Seacourt, a printing firm from Oxford, has become an industry leader in environmental sustainability through the revolution of its entire operation, and the creation of Planet Positive Printing™.
Print firm Seacourt transformed itself from being a conventional printing firm with a high carbon footprint, to become an industry leader in environmental sustainability. It has taken over 20 years of hard work to transform the entire operation and become a circular economy business – zero waste, powered by 100% renewable energy, and certified by ClimateCare as Beyond Carbon Neutral.
Planet Positive Printing™
Planet Positive Printing™ is about having a net positive impact on the environment, society, and the economy. Seacourt has eliminated the use of water and harmful chemicals in its printing processes by using a unique, LightTouch print technology. The company now only prints on carbon neutral, 100% recycled paper using vegetable-based, VOC-free (volatile organic compounds) inks. Seacourt is also a zero-waste operation, as well as being completely powered by renewable energy.
Breaking the mould
As a result of its hard work, Seacourt has been recognised with three Queen’s Awards for innovation in sustainability, as well as an EMAS (eco-management and audit scheme) award.
A step further
Seacourt has taken its carbon repsonsibilities one step further by deciding to offset the company’s entire footprint, plus 10%, by investing in a widely recognised ClimateCare programme. The programme aims to deliver social, economic, and environmental benefits. Through this leading UN-backed project in Brazil, Seacourt is helping to support the conservation of 86,000 hectares of forest, and the regeneration of a further 1,200 hectares of deforested land.
This story shows how Seacourt supports Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, specifically Target 12.4: “By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.”
Based in Oxford, Seacourt has been printing since 1946. In the last 30 years, the company has become a sustainability trailblazer in the printing industry.
For over three years, Northern Gas Networks, in partnership with Community Action Northumberland (CAN), has funded a programme called Warm Hubs – friendly, warm places where customers in vulnerable circumstances can go to get warm, have a meal, and obtain advice.
The Warm Hubs initiative is a pioneering community project in partnership with Community Action Northumberland. It aims to help residents facing the misery of fuel poverty, isolation, and loneliness. The hubs are warm and friendly places staffed by volunteers, where customers living in vulnerable situations can receive support and advice. To date, 26 Warm Hubs have been established, helping over 8,000 local residents over the cold, winter months.
A helping hand
Vulnerable customers can visit the Warm Hubs to socialise, get warm, have a hot meal, and access information, advice, and referrals to relevant support. Attendees have also saved approximately £189 on their annual energy bill from the support provided in the Hubs – such as energy monitors, low energy light bulbs, switching tariffs, and other energy-saving advice.
Slow cookers, fast savings
Building on the success of their Warm Hubs, Northern Gas Networks has tested various spin-off projects that can provide further help in vulnerable communities. The organisation has worked closely with Community Action Northumberland (CAN) to launch ‘pop up’ hubs – one-off community events in areas where there is a lack of existing services or a fixed facility to host a regular event. The first pop-ups highlighted the benefits of slow cookers as a low-cost, easy way of cooking a hot and tasty meal. At the end of the sessions, everyone was given a slow cooker with an accompanying recipe book to take away.
Northern Gas Networks’ Warm Hubs has been included in a new book published by the Prince’s Trust. The Trust chose Warm Hubs as one of 40 case studies from the UK to include in the ‘Village Survival Guide, How to build a strong community’.
This story shows how Northern Gas Networks supports Goal 1: No Poverty, specifically Target 1.4: “By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular, the poor and vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.”
About Northern Gas Networks
Northern Gas Networks (NGN) is the North of England’s gas distributor. Its job is to look after the pipes and associated equipment that keeps 2.7 million homes and businesses cooking on gas. NGN’s network spans the North East, northern Cumbria, and much of Yorkshire. The company also provides the region’s emergency gas response service.
Used Kitchen Exchange is one of the UK’s largest retailers specialising in the sale of approved used and ex-display kitchens. With its 1,500th kitchen being sold in 2019, the equivalent of 1,800 tonnes of landfill has been prevented with a carbon saving of 9,000 tonnes.
Used Kitchen Exchange (UKE) delivers an innovative, ethical solution for pre-owned and ex-display kitchens. UKE actively promotes the sale and reuse of pre-owned kitchens, preventing waste and reducing a new kitchen’s eco-footprint. There is something for all budgets on the company’s site, which allows any ethically motivated or cost-conscious buyer to purchase an affordable, pre-owned kitchen.
Tonnes of savings
Used Kitchen Exchange’s innovative services ensure support towards a wider, circular economy. For each under-used kitchen sold, there is an average saving of 1.2 tons of landfill, which would allow a family of four to live carbon neutral for a year. With their 1,500th kitchen being sold in 2019, the equivalent of 1,800 tons of landfill has been prevented with a carbon saving of 9,000 tonnes.
Global Good Awards
The Global Good Awards rewards businesses, NGOs, charities, and social enterprises of all shapes and sizes for ‘doing good’, globally. Formerly the National CSR Awards, the Global Good Awards are about rewarding change in all organisations, and encouraging the development of ethical business practices. Recently, the Used Kitchen Exchange won ‘Gold’ in the Global Good Awards 2019, for ‘Best Start-up Enterprise.’
Used Kitchen Exchange is one of the UK’s largest retailers specialising in the sale of approved used and ex-display kitchens. The company works in partnership with some of the UK’s premier kitchen showrooms to offer quality, pre-owned and ex-display kitchens at a fraction of the original retail price.
Sustainability is a priority for Wimbledon. Throughout the 2019 Championships efforts were focused on four main themes: energy, transport, food and drink, and waste. In 2018, the Club achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status for the Championships for the first time.
In 2018, the Club achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status for the Championships for the first time. This laid the foundation for it to increase the proportion of waste entering recycling bins in the 2019 season. This year, the organisation invested in new and more clearly branded recycling bins to help visitors segregate their waste correctly – minimising contamination. Waste unable to be recycled, reused, or donated is sent to an energy from waste facility, where it is incinerated to produce electricity for the National Grid.
Game, Set, Plastic
A key focus for Wimbledon has been to minimise the number of non-recyclable or single-use products handed out. In 2018, the Club banned plastic straws from the Championships and has installed more than 100, free, tap water refill points across the grounds. This year they went one step further, with all water bottles used by players, drinking cups for visitors, and plastic cutlery made using 100% recycled content.
Old balls, please
Unsurprisingly, one of Wimbledon’s other most sizeable waste streams is tennis balls. More than 53,000 are used annually during the two-week grand slam competition. To divert the used balls from landfill, Wimbledon sells them for £1 each and donates the proceeds to its own charitable foundation. Any remaining balls are graded and then donated to schools and a range of community organisations.
Partnerships for the future
In June, Wimbledon signed up to the United Nations’ Sports for Climate Action Framework, acknowledging the critical need for sport to play its part in ‘helping to implement the Paris Agreement and accelerate the change needed to achieve climate neutrality’. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has pledged to implement the principles enshrined in the Framework, and is committed to working collaboratively to develop, implement, and enhance the climate action agenda within the sports industry.
Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is regarded by many as the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London, since 1877, and is played on outdoor grass courts. Since 2009, a retractable roof has been in place over Centre Court.
The North Face has extended its sustainable Cali Wool collection made from Climate Beneficial™ wool, which has a net negative carbon impact at the ranching stage of production.
From cars to sheep
One innovative ranch and its flock of sheep can make a difference – helping to offset carbon emissions equivalent to 800 cars per year being removed from the roads. The North Face use the wool produced from this ranch in its expanding Cali Wool Collection. The material, Climate Beneficial™ wool, is produced through regenerative agriculture methods that have a net negative carbon impact at the ranching stage of production.
It all started with a beanie
It all began with the Cali Wool beanie – an American-made beanie launched in 2017, and recognised as a finalist by Fast Company’s 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards. The company has now expanded its range to include a unisex scarf, and men’s and women’s jackets made from Climate Beneficial™ Wool.
Threads with benefits
While conventional ranching practices often cause degradation of the soil, regenerative agriculture and ranching practices work to increase the health of the soil. These practices become part of the solution to addressing climate change by removing carbon from the atmosphere, increasing soil fertility, and improving water holding capacity. So the purchase of a Cali Wool beanie, scarf, or jacket is ultimately playing a role in addressing climate change.
To source all the wool for the Cali Wool Collection, The North Face partner with Bare Ranch in California and the nonprofit Fibershed, to create a carbon plan which calls for changes to the way standard ranches work. Bare Ranch has changed many aspects of the way it works from planting trees to grazing sheep and cattle in rotation. All of the changes are estimated to help the ranch sequester more than 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year, or the equivalent of taking 800 cars off the road.
This story shows how The North Face supports Goal 13: Climate Action, specifically Target 13.3: “improve education, awareness raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and early warning.”
About The North Face
Named after the coldest and most unforgiving side of a mountain, The North Face is an American outdoor recreation product company producing clothing, footwear, and outdoor equipment. The North Face began in 1966, as a climbing equipment retail store in San Francisco. It was founded by Douglas Tompkins and his wife, Susie Tompkins.
Haygrove is an international horticulture business that has been growing berries, cherries, and organics for over 20 years. Haygrove believes it is important that it supports its local communities, so the company has created community gardens to share the therapeutic benefits that horticulture can offer.
The benefits of therapeutic horticulture are well proven. By teaming up with social care providers, Haygrove has created community gardens that offer a sociable yet peaceful place where members of the local community can visit for therapeutic healing. Haygrove’s aim is to develop or support 20 community garden projects by 2028. Haygrove also believes an important purpose of these gardens is to facilitate the integration of other local businesses into the community.
The Ross-on-Wye garden was founded in 2013. It now provides one-off and regular sessions to around 90 people with a range of physical and mental health challenges, and offers nearly 4,000 therapeutic hours of gardening every year. Through partnerships with GP’s, care homes, job centres, charities, and other businesses, Haygrove is helping to provide significant support to local communities.
Haygrove’s Ross-on-Wye garden doesn’t just provide therapeutic support. During the growing season, surplus vegetables are delivered to the food bank in Ross-on-wye. Around 400 trays of fresh vegetables have now been delivered to the Ross Food Larder. The project also hosts regular school visits throughout the summer months, educating children about biodiversity, healthy eating, and the origins of food.
This story shows how Haygrove supports Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being, specifically Target 3.4: “By 2030, reduce by one-third pre-mature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through prevention and treatment, and promote mental health and wellbeing.
Founded in 1988, Haygrove is an international business that has been growing berries, cherries, and organics for over 20 years. Besides growing fruit, Haygrove also design and sell field-scale horticultural growing systems to markets around the world.
Yora, a new dog food, which claims to be the world’s most sustainable because it’s made from insects, has recently been launched in the UK.
No small problem
Today, there are over 500 million pet cats and dogs in the world, so it’s no surprise that they consume around 20 per cent of the meat and fish produced, worldwide. Pet food is estimated to be responsible for one quarter of the environmental impact created by meat production. It is believed that the carbon footprint of a pet dog equates to double that of a 4×4 vehicle.
Yora is a new British pet food brand, which claims to be the world’s most sustainable dog food. More than 40 per cent of its dry food contains a ‘flour’ made from Hermetia illucens larvae reared in a new, GBP 18 million facility in Holland. Other ingredients include British grown oats, potato, and a number of botanicals.
Get some grub
Farming insects uses only a small fraction of the resources required for other forms of protein such as chicken or beef. Yora says that compared to beef, its grubs need just 2 per cent of the land and 4 per cent of the water to produce each kilogram of protein, which means they generate 96% less greenhouse emissions. In addition, the grubs are only fed recycled vegetable matter that would otherwise go uneaten. They also naturally grow at a rapid pace, reaching full size in just 14 days, so there’s no need for growth hormones or antibiotics.
Based in Brighton, Yora believes it has created the world’s most sustainable pet food, made from insect larvae. The company is named Yora in honour of one of the last uncontacted tribes in the Amazonian rainforest, who continue to live in harmony with nature.
Fever-Tree is continuing its six-year partnership with the charity Malaria No More, to raise money for the fight against malaria.
Links through time
Malaria is the world’s deadliest disease, and is believed to have been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth. We know how to prevent it, and how to treat it, yet malaria still kills a child every two minutes. Tonic water was invented to fight malaria; mixed with a ration of gin, it once helped British troops fend off the disease. That’s why Fever-Tree is rallying all gin and tonic drinkers to back this iconic drink and help beat malaria.
Fever-Tree is a long-term partner of Malaria No More UK – supporting the charity for more than six years. Together they are raising awareness and fuelling the fight against malaria. Fever-Tree believes that with enough commitment, they can be the generation that finally ends this treatable, preventable disease that kills 500,000 people a year. Tim Warrillow (CEO) stated, ‘we (Fever-Tree) are committing GBP 1 million over the next three years to support Malaria No More as it leads a global campaign to combat this disease. This funding will help in furthering international efforts to achieve the historic commitment made by 53 Commonwealth Leaders in April 2018, to halve malaria across the Commonwealth by 2023, thereby saving 650,000 lives and averting nearly 350 million malaria cases.’
Raise Your Glass
Earlier this year, Fever-Tree also launched its ‘Raise Your Glass’ campaign, calling on people to post snaps on social media of their ‘cheers moments’ to help bring an end to malaria. The company donated GBP 5 for every snap uploaded, up to a maximum of GBP 150,000, to support the fight against malaria.
This story shows how Fever-Tree supports Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being, specifically Target 3.3: “By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases, and other communicable diseases.”
Fever-Tree is a producer of carbonated mixers for alcoholic spirits, founded by Charles Rolls and Tim Warrillow in 2005. Based in west London, Fever-Tree makes a variety of products including tonic water, ginger beer, and lemonade, which are exported to 74 countries.
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