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Newsletter for the weekend of 11th-13th of May 2018

Hello and welcome to another CrowdLeaf newsletter ūüôā Vicky is away this week, usual service will resume when she’s back.

This weeks newsletter is jam packed full of green and sustainable goodness.

With two guest articles coming out in the last week, I point to the upcoming event as listed below, the Brave New World Variety Show Shindig¬†and another fantastic company doing great things to make the world just that little bit more sustainable¬†‘The Eco Collective’ a fully vegan Supermarket for good.

Firstly our usual plea, anyone or any company who is organising green events, sells sustainable products or any other variation thereof is welcome to contact us about working together on boosting the green community and economy. As part of this we are also restocking our store and are looking for local providers to link up with our store so if you are interested, please email us.

This week just like the last has had some pretty interesting developments. Solar reached a peak at 28.5% of the UK’s energy this early May bank holiday weekend, producing more energy than nuclear and gas powered energy plants.

Again, there are some great events going on this month so please check them out and get involved. Once again last week Ryan @rwscarter was back on the airwaves to discuss all things green and sustainable with Xan Philips, you can listen again here.

The War On Plastic


Government unveils plans for business-backed plastics innovation hub

As mentioned in last weeks newsletter¬†–

Supermarkets appear to be coming forward to tackle a problem that kays at their door, plastic waste from packaging. 

Now Morrisons is trialling bring your own tupperware to reduce plastic waste.

Climate Change and Pollution

UK’s Most Polluted Towns And Cities Revealed

A general view of the steelworks in Port Talbot

Terra watch: Rocks Could Have A Role In Combating Climate Change

AB InBev – the world’s largest brewer orders 800 hydrogen-electric trucks

Energy

Solar on a sunny afternoon

Solar reached peak energy so far this year, on the hottest Early May bank holiday on record.

solar power

Wildlife and Conservation

 

In pictures: Kenya’s coastal conservation heroes

Whitley awards for nature conservation 2018 winners – in pictures

British Ecological Society, answers the questions of Government Europa Quarterly about the importance of biodiversity and conservation efforts across Europe.

Recycling and Sustainability

Storage And Organisation Ideas For Recycling Centers

Morrisons is to allow customers to bring their own tupperware for food storage to avoid unnecessary plastic. 

Heathrow will recycle all disposable coffee cups that are sold and discarded onsite by the end of the year

NGO’s and Campaigners wrote the policy makers to stop non recyclable waste incineration being treated as renewable energy generation.¬†

Events

Swanage Pier Dive And Litter Pick 12th May

Southdowns Green Fair 13th may

Big Green Wheels 18th May

Brave New World Variety Show Shindig in Southampton – 18th May

Repair Cafe 19th May

Sholing Valley’s Spring Fayre 2018 19th May

Tools And Tips For Reducing Plastic 24th May

Environmental Rock 28th May

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Clean Air Day 21st June

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‚ÄėLast year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That‚Äôs a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.‚Äô

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

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http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

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See you next time!

A Vegan Supermarket for Good @EcoCollectiveUK

We at Crowdleaf.org.uk are carrying another fantastic guest piece this week. This article was written for us by Hayley from The Eco Collective and it is a group we are starting to work with who are promoting a more sustainable future and a more sustainable diet.

The Eco Collective is unique as it is a 100% Vegan Supermarket that can more than compete on price and range. It vital we live more sustainably and remember you don’t have to be a vegan to shop with them, but in the quest towards eating more sustainably the world needs less meat and less dairy. For a more sustainable diet try the eco collective it is a great place to start.

A Vegan Supermarket for Good 

 My name is Hayley Guerrier and I am the co-founder of The Eco Collective, a not-for-profit social enterprise created by me and my mum Juliet and launched on 16th January 2018. 

 It is our mission to make it easy and affordable for anyone and everyone to live sustainably by offering ethically sourced, vegan products at the lowest prices possible and we have done this by building both an online vegan supermarket and a platform to purchase goods at wholesale prices. 

Spreading Veganism 

I¬†think you would agree¬†that¬†if¬†people¬†decide¬†they want¬†to improve their lives¬†and¬†the lives of others¬†–¬†including our¬†non-human¬†cousins¬†‚Ästthey¬†should¬†never have to pay a premium to do so. And I know, beans and rice and fruit and veg is all deliciously affordable but what about when you just don‚Äôt have the time¬†to cook from scratch or make your own bicarbonate of soda deodorant or milk the almonds.¬†

The supermarkets aren‚Äôt much help.¬†How does selling vegan cheese/ice cream/ready meals at two or three times the price of non-vegan options help to recruit new vegans?¬†It simply isn‚Äôt fair or at all encouraging to make veganism or living sustainably look so unobtainable. Is somebody who drinks cow‚Äôs milk really going to look over at a ¬£3 carton of¬†plant milk alternative¬†in Sainsburys and think to themselves,¬†‚ÄúI think I‚Äôll try that today‚ÄĚ, or are they going to opt for low cost and convenience.¬†

That‚Äôs why The Eco Collective exists¬†–¬†to¬†give affordability and convenience back to ethical people and to¬†help to inspire positive change.¬†

Over the last 3 years, mum and I have spent countless hours sifting through the tens of thousands of food, household and personal care products available, checking each packet for rogue animal ingredients and then cataloguing them onto a website to bring to the UK, the largest range of 100% vegan products anywhere.  

 

The Power of Collective Purchasing 

So,¬†you‚Äôre probably wondering how we can possibly beat the supermarkets and offer some 8,500 products at wholesale prices and the answer is¬†–¬†our Members. When you become a Member¬†of our community¬†and donate by way of a subscription to The Collective, those funds are used¬†to¬†increase¬†its¬†buying power¬†–¬†which basically means we buy more and pay less.¬†Those savings are passed directly on to¬†our¬†Members and¬†are¬†reflected in the prices they pay for their shopping.¬†

 

The more Members in The Collective, the lower the prices get, it really is that simple. 

A lot of people have commented that it’s like Costco… and it is, kind of. Except we only source vegan products, you don’t have to be a Member to shop with us if you don’t want to (you can just shop at retail prices) and we are not-for-profit. Any profits we do make go into increasing our buying power further or is donated to valuable causes and charities. 

The contribution made to The Eco Collective for your membership helps with the running costs of the group as there is little to no mark-up on the products that we source Рwithout it there would be no way of providing this service. It costs less than Netflix (with 20% off for students) and it normally pays for itself in savings from just 3 or 4 items per month. 

 Helping Vegan Businesses Grow 

The Eco Collective¬†is not just another¬†shop, it‚Äôs a community of like-minded people all contributing to¬†a better world. It is¬†a platform¬†for bloggers¬†and vloggers¬†to share recipes and videos and¬†to help people who have¬†the planet‚Äôs best interests at heart to speak out and tower above ‚Äúbig business‚ÄĚ.¬†

 

It is a place where small producers can showcase their handmade items without having to pay for the privilege of a table top at a fair or sacrificing a large percentage cut. 

 The Future 

Limitless! With hundreds of members we could start buying directly from producers. With thousands, we could offer plant milk at the same price as cow’s milk! We could start to open real physical supermarkets across the country creating fairly-paid jobs, plastic free aisles, and spending extortionate wads of cash on nice long VEGAN TV adverts! 

 We have an opportunity to create something huge and purely for good, but we can’t do it without you. We are at the very start of something great, we only ask that you join us in our adventure and we will change the face of veganism in this country together. 

  Want To Join In? 

 

  • To become a¬†Wholesale Member¬†and part of our community, please email¬†memberships@ecocollective.co.uk.¬†
  • To try The Eco Collective for¬†free¬†and receive 5-20% off your order,¬†click here.¬†
  • If you want to have a browse of the items we source at their full retail prices,¬†go straight to the shop. You can click the ‚ÄėGet Discounts‚Äô link in the menu bar or email us later to join.¬†
  • If you still have questions, try checking out our¬†FAQ.¬†
  • To enquire about selling through The Eco Collective, please email¬†ecotraders@ecocollective.co.uk.¬†

We are looking for bloggers, YouTubers and web developers to help spread the word. If you would like to volunteer to help promote The Eco Collective, we have an Ambassador scheme. Please email hello@ecocollective.co.uk to find out more. 

 www.ecocollective.co.uk 

www.facebook.com/ecocollectiveuk 

www.twitter.com/ecocollectiveuk 

www.instagram.com/ecocollective.co.uk 

Southampton Sustainability Open Mic Night – 20th of April

Southampton Sustainability Open Mic Night is an evening of sharing words, ideas and actions. Hear local speakers giving a run-down of the things they are doing for sustainability right now in Southampton and surrounding areas. Organised speakers (including our own Ryan Carter @rwscarter) will let us know, in a maximum of five minutes, what they and their organisations are doing. With representatives from a range of groups, you can expect to hear about marine conservation, sustainable fashion, food waste, illegal fishing and global conservation. Think GreenPeace, the BlackFish, Surfers against Sewage, Fashion Revolution, Repair café and more.

This is a great opportunity to just listen, to discuss, debate and to meet like-minded people and increase connectivity throughout the ‚Äėgreen‚Äô world. Things are only going to change when we start working together and on all fronts so let‚Äôs hear what everyone else is doing and get involved.

Feel free to speak yourself or just listen to the wonderful initiatives going one. The microphone will opened up for the audience to participate after each speaker. I will encourage debate around certain topics and to engage people with their views and opinions. It is important that sustainability maintains standards and that we are all on the same page to see through the ‚Äėgreenwashing‚Äô.

It will be a relaxed evening with no set agenda, no pressures and open for all.

The evening will be filmed by ‚ÄėWe Make Southampton‚Äô, an organisation documenting the events and people living in Southampton. Make sure to let the organisers know at the door if you do not want to be filmed.

This event is free and based at the university of Southampton. Inside the Bridge restaurant/bar, this venue is cosy with a well-stocked bar serving cocktails/mocktails. To get to the venue, park in the University of Southampton car parks and make your way to building 42 (the Students Union). The Bridge bar can be found in this building. No pre-booking or tickets are necessary and this venue is accessible for all.

We at Crowdleaf join the organisers in looking forward to seeing you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/266609193874575/

Stop Supermarkets using non-recyclable food Packaging

This is a guest piece by an active campaigner on plastic pollution and one who is pushing, as we are, for action from above.

The person behind the petition that asks for the CEO’s of all major UK super markets to drop or change the use of plastic for food wrapping, to no wrapping where it not needed, compostable if it is possible and as minimum recyclable. CrowdLeaf.org.uk are fully behind this and we offer a range of green and environmentally responsible products in the CrowdLeaf Store.

The petition can be found at : https://www.change.org/p/stop-supermarkets-using-unrecyclable-food-packaging

My name is Simon Goldsmith, I started a petition to ‚ÄėStop Supermarkets using non-recyclable food Packaging‚Äô because l got so annoyed when trying to recycle and reading on most of the plastic packaging ‘This plastic is not currently recycled’.

This made me think how much of our supermarket food packing is not currently recyclable. I found a large majority of it is the fruit and veg and to be honest 90% of this does not need any sort of packaging.

This made us change the way we shop, to finding a farm shop and buying all our fruit and veg from there. I appreciate this is not achievable for everyone, as some farm shops can be considerably more expensive and not convenient.

The final push for me was on our family holiday to Porthtowan in Cornwall. We were shocked by the micro-plastics on the beach.

As a consumer, we can’t choose how our food is packaged, the Supermarkets have an environmental obligation to make the packaging environmentally friendly. A consumer needs to be able to trust and respect the corporation they are buying from.

I understand the Supermarkets don’t package the food themselves but they have the power to make the producers comply.

Hopefully my petition will raise awareness and put pressure on the Supermarkets to change.

The more single-use plastic that is produced means it will eventually end up in landfills in developed countries and rivers and oceans in developing countries, then getting moved around the world’s oceans.
I believe the plastic problem needs to be tackled at both ends, one to reduce the amount of plastic being produced and two to clean up the current plastic in circulation in the oceans.

Currently in the UK there is no service industry cleaning our beaches, only volunteer organisations like Surfers Against Sewage.
I would like to setup a service industry which cleans our beaches in the UK and provides a use for the plastics. The only way the plastics are removed from the ocean is if the beaches are cleaned on a regular basis, currently the plastics get washed up and then moved again by the tides.

This is a serious problem as the fish are eating the plastics and we are eating the fish, the whole food chain is being affected. The effect the plastics are having on the wildlife is detrimental, and this is only getting worse.

I would like to be able to do more and the petition is just a starting point.

The Green Shoots of Crowdfunding by @rwscarter

There is a beautiful bottom-up revolution underway in the energy market, but like all revolutions there is hurdles the question is can the state facilitate the green revolution, I think it should. This requires putting into reverse how the state has been seen in market interventions as a monolithic agent ‚Äėcrowding-out‚Äô competition. I believe that the state can and should act smart and counter to popular opinion ‚Äėcrowd-in‚Äô the market, breaking the hegemonic cartel of the ‚ÄėBig Six‚Äô. As of 2013 renewable energy provides a mere 21.7% of all electricity generated across the globe, so it is time to harness the ‚Äėgreen revolution‚Äô going on in the energy market and push for a sustainable future not turn our backs on it.

Despite government attacks on ‚ÄėFeed in tariffs‚Äô there is still a green light on sustainable energy solutions in this race against time and despite being the new tool in the arsenal crowdfunding seems to be meeting the demand for these solutions. Crowdfunding allows substantial sums to be made up from small contributions. Now with a boom in crowdfunding it is time the new far lower barriers to participation so everyone can make a difference no matter how large or small their contribution. The most significant barrier to participation to-date has been regulation and patents, but ideas do not need the support of the ‚ÄėBig Six‚Äô to make it to market any longer as the crowd can facilitate the struggle towards a democratic and dynamic market model.

In the past, we have seen a number of promising ideas surrounding tackling the energy crisis being bought by large multinational corporations and never seen again such as the original design for electric car batteries. This cycle cannot be allowed to continue. Crowdfunding has the potential to empower groups of people who feel a responsibility towards the planet and allows them collectively wield their power, to take a moral stance fostering a sustainable difference. The short-term or short-sighted moves on energy pursued by governments and corporations, such as the controversial plans for fracking, or rip off nuclear plants run by China, can, if we want it to be a part of the past not the future. For this and many other reasons, green crowdfunding and a municipalisation and publicity owned and conscious energy market is not going anywhere but up. Evidence suggests that the really big challenges facing society, such as energy and climate change, cannot be met by the state, large companies, well-intentioned individuals or any other agent acting alone, so putting the values of co-operation into our heads, hearts and policy is now surely non-negotiable.

There is serious scope for intervention and municipalisation in the energy market, councils have socialised consumers to bargain a better price going someway towards helping ease fuel poverty. This proves that when society pulls together then there can be a real drive towards significant change. Crowdfunding, community funds and co-operative solutions offer the possibility of a seismic change; this is never truer than in sectors of strategic and societal significance such as renewable energy and financing innovative solutions. Large scale ‚Äėcrowd-led‚Äô projects have taken place in Norway and Denmark for example which has contributed towards reducing carbon emissions while this stronger form of energy security has allowed these countries to continue without worry to expanding their business and industrial bases. Cooperatives and collaborative finance tend to play a much larger role in the energy markets of these countries; one of the largest wind turbine Cooperatives in the world is in Denmark, where 50% is owned by a ‚Äėcrowd‚Äô of 10,000 investors and 50% by a municipal utility company.

Co-operatives across the country following examples of other co-operatives across Europe have begun issuing community-based shares a form of online crowdfunding with voting rights to tackle this sort of problem. There have also been Housing Association schemes aiming to tackle fuel poverty by installing solar cells on residents’ roofs to lower the cost of energy this had success with Leeds Housing Association using Abundance a green energy crowdfunding platform. There is no reason as to why the councils could not build their own solar farms, wind turbines or perhaps invest in any other form of clean or renewable energy independently using their pension funds or council budget. Nottingham Council have done just that setting up Robin Hood Energy as a municipal not-for-profit enterprise.

Going forward these green shoots from the crowd, municipal authorities and cooperatives will be put under real strain, but together tackling fuel poverty, sustainability and an un-equitable market will be enough to ride the wave. This hegemony will not last forever in its place will be a truly public interest, democratic and dynamic energy market with people not profits at its core. There is many ways to get involved in crowdfunding for renewable energy and local community cooperatives, you won’t be alone in doing so.

Oringally published on : https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/the-green-shoots-of-crowdfunding/11/11/ it is an older piece and all facts were acurate at the time.