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We’ve all heard the term net zero, but what exactly does it mean? Put simply, net zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere.
Water is probably our most valuable natural resource. The average wastage of water per person is over 1,000 litres a week! Scaling this up to your business could mean thousands of litres of water is being wasted. We explore what can you do to reduce your water consumption.
It's a word that we have all become increasingly aware of, but what does it mean and how does it affect you and your business?
A weeklong celebration of the beauty and variety of British cut flowers, foliage and plants, as well as the florists, growers and wholesalers across the country.
We recently ran a survey on couples that are planning their wedding, or recently married to find out how important sustainability was to them. And the results speak for themselves...
Is a question that we get asked a lot! And unfortunately there hasn't been an easy answer. So in April 2021 we launched our wedding sustainability surveys - one for couples and one for businesses.
The 2022 Sustainable Surveys are out! Closing date for replies is 22nd April. Our mission to to make the wedding industry more sustainable, but to do that it's important for us to know where we are. For businesses and couples.
SWA Member, The Wellbeing Farm has been awarded B Corporation certification. They are one of the first hospitality businesses to achieve this important certification and the first exclusive events and wedding venue in the UK.
Hospitality and food service professionals can save food, money and the planet by keeping food from being wasted this March. Be part of #lovefoodhatewaste week 7-13th March 2022
When we say unnecessaries, we're talking about all those little things, all the elements that are nice to have, but when you look at the waste and cost (both financially and to the planet) aren't truly necessary.
We get through 7 million single-use coffee cups each day in the UK - 2.5 billion every year. Thankfully there are some solutions available, including some that have a water-based lining.
A Sustainability Policy outlines your commitment towards ethical and environmental practices and procedures within your business. But where do you start when creating one?
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.
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.
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.
Businesses making claims about their sustainability will have to provide more transparency to avoid greenwashing, as new ‘Green Claims’ guidance comes into force in January. The Competitions & Markets Authority (CMA) has ...
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.
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.
#StopBurningStuff - A special episode ahead of the UN Climate Change Convention (COP26)
One of the simplest ways for you to reduce your impact on the climate is to switch your energy supply to renewable electricity
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 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?
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.
You may have heard us mention Business Declares in the past, but who are they, what do they do and how can you get involved?
What is air pollution? Learn how greenhouse gasses, smog, and toxic pollutants effect climate change, and human health.
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.
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.
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.
"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
As we reach the half way point in the year, I think it's fair to say that no one expected we'd be where we are... this is our monthly round up of sustainability news from across the globe.
Understand what you can do to have a positive impact on the environment. It's not just about saving the planet, it's great for your brand reputation and bottom line too!
As part of our Driving Sustainable Change series, we're talking to business owners and sustainability champions. Today we hear from Jo about how she made her business more sustainable.
It's been a tough year but as an industry we have an opportunity to build back better, making our businesses more sustainable and meeting the demand from conscious couples for sustainable, ethical weddings.
Join us for the first Sustainable Wedding Summit on Thursday 6th May and find out what you can do to make your business more sustainable. The event will be taking place virtually with speakers and live Q&A.
On 22nd April we celebrate Earth Day. This year, the theme is "Restore our Earth". Earth Day events will be taking place online, across the world, with up to 1 billion people getting involved across more than 190 nations.
Sheepdrove is owned by environmental campaigners Peter and Juliet Kindersley. Sheepdrove has for decades been leading the way with sustainable and environmentally responsible practices.
Promoting a more sustainable future and celebrating those women that have led the way for us. A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. So let's all #ChooseToChallenge.
For the majority of weddings, after travel, food waste is the one of the highest contributors to GHG. But what can we do to reduce food waste in the industry? #GuardiansOfGrub #LoveFoodHateWaste
Officially launched on 1 March 2021, the Sustainable Wedding Alliance guides wedding businesses along their sustainable journey, through education, support and accreditation.
Sustainability can mean different things to different people, but in the context of your business, what does it mean to you? To develop a sustainable business you need to think about meeting your current business and clients needs, whilst protecting the environment and resources for the future.
Four out of five people choosing companies that have a positive approach to environmental sustainability, now is the right time to make your business sustainable.
Now is the time to build a better future. What gets decided now could impact us for decades to come. But what exactly is a green economy? And how does it help us put people and the planet first? Find out by watching this video.
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.
The next Conscious Connections events will be in Autumn/Winter 2022/23.