Close up of panels on a Devon solar farm

Councils powerless to stop solar panels made by enslaved workers from being installed in the county, says Devon CPRE

As councillors in Mid Devon prepare to decide whether to grant planning permission for a huge solar farm at Langford, the local branch of the countryside charity CPRE has revealed that local authorities are being forced to accept solar panels made using forced labour in China. Several Devon councils have admitted to the charity that despite statements on their websites about human rights and...

Setting higher standards in zoo retail

Local zoos are setting high environmental and ethical standards for their suppliers to ensure the quality of products in their shops. Questionnaires were sent to some 70 different suppliers asking about the environmental, ethical and recycling components of their businesses. The initiative was launched by South West Zoo Enterprises, the retail arm of Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts, Torquay’s...

Plymouth University's Fairtrade status renewed

Plymouth University’s Fairtrade status has been re-accredited in recognition of its efforts to encourage staff and students to make ethical choices when buying food and drink.

The University's re-accreditation complements Plymouth's 'Fairtrade City' status first certified in 2004 and held ever since.

The Fairtrade Universities and Colleges initiative ensures that producers of...

University hosts summer fair in support of world's orphans

Ethical flip flop company Gandys is holding a summer fair on campus on Monday (20 May) to raise awareness of their mission to support orphaned children around the world.

The event has been organised by Enactus:Plymouth, the Students’ Union and the Entrepreneurs Society and will include lots of fun flip-flop themed games, a barbecue and a paint party.

Set up by two young...