Bottle top recycling success story

Milk bottle tops

Written by Martin Cooke…..

I have coordinated the collection and then sale of milk bottle tops at St Paul’s Church for over 7 years, on behalf of the church’s “eco-group”. In that time GHS recycling Ltd (at Hilsea) has bought nearly £1,400 Read more

William Penn School 13th in National biscuit wrapper recycling competition

Biscuit wrapper recycling postersHot news…. William Penn Primary School comes 13th in a UK wide biscuit wrapper recycling competition!

Sussex Green Living have been working with the William Penn Primary School in Coolham to launch and establish their TerraCycle recycling schemes, more information can be seen here. One of the waste resources they can recycle is sweet biscuit wrappers. The recycling scheme is sponsored by Mc Vitie’s, here are the competition results from TerraCycle……

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Best weekend for autumn colours in the South Downs



The South Downs National Park Authority announces a range of incentives for Sussex residents who travel by train and bus, as the area reaches its seasonal climax.

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Going Green Family Style

Green familiesGoing green is something we all should do, not just us as individuals, but as whole families. We’re not talking Saint Patrick’s Day or yard beautification. We’re talking about energy conservation, renewable energy, recycling and sustainable living.

Going green as a family is not only good for the environment, but it can also end up being excellent for your long-term bottom-line. Want to know more? Here are some great tips to get you started. Read more

Baby toilet wipes and the 3 P’s!

blocked pipes

Guess what this is?

I’m guessing you have heard about the 3 R’s in relation to waste – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, well have you heard about the 3 P’s?  Well Southern Water tell us more…..

Southern Water would like to remind customers to only flush the three Ps down the toilet – pee, poo and paper. Read more

Biscuit wrapper recycling competition

School recyclingSussex Green Living is competing in the UK wide Biscuit Wrapper Recycling competition, the beneficiary being the William Penn Primary School in Coolham.  This competition is to see who can save the most used sweet biscuit wrappers (and brand) from landfill.  At the time of writing this blog we were 18th in the UK.  With a final push over the next 3 weeks we could be in with a chance of winning anything between £250 – £20 for the school, plus save all those biscuit wrappers from landfill.



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We won the Business Matters Going Green Award!


Press Release…..Take One Productions (UK) Ltd‘s CSR initiative Sussex Green Living won the GOING GREEN AWARD for the second year running.  Petro our mascot frog was excited to win the award he says “Its a great way to spread the green word that we all need to live greener, leaner and more sustainably”.

Many thanks JP South Events and JSPC Computer Services Ltd for a fantastic evening at the Business Matters Awards Ceremony at the Copthorne Hotel Effingham on 13th September 2013.  A great evening was had by all!  This now qualifies us for the Southern Business Awards taking place at The Grand Hotel in Brighton on 27th September.  The main sponsor is JSPC Computer Services and the sponsor of Going Green Gemini Brighton, impressively eco friendly printer and designers.

We want you, the people of Sussex, to take some ownership of Forward your suggestions for events, videos, parks and green spaces etc to be added to “your” site.

“Greening Sussex by Sussex families”

What is an Arboricultural Survey?

Tree surveyIf you’ve tried searching for ‘what is an arboricultural survey’ before the release of this article then you’ll have noticed there is quite literally nothing on the internet about it. Despite there being lots of environmental organisations that advertise their abilities to perform arboricultural surveys around the UK not a single one explains what one is on their website. Read more

Visit to the West Sussex recycling facility

Viridor Materials Recycling Facility SussexHave you ever wondered where your household recycling bin contents goes and what happens to it?  Well here is your chance to go and see for yourself.   The West Sussex County Council Ford Material Recycling Facility (MRF) operated by Viridor is opening its doors to West Sussex householders……………



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Join the anti fracking Sussex anthem 1st September 2013

Balcombe frackingBelt it out @ Balcombe 2
Sunday 1st September 2013 2pm
London Road, Balcombe, RH17 6JH

Something interesting is happening at Balcombe. All sorts of people who have never been involved in protest are coming together, supporting and connecting with each other. In the process of coming together they seem to be waking up to what a dirty business fossil fuel extraction that powers our society really is. Read more

The search engine which plants trees!

ecosiaIf you have not heard of this search engine then give it a go  They are donating 80% of their ad revenue (currently to The Nature Conservancy’s “Plant a Billion Trees” campaign) and being 100% carbon neutral this is a venture which is surely well worth supporting.

“By making Ecosia your chosen search engine you can actually help the environment one search at a time”  – The Guardian


We want you, the people of Sussex, to take some ownership of Forward your suggestions for events, videos, parks and green spaces etc to be added to “your” site.

“Greening Sussex by Sussex families”

Grass-Fed Meat Revolution talk in Chichester

grassland management

An unmissable evening of talks and presentations by
leading authors and permaculture pioneers explaining how pasture can
Save Farming * Solve Global Warming * Feed the World
Increase Biodiversity * Re-Green the Deserts * Improve your Health! Read more

Eco friendly school lunch boxes

Waste free lunchPacking your child’s lunch allows you to save money, control what your child eats and help influence his dietary habits, all while avoiding the sometimes bad fare in school cafeterias. The traditional brown bags of days gone by are not only out of style in a modern lunch room, they are also a wasteful use of paper and are not the most efficient choice. Finding a green solution to the school lunch is easier than ever, and because eco-friendly choices are all the rage, these options are sure to make your child a school lunch trendsetter.


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Wildlife & Environmental Awareness Day 26 August 2013

Brent Wildlife HospitalBank Holiday Monday 26th August 10 – 4pm Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital, Cow Lane, Siddlesham, Nr Chichester, PO20 7LN – Wildlife and Environmental Awareness Day – “Redressing the balance”.  Although entrance is free, they would be grateful if you could give a tin of dog/cat food on arrival!


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Importance of social awareness for children

children and natureParenting comes with a wide array of responsibilities, not least of which is teaching kids the importance of social awareness and giving back to the community. Volunteering and actively working to help others not only helps to make a difference in your community and the world beyond it, but also helps to instil a sense of compassion and responsibility in your children. Read more

Fracking in Sussex

We received this email from Greenpeace tonight.  Read this page and then follow the link below, their online template letter is a very easy way to express your disapproval at the increased fracking activity in Sussex, it takes minutes.

We are based near Billingshurst, currently our home is surrounded by test drilling in Balcombe, Broadford Bridge (near West Chiltington) and Wisborough Green, read on.  Read more

Families free bus tickets in the South Downs this summer

Greener travelThis summer, Sussex families who dread car journeys with kids can try the bliss of the Breeze Bus for free or half price, thanks to the South Downs National Park Authority, Brighton and Hove City Buses and Brighton and Hove City Council. The offer comes as new research shows that a fifth of Sussex parents travelling by car have felt their blood pressure rise and one in ten has been reduced to tears . A third of drivers have pulled over suddenly because of fighting and 38% have had their plans ruined by traffic. Read more

Forthcoming green events

Summer holiday fun


Looking for things to do this summer?  Here are three events which are free of charge and will get everyone into the great outdoors running around, letting off steam and having fun! Read more

Benefits Of Solar Energy

solar power

It seems as if just about every day environmental practices are gaining ground in the news. As our planet’s environmental challenges become clearer, and receive more coverage, more and more people are inclined to make personal efforts toward helping to clean up and preserve the environment. And much of these individual efforts deal directly with the concept of solar power.

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Green Living Tips for Today’s Busy Families

Green HomeModern day families live a hustle and bustle lifestyle. Between driving kids to activities, working, shopping and maintaining a household, there is little time to think about the environment. Many decisions are made hastily and in the name of convenience because there is simply not enough time to plan for the long term and the big picture. Read more

National Playday outdoor free fun in Haywards Heath

Recycled masks

Wednesday 7th August 12 – 4pm

Entry free of charge

Come and join us for National Playday event in Victoria Park in Haywards Heath. The event aims to encourage young people and families to use the park and its facilities, the theme of the event being ‘Nature and the environment’.

The Sussex Green Living mascot Pedro and his recycled robots will be playing green games, to include:

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Switched on to energy efficiency?

The green deal


Research published today by one of the leading energy suppliers, npower, has revealed that we are a nation which knows how to be green – yet affordability and motivation are preventing us from changing our behaviour. Read more

Is our water supply in West Sussex being poisoned?

Poisoned_waterTo Frack or not to Frack this is the question……You will have to decide for yourself if our water supply in West Sussex is under threat.  You may or may not be aware but Cuadrilla Resources Ltd have an application for a mining waste permit to manage wastes arising from an exploratory borehole to test for oil reserves at Balcombe in West Sussex, (also in Broadford Bridge near West Chiltington and Wisborough Green).  The question is how can a company dispose of this much radioactive and chemical waste safely? Read more

Cross ventilation saves money and energy

Green ventilationA common goal of homeowners in summer months is to cool your homes in the most efficient manner, while using as little energy as possible. Using cross ventilation to cool your home without using the air conditioner is an energy-efficient method that will save you money and help to protect the environment, but there are certain necessary elements to properly facilitate cross ventilation. Read more

A Sustainable Future for Tourism Business

Green Hotels in Las VegasWatching the green movement travel around the world has been an incredible sight.  As businesses make the decision to change over to green building practices and sustainable materials, it’s important that they are recognized and applauded for doing so. This ultimately helps other businesses see the benefits of making changes and becoming greener. As a commercial contractor, I’ve worked with a variety of business owners who just want to get LEED certified. However, it’s about doing something more, and these organizations and tourism businesses prove that. Read more