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I nominated Minna Hepburn and her ethical clothing collection because the Finnish-born designer ticks so many boxes, not just ethically but on the style front as well. I've always loved vintage and I like a good "story" in my clothes – and you get that in her use of lace and antique fabrics. She has a transparent production process, and uses organic materials. There's a romantic, old-fashioned feel but also a modern approach to production and sustainability.

Roberts hat-trick puts Wigan clear at the top

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Go green with your ISA cash

Putting money into ethical funds which invest in companies involved in areas such as climate change is growing popular.

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The Spirit Level, By Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett

An intellectual flagship of post-crisis compassion, this reader-friendly fusion of number-crunching and moral uplift has helped steer a debate about the route to a kinder, fairer nation. To the authors, "more equal societies almost always do better" for all.

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Steve Connor: Huge potential balanced against ethical fears

It is easy to get confused over stem cells. It doesn't help that there are several different types of stem cell but the one involved in this proposed clinical trial happens to be the most powerful and the most controversial – embryonic stem cells.

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MI5 chief reveals 2005 bombing fears

The head of MI5 during the 2005 London bombings today said she feared at the time the service would not be able to cope with continuing terror attacks.

The ten best ethical wines

It's good to know ethical shopping doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste, but with increasing numbers of Organic, Biodynamic and Fairtrade wine on the market, which organic bottles are worthy of attention?

Following the announcement of the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards, Tastings Director Christelle Guibert highlights her pick of the award-winning bottles.

"Organic wine can be hard to find," explains Christelle of the choices, "but there is more and more of it available on the shelves. More winemakers are today using less pesticide, fertilizers and fungicides in order to increase the natural balance of the soil. They are taking organic and bio-dynamic much more seriously resulting in better quality wines."

Click here or on the image to launch the guide, and leave your comments and suggestions below.

The Prince, By Niccolo Machiavelli, trs Tim Parks

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