We celebrate Earth Day once a year, but is this enough?
In recent years especially we have seen a huge increase in awareness around the topic of sustainability and businesses for good. People are becoming more environmentally, and socially conscious, therefore businesses are having to respond, and adapt their business models in order to comply with what their consumers want, and what the world needs to survive. For example, using biodegradable packaging, introducing donation services, or reducing waste throughout the whole supply chain.
To celebrate those businesses showing a great example of sustainability and social responsibility we take a look back at some of our Great British Entrepreneur Awards alumni, who are doing it right – for the greater good.
SEaB Energy – Sandra Sassow
Winner of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Eco Entrepreneur of the Year Award, for her micro power plants manufacturer. Sandra and her husband, Nick, set up multi-award winning SEaB Energy to meet the increasing demand for self-sustainable energy solutions. They convert organic waste to energy through their products, The Flexibuster, and The Muckbuster. Both products are built to be a modular and scalable technology, they are ideally suited to small and medium scale sites that produce between 500kg and 2500kg of organic waste per day. Both help reduce energy costs, erase waste, reduce carbon emissions, and Reduces the amount of organic waste going to landfill.
Bambino Mio – Guy Schanschieff
Bambino Mio, one of the world’s leading reusable nappy brands, was crowned Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for the Midlands region in 2019 and is a perfect example of a brand making changes for the better.
With sustainability at its core, Bambino Mio produces stylish, affordable, and most importantly, reusable nappy products for babies and toddlers. Their products are designed to be ‘loved for life’, making quality products to be used again and again. “Together, we can take baby steps for a better world – one nappy change at a time.”
Georganics – Alessandro Rocchi
2020 Great British Entrepreneur of the Year for the South East, Georganics produce oral care products which are accessible to everyone. Conscientiously innovating products inspired by nature. Everything they do is aimed at minimising the environmental impact of this essential daily routine, by utilising compostable and reusable packaging, to make a low-impact lifestyle a reality for everyone.
Georganics believe that when we live aligned with nature, our health skyrockets. So it’s particularly important for the toothpaste we use to be as natural as it can be. Yet, most of us don’t have access to toothpaste that is actually natural and completely free from synthetics ingredients. So they make it their mission to make natural & toxic-free oral care available to everyone.
OLIO – Tessa Clarke & Saasha Celestial-One
2020’s Entrepreneur for Good Award winner OLIO, connects neighbours and local businesses with each other to share food that would otherwise go to waste. Simply open the app, browse the listings near you, request your items and arrange to collect. With a presence in 49 countries and 1.9 million users on their app, OLIO believes that small actions can lead to big change when resources are being shared and not thrown away.
“A third of the food we produce globally is thrown away, and in the UK households are responsible for over half of all food waste. The average family throws away £700 worth of food each year. That adds up to £12.5 billion… £12.5 billion that is going straight to landfill!”, OLIO is committed to decreasing this number massively through their work.
UpCircle Beauty – Anna Brightman
2021’s Fashion & Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year winner, UpCircle Beauty is an all-natural skincare brand, creating products built from sourced and rescued by-products from other industries – the food and drink industry in particular.
Producing competitively priced, high performing products from upcycled ingredients UpCircle are demonstrating that the beauty industry can become a lot less wasteful – which it is often known for.
“Our ultimate mission is to leave the world better than we found it by transforming ingredients that would otherwise be discarded into natural, organic beauty products – better for you, better for the world.”
Thelittleloop – Charlotte Morley
Charlotte Morely founder of thelittleloop, and mother, created thelittleloop after years of frustration with clothing her children in hand me downs or buying new clothes all the time as her children grew – which she didn’t like doing as it didn’t seem sustainable. She wanted to buy from ethical brands, to help the environment, but couldn’t justify the prices – this is where thelittleloop was born.
Thelittleloop is a subscription-based, wardrobe sharing brand. Allowing you to get the clothes your child needs when they need them. And to be able to get rid of them just as easily, while knowing that they’ll be going on to another loving home – and not affecting the environment.
You can find out more about thelittleloop, and Charlotte’s mission for sustainability, at this year’s IdeasFest, the highly anticipated festival, hosting some of the most inspiring business disruptors in the UK. Take a further look, and buy your tickets here.
If you run a sustainable business that deserves to be celebrated, you could be this year’s Sustainability Entrepreneur of the Year. Enter here.