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      Blog — Bristol

      City to Sea

      City to Sea

      We are happy to have made our latest 1% for the Planet donation to City to Sea, a charity based in our hometown, Bristol.

      They are an environmental organisation who provide communities worldwide with practical solutions to stop plastic pollution. The charity’s positive and playful attitude makes their initiatives approachable and achievable, encouraging everyone to take small steps which result in big change.

      As we become more and more aware of the shocking amounts of plastic building up in our oceans, City to Sea aims to stop plastic at source by reducing demand. As well as believing in the power of the individual consumer and helping everyday activists to challenge the system, they are also behind large scale campaigns pushing for change in government legislation and calling out big companies to face their plastic problems.

      Their #SwitchTheStick campaign resulted in all major UK retailers announcing they would only sell biodegradable paper stemmed cotton buds rather than plastic. This was followed by the British government completely banning plastic cotton buds as well as stirrers and straws.

      City to Sea have successfully campaigned for plastic-free period products to be offered to schools as part of the government’s period poverty scheme. They have met with period product brands, retailers and manufacturers, encouraging them to remove single-use plastic and add more reusables to their ranges.

      Cutting out as much plastic as possible from our business has been a priority for the past couple of years. In January we were really pleased to send out our first trade catalogue with a 100% plastic-free and fully recyclable card and stationery range, following us designing new paper packaging for our mini card packs. However there is always more that can be done and we will continue to critically evaluate our company from an environmental and ethical perspective.

      Please take a look at City to Sea’s website to find out more about their work, how to get involved with their campaigns, and see what you can do to reduce everyday plastic consumption.

      We The Curious

      We The Curious

      We have made a donation through our membership of 1% for the Planet to We The Curious, an educational charity with sustainability at the heart of their work.

      We The Curious describe their mission as 'to build a culture of curiosity where everyone can ask questions, explore and test ideas out together. By creating equal spaces where people can enjoy science as messy, creative and collaborative we can solve our greatest human challenges, together.'

      Their science and arts centre is based here in Bristol, and they deliver free educational opportunities to six of Bristol’s most disadvantaged wards. They also reach millions more with their live online science videos which are viewed by teachers and learners worldwide.

      We think projects like this are a great way to tackle environmental issues in a positive way. Education is vitally important in the fight against climate change and We The Curious are inspiring the next generation of change makers. Their engaging and thought provoking projects motivate all of us to make sustainable lifestyle choices.

      We The Curious are a key member of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership and were also one of the first organisations in the city to publicly declare a climate emergency. They are committed to becoming the most sustainable science centre in the UK, and their innovative sustainable approaches include the city’s first LED lit car park, green roofs and bee hives.

      We are delighted to be supporting such an inspiring charity here in Bristol. You can read more about their educational opportunities and sustainable projects on their website.