Shared Interest Society team (Newcastle) – In 2014, Shared Interest Society lent money to 133 producer groups with 9,135 permanent employees, representing 182,280 individuals – including 69,460 women. Overall it made £48m in payments – an increase of £1.2m on last year, and 160% of the value of its share capital.
Mr Bruce Davis, Ms Louise Wilson, Mr Karl Harder, co-founders and directors, Abundance (London) – Any project funded on Abundance has an environmental benefit, in that it either improves energy efficiency, generates clean energy, or both. All projects also generate a return for society, and capital is quickly recycled into new projects.
Mr Alex Germanis, CEO, Pure Leapfrog (London) – To date the fund has provided 22 loans and loaned out £1,074,028. All of the projects supported deliver environmental impacts through the reduction of carbon emissions as well as providing social and financial benefits to communities.
Charlie Burrell, Knepp Castle (Shipley, West Sussex) – Knepp Castle Estate, near Shipley, West Sussex comprises 3,500 acres, almost all of which is now given over to re-wilding. With its heavy clay and small fields the land was never suited to intensive agriculture so, in 2003, owner Charlie Burrell made the bold step of turning the entire estate over to a pioneering conservation project.
Great British Oceans Coalition team (London) – Working together, The Pew Trusts, RSPB, Marine Conservation Society, The Blue Marine Foundation and Zoological Society of London recently celebrated the government’s commitment to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands. Just under a million square km of the South Pacific will forever remain pristine ocean.
Mr Philip Thompson, The Living Garden (Brighton) – Philip started ‘gardening for wildlife’
from the day he moved into his house 15 years ago. Now, as many as 6 species of butterfly and a number of moth species actually breed in Philip’s garden as a direct result of the presence of their larval host plants, which have been planted or introduced by Philip.
Dr Martin Warren, chief executive, Butterfly Conservation (Dorset) – Butterfly Conservation is targeting efforts in 73 key landscapes, working with hundreds of landowners and partner organisations to manage habitats to enhance existing populations, restore former habitats and reconnect populations.
Cool Earth team (Cornwall) – Cool Earth is a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. 90% of funds go directly to its projects; for every £1 spent on fundraising the charity raises £11.48.
Great British Oceans Coalition team (London) – This coalition comprises seven like-minded NGOs that champion the creation of the world’s first generation of large fully protected Marine Parks in UK overseas territories.
10:10 team (London) – From its work with Balcombe, the UK’s poster child for fracking, to its award-winning solar schools initiative, 10:10 is now working alongside voluntary sector buildings in Manchester, schools in Chile and mosques in London.
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Mr Keith Harrison, managing director, Newlife Paints (Rustington, West Sussex) – Each year, 50 million litres of paint go to waste. After some years of development, Newlife Paints now produces a decorative paint range of some 28 colours, which contain at least 90% recycled paint.
Tracy Umney, director, Re-wrapped (London) – Tracy spent years searching online and in gift shops for recycled wrapping paper, and eventually set up her own design-led recycled wrapping paper company. In 2011 the company had three designs, and now it’s working with designers who have created 23 options.
Kate Holbrook, founder, Turtle Doves (Shrewsbury) – Turtle Doves uses post-consumer textile waste to create practical and luxurious clothing accessories, including fingerless gloves, scarves, snoods, hats, headbands, wraps, throws and even beautiful baby booties, hats and mitts.
Ms Kresse Wesling, co-founder and director, Elvis and Kresse (Kent) – Elvis and Kresse turn waste materials into useful, beautiful bags, belts, wallets and rugs. They started with decommissioned fire hoses, some 30 years old, and the final product is all about honouring the hoses for the lives they’ve saved.
Howard Carter, CEO, incognito (London) – Made from only natural ingredients, incognito insect repellent is an excellent alternative to toxic and polluting chemicals like deet. Clinical trials have demonstrated the strength of its active ingredient, eucalyptus maculata citriodora. No natural repellent can demonstrate equivalent levels of efficacy.
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Miss Roshni Assomull, co-founder, Bella Kinesis (London) – For each item sold by this ethical women’s sportswear brand, the company funds one month’s business education for a woman in rural India through a partnership with the Mann Deshi Foundation.The sportswear, designed to suit women of all body shapes, is made in the UK with premium-performance fabric from Italy.
Dr Jennifer Georgeson, founder and CEO, So Just Shop (London) – The So Just Shop Marketplace allows women-led artisan groups to sell high-quality clothing and accessories directly to international consumers. By selling directly the artisans they receive 80% of the profits, while by selling to retailers they often receive less than 30%.
Great British Oceans Coalition team (London) – This coalition is an example of how a group of teams can achieve more together when they unite as one. Seven like-minded NGOs championed the creation of the world’s first generation of large fully protected Marine Parks in UK overseas territories.
Mr Lewis Knight, Bioregional, project manager, Bicester Eco-Town (Bicester, Oxfordshire) – This project’s aim was to develop Bicester as a sustainable and healthy town through a range of low-carbon initiatives designed to benefit all 30,000 citizens. With North West Bicester as the catalyst, Eco-Bicester has worked to embed sustainable development throughout the fabric of the whole town.
Ms Fiona Byrne, teacher, St Luke’s Solar School (Brighton) – With a small driving team, including volunteers, parent Stella Pentecost and teacher Fiona Byrne, St. Luke’s mobilised the whole community to chip in for solar panels. Support came from local people, businesses and organisations such as the Brighton Lions.
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Mr Lewis Knight, Bioregional, project manager, Bicester Eco-Town (Bicester, Oxfordshire) – With North West Bicester as the catalyst, Eco-Bicester has worked to embed sustainable development throughout the fabric of the whole town. It’s designed to be easily replicable and can be used by all local authorities, particularly in places where new developments are proposed.
Brighton – Brighton is part of an international family of ‘Biosphere Reserves’ spanning over one hundred countries, recognised by the United Nations body UNESCO as international sites of excellence of how to meet our needs and improve our environment. It also became the world’s first designated One Planet City when the city’s Sustainability Action Plan officially received independent accreditation from BioRegional for its plans to enable residents to live well within a fairer share of the Earth’s resources.
Bristol – The European Green Capital 2015, Bristol has scored successes in areas including energy, waste, food and travel. It’s willing to take risks and look at new ideas, and was named the ‘city with the sense of fun’ when it was selected as European Green Capital 2015.
Bio-Bus team (Bristol) – The Bio-Bus, developed by UK-based company GENeco, is the first bus in the UK to be powered by gas derived from food, sewage and commercial liquid wastes. The bus can travel over 300km on a full tank of gas – produced by the annual food and sewage waste of just five passengers.
Martin Harris, managing director, Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company (Brighton) – Martin is investing £24 million in initiatives that include upgrading older buses so they’re cleaner than Brighton council’s Low Emission Zone stipulates. He’s also buying state of the art buses that are eight times cleaner than Euro 5 buses. He’s fitted his fleet with telematics that tell him who’s driving inefficiently; those who don’t change their driving habits are sent back to training school.
H.M. Revenue & Customs team (London) – Between 2010 and 2015, HMRC took almost 16,000 fewer domestic flights and saw a 14% shift in travel from road to rail. It also achieved a reduction of 35% in greenhouse gas emissions from offices and business travel – equivalent to 70,000 passenger journeys from London to New York.
Return Loads LLP team (Essex) – Return Loads has helped companies ranging from owner drivers all the way through to international companies to increase efficiency and cut down on their carbon footprint by finding backloads for return journeys. Non-UK companies can benefit from the freight exchange by finding the ‘in-between’ loads before they head back out of the UK.
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Señor Andres Hammerman, co-owner, Black Sheep Inn (Ecuador) – This eco-resort has a firm spot on the sustainable tourism map, in part because of its dry composting toilets, grey-water treatment, eco-building techniques, organic gardens, rainwater catchments, native tree planting and full-scale recycling – but mostly because of its community projects.
Siobhan Thomasson, general manager, Holiday Inn Winchester (Winchester) – This hotel’s carbon footprint is 3% lower than it was for the same period in 2014 – and 33% below the UK benchmark. Its water consumption is on par with the same period in 2014 but still 8% below the benchmark, and the hotel’s energy consumption has reduced by 6%.
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