Julia Hailes MBE

Sustainability Pioneer


My Books

Between 1987 and 1992, I co-authored eight books with John Elkington, including the best-selling Green Consumer Guide, The Young Green Consumer Guide and Holidays that don’t Cost the Earth. And, in 2007, I wrote The New Green Consumer Guide as sole author. Find out more by clicking here.

Author: Julia Hailes

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The New Green Consumer Guide - 2007

When I wrote the original Green Consumer Guide in 1988, with John Elkington, green issues were moving out of the fringe and into the mainstream. The New Green Consumer Guide, published in 2007, came at a similar turning point.  The world was awakening to environmental issues – and in particular to concerns about climate change. Whereas, a couple of decades earlier our key task was to help people make connections between the things they buy or do, the more recent book helped guide people through the myriad of choices and conflicting information.

The New Green Consumer Guide wasn’t just an up-date from the original book.  For a start, it was fully illustrated and included personal anecdotes about what I do at home – and in some cases what I haven’t managed to do.  Most importantly it showed how people can make a difference, whether they’re decorating a house, buying food, travelling or even dying!

Manual 2000 - 1998

This book is the essential, fact-filled guide on how we can help build the future we want. It explains – clearly and simply – the extraordinary range of moral, social and environmental issues we face in the new millennium. But the book goes much further, giving practical, up-to-date information and advice on available, affordable solutions.

Authors: John Elkington & Julia Hailes

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Holidays That Don’t Cost The Earth - 1992

Tourism is the world’s largest industry and has a significant impact on the environment.   Holidays that Don’t Cost the Earth  categorises us all from trailblazer to tripper and from traveller to tourist, investigating what sort of impacts we have.  It also looks at where are the pressure points and gives a star rating to different tourism activities on the basis of its environmental impact.

Authors: John Elkington & Julia Hailes

Publisher: Gollancz

The Young Green Consumer’s Guide - 1990

This award-winning book helps make young people aware of the threats facing our planet and what they can do about it at home and at school.

Authors: John Elkington, Julia Hailes & Douglas Hill

Publisher: Gollancz but taken over by Penguin

The Green Consumer Guide - 1988

The Green Consumer Guide – From Shampoo to Champagne, High street shopping for a better environment became a number one best-seller and stayed on the best-seller lists in the UK for over 40 weeks.  It has subsequently sold over 1 million copies around the world having been published in over 20 countries. A major influence on consumers, manufacturers and retailers. Launched alongside Green Consumer Week.

Authors: John Elkington & Julia Hailes

Publisher: Gollancz

The New Foods Guide - 1999

Fancy a taste of the future? That’s what you’ll find in The New Foods Guide. It’s jam-packed with information on some of the extraordinary new food products that are beginning to appear along the supermarket shelves, others still in the pipeline and a number that are as yet little more than gleams in food scientists’ eyes.

Authors: John Elkington & Julia Hailes

Publisher: Gollancz

Who Needs it? - 1995

A business guide to the market implications of sustainable lifestyles. The first authoritative international survey of the business implications of the impending shift to more environmentally sustainable production and consumption patterns.

Publisher: SustainAbility (Apr 95)

The LCA Sourcebook - 1993

The first European Business Guide to Life Cycle Assessment. A practical reference guide for both the uninitiated and those already involved with LCA. Includes contact details for the leading practitioners, centres of excellence, key publications and databases and a list of products on which LCA’s have been carried out.

Publisher: SustainAbility (Jun 93)

The Green Business Guide - 1991

Provides practical, down-to-earth advice on how to build competitive advantage by achieving state-of-the-art environmental standards. Complete with case studies, checklists and problem-solving aids.

Authors: John Elkington & Peter Knight with Julia Hailes

The Green Consumer’s Supermarket Shopping Guide - 1989

From ketchup to kitchen rolls this book took over where The Green Consumer Guide  left off.  It analysed hundreds of products, star-rated the supermarkets on their environmental performance and led to high profile national advertising campaigns on which supermarket came out best.  Launched alongside Green Shopping Day.

Authors: John Elkington & Julia Hailes

Publisher: Gollancz

Green Pages - 1988

Designed as a first-stop information source on the rapidly growing environment business, Green Pages was ground-breaking in helping build bridges between business, public sector and environmental interests.


Authors: John Elkington, Tom Burke & Julia Hailes

Publisher: Routledge