Growing Health.

Sustain, an alliance for better food and farming, representing around 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local levels, has partnered with Garden Organic, a charity that has built an increasingly massive community who believe that organic growing is a key driver for a healthy and sustainable world.

The output of their partnership is Growing Health, a UK national project promoting health and well-being by working with the UK’s health and social care services to use organic food regularly grown by communities across the country. Here’s a video from their site about one such project in Brighton.

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By giving the opportunity to grow their own food to different groups of people, such as those with mental health problems, physical impairments, long term conditions, learning difficulties and in recovery and rehabilitation, the project provides a means to exercise, addresses physical and mental health issues, encourages social interaction and skill development and provides access to fresh, locally produced fruit and vegetables. The inspiring yet effective nature of this project continues to attract more health and socal care providers to get involved and through its positive impact on these groups of people and on the health and social care providers, it embodies SDG 3, Good Health and Well-being.

The fruit and vegetables produced through the projects are then used by health and social care providers and the concept of sustainable produce, being grown by those who benefit most from the related activities, to then be used by health and social care providers, is one that is also in line with SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Growing Health is accessible to anyone in the UK and if you are interested in getting involved in this sustainably proactive project, check out their website. You can get involved either through taking part in the food growing and similar well-being activities or if you are aware of an audience that would benefit from such activities, you can present your proposal to the project team and if successful, they will support you with their wide ranging network to set up and deliver the impactful benefits to those who need it most.

So much admiration and respect for this project as it involves groups of people who don’t often get the privileges most take for granted, as well as doing this through developing a sustainable network of organic food growers and health and social care providers.

Links:

Growing Health Web Page
Sustainweb.org/growinghealth

Sustain Website
Sustainweb.org

Garden Organic Website
Gardenorganic.co.uk

The Great Bubble Barrier.

The Great Bubble Barrier. Even the name sounds so cool, wait till you hear about what they are all about. The Dutch start up, based in North Amsterdam, have this ambitious yet evidently achievable mission: “To remove as much plastic as possible from the environment. We do this by clearing as many flowing inland waterways in the world from plastics, as possible. This way we want to improve water quality and thereby quality of life for humans and animals.” (The Great Bubble Barrier Website). Their mission is one we can all get behind because the effect of plastic pollution is becoming more publicised but the unique selling point of this start-up is the way they set out to achieve it.

The Great Bubble Barrier Logo. Photo Credit: greenchallenge.info

Co-founders Francis Zoet, Saskia Studer and Anne Marieke Eveleens have found an application for existing bubble technology used currently during oil spillages, in the many waterways of Amsterdam. By diagonally placing a tube at the bed of the waterway and pumping oxygen through it, the waste within the waterway is thrust to the surface. The Bubble Barrier then guides the plastic, using the natural current, to a catchment system on the side of the waterway. One major benefit is that this stops the waste on its way to the ocean, as well as increasing the amount of oxygen in the eco-system – another major benefit for the marine life that live there.

Photo Credit: greenchallenge.info

I really like this business. They have innovated existing technology so well and what’s more is that it is easily scalable and doesn’t require changes to policies or infrastructure. They’ve even come first in the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge and got a major boost for their business development!

The Great Bubble Barrier are working towards a purpose that ties in predominantly to SDG 14 Life Below Water, but also can be seen to positively impact SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG 13 Climate Action and SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production. A great deal of applause for the team at The Great Bubble Barrier for the huge strides they take towards a sustainable future! Make sure you check out their website and the Green Challenge to learn more about the The Great Bubble Barrier.

Links:

The Great Bubble Barrier Website
thegreatbubblebarrier.com/en

The Postcode Lotteries’ Green Challenge Website
greenchallenge.info/info/winners/the-great-bubble-barrier

Harrogate Hub Community Cafe.

The Harrogate Hub Community Cafe Website Banner. Photo Credit: theharrogatehub.org/

Harrogate Hub Community Cafe is the one-stop shop for all your community needs! Locals from Harrogate have teamed together to establish the ‘pay as you feel’ cafĂ© that “feels like home, a place where you can connect, feel safe and be yourself” (Harrogate Hub Community Cafe Website). Taking community by the scruff of the neck, these inspiring locals have embodied community in their wholesome cafe with their aim “not only to feed bellies not bins, but to bring people together through chatting and sharing your story, providing activities for you to get involved in, helping you find support if needed and sharing life together” (Harrogate Hub Community Cafe Website).

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Recognition and thanks to the empowered Harrogate community members for proactively setting out to achieve a more sustainable community, in line with UN’s SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities Read more about the cafe in the referenced article. Go and visit the cafe at 53 Bo’ Grove, Grove Road, Harrogate and feel the power of community!

Also, if you know about any other cafes that also operate sustainably, then please leave a comment so we can get them the recognition they deserve too – thanks!

Links:

Harrogate Hub Community Cafe Website
http://theharrogatehub.org/

Referenced News Article – Group of Harrogate independents set up ‘one-stop shop’ for sustainable living
https://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/business/group-harrogate-independents-set-one-stop-shop-sustainable-living-826172