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Here we bring you the thoughts of the natural and organic products industry’s leading commentators and opinion formers.

Brexit beauty: a fork in the road

With retailers stealing themselves for a cliff-edge Brexit on 31 December, what could this mean for the natural beauty industry?

75 years of The Vegan Society: a snapshot of vegan health...

On 1 November The Vegan Society celebrates World Vegan Day and its 75th anniversary – what a great opportunity to take stock of vegan health and nutrition.

The good earth

In the New Year the Soil Association is to get a rebrand. The most visible change will be the organic charity's new logo, which...

Five tips on adjusting to life after lockdown

As restrictions are eased many will be eager to return to old routines. But adjusting to life after lockdown might not be as easy as it sounds, says Sawyer.

Plastic packaging: navigating the minefield

If you have set out to create a product that is good for both people and the planet, then the packaging has to reflect this.

Packaging waste or food waste?

Dr Heather Daniell, founder of Satisfied Snacks, asks if advances in sustainable packaging can offer plastic-free alternatives which reduce food waste. 

Vitamin D and the important role it can play in fighting...

The vital role of vitamin D during the pandemic has been widely reported. Here, I cut through the noise and bring you everything you need to know.

A note from the editor: You’re not alone

Long before we Brits craved the perfect night in, the Danish had a word for it. Hygge, pronounced ‘hoo-gah’ is a Scandinavian way of life that celebrates cosiness, shared meals and interactions with friends and family.

The growing issue of food waste – and what we can...

Waste reduction charity WRAP reports that households throw away approximately 7.1m tonnes of food each year. A further 3.1m tonnes is thrown away having expired on shelves in stores or in the supply chain. Meanwhile, University of Edinburgh research claims the UK is still wasting 4.5 million tonnes of food, simply because it does not meet shape or size ideals.

How eco living B2B companies can create a brand voice people...

The eco living industry has grown steadily in recent years. It’s simply harder now for companies to deny the deleterious effects of their actions.

Beware of cluttered thinking on store layout!

I’m not sure which consumer behavior experts were being referenced in your May editorial who concluded that “the messier and more confusing a shop...

2018 – or the year policymakers got serious about plastic waste

With 2018 already behind us, we can now say with some certainty that it was the year of plastic, or to be more precise, of the anti- plastic momentum.

Learning how to cope with an international pandemic

Resisting a strong urge to bury my head in a hole for the last six weeks, it’s been amazing to see the positive changes people are making in their lives.

Marking 20 years in the year 2020

Lucy Redfern of Wholesale Health discusses how 2020 has made her reflect on the past 20 years in the natural health industry.

Naturalife Bridport celebrates 20 years

Hannah Bourne, assistant manager at Naturalife Bridport, reflects on the store's history as it marks a significant anniversary. 

Ten ways to stay healthy during self-isolation

NPN hears from the HMFA’s expert advisor and clinical nutritionist Suzie Sawyer on her top ten ways to stay in rude health during lockdown.

The harsh reality: helping farmers move towards a living income

Each year for two weeks in February and March Fairtrade puts a spotlight on trade through Fairtrade Fortnight. It is a chance for people up and down the UK to stand together and show their support for farmers and workers and a way to highlight the difference fair trade can make to lives and communities.

Cricket club goes vegan to be more inclusive

You may have heard of Forest Green Rovers, a football club which made headlines for serving plant-based meals to fans – a largely non-vegan audience.

Carrying on during coronavirus

NPN takes a virtual tour of Friendly Soap's production unit to see how the brand is overcoming the obstacles of producing soap during coronavirus lockdown.

Coconut: It’s a hero ingredient, but what about the hero farmers?

Coconut oil has, for some time now, been regarded as an ingredient du jour. Interestingly, the very quality that once turned detractors against eating it – high saturated-fat content – is what now elevates it in beauty. It is rich in lauric acid, a fatty acid that kills bacteria, and is working its way into a plethora a personal care products.