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  • The bag charge outrages Brits
  • The bag charge outrages Brits
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The bag charge outrages Brits

High streets are full of shoppers clutching bags-for-life, while coffee shops bristle with eco warriors discussing their low carbon footprints. But at a time when so many boast about their ethical lifestyles, why is Britain going nuts about paying 5p to help save the planet?



  • Article image I deserve it! The science of moral licensing

    Been for a run? Have a Mars bar. Donated to charity? Splurge on a dress. A growing body of research has highlighted an interesting quirk of human behaviour – moral licensing. Dr. Paul Conway, who studies the psychology of morality, explains to Canvas8 how good actions license bad behaviour.

  • Article image Glia: buying products as ethical as you are

    Whether people identify as Christian, feminist or vegetarian, in a landscape that celebrates transparency, brands that share people's values tend to come out on top. Glia makes it even easier for people to find out which brands' morals mirror their own, meaning they'll never buy anything mindlessly again.

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    Brazil is facing a paradox. While 90% of the population believe pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss and water availability are very serious problems, and half are willing to pay more for ethical products, these good intentions don’t translate to daily spending habits.

  • Article image The new age of armchair philanthropy

    People are willing to show support for social causes – provided they don't have to do much - and brands are finding new ways to tap into the strength of the herd. By re-engineering menial actions – from buying body lotion to having sex – there are ways to reward everyone.