R is for the recycling “myth”. Only 6 per cent of new plastic material comes from recycling. Photograph: Getty Images

When Íde Mhic Gabhann set up her own organic food business last year, it was for practical rather than philanthropic reasons. She had been buying in b(...)

A traditional leather tannery in Fez, Morocco, where hides are dyed using an environmentally-unfriendly  process. Photograph: Gavin Heller/Robert Hardy World Imagery

Anyone who has witnessed the bizarre spectacle of the medieval tanneries in Fez, with hides being sloshed around in baths of dye by half-dressed navvi(...)