Shortlist announced for green heroes across the UK – and beyond
Following hours of debate, discussion and deliberation, this year’s shortlist for the P.E.A. (People. Environment. Achievement.) Awards has been decided. Now in its fifth year, the Awards celebrates the green heroes who are taking matters into their own hands and providing inspiring alternatives to business as usual. These sustainability pioneers are recognised and rewarded at a glamorous green carpet event, with music, entertainment and plenty of great food and drink.
Entries and nominations were submitted from across the UK and the globe, from small ethical start-ups and community-spirited individuals as well as ‘green’ celebrities and established eco-entrepreneurs.
Cat Fletcher, Brighton’s very own resource goddess, joined Oliver Heath (eco-designer), Katie Hill (editor, PQ Magazine and mygreenpod.com), Hugh Jones (Managing Director – Advisory at the Carbon Trust), Rebecca Hill (International Marketing Director at National Geographic Magazine) and Jarvis Smith (P.E.A. Awards founder) on 2015’s panel of judges. Dr Dan Danahar and Rich Howarth joined the panel to judge the Nature award.
This year’s shortlist covers environmental trailblazers from up and down the UK, from Aberdeenshire through the Midlands and all the way down to Cornwall and Brighton.
Unlike other environmental and ethical awards ceremonies, the P.E.A. Awards, now in its fifth year, honours individuals and teams who are taking matters into their own hands and flying the flag for sustainability. The awards recognise green heroes rather than the corporate missions of the brands or companies they work for.
The awards ceremony
The winners, who the judges agree are the pioneering individuals most deserving of recognition for their environmental achievements, will be honoured at a green carpet event in Brighton on 03 October 2015.
Tickets for this glam awards ceremony and leading networking event, which includes a three-course pre-industrial food system vegan dinner by SILO, Bison Crafthouse Beer, Juniper Organic gin, and a live set from the Stereo MCs, are available at www.peaawards.com.
A free daytime event will be held to mark the first anniversary of the designation of the UNESCO Lewes & Brighton Downs Biosphere Region. Big Nature in the Biosphere will transform the foyer of the Brighton Centre into a celebration of local biodiversity. The daytime event will precede the green carpet event that celebrates trailblazers for sustainability.
The shortlist includes a PRODUCT category:
Mr Keith Harrison, managing director, Newlife Paints (Rustington, West Sussex) – Each year, 50 million litres of paint go to waste. After some years of development, Newline Paints now
produces a decorative paint range of some 28 colours, which contain at least 90% recycled paint.
Tracy Umney, director, Re-wrapped (London) – Tracy spent years searching online and in gift shops for recycled wrapping paper, and eventually set up her own design-led recycled wrapping paper company. In 2011 the company had three designs, and now it’s working with designers who have created 23 options.
Kate Holbrook, founder, Turtle Doves (Shrewsbury) – Turtle Doves uses post-consumer textile waste to create practical and luxurious clothing accessories, including fingerless gloves, scarves, snoods, hats, headbands, wraps, throws and even beautiful baby booties, hats and mitts.
Ms Kresse Wesling, co-founder and director, Elvis and Kresse (Kent) – Elvis and Kresse turn waste materials into useful, beautiful bags, belts, wallets and rugs. They started with decommissioned fire hoses, some 30 years old, and the final product is all about honouring the hoses for the lives they’ve saved.
Howard Carter, CEO, incognito (London) – Made from only natural ingredients, incognito insect repellent is an excellent alternative to toxic and polluting chemicals like deet. Clinical trials have demonstrated the strength of its active ingredient, eucalyptus maculata citriodora. No natural repellent can demonstrate equivalent levels of efficacy.
For the full shortlist for all categories visit www.peaawards.com.