South West businesses urged to go waterless from World Environment Day

Smarti Environmental, the UK's leading waterless urinal provider, is urging businesses in the South West to play their part in the battle against needless carbon emissions following Stockholm+50 (02-03 June), and World Environment Day (05 June).

50 years on from the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, the United Nations is warning that the climate is heating up too quickly for people and nature to adapt. To keep global warming below 1.5°C this century, annual greenhouse gas emissions must be halved by 2030. The UN is encouraging truly transformative options...

: Estuary League of Friends’ EV Charger, part-funded by ECOE, is now installed and ready to go.

ECOE’s community fund supports Topsham’s first multi-model electric vehicle charger

£6,235 available from 2019/2020 fund – deadline January 17 2019

Award-winning Devon volunteer organisation Estuary League of Friends has installed Topsham’s first multi-model electric vehicle charger outside its new community hub at Nancy Potter House. The project was supported by a £900 grant from the Exeter Community Energy (ECOE) community fund, which is accepting new applications until 5pm Friday January 17th .

‘With the start-up funds from ECOE, our project became a reality, as we were able to use those funds as match funding,’ says Emily McCarthy, Community &...

Plymouth Science Park

PSP business boosts green credentials for SW firms

Boosting the green credentials of companies in the retail and industrial sectors across the south west is the key goal of Plymouth Science Park based company, DC7 Group.

With climate change becoming an ever-increasing threat for the planet, DC7 Group is looking at ways to help reduce the usage of certain types of refrigerant.

‘Some are not only very harmful to the planet but are also incredibly expensive. Thankfully, there are alternatives,’ explains Danny Carroll, Director of DC7 Group.

‘We’re encouraging businesses to move towards more environmentally friendly...

Activa Contracts celebrates safer driving with first winner of Lightfoot Sponsored League

Paul Peers of Peel Ports Group, one of the UK’s largest port operators, has become the first winner of Activa Contracts’ latest risk management initiative run in partnership with Lightfoot, which recognises and rewards road safety skills.

The ‘Activa Contracts Lightfoot Drivers’ League’ encourages smoother, safer driving among the many fleets using both Activa contracted company cars and vans, and Lightfoot’s driver behaviour technology.

Each week a driver is rewarded with a great prize, encouraging others to excel. Currently more than 2,200 drivers are eligible for the...

Safia Minney Speaks at Sancho's

Event Date: 
09/11/2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Sancho's, 117 Fore Street, Exeter

Safia minney talks about how sustainable and fair fashion happens and why it needs to become the new norm: she’ll share her experience in setting up people tree, and working with po-zu and her book 'slave to fashion'. We are delighted to be hosting an intimate talk with Safia Minney MBE. Safia is a social entrepreneur, author, activist, founder of People Tree and Managing Director of Po-Zu.

She will be sharing her experience setting up the sustainable fashion power house People Tree. Safia will provide insight into how businesses can develop transparent supply chains, and will...

Hundreds of pieces of plastic reclaimed during inaugural unwrap

Plastic Free Exeter held their inaugural plastic unwrap on Saturday 2 June.

Part of the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Communities movement, the unwrap was the third event run by Exeter’s group since they launched in January 2018.

Watching hundreds of shoppers exit Sainsbury’s in Alphington with their weekly shops, founding member Rosalind Holsgrove-West, commented “It’s been interesting to observe just how much plastic is coming out of the supermarket. When we go shopping, we’re used to our one shop a week where we see what’s in our trolley. But to be stood here for...

Exeter Golf and Country Club supports #2MinuteBeachClean in campaign to reduce plastic consumables

Authored by jenniashford
Posted: Wed, 03/28/2018 - 10:08am

Devon-based non profit organisation, The Beach Network, will receive 25 pence for every takeaway cup purchased at Exeter Golf and Country Club as part of an effort to significantly reduce plastic consumables at the Club. The organisation is responsible for the emerging nationwide campaign #2MinuteBeachClean.

With the UK government set to announce a new deposit scheme on plastic bottles, 2018 seems to be the year where change is beginning to happen. People are beginning to wake up to the catastrophic environmental damage caused by the increasing use of disposable plastics during the...

Multi disciplinary architectural firm connects with nature at PSP

Boosting people’s health and bettering the environment are the ambitions of Plymouth Science Park based architectural firm, CURA Design.

The team is already engaged with a number of multi-million pound building design projects in London and the South West.

CURA Design is one of the first UK based architectural businesses in the UK which fully embraces and uses ‘biophillic design principles.’

Biophilic design offices first began to appear in the USA and have since spread worldwide – with strong enthusiasm for the concept in Singapore, Dubai and China. Its’ philosophy...

TALK - Can sailing provide a sustainable alternative to Flight?

Event Date: 
06/12/2016 - 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Embercombe - Higher Ashton, Devon

oin VoyageVert for an inspiring dive into the ground-breaking travel revolution that provides a viable, sustainable alternative to long-haul flight. Imagine being able to book a 7-10 day high-speed, carbon-free adventure to New York rather than a cramped 7hr flight that misses everything in between your departure and destination. The land comes into view, you’re arriving by sea into a historical port after a restorative and perspective-changing journey across one of the world’s largest oceans.

Co-Director, Ross Porter, 12 years a Marine Engineer and with 36,000+ nautical blue miles...

Success for Alternatiba Exeter: Festival of solutions to global crisis

Authored by jkluska
Posted: Mon, 11/23/2015 - 10:02am

On Saturday 21st November, 230 people attended the Alternatiba Festival, held in Exeter.

Over 30 different community groups and organisations came together to share stories and experiences of how we can live in a more sustainable way and enjoy being part of a rich and diverse community.

Gillian Baker from the community group Transition Exeter, said: “It was so empowering to see groups with common interests who have never met before coming together in such a joyful environment and sharing their enthusiasm for positive change.”

The festival included talks by Rupert...