Here at Karshare we think it's important to showcase inspiring eco initiatives and community champions. Our #KarshareKudos series focuses on individuals and organisations who are helping others make steps towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Today we’re bringing you a round up of the people we gave kudos to this March.
Top Up Truck
We know the importance of eliminating waste and unnecessary plastics, and we love to see the work that the @topuptruck team are doing to combat this, which is why we think they deserve some Karshare Kudos.
The Top Up Truck is the refill store that floats to your door. Founded by Ella Shone in Spring 2020, Top Up Truck makes plastic free shopping easy, convenient and affordable. The electric float, named Tara stocks 180+ products which are delivered to neighbourhoods across most of East London. Last month the team launched their bike delivery pilot too, offering deliveries by bike to the areas surrounding the Top Up Truck HQ in N17. Their bike deliveries go through Spedal which is a social enterprise paying London Living Wage who help give homeless people a leg up. The Top Up Truck team estimate that they've eliminated 36,087 pieces of plastic from the supply chain their launch! We love to see the impact that this idea has already made to the environment and the positive connections it’s fostering within the community.
Environmental literacy is vital for young people to have, but living in cities it’s often difficult to develop, with less access to outdoor learning opportunities and settings. Our next Karshare Kudos goes to a charity that are working to fix that.
GROW is a charity that works with schools and communities delivering bespoke programmes in sustainable food growing and outdoor learning. They work predominantly with local children and young people who experience barriers to learning, healthy living, and employment. GROW offer participants the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make positive choices and changes in their lives and in the world around them. Their agroecological farm and outdoor learning hub at The Totteridge Academy (TTA) in North London is at the heart of their activities, providing a practical and inspiring resource for everyone who visits. Through GROW’s partnership with TTA, they are creating a model for how schools and farms can work together to enhance learning and well-being, reach sustainability goals, and strengthen community.
92 million tons of clothes-related waste is discarded each year. That means a garbage truck of clothes is incinerated or dumped in landfill every second. We know how important it is to change our relationship with clothing so we are shouting out another sharing economy platform who are fighting fast fashion one stitch at a time.
The Seam is an online platform that connects people in need of clothes repairs or alterations with local specialist makers who can do them. They also offer made to measure tailoring services too, so you can have a high quality and long lasting article of clothing made to fit you perfectly. By encouraging people to repair or alter clothes they are helping reduce textile waste and change the way people think about their clothing purchases. The folks at The Seam say that extending the life of clothes by just nine extra months of active use reduces our carbon, water and waste footprints by up to 30%!
Do you know of a group, brand or individual who deserves some #KarshareKudos? You can nominate them here.