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December 29, 2009 by leap
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December 16, 2009 by leap
Nearly six billion tons of CO2 emissions could be saved by 2020 through the intensive use of IT, according to a landmark new report released by analyst firm IDC.
Launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the ICT Sustainability Index ranked the G20 nations according to their ability to reduce emissions through IT.
The UK was ranked in an impressive third place behind the US and leader Japan, and tied with Brazil, France and Germany.
December 15, 2009 by leap
We were really honoured earlier this year to be given accreditation by The Ethical Company Organisation. Their flagship publication is now on sale in the form of The Good Shopping Guide and contains a couple of mentions for Leap as a new addition to the ranks of Ethical Award winners.
This is now the eighth edition of the guide and contains a huge amount of research into all areas of UK consumerism. In their own words: “everything from banks to butter and fax machines to fashion”. The E.C.O. look into lots of criteria including animal welfare, boycott calls and pollution and is then tabulated for the ethical consumers to see what are the most ethical products in a given range. The data in the table is then summarised in a diagram like the one below.The book is available now from http://www.ethical-company-organisation.org/ and is priced at £14.95 with free P&P.
December 14, 2009 by leap
Above are a small selection of products available from a knitting co-op that has been going for over 11 years. Katy and I came across them for the first time a year or so ago whilst browsing a local charity shop in Billingshurst, West Sussex. Our whole family has admired our rhino tea cosy for all that time and (can you keep a secret?) we’ve gone back to them this Christmas for a few presents!
The co-op is based in Kenya and pays their members a fair wage and supports welfare projects across the Njoro region:
“The group generates two forms of income; buying the wool locally then creating more work by turning the wool into marketable products such as toys, bed-covers, scarves, hats and other accessories.”
We were lucky enough to stumble across these really lovely things and haven’t found them sold anywhere else. If you’re stuck for one or two final gifts for Christmas, the rather basic PDF catalogue can be found HERE
We got really great service by contacting them directly and the website can be found at: http://www.kenana.co.uk/
An island in the Baltic Sea has completed a 12 year journey to energy self-sufficiency reports the Independent.
The picture above shows one of the 21 wind turbines on (and just off) the 450 square-mile island of Samso, but that isn’t the limit of the community’s eco uptake. Arable farmers and forresters now have a profitable way of getting rid of their waste straw and lumber at the end of their respective seasons, in the island’s biomass heat plants that heat every home within the 22 villages on Samso.
“Banks of man-sized solar panels lie in fields, kept trim by herds of bleating sheep. One farmer has even developed a special pump to use the warmth supplied by cow’s milk to heat his home.”
To read the full story about this eco idyll click here
December 9, 2009 by leap
Friday 4th December saw the seventh annual Cornwall Sustainability Awards, presented by Dick Strawbridge. The Leap-designed trophies went down a treat and many of Leap\’s clients (both current and historic) were represented amongst the winners and finalists.
Congratulations must go to current Leap clients St. Austell Brewery, who won the Overall Winner Award along with the Best Managed Large Business Award. James Staughton, managing director of St Austell Brewery said: “St Austell Brewery is one of the region’s oldest companies and through innovation we have managed to remain at the top of our game for more than a century and a half.
\”Operating sustainably is not only essential for our future but for all business and we are therefore delighted to be recognised for this as well as our voluntary work, which keeps our ties with the local St Austell community strong.”
Dick Strawbridge said: “I was delighted to give this award to St Austell Brewery not only because I like the occasional pint of Tribute but because of the level of work that goes into making breweries sustainable and in St Austell Brewery’s case, supporting the local community through its Charitable Trust Fund.”
Also representing Leap\’s current client roster was Newquay Zoo, who won the Best Managed Medium Business Award; Primrose Valley, who won the Best Managed Small Business Award and Kensa Engineering, who was a runner-up in the Green Innovation Award.
Dick Strawbridge said of all the entrants: “It was great to see such high standards and innovation amongst all the contestants and winners this year. I realise only too well that ‘being green’ takes belief, planning and investment but the rewards are great not just environmentally but economically, so today plays a key part in the process of encouraging people along their eco-journey.\”
The awards were held at the Pavillion Centre at the Royal Cornwall Showground, near Wadebridge.
December 2, 2009 by leap
Wednesday morning was a mad dash putting together the Porth Game boxes together, driving to a damp and cold Truro and delivering them to the Maga stand at the Truro Reindeer Parade.
Thanks to Peninsula for the game boards!
Late on Monday night, several weeks hard work from Kieran and his team showed fruit and the Eco design challenge website went live ready to receive visitors.
Below are a couple of examples of the site’s pages: