BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 07 Apr '19

Three Brighton-based businesses are shortlisted in the UK’s first Be the Change Awards

Zola Amour, Pala Eyewear and RubyMoon, all based in Brighton, have been shortlisted in the first ever Be the Change Awards.

These new social impact awards celebrate the UK’s most inspiring ethical and sustainable businesses, and the individuals making a positive difference on communities, people and the planet.

The chic and stylish Zola Amour poncho, made from GOTS certified organic cotton fleece (main image), has been crowned a MyGreenPod.com Hero, as has the Gym to Swim range from RubyMoon: the first – and only – swim and active wear company to have both positive environmental and social impact.

‘It’s so great to be nominated and acknowledged for creating a business that has made 260 loans to women entrepreneurs around the world, and is cleaning up the seas at the same time.’

JO-ANNE GODDEN
RubyMoon

Effecting positive change

These businesses’ commitment to effecting positive change through ethical business practices has been recognised in the Fashion and Business for Good categories.

Set up between 2010 and 2017, the three businesses are creating positive impact with their products. The award winners will be announced Friday 26 April 2019 at the Be the Change Awards ceremony in London.

‘We’re really trying to be the very best clothing brand we can be and it’s a real honour to be nominated and recognised for the efforts that we’ve put into creating stylish pieces that don’t cost the Earth and have been ethically handmade in the UK.

EMILY EVANS
Zola Amour

Be the change

The Be the Change Awards is an initiative by ethical champions Sian Conway, the founder of Ethical Hour, a growing global ethical community of changemakers and ethical entrepreneur Jo Salter from clothing brand Where Does It Come From?, also a MyGreenPod.com Hero for its ethical scarves. https://www.mygreenpod.com/heroes/where-does-it-come-from-ethical-scarves/

Frustrated by the lack of opportunity for smaller, independent and sustainable businesses to get recognition and get their stories heard – the awards will bring much-needed attention to those that are quietly saving the planet but are, as yet, going unnoticed.

‘We continue our journey towards sustainability and this nomination is a great endorsement that we’re headed in the right direction.’

JOHN PRITCHARD
PALA

RubyMoon Gym to Swim
RubyMoon Gym to Swim

In order to be in with a chance of winning a Be the Change Award, all three businesses submitted a video sharing their story, including the obstacles faced and biggest achievements.

Finding ‘the next Patagonia

Sian Conway from Ethical Hour, said the goal of the Be the Change Awards is ‘to find the next Patagonia’ – businesses and people with a powerful story that are inspiring others and making a real impact on communities, people and the planet.

Jo Salter from Where Does It Come From? added: ‘Only those that have given us and the other judges goosebumps for their passion and commitment to being a force for good have been shortlisted, added Jo Salter, ‘and we can’t wait to announce our winners.’