Julia Hailes MBE

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

About me

 I’m a campaigning consultant, a writer, a speaker, a green entrepreneur and an opinion former. In 1987, I co-founded SustainAbility , an environmental consultancy and think tank, with John Elkington . Since then I’ve written or co-written nine books, including the million selling Green Consumer Guide.

I write regularly for magazines and newspapers, sit on the board of a number of organisations and my most long-standing clients include Marks & Spencer and Procter & Gamble . In 2002, I co-founded an African charity, Haller. In 1992 I got an UN Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement and in 1999 an MBE.

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

News & Updates

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading



War on waste - not just plastics (Oct18)

Photo taken by Alex Mourant, 2017I’ve now done multiple speeches about plastics and waste.  The more I do, the more committed I am to changing our wasteful, disposable society.We’ve adopted p...

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