Can you believe it’s the end of the year already? In 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married, it almost came home, and the Avengers met their most difficult opponent yet. But more importantly, we had some great articles from our incredible team of We Are Tearfund writers. For those of you who may have missed out, here are the top 10 ranked articles of the year:

10. Taboos, Trash and Tampons

Did you know each year over 45 billion feminine hygiene products are disposed of globally? On her journey to living a more ethical life, Becca’s turned her attention to toiletries. Is there a solution that’s kinder to the environment than tampons? Read more

9. Plastic: is it all bad?

Everyone’s talking about how bad plastic is but is there anything actually good about it? And what can we actually do about all this plastic clogging up the ocean? Policy guru Joanne Green looks at some of the plus sides of plastic plus what we can all do to use it wisely and create less waste. Read more

8. What’s this Fairphone all about?

Our mobile phones are often the first thing we look at in the morning and the last thing we see at night. Yet how much do we know about where they came from and how they were made? When Jack discovered the true story behind his mobile phone he decided he needed to take a different approach when it came to needing a replacement. Jack explains everything you need to know about the Fairphone. Will it be your next upgrade? Read more

7. My ethical engagement dilemma

Valentine’s Day. The most popular day to pop the question. But how do you do it ethically, and choose a ring that doesn’t have a negative impact on people around the world? We interviewed recently engaged Elisa Pike and learnt that sourcing an ethical engagement ring is not as easy as it sounds. Read more

6. Meet the zero waster: changing the world one less plastic bottle at a time

Less Waste Laura is a zero wasting, Instagramming changemaker. Doing all she can to protect and care for the planet, her passion is infectious. Ahead of International Youth Day, we share her inspiring story. Read more

5. A load of rubbish – single use phone chargers

Charging your phone on the go is essential, and portable chargers and solar chargers are a great way of giving us a boost. But a new disposable one-use charger provides convenience at a huge cost – both on the environment but also the workers who have to deal with it once the waste is shipped off to other countries. Read more

4. Five ideas to make lent count

If you’re looking for ideas of what to give up, here are five to get you started. Each one has the power to change the world, reducing climate change and helping our global neighbours. Read more

3. Supermarket Sweep: how to avoid plastic

You may have seen plastic in the news and on TV a lot recently, but how easy is it to reduce how much we use? Mary tried to do a plastic free shop at her local supermarket to see if it really was possible. Read more

2. A review of ‘Minimalism: A documentary about the important things’

To some of us the idea of owning just one chair, one jacket and one mug might seem a bit crazy. But for a minimalist, owning less is about living more. Have you ever thought about what owning less might mean for you? Mary watched the Minimalism documentary on Netflix and was challenged to think more deeply about the things she owns. Read more

1. Should the Iceland Christmas ad be banned?

After watching the banned Iceland Christmas advert, Chris questioned whether the ban is justified. Is sustainable food too political for Christmas? The answer could inspire you to disrupt the status quo and speak out for justice. Read more