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

Speaking in Istanbul (Oct12)

My second speaking engagement in Istanbul.  I was invited to speak at Green Business Turkey 2012.  The brilliant thing about this is that the event showed that many Turkish businesses are showing a real interest in sustainability issues.  With over … Continue reading

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.   The focus … Continue reading

Biomimicry – sustainable solutions (Sep12)

I’m a great fan of Michael Pawlyn – from Exploration Architecture.  I love his ideas and thinking.  And so was keen to attend his Lignacite lecture at the Royal College of Physicians.  Michael’s key theme is ‘biomimicry’ and his most … Continue reading



Feeling guilty about Lidl lobsters

We bought a couple of lobsters from Lidl for £5.99 each and had them for supper.  They weren't particularly good despite getting the top rating for 'cheap supermarket lobsters'.  And, even ...

Blog coming alive again! Nov14
I've made friends with my heating controls
Challenging Sainsbury's on environmental standards
Raw Foundation Making Waves about Waste
E-Waste Poem - with help from Dr Seuss
10 tonnes of e-waste an hour at SWEEEP
How efficient are energy efficiency schemes?
My eco-renovated flat is available for rent
Recycling is not enough - we need more reuse of e-waste