Stories to inspire you to make small changes

Eco Meals for around a Pound

ECO MEALS FOR AROUND A POUNDOne quarter of our total environmental footprint comes from the food we eat, so changing what we consume can be a big win if we want to cut our impact. And the good news is you can do it cheaply too, it doesn’t have to break the bank! While...

Businesses supporting sustainable palm oil

NEWQUAY BUSINESSES SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE PALM OILDan Trotter runs 2 businesses in Cornwall, a boutique hotel and restaurant on the clifftops in Newquay, The Lewinnick and The Plume of Feathers, a dining pub and hotel just nearby. He serves hundreds of customers every...

Better Badges: Sept 2019

BETTER BADGES SEPTEMBER 2019 Giki’s aim is to inspire people to make small, regular changes which are good for them, better for the environment and fairer to others. We also look to make small, regular changes to Giki in order to help support our users in their quest...

Making your mind up about meat?

MAKING YOUR MIND UP ABOUT MEAT?VEGANUARY: MAKING YOUR MIND UP ABOUT MEAT?As we approach the end of vegananuary, a celebration of plant-based, meat free eating, over 1.2 million UK residents are now choosing a vegetarian diet. Giki looks at some of the issues to...

Slave free chocolate: is there any other kind?

SLAVE FREE CHOCOLATE IS THERE ANY OTHER KIND? The growth in ethical chocolate brands, one even marketing itself as slave free, raises an important issue for all of us. Do we really know the impact of the products we buy, how they are made and whether they’ve caused...

Do we care more about eggs than chickens?

WHY WE SEEM TO CARE MORE ABOUT EGGS THAN CHICKENSWhen you buy your steak, or a piece of chicken, how sure can you be that it fits with what’s important to you? Whether it’s high animal welfare standards, buying British, or avoiding excessive use of antibiotics, there...

Three ways to entertain your kids in the supermarket

THREE WAYS TO ENTERTAIN YOUR KIDS IN THE SUPERMARKET Ever wish your supermarket shop was more like this… And less like this? Sick of disagreements about what to buy? Want your children to be more like this when you pick them the healthiest products?Try out these three...

Should I recycle my coffee cup?

SHOULD I RECYCLE MY COFFEE CUP? 2.5 billion coffee cups are used every year, 500,000 of those are littered every day and only 1 in 400 is recycled. Perhaps it’s no surprise that takeaway coffee cups are the latest single use item to be getting bad press following...

5 Feel Good Breakfast Cereals

5 FEEL GOOD BREAKFAST CEREALSTOP CHOICES TO HELP YOU FEEL GOOD FOR BREAKFASTEver stood in the supermarket aisle surrounded by hundreds of cereal packs, mobile phone ringing and kids hanging off you and just wanted a quick, easy, simple choice? Which ones are low in...

5 Things You Can Do in 2 Minutes or Less

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO IN 2 MINUTES OR LESS - OR THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME IT TAKES TO READ A LABELThe average product label contains over 500 words and can take more than 2 minutes to read. If you read just 10 labels on your next shopping run, you’ve just spent 20 minutes...

4 ways to get clean, glossy hair

Many more of us are searching out more natural, lower chemical haircare, for health or environmental reasons, or just because we prefer them – so Giki set out to find the facts. How easy is it for us to find these products in the supermarket or on the high street? We...

 Easy ways to find greener make-up

THE EASY WAY TO FIND GREENER COSMETICS According to an international study by  Growth for Knowledge, we spend over four hours a week grooming our bodies to perfection. We do this to feel good about ourselves, to make a good impression and to set a good example for our...

Want to cut down on Parabens?

BEEN THINKING OF CUTTING DOWN ON PARABENS? - HERE'S WHAT THEY ARE AND HOW TO DO IT1 in 10 skin and haircare products contain parabens. At the same time hundreds of products in the UK sell themselves as being “free from” these very same chemicals. What’s going on? We...

Want to cut down on sugar?

CUTTING DOWN ON SUGAR? - HERE'S YOUR CHECKLISTCutting down on sugar is hard. It’s added to many of the everyday products we buy and sometimes called by a different name. If you’re cutting down we’re going to help you find out: What to look out for Where to look for it...

E for Edible – Your guide to additives

E FOR EDIBLE?More and more of us are trying to eat clean or want more transparency about what is going into our food. As a result there is a lot of confusion about E-numbers and additives. Some of this is due to concerning evidence emerging such...

How to spot ultra-processed food

HOW TO SPOT ULTRA-PROCESSED FOOD Ultra-processed food is getting more attention from health experts, but what is it and, if we want to avoid it, how is it possible? Although ultra-processed foods hit the headlines last week researchers have been looking at the concept...

Your guide to 100 Calorie Snacking

100 CALORIE SNACKING Half of the sugar that children eat comes from snacks and sugary drinks and Change4Life’s new campaign wants to help parents cut back.  Their solution – snacks with no more than 100 calories and max 2 per day. But what does this actually mean in...

What’s in my deodorant?

WHAT'S IN MY DEODORANT? WHAT'S IN MY DEODORANT?If you wash, spray on some deodorant and moisturise in the morning then you may well have exposed yourself to 75 chemicals1 before you’ve even left the bathroom. Add on some make-up and hair spray and you’re into the...

How to find healthy cereals

HOW TO FIND HEALTHY CEREALS High sugar in cereal has got a lot of attention recently. Not surprisingly, as kids only need 2-3 bowls of some of the highest sugar cereals to get their full daily sugar quota – and that’s by 8 in the morning.  The amount of sugar...

Chemicals hiding in your make-up

They make us sparkle, glow and even radiate. They cover up the blemishes, hide our spots or camouflage our bags. But while they make us feel beautiful on the outside, can we be confident about their effects on our insides! As part of Breast Cancer UK’s Prevention...