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The latest sustainable business news and helpful articles from our partners and member organisations. If you’d like to submit an article, please get in touch.

Featured Member: Featherstone Flowers
Featured Member: Featherstone Flowers

Featherstone Flowers is nestled in the rolling Hampshire hills. A passion project of the owners, Jess and Katie are champions of sustainable growing and floristry techniques.

Time to talk food waste and what to do about it
Time to talk food waste and what to do about it

If you’ve not heard of Guardians of Grub yet, you soon will. It’s the latest initiative from the people behind Love Food Hate Waste, that’s helping the Hospitality and Food Service industry tackle the £3.2billion of wasted food we chuck into the bin every year.

Now is the time to develop a clear action plan to reach net zero
Now is the time to develop a clear action plan to reach net zero

According a recent study by the British Chambers of Commerce, only 1 in 10 small businesses measure their carbon footprint. That's despite over half of the businesses saying that their customers were concerned about the climate crisis. 

Sustainability News | Supply Chain | November 2021
Sustainability News | Supply Chain | November 2021

This month we've been talking a lot about supply chain - talking to suppliers about how you can more to a more sustainable supply chain and remove single use plastic. It's also something we've seen a lot in the media about this month.

Digital Carbon Footprint – New report reveals higher carbon cost per year than round the world flights
Digital Carbon Footprint – New report reveals higher carbon cost per year than round the world flights

Nearly 80% of us failing to consider the environmental impact of our data use online, ‘dirty data’ habits could be silently contributing as much to global emissions as international air travel.

Sustainability News | Water | October 2021
Sustainability News | Water | October 2021

This month we've been talking a lot about water - why we need it, where it comes from, how to storage, save and measure it...  But it's also been featured in the media a lot this month too.

We need to stop burning stuff
We need to stop burning stuff

#StopBurningStuff - A special episode ahead of the UN Climate Change Convention (COP26)

Are we running out of water?
Are we running out of water?

Despite water covering 71% of the planet’s surface, more than half the world’s population endures extreme water scarcity for at least one month a year. So are we running out of clean water?

Forests are a lifeline for people and planet
Forests are a lifeline for people and planet

Forests are a lifeline for both people and planet, and are the second largest global store of carbon on our planet. Yet they are being cleared, burned or degraded at an alarming rate. But what can you do to help prevent further deforestation?

Sustainability News | Energy | September 2021
Sustainability News | Energy | September 2021

This month we've been talking a lot about energy, how it's produced, how to save it and where to buy it, and it's been featured a lot in the media too.

What is air pollution?
What is air pollution?

What is air pollution? Learn how greenhouse gasses, smog, and toxic pollutants effect climate change, and human health.

Why does the wedding industry need to be more sustainable?
Why does the wedding industry need to be more sustainable?

As part of our #DrivingSustainableChange series we interviewed Gwenda Jeffs about the changes she has seen in the industry since taking over the GREEN UNION, through the pandemic and her predictions for the future.

Sustainability News | Waste | August 2021
Sustainability News | Waste | August 2021

Waste has been a real issue across the industry for many years, and although people are more aware of the damage that single use can do, in busy times they fall back into old habits and choose convenience over conscience. 

Three ways your business can reduce it’s energy consumption right now!
Three ways your business can reduce it’s energy consumption right now!

Every business has an environmental impact, and a substantial part of this comes from the energy used to run buildings and equipment. We asked the team at Energy Solutions Oxfordshire what their top three tips are to reduce energy consumption right now.

What does the IPCC report mean?
What does the IPCC report mean?

"If we combine forces now, we can avert climate catastrophe. But, as today's report makes clear, there is no time for delay and no room for excuses. I count on government leaders and all stakeholders to ensure COP26 is a success." UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Conscious Connections

Conscious Connection events are for local suppliers to come together, network and learn from each other.

Being sustainable isn’t just about reducing waste or energy consumption, it flows through everything we do, in our businesses and in the weddings, we produce. The most common thing we hear when talking to business owners is that they want to be more sustainable, but just don’t know where to start. There is so much in the media about being green, but in reality, it can be a little overwhelming.

The Sustainable Wedding Alliance are here to support you, to help you to build a business that you’re proud of, one that has sustainability at its core and that balances people and planet.

Willow Grange Farm, Cambridge

Tuesday 15th February | 10:30 – 12:00

We invite businesses from across the region to join us, network with local suppliers and get hear from our Founder, Michelle Miles, about what you can do to make your business more sustainable, and attract environmentally conscious couples.

We will also be joined at the event by Waterbeach Waste Education Centre, a collaborative project between Cambridgeshire County Council and Amey. Their local team will be joining us for an engaging and informal, interactive 30 minute workshop. They will be providing fascinating insights into local waste management systems and processes, plus advice on how we can all reduce, reuse and (correctly!) recycle within our households and businesses.

Join us for the first networking event in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday 15th February from 10:30 to 12 noon at the Willow Grange Farm, near Chittering. Refreshments are sponsored by VG Coffee. Organisation by Green Soul Weddings.

Partner Events

LoCASE Grant Clinic

19 January 2022 | 09:30 AM – 12:00

We’re holding a virtual clinic for our business grant programme Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE). Grants are available in East Sussex, Brighton and Hove and West Sussex.

LoCASE provides business support and business growth grants of up to £10,000 to businesses delivering low carbon and environmental products and services. The programme also provides grants for energy efficiency upgrades for all businesses.