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Sunday 3 December 2023
Thursday 30 November 2023
Wednesday 1 November 2023
By the end of this century, a third to a half of the world's population — three to six billion people — may be pushed beyond the "liveable region."
Tuesday 24 October 2023
Smallbutcool Climate-friendly accountants, bookkeepers, and tax advisors, helping small business owners create a cooler future for their business and for the planet. Their bookkeeping, tax, and accounting services save time and money and reduce carbon footprints, whilst their advisory services help make the most of all growth and climate-friendly opportunities.
For businesses that deliver or are developing climate-friendly products and services, they offer unique support ranging from incubation packages, to sourcing climate-friendly investors, to specialist R&D advice, to verifying the climate-friendly credentials of suppliers.
Tel: 01926 754 700
Saturday 2 September 2023
Arma Karma was created as a flexible insurance option for renters looking to cover the items that matter most to them, without having to commit to an annual contents policy. Every month they are protecting their valuable items through Arma Karma, subscribers can be supporting a good cause at no extra cost to them, as 25% of commission revenue on the policy goes to a charity of their choice from a select panel of four. The B-Corp pending insurtech also contributes to carbon offsetting projects through climate crisis solution platform, Ecologi.
Wednesday 23 August 2023
TBLA is a digital accountancy practice at the forefront of change. They help clients with their accounting and taxation requirements. Advisory services include budgeting, financial modelling, business sales and raising investment. In addition, TBLA has a net zero / sustainability reporting service that integrates into the Advisory activity.
Wednesday 26 July 2023
Monday 24 July 2023
If you are looking for ethical printers Sussex based Treetop Design and Print are an experienced provider of digital, litho and large format print services for all requirements. From in-house graphic design and print through to mailing fulfilment. They offer eco printing services across the UK and same-day turnaround for businesses in Mid Sussex and Brighton. Visit the website for full details and get in touch for a quick quote. https://www.treetopdesignandprint.com/
Friday 14 July 2023
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Monday 15 May 2023
Victory Colours is an independent family run business. Their small team is mindful of the environment, so when launching their eco paint business they were clear they didn’t want to add to the toxins on the planet. Their Down to Earth Paint is their way of being more conscious. They have beautiful colours, exceptional quality & opacity. Their paint is durable, colourfast & washable, easy application and solvent-free. Their paint is water based, it’s virtually VOC-free and has exceptionally low odour. Oh and it’s vegan.
Get in touch – or call @victorycolours on Instagram
Wednesday 26 April 2023
Tuesday 28 March 2023
Green & Moore is an environmentally friendly accountant and business advisor. They are an ethical business with a passion for the environment, they offer accounts, taxation, business advice and other supporting services to businesses and individuals. See their Green Initiative to see what they do.
Friday 24 March 2023
Monday 6 March 2023
Kempii is an online platform designed to help people who want to reduce their waste impact – from plastic disposables to food waste. They offer easy, everyday swaps that add up to a huge impact. Their site provides free tips on reducing waste at home or on-the-go, and lists recommended products (they’ve done the searching for you!). All of their products will in some way reduce your waste footprint – for instance, by switching disposables for reusable items (like water bottles), using low-packaging alternatives (like shampoo bars) or reducing food waste (compost bins). Kempii also donate 10% of their profits to WasteAid UK, an independent UK charity that shares practical and low-cost waste management know-how with communities in low-income countries. With Kempii, reducing your own waste footprint can help others do the same! www.kempii.co.uk
Thursday 23 February 2023
Saturday 11 February 2023
Snooty Catz ethical living for people and pets was founded in 2016 in the steel city of Sheffield; they are a small independent business with a passion for living ethically for both themselves and their pets. They work hard to offset their carbon footprint and they also plant one tree for every order placed.
Tuesday 7 February 2023
The Green Stationery Company is the UK’s original Green Office and Recycled Paper supplier, established in 1989. Green Stationery stock recycled office papers and an extensive range of papers made from unusual fibres, including recycled brown kraft, coloured, textured, and watermarked papers. They supply long-life products built to last, and beautiful sustainable wood office accessories. They also have unique recycled, plastic free and biodegradable packaging materials and everything for the eco office: from recycled string to glue sticks made from almonds and potato starch. Their customers include big organisations wanting to run green conferences, small pioneering green businesses, eco-conscious home users, natural wedding planners and green pubs, restaurants, cafes and hotels. They have over two thousand regular customers throughout the UK and some overseas, who all want to use their purchasing power to make a difference. You are not recycling unless you are buying recycled, CLOSE THE LOOP.
Thursday 2 February 2023
Natural, biodegradable soap and shampoo bars. Their products are vegan, cruelty-free and made by people paid a living wage, without using plastic or preservatives. They use a cold-process method handed down through generations of makers. Creating no by-products and relying on old-fashioned elbow grease, with every bar poured, cut and packed by hand in Yorkshire. Friendly Soap is biodegradable too, so it’s better for the planet even once you’ve used it. Friendly Soap hope to change buying habits by giving a more natural, sustainable and affordable option.
Monday 30 January 2023
Thursday 5 January 2023
Jungle Culture’s philosophy is to inspire people to see the beauty and purpose in nature. They create earth-friendly and functional goods sourced directly from independent artisans and makers from all over the world. They believe in fair and honest manufacturing and care deeply about building relationships with the local communities that they work alongside.
Wednesday 7 December 2022
– Ethical, Sustainable, Logical. Ethiqana is a convenient, stylish, ethical and sustainable alternative to the usual. Ethiqana are passionate about people and the planet so they get very excited about things that are ethical and sustainable. They work with small artisan producers. Economic empowerment, creative pursuit and eco-friendliness are at the heart of their mission. Their collection includes organic wooden toys, unique home décor, artistic & economical heating solutions, stylish personal accessories & beautiful greeting cards. Everything is exceptionally handcrafted by artisan heroes so everything is truly unique. Also, every sale contributes to a worthy project through Buy1Give1, at no cost to you!
Thursday 29 September 2022
Everyday Phenomenal is a London based women’s wear brand on a mission to make women feel phenomenal inside & out. They’re the first eco-friendly clothing brand that’s shifting the focus from how you look, to how you feel. That’s why all of their ethical fashion essentials link to their online mindfulness platform, The Circle of Feeling Good. Their collection is stylish and comfortable, made in the UK by talented seamstresses. https://www.everyday-phenomenal.com/
Entwistle are committed to sustainable printing. How to substantiate such a bold claim? Lets start with their services. They offer a really extensive range of green papers, boards, exhibition displays and pop up displays but what sets them apart from their competitors is their state of the art facility. Their Openshaw factory has green technologies incorporated at every turn and they use clean printing technology wherever possible.
Entwistle have 200 solar panels and use 100% renewable electricity. In 2021 they became carbon neutral. They have ISO 14001: 2015 accreditation for Environmental Management and their ESG policy is class leading.
Saturday 10 September 2022
Ethical Money helps conscientious investors avoid fossil fuels, weapons and other unwanted sectors and only invest in companies working towards a sustainable future. Fully FCA regulated investments for your pension, ISA, investment account, Bond or Trust. Lower your carbon footprint with ethical investments. Independent advice from regulated advisers helps you pinpoint investments that align with your beliefs. Ethical solutions are now easier to access and with competitive costs and performance there is no need to compromise your returns for your beliefs.
Get in touch to find out more on 023 8000 3456
Wednesday 31 August 2022
Thursday 7 July 2022
is an online luxury bedding store with a difference! They create and provide original design duvet covers, matching pillowcases and flat and fitted sheets. They exclusively use certified organic and fairtrade cotton of the finest quality (percale and sateen) giving you peace of mind that your night’s sleep won’t cost the earth! In addition to classic white, navy blue piping and stylish silver line embroidered duvet covers, they offer cat, dog and bunny themes for the animal lovers among you. Their embroidered lavender flowers design is also a popular choice. Come visit and see for yourself!
Wednesday 6 July 2022
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Tuesday 8 March 2022
Founded in 1999, THTC (The Hemp Trading Company) is a multi award-winning ethical streetwear brand one of the world’s longest running hemp clothing labels. The brand has been worn and supported by hundreds of musicians, actors and activists from Ed Sheeran to Woody Harrelson, Goldie, Benjamin Zephaniah, Ed Skrein, Jason Flemyng and Sue Perkins.
THTC has also produced merchandise for hundreds of charities, bands and businesses including UB40, River Cottage, QPR In The Community, The Angola 3, World Land Trust and Asian Dub Foundation.
For more information find THTC on thtc.co.uk or @thtcclothing (Twitter / Insta), ‘THTC1’ on Facebook.
Monday 28 February 2022
Wednesday 23 February 2022
Express English College has received some excellent news to kick off the academic year. The college has been accredited by Green Standard Schools as an environmentally friendly language learning school! We are delighted to have had our serious commitment to protecting the environment formally recognised by a global, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing disastrous climate change.
Climate change has been an undeniable backdrop to the pandemic. With the recent confirmation from the World Meteorological Organization that the world’s weather-related disasters have increased five-fold since 1970 (McGrath, 2021) and the United Nation’s confirmation that human impact is unequivocally at fault (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2021), a disturbing acceleration of climate catastrophes has been globally evident throughout 2021.
Dramatic flooding swept through swathes of Germany, Belgium and other parts of Northern Europe in July, devastating unprepared urban areas (McGrath, 2021). Air pollution has been found to slash the life expectancy of billions of people by six years at minimum (Carrington, 2021). Record-breaking wildfires ravaged vast areas of land in California, Siberia, Algeria, South Africa, Greece, Turkey, Italy and France; many countries – spanning most continents – suffered deadly wildfires on a regular basis throughout the year (Pultarova, 2021; BBC News, 2021). Climate change anxiety is now a common emotion for many of us as we witness the all-too tangible effects of a shift in seasons and an alarming intensity in weather patterns. The impact of climate change on mental health is now being officially recognised by major psychiatry organisations (American Psychiatric Association, 2021).
In Manchester, EEC’s home, 2021 has seen torrential downpours last for weeks, oppressive heatwaves and too-oft overcast skies shroud the city. A report from Transport for Greater Manchester’s Low Emission Strategy makes for sobering reading. By 2040, if global carbon emissions are not drastically cut and offset, Manchester can expect intense rainstorms, increased flooding, the spread of invasive species and an increase in heat-related deaths (Cox, 2015).
EEC, as a provider of internationally-focused education, has long been committed to reducing its carbon footprint. Language education can have a more deleterious effect on the environment than other areas of education. It’s a well-known fact that total immersion in a country of the target language is a superior method of language learning (Memrise, 2020). However, as students fly around the world to study this can lead to a greater increase in carbon emissions resulting in a very negative impact on the environment. Even a short flight, such as returning to London from Berlin, emits around 0.6 tonnes of CO2e – three times the emissions saved from a year of recycling (Timperley, 2020). EEC is pleased to offer online courses for students who want this option to benefit from our excellent education provision.
Language learning also typically goes through a huge amount of paper as students work through thick grammar workbooks, dictionaries and endless print outs. The environmental impact of paper production is mammoth: 40% of the world’s commercially cut timber is used for paper; 30 million acres of forest are destroyed annually by paper deforestation and 10 litres of water is needed to produce one piece of A4 paper (The World Counts, n.d.).
EEC wants to be part of Manchester’s commitment to become zero carbon by 2038 (Manchester Climate Change Agency, 2021). We have been working hard on our environmental policy for some time. We are fully committed to ensuring the college undertakes positive actions and promotes a suitable educational ethos that contributes to global environmental sustainability. The college believes that unnecessary waste/wastage, needless use of fossil fuels and careless or uninformed attitudes to recycling, repurposing and reusing have no place in a forward-thinking educational organisation. Therefore, we foster values that help to raise awareness of environmental dangers and embed actions and procedures that contribute to a responsible use of, and care for, the earth’s resources.
Our environmental policy was a big factor in assuring accreditation from Green Standard Schools. A few of our policies that they found particularly noteworthy included our commitment to becoming totally paperless by December 2021. Through significant investment in electronic learning resources, using Dropbox to store all files and our adoption of a ‘green approach’ to preparing lessons we are successfully on track to meet this commitment. All classrooms are fully equipped to teach interactively and we ask students to recycle their course books by returning them to us at the end of their course. There really is no need to print or photocopy anymore!
Another area in which we scored top marks is in the reduction of our energy consumption. We have successfully reduced our electricity usage by a whopping 41% and our water usage by 11% since 2020. All lighting in the building has been changed to LED lights and TVs are set to auto switch off if not being used. We also use energy companies that supply 100% of their energy from renewable resources.
The little things matter when it comes to the environment. We are hot on recycling round here at EEC, and we encourage all our students and staff to use the different recycling bins in our leisure/kitchen areas. We don’t provide any needless single use plastics, such as plastic cups, instead asking our students to bring their own reusable water bottle or use the provided reusable cups. Our water is filtered, so no need to buy a bottle of mineral water! We also ensure that no toxic waste products enter the drains from the college by only using bio washing-up liquid, hand wash etc. We also try to shop locally and sustainably for all our products.
Following on from a £137m project to transform the city’s walking and cycling routes (BBC News, 2019) Manchester can boast one of the UK’s best cycling networks. EEC is proud to support this with our environmentally focused policy aimed at reducing the amount of public transport and car journeys undertaken by students and staff. We are very happy to pay 10% of the cost of a bike for anyone working or studying at the college.
We have also made a concerted effort to systematically bring environmental education into our learning syllabuses. No one can know too much about the environment, and it is imperative that everyone is as informed on environmental issues as possible in the fight against climate change. This is why we use course books with a weighting towards environmental awareness, such as National Geographic Life and Cambridge Empower books. Additionally, the majority of our extracurricular activities have minimal environmental impact in terms of public transport and energy usage. We are also pleased to support the National Trust by offering our students 10% of the price of an annual membership fee.
EEC is the first school in Manchester and only the third English language school in the UK to be accredited by Green Standard Schools, something the college is exceptionally proud of. As a member of Green Standard Schools we can be assured that our reputation as an outstanding English-language educator is being enhanced through our support for the environment.
EEC and Green Standard Schools share a mutual ethos that environmental education is paramount in the fight to minimise the harmful effects of climate change on our planet (Green Standard Schools, 2021). As a member we must honour the twelve environmental commitments set out by Green Standard Schools and will also have access to their digital platform of teaching resources. Watch this space to see how our English teachers plan to incorporate these resources into lessons! In the meantime, let’s all keep educating ourselves on – and talking about – the environment. And don’t forget to recycle!
You can learn more about Green Standard Schools here.
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BBC News. (2021) Algeria forest fires: At least 65 people killed as fires spread. Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-58174918. [Accessed 1 September 2021]
BBC News. (2021) France wildfire: Thousands evacuated as blaze rages near Riviera. Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-58243066 [Accessed 1 September 2021]
BBC News. (2019) Greater Manchester unveils £137m of cycle and walking projects. Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-47657811. [Accessed 2 September 2021]
Carrington, D. (2021) Air pollution is slashing years off the lives of billions, report finds. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/01/air-pollution-is-slashing-years-off-the-lives-of-billions-report-finds. [Accessed 1 September 2021]
Cox, C. (2015) Nightmare climate-change vision of Manchester 2040: Flooding, invasive species and heat-related deaths. Available at: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/climate-change-vision-2040-manchester-10250908. [Accessed 1 September 2021]
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