By coming together to find and activate solutions, we can begin to work towards a more sustainable future both in the UK and worldwide.
What exactly do we mean when we talk about a ‘more sustainable future’?
Whilst the definition of sustainability isn’t set-in-stone, the term is universally used in regards to approaches that do, or have the potential to, improve our way of life. In a world that is faced with poverty, extreme food wastage, environmental issues and so many more issues, the importance of finding long-term, viable solutions is entirely necessary. These solutions should not just benefit today’s society, but also deliver an effective output for generations to come.
Phil Geraghty, Managing Director at Crowdfunder, says…
‘Our project owners are a collection of some of the finest changemakers in the UK. We know that they are working hard every day to make an impact upon some of the huge challenges that today’s society faces… They are redefining how we come together as a community, how we grow our food, how we dispose of our waste… and a whole other range of solutions to important societal issues.’
Our crowd is working hard to activate solutions to some of the biggest challenges that we face, in the hope to create a more sustainable future.
Here are some of our favourite sustainability-conscious projects so far.
Borrow Don’t Buy
Borrow Don’t Buy are on a mission to open the first Library Of Things (a vibrant space in a community that lends out useful items to people nearby) in Plymouth. By allowing users to borrow items, such as DIY tools, BBQs and chocolate fountains, this initiative enables you to have more, but own less.
Tackling the very real issue of space consumption, Storage Shepherd aim to make self-storage and car parking both greener and more affordable. With their online platform, users are able to secure spare space in their home or driveway, which they can rent out for storage or car parking.
Bio-bean is an award-winning, clean technology company who recycle waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels, displacing conventional fuels and chemicals in the process. They crowdfunded for their latest product, Coffee Logs, which helps you to heat your stove in the winter or BBQ in the summer.
Sole of Discretion
This social enterprise seeks to protect the marine environment through a dedicated supply chain for ethically caught fish. Owned by and benefitting the fishing community, this ethical fishmonger creates a stable market and distribution system for a network of small-scale fishers from around the coast of the UK.
The Cheeky Panda
The Cheeky Panda produce bamboo toilet tissue. They turn unused bamboo, that would otherwise go to waste, into luxury tissues. Compared to trees, that are used in tree-based tissues, bamboo grows 20-30 times faster, produces 35% more oxygen and absorbs 35% more carbon.