Sustainability & Environmental Issues
There's a range of groups you can volunteer with to help tackle litter in public spaces across The Living Coast, including:
Pier 2 Pier beach clean, Brighton – monthly mass litter picks between the Palace and West Piers
Tidy Up Team, Brighton & Hove – a new initiative to tackle litter in the city's parks, led by council rangers
Ovingdean beach cleans – regular events run by the Deans Beach & Environment Volunteers
Newhaven beach cleans – seasonal events organised by the rangers at Lewes District Council
Adur & Worthing community cleans – various events being held, including at Shoreham Beach local nature reserve
Eco-Schools in Brighton & Hove that have achieved the top 'Green Flag' award are:
Balfour Primary - 1 award
Brunswick Primary - 5 awards
Coldean Primary - 2 awards
Moulsecoomb Primary - 3 awards
Patcham Infants - 2 awards
Patcham Junior - 1 award
Stanford Infants - 3 awards
St Luke's Primary - 1 award
Dorothy Stringer - 7 awards since 2000
Patcham High - 2 awards
Varndean - 2 awards
BHASVIC - 1 award
Some innovative examples of ecotechnology can be viewed in The Living Coast, including:
Shoreham Port - solar PV arrays owned by Brighton Energy Co-op (see photo above)
Richardson's Yard, Brighton - re-use of shipping containers as homes & offices
Earthship, Stanmer - pioneering eco-house project
Glyndebourne Estate, near Lewes - wind turbine supplying most of the estate's energy needs
Top ways that we can each reduce our 'carbon footprint' include:
Insulate your home, avoid wasting energy, and source renewable energy
Reduce, reuse and recycle the materials you consume, and buy energy-efficient products
Walk, cycle or use public transport more, plus car-share and drive smoothly
Use water efficiently, lots of energy is used to get it to you to drink
Eat less meat and dairy products, and compost your food waste
Plant a tree, especially a native species for wildlife
There are already plenty of local campaigns and businesses in The Living Coast that are working towards creating a single-use plastic-free world, including:
Refill - a range of cafes, bars and venues that offer free tap water refills for people on the go in Brighton & Hove and Worthing. Look for the Refill stickers in windows of participating locations, or find them on the Refill app (free), and get your water bottle refilled for free.
Plastic Free Pledge - local venues that have pledged to stop using single-use plastic straws in Brighton & Hove and beyond. Check the website for maps of ‘THE PLEDGED’ organisations.
hiSbe - the original supermarket rebels! This fantastic independent supermarket on York Place in central Brighton is pioneering a new shopping experience from the usual supermarket. With lots of ‘nude food’ and a ‘refill bar’ that contains everything from nuts and cereals to oils and cleaning products, there is plenty of opportunity to choose plastic packaging free stuff.
WasteNot - situated in the brilliant London Road Open Market, this great little store offers completely zero waste packaging options for dry and wet goods, displayed in rows and rows of jars like an old sweet shop. And you can find lots of unusual single-use plastic free stuff here too, like reusable bamboo fibre make-up removing pads and safety razor sets.
Charlotte's Cupboard – the UK’s first packaging free shop on wheels is here in Brighton and Hove! With their zero waste, packaging free store in their trusty electric van, Peggy, Charlotte and Thalassa can be spotted at many local farmers markets around the local area each week. Get as much or as little as you need, from a teaspoon of something to a kilo of something – and all plastic free. Plus Charlotte’s Cupboard also offers door-to-door deliveries. Oh, and their Instagram account is brilliant: these girls can sing!