Behind the Brand

Investigations into the ingredients and health impacts of well known consumer products

Hyatt Hotels

Behind the Brand: Hyatt Hotels

Peter Salisbury
| 16th November 2011
The carbon footprint produced by travel doesn’t evaporate at the airport - hotels are big energy consumers, polluters and carbon emitters too. The Ecologist looks into hotel chain Hyatt's efforts to go green

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IKEA

Behind the Brand: IKEA

Peter Salisbury
| 19th October 2011
IKEA likes to sell itself as a principled, sustainable furniture producer. But has its low-cost, high-volume business model meant that it has had to compromise environmental concerns for money? Peter Salisbury reports

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google

Behind the Brand: Google

Peter Salisbury
| 7th September 2011
Unless you live on the moon, Google is an integral part of your day to day life, but just how ethical is the all-conquering search giant whose motto is ‘Don’t be Evil’? Peter Salisbury investigates

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L'OREAL PROFESSIONEL

Behind the Brand: L’Oréal

Peter Salisbury
| 10th August 2011
It is the biggest beauty company in the world and owns numerous ethical brands including The Body Shop and Pureology, but do its own ethics stand up to close scrutiny? Peter Salisbury reports

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mcdonald's

Behind the Brand: McDonald’s

Peter Salisbury
| 16th June 2011
In the first of a major new series following on from the ground breaking Behind the Label, Peter Salisbury takes a look at one of the biggest brands in the world – McDonald’s – and asks: has the burger giant done enough to clean-up its act?

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Child taking medicine

Behind the Label: Calpol

Pat Thomas
| 29th October 2009
The season of flu (and fear of swine flu) is upon us. But before you reach for this sticky pink cocktail dished out by doctors and parents as a cure-all for children, think again...

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Behind the Label: Pot Noodle

Pat Thomas
| 22nd September 2009
Marketed as the ultimate quick food fix, 240 Pot Noodles are eaten every minute in Britain. But what exactly is in the 'slag of all snacks'? Pat Thomas on fats, salt and flavour enhancers

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Alli - your new best friend?

Behind the Label: Alli (Orlistat)

Pat Thomas
| 26th August 2009
It's the popular, over-the-counter diet drug that's now been linked to liver damage. But popping a 'weight loss' pill is not going to solve the obesity crisis - especially with health concerns like these - says Pat Thomas

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