Stop using one-time plastic coffee pods

Tassimo mountain

Since 2012 Sussex Green Living has recycled approximately 80,000 Tassimo ‘T-Disc’ coffee pods and packaging through Terracycle UK and given the proceeds to a local school, but suddenly their pick-up point has changed. Now we are wondering: what are we going to do with all this waste?

Sussex Green Living is one of the UK’s best TerraCycle collectors, however due to changes to the Tassimo Brigade public drop offs we no longer able to receive money for our beneficiary the William Penn School. The nearest drop off location is now Findon and that’s a 35 mile round trip. Read more

Carbon footprint of a cuppa!

Now we all love a cuppa, but have you ever thought about its carbon footprint? Is there a greener option? For example …..Where in the World was the tea grown? Where in the World does all the packaging come from? Where in the World was it blended and packaged? How much packaging does it have? Can you buy your tea with less packaging?  Or no packaging?

Think about this…….. Read more

Help is at Hand for Horsham!

Help is at hand in more way than one, the Horsham Repair Cafe has been given a helping hand by Horsham Tesco shoppers and Tesco. This inspiring new community initiative has been voted the winner of Tesco Bags of Help, during November and December shoppers in the Horsham Tesco Express stores and the Broadbridge Heath store were able to use the tokens to vote for their chosen community initiative, the Horsham Repair Cafe received the most votes. Read more

You CAN solar power your home!

“Just a few more of these will do it.”

More solar for Sussex!  Carrie the founder of Sussex Green Living and her husband Brian have fulfilled their new year’s resolution by calling in local firm CC Solar to install ten solar panels on the roof of their Sussex home. So now they power their home using daylight and the sun’s almost limitless energy rather than having to buy electricity from the national grid.  For the last 7 years Carrie and Brian have been buying 100% renewable energy Read more

Raspberry Pi helping to save the planet!

We’re really excited to tell you about another sustainable solution for schools and this one might win your school £1,000!

Now in it’ sixth year, the PA’s Raspberry Pi competition 2018 is offering three £1,000 prizes for teams from primary and secondary schools, and sixth forms and colleges.

This year’s theme is Sustainability. The challenge is to use the Raspberry Pi – a credit-card-size yet highly capable computer – to invent something that will help ‘save the planet’. Read more

Living in an eco-home

Ever thought of living in an ‘eco-home’?

When we came to Brighton from London in 2015 Sue and I were looking for an old house like the  terraced house we were living in, built well before the First World War. After all, older houses have lots of nooks and crannies and lots of character.

What we ended up with was a very modern, ‘sustainable’ home, Read more

Schools save money, raise money & free lessons

We are delighted to share our ‘The Future We Want – LESS C02’ Sustainable Solutions for Schools Programme. This programme saves schools money, makes money and reduces C02 emissions.  We also offer FREE whole school assemblies and lessons for KS2 focusing on Energy Eco Warriors or Textile Eco Warriors.

Bought to you by Sussex Green Living in partnership with Bags of Support an ethical West Sussex based textile recycling company.  Our mission to financially help schools, provide environmental education, lessen carbon footprints and the effects of climate change. Read more

​Horsham Repair Cafe Christmas and beyond…

Groundwork offering energy advice

Press Release

HORSHAM REPAIR CAFE FULL OF CHRISTMAS CHEER AND NEW YEAR NEWS

Horsham Repair Cafe wrapped up three months of operation on Saturday 2nd December with a truly outstanding session.

As a result, it has been decided to add a date in January, rather than wait for the next officially publicised event which was to be in February.  The additional date is confirmed as Saturday 6th January 2018 and people are invited to bring along such items as Christmas cards, cracker decorations and unwanted cracker gifts; any wrapping paper which is not going to be reused next year and cardboard kitchen rolls for some upcycling fun.  Anyone wishing to participate in an unwanted gift exchange should contact HRC on the email below. Read more

Al Gore broadcast Climate Reality for 24 hours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT ANNOUNCES 24 HOURS OF REALITY GLOBAL BROADCAST TO TAKE PLACE DECEMBER 4-5, HIGHLIGHTING CLIMATE ACTIVISM AROUND THE WORLD

WASHINGTON, DC (November 15, 2017) – Today, The Climate Reality Project announced that the seventh-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast – a star-studded, 24-hour live event focused on the climate crisis and its solutions – will take place December 4-5, 2017. Hosted by former US Vice President and Climate Reality Founder and Chairman Al Gore, Read more

​Horsham Repair Cafe – saving energy & Christmas lights!

Press release

Do you dread turning on your Christmas tree lights? The festive season can be an expensive and wasteful time of year and so often those Christmas tree lights don’t work! Well if that is the case, do not despair, the Horsham Repair Cafe can help.

On 2nd December at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham there will be a team of experts ready, willing and able to fix Christmas lights, flashing Christmas jumpers, small electrical appliances, computers, iphones, ipads, tablets, clothing repairs and much more.   Read more

Black Monday NOT Black Friday!

The day the world turned black and we are NOT talking about Black Friday! Monday 16th October 2017 and severe weather events created the rarest phenomenon England has ever seen. There was the brightest blood curdling red sun shining through the weirdest clouds,  then at 3pm it got darker and darker and went black. Read more

Horsham families win green family National Awards

Horsham families are at the forefront of the fight against climate change and have been recognised with a National Award. Carrie Cort, her 9 year old son Adam and her Mother, Jean Francis went to collect the award for their family’s efforts at the P.E.A. Awards in London on Friday 13 October. These awards acknowledge green heroes from the UK and beyond. Read more

Sussex Green Living volunteer shortlisted for award

Jill Shuker shortlisted for the Volunteer Award

PRESS RELEASE

Finalists announced in the BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards 2017

BBC Sussex is today proud to announce the finalists for the seventh year of the BBC Sussex Community Heroes Awards.

The Awards are dedicated to celebrating unsung heroes from across the local area. Over recent months, listeners have been invited to make their nominations across nine categories including Fundraiser, Volunteer and Young Achiever of the Year. Read more

Horsham Repair Cafe an outstanding success

The first session of the new Horsham Repair Café on Saturday 7th October proved an outstanding success.  At 10am approximately 50 people came through the doors of the Horsham Quaker Meeting House to witness the official opening by Jeremy Quin MP and Councilor Philip Circus, who spoke about the importance of this initiative for Horsham District. Read more

Inspiration through Green Art

Children from all over West Sussex competed in our Eco Beast Sculpture competition in July, culminating in a public display at the family event ‘Funday Sunday’ in Horsham Park.

The four winning schools –  Warninglid, Georgian Gardens, William Penn School and Upper Beeding – enjoyed their prizes on 8th, 11th, 12th and 13th September.  Read more

Launch of Horsham Repair Cafe

PRESS RELEASE

1st West Sussex Repair Café launches in Horsham

What do you do with a broken toaster? Or a laptop which is on the go slow? Or with a ripped pair of trousers? Bin it? No, repair, remake, reuse and refresh, saving money and helping the planet. Sussex Green Living an environmental awareness and education community initiative and Horsham Quakers are launching a Repair Café on 7th October in Horsham. This will be the first Repair Café in West Sussex and will take place on the first Saturday of every month 10am– 12.30pm. Read more

Eco Beasts take over West Sussex!

Eco Beast Competition

Eco Beast Sculptures migrated from across West Sussex and took over a marquee in Horsham Park at ‘Funday Sunday’ on Sunday 9th July.  Children from all over the county had wonderful fun making Eco Beast Sculptures out of waste resources. The best sculptures from schools and children’s uniformed groups formed a stunning public exhibition at this family event. Read more

The Future We Want – LESS C02 campaign

The Future We Want - LESS C02

The Future We Want – LESS C02 campaign was launched by Sussex Green Living in June 2017 at the Billingshurst Carnival.  This programme was developed as a result of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corp training (more information below) and a WWF competition. In March 2017 Carrie, the founder of Sussex Green Living, was shortlisted as the WWF Earth Hour Community Hero. At the same WWF Earth Hour Parliamentary reception, Adam her 9 year old son was announced as a winner in the WWF KS2 The Future We Want – Climate Challenge poster competition, with his Climate Cartoon.

Carrie and Adam decided that they need to give future generations the knowledge and a voice to encourage everyone to care better for the planet which sustains us. Read more

Horsham Repair Cafe launch on 7th October

Horsham Repair CaféLaunching SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER 2017 then taking place on the 1st Saturday of every month 10 – 12.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL

Alongside the regular monthly cleaning materials refills sessions on first Saturday each month, Sussex Green Living in partnership with Horsham Quakers  Read more

Stop the drilling for oil & gas near Billingshurst

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Did you know that test drilling for oil and gas has just started at Broadford Bridge (Wood Barn Farm)  near West Chiltington/Billingshurst? Read on to learn the history behind this project and why so many local people do not know about it.

Do you want lorries with oil, gas and chemicals driving around our little country lanes, risk of polluted air, oil flare lighting the night sky and the potential for carcinogenic chemicals leaching into our soil and water supply?  Read more

Funday Sunday in Horsham Park

Funday Sunday is coming to Horsham Park on 9th July. This event is replacing the annual Sparks in the Park and promises to be a great family day out in Horsham. In addition to the fun-fair in the park there will be a stage with different performances taking place all afternoon.  There will also be sports events and other activities for children of all ages to have a go. Read more

Action plan against climate change

PLEDGES FOR THE PLANET

Please read and print this page, it’s a handy checklist and action plan to help you reduce your carbon footprint and impact on the planet.  Indicate if you need to or have already undertaken the suggested actions. Share the list and your knowledge with as many other people as you can and encourage them to move to a ‘greener future’. Read more

Fantastic family woodland event

Into the Trees – family event

9th and 10th September 2017

Pippingford Park, Sussex

 ‘Rope swinging, pond skimming, slacklining, woodworking.

I have been to lots of festivals and I loved the peace of this one’ Read more

Q&A: All About Climate Change

What is climate change?

To understand climate change, it is best to first define climate. The climate of an area or region refers to the typical or average weather. For example, the climate of Hawaii is sunny and warm. When you hear about climate change, this is describing a change in the climate of an area, such as temperature, precipitation, or wind patterns that occur over several decades or longer. Climate change is also a change in the Earth’s overall climate, such as an increase in the Earth’s average temperature. Read more

What’s the problem with palm oil?

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the fruit of oil palm trees, which are found mainly in Indonesia and Malaysia. The oil is very versatile and is used in many common consumer products, including foods, cosmetics and household products and its use has been increasing steadily. So what is the problem? Well, unfortunately palm oil production causes massive environmental damage as land is cleared to make way for plantations – trees are cut down, soil is degraded and biodiversity is negatively affected. Read more