In 1988 I co-wrote The Green Consumer Guide, which became a number one best-seller and went on to sell over a million copies worldwide. I’ve now authored or co-authored nine books, the most recent of which was The New Green Consumer Guide, published in 2007.
My main work has been as a sustainability consultant to industry. Current or recent clients include British Gas, Marks & Spencer, McDonalds, The National Trust, Procter & Gamble and Shell. I also make speeches, write regularly for newspapers and magazines, have a blog and towards the end of 2011, started tweeting too.
I have sat on the board of a number of organisations, including Jupiter Global Green Investment Trust, Out of this World supermarkets and Keep Britain Tidy. In 2002, I co-founded Haller, a charity supporting sustainable communities and farming in Kenya. I’ve also sat on the Food Ethics Council and been a trustee of both the Ecos Trust, that promotes sustainable building practice and Waste Watch.
In 2010, I started eco-renovating my London flat – and I’ve been writing about both this experience, as well as renovations at my home in Somerset.
At the end of 2011, I co-founded ‘E For Good’, which aims to clean up e-Waste (electrical & electronic equipment). We want to reduce the amount of it, set up systems for more repair and reuse and improve recycling processes, as well as create local solutions for products used in this country. We are working with schools, universities, retailers, local authorities, government and across many business sectors in the first consumer-facing campaign in this area.
In 1989, I was elected to the UN Global 500 Roll of Honour for ‘outstanding environmental achievements’ and in 1999 was awarded an MBE, in the New Years Honours List. I live in Somerset with my three sons, Connor, Rollo and Monty – aged 17, 15 and 13.