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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

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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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Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

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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