Rubbish In Indonesia (Mar23)

It felt like Armageddon.  We went on a ‘nature bike ride’, but the trip [...]

The Rubbish Project is hiring! (Jan22)

Brilliant opportunity for an entrepreneurial commercial director to work with circular economy pioneers. Click [...]

Is the EU’s Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive better for the environment (Feb21)

No.  I don’t think it is – at least not all of it. Mid 2021 [...]

Green Consumer Compilation – TV Clips with Julia Hailes from 1988-90

Many people will be surprised to know how much interest there was about green [...]

TV clips CFCs and the ozone layer – 1988/89 Julia Hailes campaigning for ozone-friendly aerosols etc (Posted Nov20)

The campaign to remove CFCs from aerosols was one of the most successful that [...]

Clip from TV-AM with Anne Diamond 1989 – Julia Hailes interviewed about green supermarket products

Anne Diamond was very enthusiastic about green consumerism. On her programme again, I’m talking [...]

TV Clip from Gloria Live 1990 – Julia Hailes and Bernadette Valleley debating dark and light greens

One of the themes that emerged after we wrote The Green Consumer Guide was [...]

TV Clips compilation of Julia Hailes talking about waste and packaging – 1988-1990.

Recycling was probably the most popular green consumer issue because people could really understand [...]

Simply switching from plastics to other materials could actually increase carbon emissions. (Mar20)

This is the conclusion of a new report from the Green Alliance: Fixing the [...]

Getting better at a ‘Green’ Christmas (Dec18)

Christmas decorations at home – including reindeer made from recycled bolts and springs and [...]

Watching ‘Blue’ made people angry (Dec18)

It was difficult to decide which part of the film made me more angry.  [...]

Converting people to Sodastream (Nov18)

Many of us remember having a Sodastream in our childhood.  Then it seemed to [...]

Sealed Air Conference in Paris (Sep18)

“Your speech was very well received by the audience and you definitely challenged us [...]

Packaging & Organic Event – Soil Association(Sep18)

  “Thank you so much for coming today to the packaging and organic event [...]

Plastics-free everywhere (Jun18)

The plastic-free phenomenon is everywhere… I was walking between meetings in Soho and came [...]

Speaking on Plastics – (May18)

The town hall in Bridport was full with an expectant crowd. Organised by the [...]

Recycling in Somerset – new scheme includes plastic bottles and cardboard

I got stuck behind the recycling truck. What frustrated most was that it had [...]

Aluminium should be recycled again and again…. (Apr10)

I’ve recently started getting my hair highlighted. The first time was in France a [...]

Alupro – the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Jul10)

Alupro – the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation – were celebrating 21 years of aluminium packaging [...]

Expert Panel on Packaging (2008-2010)

Between 2008 and 2010 I sat on a expert advisory panel on packaging at [...]

Speech for PAFA – Plastics & Films Association AGM (May10)

The AGM for the Plastics and Films Association was held at the Dorchester Hotel.   [...]

Joining Waste Watch Board (Feb10)

Recruited by Stewart Crocker, the executive director of Waste Watch, my first board meeting [...]

Julia Hailes on recycling plastic bags (Jan10)

Jonathon Vernon-Smith, from BBC 3 Counties, rants to Julia Hailes about why he doesn’t [...]

BBC 3 Counties Radio – plastic bag rant from presenter (Jan10)

Jonathan Vernon Smith from BBC 3 Counties Radio rants to Julia about why he [...]

Recycling plastic mountains (Nov09)

Omer Kutluoglu – Plastics recycling entrepreneur In the UK we throw away mountains of [...]

Bottled water – Eau de Vie or ‘Eau de tap’ (Jul09)

I was invited to eat a ‘Water-Rich Menu’ at Quo Vadis in Soho. The [...]

Generation Green visit recycling plant (Jun09)

I was impressed by the passion, enthusiasm and knowledge of many of the children [...]

Regifting – eek (May09)

Photo: A rather well-wrapped present… I don’t just recycled my rubbish, I recycle presents [...]

M&S Packaging fact sheets for consumers (Dec08)

Public concern about over-packaging so often misses the point that we should be looking [...]

Supermarkets vs french markets…. (Sept08)

Even with the wind and rain lashing around our beach hut on the Dorset [...]

Plastic recycling is not where it should be (May08)

Most plastics can be recycled but that doesn’t mean they are. Recoup have been campaigning for [...]

Biodegradable is not my bag (May08)

Chuck away plastic and it lasts forever. That doesn’t sound great, particularly for things [...]

Carrier bags – Fact sheet and video – (Apr08)

M&S took a lead in charging for carrier bags and have subsequently reduced the [...]

Why do we all hate plastic bags?(Feb08)

“Why do we all hate plastic bags?” I ask in The New Green Consumer [...]

Bottled Water – Eau No! (Feb08)

“I’ve been drinking bottled water for 30 years and I’ll go on doing it [...]

M&S Plan A – 1 year on (Jan08)

One year ago I went to the launch of Mark’s & Spencer’s Plan A [...]

Whole foods (Oct07)

A few years ago I went to a Whole Foods store in New York. [...]

Report on sustainability issues in the food sector (Jan02)

  I first started working with Marks & Spencer in 2002 when I was [...]