Arthur Potts Dawson: The “original Green chef” helping to change the dynamics of the food industry

Arthur Potts Dawson, the “original Green chef” as Jamie Oliver once penned him, has long championed sustainable practices within the food and catering industry from his creation of “sustainably aware urban restaurants”, being an advocate for “wonky fruit and veg”, making use of everything in the kitchen long before it became coined “zero waste”, through to founding a supermarket “for the people, by the people”. … Continue reading Arthur Potts Dawson: The “original Green chef” helping to change the dynamics of the food industry

WASTED: Inspiring neighbourhood “labs” and rewards for recycling plastic

Amsterdam Noord-based WASTED is a neighbourhood laboratory that is turning plastic “trash into treasure”. Under the WASTED initiative, community members, businesses and cultural organisations help to collect plastic in the neighbourhood. The plastic is then taken to the WASTED Laboratory where using machines, plastic is reprocessed in order to create new items for the community. WASTED give points to community members for every bag of … Continue reading WASTED: Inspiring neighbourhood “labs” and rewards for recycling plastic

RUSS: Community-led development creating sustainable homes in Lewisham, south London

Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS), a volunteer-led Community Land Trust based in south London, is working on a project to create 33 new sustainable, high quality homes in the area which will reduce the communities’ dependence on fossil fuels, increase food security, encourage bio-diversity and provide affordable housing for Londoners. RUSS’ first project at Church Grove in Ladywell is a pioneering community-led development in south London. RUSS is … Continue reading RUSS: Community-led development creating sustainable homes in Lewisham, south London

Grass Roots Remedies: Sustainable community healthcare in Scotland

Herbalism is the oldest form of medicine known and in its belief that “herbal medicine is the medicine of the people, and should be accessible to everyone”, the Edinburgh-based Grass Roots Remedies have created a low cost herbal clinic and run courses so people can practice herbalism at home, whilst promoting ecologically responsible herbalism. Set up with the aim to give back to the Earth that … Continue reading Grass Roots Remedies: Sustainable community healthcare in Scotland

One Less Plastic Bottle: The Ecology Center campaign to ditch plastic

Stickers are a great way to get your message across and The Ecology Center are giving away stickers, emblazoned with One Less Plastic Bottle, to encourage people to ditch disposable water bottles in favour of re-usable glass bottles. With World Water Day coming up on March 22, The Ecology Center’s The Water Effect campaign sets out to “inspire ripples of change” through simple solutions such … Continue reading One Less Plastic Bottle: The Ecology Center campaign to ditch plastic

Green Banana Paper: Turning waste into wealth for native islanders of Kosrae, Micronesia

Green Banana Paper are turning a sustainable resource of banana fibers into stylish wallets for men and women in efforts to create a sustainable and ethical alternative to leather, as well as jobs for the indigenous people of a remote island in the Western Pacific. The wallets, which are being developed by a small community on the island of Kosrae, Micronesia, utilise community-based resources and … Continue reading Green Banana Paper: Turning waste into wealth for native islanders of Kosrae, Micronesia

Soulardarity: Bringing lights back to a Detroit block, community-controlled style

Soulardarity is a collective that is bringing lights back to a block in Detroit, Michigan with community-owned solar-powered street lights. Soulardarity is building a brighter future in Highland Park with education and people-powered clean energy. The community collective is working to install solar-powered streetlights, save money on energy bills, and work together with neighbouring communities to build a just and equitable energy system for all. … Continue reading Soulardarity: Bringing lights back to a Detroit block, community-controlled style

Wales community produce own “indigenous energy” to reduce household spend

A community in the little town of Bethesda in Wales have piloted a new way of using renewables and the data from smart meters to reduce household spend. In Bethesda, a ‘high head’ hydro takes water from the river. Gravity and water is used to turn a wheel in order to generate electricity in one of the oldest technologies. The local community benefits directly from purchasing … Continue reading Wales community produce own “indigenous energy” to reduce household spend

TOMS One for One concept inspires social entrepreneurs behind sustainable eyewear

The story behind TOMS is well-known. The brand behind the One for One concept – “With every pair purchased, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need” – has given over two million pairs of new shoes to children in need since it began in 2006. TOMS distribute shoes to more than 50 countries around the world including Argentina, Peru, … Continue reading TOMS One for One concept inspires social entrepreneurs behind sustainable eyewear

Brighton’s Burn the Clocks festival celebrates Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice celebrations light up Brighton for the Burning the Clocks ceremony on 21 December. A Brighton tradition for almost two decades, Burning the Clocks, is a unique celebration which brings together the local community by getting them to make their own paper and willow lanterns – using kits made by event organisers, Same Sky – and after parading them through the city, revellers can … Continue reading Brighton’s Burn the Clocks festival celebrates Winter Solstice