Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden is a freelance writer based in the north of England, obsessed with travel, storytelling and terrifyingly strong coffee. He has written for online & offline publications including Mashable, Matador Network and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has been linked to by Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker. If all the world is a stage, he keeps tripping over scenery & getting tangled in the curtain - but he's just fine with that.
Best Of EcoSalon: The Comment Meltdown Edition
Best Of EcoSalon: The Comment Meltdown Edition

Nearly five years. Thousands of articles. *So many* comments.  Today the current chapter of EcoSalon’s half-decade history closes – and we don’t know if we’ll be back. So we feel it’s important to say this: Thank you. We have always been, and we always shall be, in it for the […]

What Not To Wear: The Pigeon Edition
What Not To Wear: The Pigeon Edition

Pigeons as art? At what price? “Augmented reality” is going to be the next big thing in tech – but here’s an artist with a low-budget version: pigeon-painting. Pigeons have a credibility problem. As a species, we increasingly hate on them (there’s even a technical term for fear of pigeons: […]

Call To Action: 50 Steps To Deal With A Changing World
Call To Action: 50 Steps To Deal With A Changing World

Our planet is changing, and the question to ask now is: how much? From melting Arctic ice to sea level changes, the scientific evidence is piling up that global warming isn’t a distant threat – it’s all around us. We are now at the halfway mark in the 100-month predicted […]

The Friday 5: The World’s Gone Freaking Mad Edition
The Friday 5: The World’s Gone Freaking Mad Edition

The best/worst of crazy, this week at EcoSalon. Vivienne Westwood, oh-so-reserved lady of A-list fashion, is on a mission – and that mission is getting us to buy less clothes. Yep. Fancy tucking to dinner underwater, or in pitch darkness? Check out our roundup of 10 of the strangest restaurants […]

Chinese Environmentalists Fight Cars With Green Footprints
Chinese Environmentalists Fight Cars With Green Footprints

Walking becomes a form of art. Let’s say you’re the first environmental protection non-profit operating in a country with the largest market for cars in the whole world. Let’s say your country’s air pollution problems are getting out of control. Let’s say you want to hammer home the pollution-busting value of walking. […]

Google Street View Goes Diving – And Here’s Why We Should Care
Google Street View Goes Diving – And Here’s Why We Should Care

Panorama views of the sea floor FTW! This, believe it or not, is an image from Google Street View. What happened here? Appallingly bad driving? In fact it’s the result of a partnership between Street View and the Catlin Seaview Survey  – you can see the current collection here. What’s […]

Vampire Servers: The Energy Cost Of Business As Usual
Vampire Servers: The Energy Cost Of Business As Usual

Your online shopping is costing more than you think. Every year, more and more companies are shifting their business-critical systems and data online, into what has been nicknamed “the cloud” – and we’re just beginning to understand the real-world cost of doing that.

The Friday 5: From This Into That Edition
The Friday 5: From This Into That Edition

The power of transformation, this week at EcoSalon. This week, we loved seeing how… Kale (described by Organic Authority as “the new beef” because of its rich nutritional value) can be turned into crunchy, tasty kale chips. Heather Ross can turn print design into an entirely new philosophy on DIY […]