stop wasting food
  • Steve Wright Show

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