400  Social, ecological and lifestyle aspects of waste  

This group of categories includes -

410  Responsible consumerism
420  Environmental labelling
430  Green building and decorating
440  Organic and low input food and drink
450  Energy use and climate change
460  Transport issues
470  Natural death

Stop exporting waste or face prosecution, EA warns

Activities to identify illegal electronic waste exporters are being stepped up, the Environment Agency (EA) has said. The announcement came after a report revealed that about 23,000 tonnes of waste was being shipped to non-OECD countries in the Far East, the Indian sub-continent, West Africa and China, without the correct authorisation from the EA. It is vital that waste exporters know what the rules are and comply with them, the agency said, or they will face prosecution. www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?id=9327&channel=0 

General information

Two out of three people believe companies should do more than make a profit; they should contribute towards good labour practices, business ethics, environmental impacts and society at large (The Millennium Poll on CSR (1999) Environics Int Ltd).

These organisations offer support and information about actions which minimise resource use, waste creation and reduce environmental impacts.  Any such action can be encouraged by a corporate body to reduce the ecological footprint of its staff and activities on the world: they are not options exclusive to individuals.

More general and wide-ranging organisations are listed in 400 (this page).  
Organisations with a more specific focus are to found in the other categories listed above.

Also see
Recycled Content Products (300) and its subsections (310 to 390) 
Materials exchanges
Charity  and community schemes

Biodiversity is good for business.  It provides water, energy, fuel, and raw materials.  It also takes and absorbs our waste and pollution.  By supporting biodiversity, business can give something back to help sustain, conserve, create and enhance wildlife habitats, and in doing so improve the living and working environment.  The biodiversity you support will provide a pleasant and positive working environment for your staff, and a positive environmental image in the media and your local community.  (From www.egeneration.co.uk)

Alphabetical list of organisations

Actionaid Recycling

Tel 0845 3100 200 (collections hotline) or 0117 304 2390   Fax 0117 304 2391
Website www.actionaidrecycling.org.uk  Email recycling@aarecycling.org.uk 
Unit 14 Kingsland Trading Estate, St Philips Road, BRISTOL BS2 0JZ

Recycling arm (started 1993) of Actionaid overseas development charity.  Gives at least 80% of profits to work with over 9 million of the poorest people in over 30 countries.  Free national collection, with storage boxes and freepost envelopes, of printer, photocopier and fax drums and cartridges, and unwanted mobile phones.  Also sells recycled or original cartridges - Tel 0117 304 2396 or sales@aarecyclin.org.uk .  Works with Arsenal Football Club, Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street, Comic Relief, businesses, universities and schools.  Website downloads include Recycling leaflet, Cartridge Guide, Mobile Phone Guide and poster, and Introductory Letter for partnership work.  Other free materials include ideas sheets, posters and fact sheets, also usable for promotion.  Cartridges received are checked for damage, sorted and sold to one of over 50 remanufacturing companies that clean and strip them.  All reusable parts help make new cartridges; remaining parts may be reused in other recycled content products.  Offers annual certificate showing how much money partners have raised; and waste management documents.  Over 10 years experience, millions collected.  Mobile phones:  collects all brands, working or not, with newer phones raising more funds.  Please remove sim cards before sending.  Free envelopes, or courier collection possible for over 20 phones.  Phones are sold for reuse; outlets include http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Actionaid-Recycling-Mobile-Phones .   Remaining phones are sold to a company that replaces faulty parts, or breaks items down into components for reuse and recycling.  "Most charities just lend their name to collection by separate companies" and only receive up to 30% of profits (see CAP Ventures research consultancy's white paper on cartridge collection).  Actionaid receives 80% or more of profits by collecting and organising reuse and recycling itself.  All funds help ensure access to healthcare, food, water, education and shelter.  Believes local communities, governments and international organisations working together bring real change to peoples' lives, overcoming  inequity, injustice and poverty.  Also works with Better food Company (see 440 Organic and low input food and drink).  For further environment information, Actionaid recommends Friends of the Earth www.foe.co.uk .   (Updated Jan 2005)

Best Foot Forward Limited (BFF)  
Tel 01865 250818  Fax 01865 794586
Website www.bestfootforward.com
Email mail@bestfootforward.com
The Future Centre, 115 Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RQ
Contact  Craig Simmons or Nicky Chambers, Founder Directors

Consultancy specialising in sustainability metrics, resource flow and ecological footprint analyses.  Helps regions, organisations and communities reduce their environment impact  through delivering a wide range of analytical tools and consulting services.  Has developed EcoIndex and Stepwise which calculate environment impact and sustainability of a product, organisation, process, lifestyle or region.  Detailed website with many interesting sub-sections, organised under main headings: Products and services, Sustainable accounting, Publications, About us (includes case studies), and Partners.  You can also sign up to email discussion groups on carbon reporting and ecological footprinting (services - cities and regions sub-section).  Has Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.  BFF's ecological footprint of the Isle of Wight was Overall Winner at Biffawards 2001, and Environmental Report 2002 won an ACCA UK Award for Best SME in Environmental Reporting.  See also Stepping Forward www.steppingforward.org.uk sustainability assessment for the entire South West of England (see below or sections 210 Assistance, Advice and Consultants, 220 or 230; and 400, 430, or 450 Energy Use and Climate Change).  Other publications include: Scotland's Footprint, Material Health (mass balance and ecological footprint of NHS) and City Limits (resource flow and ecological footprint of Greater London, Biffaward 2003 finalist in R&D category). 

Develops products and services for three main audiences:  businesses and organisations - assess performance, raise awareness of issues amongst staff and/or customers; cities and regions - measure and monitor performance of regions and communities; education/campaigns - public communication and awareness raising.  Undertakes projects in many other areas, happy to discuss requirements.  For more technical information see their Services and Accounting web sections.  Tools used - resource flow and mass balance accounting; greenhouse gas (carbon) reporting; ecological analyses. Applications include - corporate environment strategy and reporting; regional sustainability assessments and scenario development; lifestyle analysis eg transport, food, housing and purchasing choices; waste and energy management and policy development; strategic environmental assessments (SEA); product impact assessment; education and awareness raising. 
Website designed by Lumpy Lemon, see section 210 Assistance, Advice and Consultants.   (Updated Nov 2005)

Tel 0208 773 2322  Fax 0208 773 2878  Website www.bioregional.com
Ecology Centre, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, SURREY SM5 3NX

Established 1994 to develop local products to meet local needs. This benefits the environment by using local resources and cutting polluting transport, and society benefits through increased local employment and wealth. Projects include: BedZED - a zero energy housing and workspace development in South London; Treestations - centres of sustainable wood management;  Local Paper for London - creating a sustainable office paper cycle.   See entries in sections 430 (Green  building), 14 (Wood waste), 15 (wood burning), 31 (paper and card), 350 (furniture & reclaimed wood products), 450 (Energy use) 460 (transport) (Updated Nov 2002)

Bristol's Environment Centre - see CREATE below  

Brighton Eco-Centre
39-41 Surrey Street, Brighton, BN1 

Opened October 2003 by Ethical Property Company (see 430 Green building and decorating) after a small refurbishment.  Supports peace, environment and development organisations.  The property was purchased from Brighton and Hove Council on 125 year lease.  It is located opposite Brighton Railway station, in a prime city centre location.  Provides office space, and houses a resource centre run by Brighton Peace and Environment Centre, and a People's Funeral Centre run by Arka (see section 470 Natural Death).  There is also a small amount of meeting space, and a decked outdoor seating area at the rear.  Groups such as Harmony in the Community, Our World Our Say, Food Matters, the Food Ethics Council, the International Institute for Energy Conservation, Mark Kenber (a climate change specialist) and the Kaloko Trust have all taken office space.  It also houses local branches of Friends of the Earth, the Green Party, Sustrans (see 460 Transport issues) and Smart Moves.  (Updated July 2004)

Tel 020 7070 6700  Fax 020 7070 6777
Website www.cabe.org.uk  Email enquiries@cabe.org.uk 
1 Kemble Street, LONDON  WC2B 4AN
Contact  Richard Simmons, Chief Executive;  Matthew Bell, Policy & Communications Director 

Campaign for responsible architecture, landscapes, urban design and spatial planning.  Inspires people to demand more from places and buildings.  Although not solely focussed on green values, one can find positive environment references among its activities.  Values include promoting more environment friendly ways of living.  See also CABE Space (below) which encourages holistic thinking about green space and what it means for health and well being, especially in towns and cities.  Cabe's aims include:  fighting alongside the public for greater care and attention in design and management of parks, playgrounds, streets and squares;  thinking ahead to new demands that will be made of our built environment in 10 or 20 years time, driven by climate change, technological advance and demographic change;  building evidence that good design creates economic and social value, so investment in good design is seen as necessary, not a luxury;  working across the country with all involved in planning, design, construction and management processes so opportunities for design innovation are always exploited.  Website contains library of buildings and spaces, and all Publications can be downloaded free.  Website News>Awards section includes Jubilee Library, Brighton, designed to achieve an 'excellent' BREEAM environmental rating, low energy consumption, low embodied energy and recycled rainwater; and The Hub, Newham, London E16 - innovative green building accommodating business start-up units, café, pharmacy, nursery and multi-purpose hall for community - the in-house community mental health team has recorded a reduction in high-stress situations with clients, accountable to the impact of the design.  Cabe conducts design reviews for proposals which will have significant impact on environment.  Enabling Programme supports public and private organisations, assisting those delivering or procuring new facilities or buildings, or setting policy context for development.  Policy Programme covers five themes under Corporate Strategy 'Transforming Neighbourhoods', Building for Life, seminars and papers to government.  Other programmes: Research; Regions; Skills (training, courses); Education (www.cabe-education.org.uk) for teachers, other educators, and young people.    (Updated Nov 2005)

CABE Space

Tel 020 7070 6700  Fax 020 7070 6777

Website www.cabespace.org.uk  Email enquiries@cabe.org.uk 
1 Kemble Street, LONDON  WC2B 4AN
Contact  Julia Thrift, Director

Works for better public spaces in towns and cities.  Part of CABE (see above).  Aims to bring excellence to design, management and maintenance of parks and public spaces.  These are '...for everyone, places to live and breathe, walk and run, rest or play...  meet together, stop to reflect, revive spirits.  But many spaces are poorly designed and badly managed.'  Works with local authorities and other bodies responsible for public space to help them provide better service.  Encourages councils to think holistically about green space and what it means for health and well being, routes to school and work, and recreation through play and sport.  Organises and provides training.  Wants to ensure every person in England has easy access to well designed, well looked after public space.  'Parks and green spaces are as essential to cities as roads and sewers, breathing life into communities, bringing charm, beauty, character, nature, and wildlife.  If you live in a deprived area, your parks are likely to be in a worse condition than in a wealthier area.'  Website's publications section has many documents which you can download for free.  Established 2003 as part of CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, which champions the quality of buildings and spaces.  CABE Space is publicly funded by Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM).  From www.cabespace.org.uk/news/speeches/newstatesman.html :  'From Rags to Riches: the case for better public spaces' by Sir Stuart Lipton - NewStatesmanlecture.pdf :  "...there is a poverty of creativity and innovation; we are afraid to play, we need to start taking more risks, to experiment, to have some fun.  ...the planning system is stuck.  The profession and the process require a complete overhaul... to be at the root of excellence in urban form."   (Updated Nov 2005)

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)

Tel 01654 705950  Fax 01654 702782  Mail order Tel 01654 705959  Mail order fax 01654 705999  Shop 01654 705993
Website www.cat.org.uk  Email  (various - see website)

It is an enjoyable and educational experience to visit this seven-acre permanent exhibition of sustainable technology with residential community set in a  reclaimed slate quarry, now a wildlife haven.   Activities powered mainly by water, wind and sun.  Offers consultancy on practical renewable energy solutions.  Runs training courses such as renewable energy systems, self-build houses, organic growing and biological waste treatments including composting and reed bed sewerage systems.  Welcomes British and foreign stamps (still on the paper) - send to Barbara Wallace at CAT.  These are sorted then sold to dealers or collectors.  Money raised fund CAT’s environmental volunteer service.  New displays on Energy, Recycling, the Home and Work planned for 2005, and construction begins, open to the public, of new educational establishment, " the greenest building project in the UK".  Water-balanced cliff railway opens for the season on 14 March.  Demonstrations on 9 June 2005 of spinning and weaving techniques using recycled rags.  Produces many  informative newssheets, publications, and quarterly magazine Clean Slate, email cleanslate@cat.org.uk Visitor centre open every day. Gift shop near the entrance stocks many interesting goods and books - also mail order catalogue.  Cafe serves delicious organic and fair trade food on premises.  Runs membership organisation, ATA (Alternative Technology Association).  Subsidiary in Machynlleth: Quarry shop wholefoods 01654 702339 and cafe 01654 702624.   New project: The Carbon Gym - see separate entry above.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Common Ground

Tel 01747 850820  Fax 01747 850821
Website www.commonground.org.uk  Email info@commonground.org.uk 
Gold Hill House, 21 High Street, SHAFTESBURY, Dorset SP7 8JE

Charity formed in 1983 working to encourage people to value, enjoy, protect and take responsibility for improving their everyday places, their local culture, landscape and ecology.  Celebrates local identity, character and variety, opposes monoculture and the bland.  Raises awareness through model projects, exhibitions, publications and events.  Developed the idea of (and ABC guide on website to) Local Distinctiveness.  This shows what is valued by local people, and has become an underpinning principle in national policy guidelines.  This concept is supported by the Parish Maps project - the community charting local features of value.  Campaigns to save traditional orchards and local varieties of fruit, and produces Orchards Advice Notes.  Created Apple Day.  Publishes A Manifesto for Fields (calling on land holders to farm holistically, working with nature, culture and locality, caring for livestock), distinctive books, cards, posters, newspapers, slide packs, a manifesto for trees and a guide to growing and protecting them, envelope re-use labels, rivers, landscape, poetry.  No membership - funded by government bodies, business, individuals and trusts.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Communities Against Toxics
Tel 0151 339 5473  Fax 0151 201 6780 
Email ralph@tcpublications,freeserve,co.uk
PO Box 29, ELLESMERE PORT, Cheshire L66 3TX

Nationwide organisation of local groups promoting clean methods in industry.  Supplies waste disposal information concerning toxic, clinical and municipal waste, and facts about health and environmental concerns. Bi-monthly newsletter.  (Updated May 2001)

Consumers International 
Tel 0207 226 6663  Fax 0207 354 0607 
Email  consint@consint.org   Website  www.consumersinternational.org  
Head Office, 24 Highbury Cresent, LONDON N5 1RX
Contact  Julian Edwards, Director General 

Independent, non-profit organisation which supports, links and represents consumer groups and agencies worldwide.  250 member organisations in 115 countries.  Strives to promote a fairer society through defending rights of all consumers, especially the poor, marginalised and disadvantaged, by supporting and strengthening members and the consumer movement, and campaigning internationally for policies which respect consumer concerns.  Sees developing and protecting consumers’ rights and awareness of responsibilities as integral to protecting the environment; eradicating poverty; good governance; social justice and respect for human rights; and fair, effective market economies.  Encourages ethical practices, sustainable consumption and production.  Founded 1960 as International Organisation of Consumers Unions (IOCU) by national consumer organisations that recognised they could build on individual strengths, working internationally.  IOCU grew to internationally address issues including product and food standards, health and patients’ rights, the environment and sustainable consumption, and regulation of trade and public utilities.  Not aligned with or supported by any political party or industry.  Funded by members' fees and grants from foundations, governments and multilateral agencies.  Head office in London; regional offices in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Santiago (Chile) and Harare (Zimbabwe), and London.  (Updated June 2004)

Council to Protect Rural England  (CPRE)

Tel 0207 981 2800  Fax 0207 981 2899
Email info@cpre.org.uk  Website www.cpre.org.uk  
128 Southwark Street, LONDON SE1 0SW

Major campaigning charity.  Promotes the beauty, tranquility and diversity of rural England by encouraging the sustainable use of land and other natural resources in town and country.  Aims to care for and and improve countryside, towns and villages.  Activities include: lobbying decision makers at all levels; providing advice and information on planning and decisions affecting the countryside, particularly transport, development and housing - campaigning against the government's 'Communities Plan' - but also farming, local food, sustainable energy, light pollution, and research into countryside issues.  Many publications.  Online shop with calendars, cards and gifts.  Autonomous network of independent county branches and associated organisations.  (Updated July 2004)

CREATE  (Bristol's Environment Centre)  
Tel 0117 925 0505  Fax 0117 922 4444  
Email create@bristol-city.gov.uk  
Website www.bristol-city.gov.uk/create, www.bristol-city.gov.uk/susdev/crhome.html  
Smeaton Road, BRISTOL BS1 6XN

Home to over 20 voluntary organisations, small businesses and charities working in different areas of sustainable development, including: Sustainable Energy, Recycling,  Eco-tourism, Local Agenda 21, Education and Research, Air and Water Quality, Wildlife,  Conservation.  Hosts the Sustainable Development Teams of Bristol City Council which owns and runs Create.  The demonstration Ecohome next to CREATE is full of ideas and information on eco-friendly construction and living.  Create's many activities include: Recycling Exhibition - hands on journey through waste and recycling, available for schools and groups for environment education;  Sustainable Construction Resource Library;  'Creating News' biannual newsletter, available online;  annual themed Events Diary including large public Open Days, Lectures and Talks (eg Fair Trade, local history, international arts, green building);  Exhibitions and Displays;  Workshops;  Tours.  Interesting ideas include local artwork printed and sewn on fair-trade re-usable organic cotton shopping bags.  Large adaptable gallery space on ground floor;  Conference Facilities and Meeting Rooms of varying sizes;  70 seater auditorium;  all for hire at reasonable prices.  Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, for visitors in all public areas on ground and first floors, and The Ecohome is open 12-3pm.   Special bookings and tours can be arranged, including outside of these hours.   Cafe serves hot meals, snacks and drinks, Mon-Fri 9am-2pm.  One floor of Create is dedicated to Lifeskills - Learning for Living, a series of realistic everyday sets including a street scene, home and garden, supermarket and countryside area, with various hazards and safety scenarios.  Designed to help children and other sectors of the community learn about safety  www.lifeskills-bristol.org.uk  (open Mon-Fri for pre-booked visits).  Create is located in Cumberland Basin, near Clifton Suspension Bridge.  (Updated Mar 2004)


England:   Website www.lowcarbon.co.uk/earthships.html  Email forum@lowcarbon.co.uk   Tel 0870 765 9896 or 07903 808 044 (mobile)   Earthship Brighton, Stanmer Park, near University of Sussex, near BRIGHTON, East Sussex
Scotland:   Website www.sci-scotland.org.uk/earthship.html  Email inquiry@sci-scotland.org.uk   Tel 01592 891884   Sustainable Communities Initiatives, Craigencalt Farm, KINGHORN, Fife KY3 9YG
USA:   Earthship Biotecture   Website www.earthship.org  Email biotecture@earthship.org   Tel 505.751.0462  Fax 505.751.1005   PO Box 1041, TAOS, New Mexico, USA 87571  Low cost sustainable buildings, systems and education.  Over 10,000 members. Comprehensive support, including training, publications and funding. UK energy and related weblinks onsite.

Buildings which reduce our impact on the planet and increase our connection to it.  Passive solar buildings with thermal mass, made from natural and recycled materials including earth-rammed tyres and aluminium cans.  They - use the sun's energy and walls' thermal mass for heating and cooling; generate electricity from the sun; harvest water from rain; deal directly with their own waste, eg treating sewage in planter beds; use discarded tyres and other wastes for wall construction; use materials with low carbon; buildable by most people at relatively low cost.  Not a fixed design, it is adaptable for any climate worldwide.  Using renewable energy including wind, water and solar power, it 'offers people opportunity to build homes and make conscious decisions to live lightly on the earth.'  Currently two UK Earthship sites (Brighton and Kinghorn, addresses above, and Low Carbon Network below).  Evolved over 30 years, pioneered by Michael Reynolds and residents of 3 communities in Taos, New Mexico. 

Earthship Brighton, one of Europe's first Earthships and one of Low Carbon Network's (see below) first projects, is on the south coast in Stanmer Park near Brighton, begun April 2003.  Offers a resource for education on links between buildings, climate change, waste management and consumerism.  Being ultra-low carbon, all CO2 emissions during construction and any minor emissions during use will be compensated for by reforestation making the building one of the first 'carbon balanced' developments.  Run by a growing network of environmentally concerned positive thinking builders, they welcome skilled carpenters, electricians, brick layers and volunteers - training courses available, tel 07903 808 044.  Makes a significant contribution to reducing UK's waste tyre mountain (40 million annually) by use in building.  See also Stanmer Organics below. 
(Updated July 2004)

The Eden Project
Tel  01726 811911   Fax  01726 811912
Website www.edenproject.com  
Bodelva, ST AUSTELL, Cornwall PL24 2SG

Pioneering educational charity project conceived by Tim Smit, who previously restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan, and whose vision has turned a disused clay pit into a global garden, opened in 2001.  A series of energy efficient 'biomes' - the world's largest conservatories (main heating source is the sun) made of large hexagonal plastic bubbles and light steel - house thousands of plants from tropical rainforest and temperate climates.  The 'third biome' is 30 acres outdoors of terraces supporting plants that will grow in the Cornish climate.  It is a beautiful place which teaches about the relationship between plants, people and places.  A symbol of how people can work with nature to feed themselves, repair damage, manage land and create a healthy environment.  Much attractive art based on nature.  Aiming to be 'waste neutral' by buying in a greater weight of products from recycled materials than the weight of materials it sends off to be recycled.  Items reused whenever possible. Waste recycling unit on site planned.  Recycling bins throughout site.  Environment friendly in many ways - supplies sourced locally if possible, reducing transport, energy and supporting local economies.  Water mainly recycled groundwater and rainwater.  Electricity from Cornish windfarms, LPG vehicles, green travel plans for staff and visitors.  Through bus/train tickets available.  Excellent for school trips - learn where much of the food you eat and other products, including clothes, in daily use come from.  Open every day except Christmas eve and Christmas day.  Experience it as part of a holiday, not a special trip, and get there early!  (Updated July 2004)

Europeans for Medical Advancement
Tel 0208 997 1265   
Email EFMA@curedisease.net  Website www.curedisease.com 
PO Box 38604, London W13 0YR

Organisation of medical professionals seeking to advance the knowledge to prevent and cure human disease without an irrational dependence on animal experimentation, which has cost tens of thousands of human lives and diverted funds from useful research methods.  Contends that the truly great contributions to modern medicine have come from non-animal research techniques - many examples provided.  (This is a waste issue - human and animal lives, resources, time, money!)  Speaks and debates at medical schools, and contributes to government consultations.  Informative website and publications, with fully referenced scientific material.  (Updated Nov 2003)

Environmental Industries Commission

45 Weymouth Street, LONDON W1N 3LD EIC

Body lobbying the government on its failure to use its power as a purchaser of goods and services worth £40 billion per year to influence environmental standards through green purchasing (or 'green procurement') policies. It wishes to see the term 'value for money' reinterpreted through the application of lifecycle costing (LCC) to help integrate environmental and economic concerns, and believes that this would benefit its members' environmental technology and consultancy interests. LCC allows the selection of products with higher initial costs which save money in the long term via reduced energy, maintenance or disposal costs.

Ethical Careers Service
Tel 01865 245678
Email ethicalcareers@peopleandplanet.org  Website www.ethicalcareers.org 
Ethical Careers Service, People & Planet, 51 Union Street, OXFORD OX4 1JP

Unique service giving advice on finding a socially and environmentally responsible career.  Subscribers (£15) receive email info on paid jobs not advertised anywhere else, 3 copies of Your Future magazine, including help with CVs and interviews, 1000 links to resources, courses, training, internships, agencies, employers, and setting up an ethical company.  (Updated Nov 2003)

Fairtrade Foundation
Tel  0207 405 5942  Fax 0207 405 5943
Website www.fairtrade.org.uk  Email mail@fairtrade.org.uk 
Room 204, 16 Baldwin's Gardens,  LONDON EC1N 7RJ

International body 'cutting out the middleman' and buying direct from farmers, ensuring small suppliers get a fair price for their work, and also investing in the local community.  Many farmers or producers in the developing world may not otherwise receive enough to cover the costs of producing their crop or goods.  Sets international standards, administering the Fairtrade label.  360 Fairtrade certified producer groups in 40 countries.  18 countries license the Fairtrade mark.  Products available in supermarkets and many independent shops - supplier lists on website.  Quarterly Fair Comment newsletter; reports, education packs, catering directory, events, ethical funds.  Founding member of the Trade Justice movement.  Contact for the Fairtrade Labelling Board: Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO), Kaiser Friedrich Strasse 13, D 53113 Bonn, Germany (Tel +49 228 949 2311, Email info@fairtrade.net , Website www.fairtrade.net(Updated July 2004)


Tel  01608 652 895    Fax  01608 652 878
info@fern.org   Website  www.fern.org
1c Fosseway Business Centre, Stratford Road, MORETON-IN-MARSH, Glos GL56 9NQ
Contact  Sara Horsley

Forests and the European Union Resource Network is a non-government, international campaigning organisation created in 1995 by the World Rainforest Movement. Aims to prevent illegal logging trade.  Promotes conservation and sustainable use of forests and respect for the rights of forest peoples in EU policy and practice through EU Forest Watch.  Emphasis on tropical forests - helps indigenous peoples present their cases to the EU.  Other main campaign areas are climate change (including SinksWatch, monitoring connections between timber extraction and carbon emissions); certification and labelling of sustainably produced timber; export credit agencies; WTO and trade agreements, intergovernmental agendas; aid and development co-operation.  EU Forest Bulletin and other publications.  Co-ordinates several NGO networks, working co-operatively for change.  Office in Brussels.  Board member of Forest Stewardship Council (see section 420).  (Updated Nov 2003)

Forum for the Future  
Tel 0207 251 6070  Fax 0207 251 6268
www.forumforthefuture.org.uk  Email info@forumforthefuture.org.uk 
227a City Road, LONDON EC1V 1JT

Sustainable development charity set up in 1996 by Jonathon Porritt, Sara Parkin and Paul Ekins to promote good news about the environment.  Solutions to many environmental problems are already available.  Aims to speed up action in the UK, promoting good practice to help deliver a healthy environment, better quality of life, strong communities and practical answers to poverty and disempowerment.  Works to overcome barriers to sustainable development, sharing lessons with decision-makers.  Has developed partnerships between business, local government regional bodies, universities and the voluntary sector.  Works on issues such as climate change, farming, renewables, finance, environmental accounting.  Offers one-year postgraduate course in Leadership for Sustainability.  Maintains an electronic Directory of Sustainability in Practice.  Publishes 'Green Futures' magazine - see WasteBook section 640, Magazines & publications.  (Updated May 2004)

Friends of the Earth

Tel 0207 490 1555  Fax 0207 490 0881
www.foe.co.uk  Email info@foe.co.uk
26-28 Underwood Street, LONDON N1 7JQ

Major environmental pressure group working to protect and improve conditions for life on Earth.  International network represented in 68 countries, with almost 1 million supporters over 5 continents.  The UK organisation, formed in 1971, now has over 200 UK local and regional groups (separate organisation in Scotland).  Main campaigns currently are:  Corporates - exposing bad business and challenging its power;  and Climate - fighting climate change, protecting the ozone layer, promoting renewable, efficient energy and opposing nuclear power.  Other campaigns include:  Real Food - for sustainable farming, organic foods (without pesticides or genetic modification), and ban on GM (genetically modified) food;  Global Trade - fighting damaging effects of the global free trade system;  Biodiversity - stopping destruction of rainforests and old growth temperate forests, and protecting UK wildlife habitats and countryside;  Waste reduction (and less incineration);  Safer Chemicals - controlling dangerous chemicals in products and the home, better laws, preventing pollution of rivers, seas and drinking water;  Transport - improving air quality and people's lives through reducing traffic, better public transport, and more walking and cycling, reducing the impact of movement of people and goods.  The Policy and Research Unit provides advice and support for decision-makers (including government) and campaigners.  Campaign Express posts free campaign packs with simple things you can do to make your voice heard.  Also, Friends of the Earth Trust works on environmental and educational research and projects.  Online resources: Learning, for educators and young people; and Community, for community activities.  Many publications from membership office, 56-58 Alma Street, Luton, Beds LU1 2YZ, Tel 01582 482297.  Donators provide over 90% of FoE's income.   (Updated Oct 2004)

THE WASTEBOOK is produced in partnership with Waste Watch by members of Luton Friends of the Earth.

Global Action Plan UK

Tel 0207 405 5633  Fax 0207 831 6244  
Website www.globalactionplan.org.uk  Email
8 Fulwood Place, Gray's Inn, LONDON WC1V 6HG

Independent environmental charity established in 1993, operating in 11 countries.  Promotes environmental change, in particular waste, energy and reduction in water use, by encouraging individuals to take effective practical action in their homes, workplaces, schools and communities, eg runs 'Action at Home' scheme, which encourages a family to work together to set targets and improve their environmental performance.  Has developed a range of programmes, tools and advice to make it a little easier.  We all make many choices daily, often without thinking about it - whether to drive or walk to the shops, to buy a free range or cheap factory-farmed egg; whether we can be bothered to switch off the TV at the plug each night; all these decisions add up.  Website offers practical advice on waste (is it really?) energy, transport, water, food and shopping.  Online surveys to measure your carbon emissions at home or work, and how green your household is, plus tips to reduce your impact on climate change.  Breaks down the contents of your bin, and gives advice on how to reduce, reuse and recycle.  Long list of businesses on website which have worked with Global Action Plan to develop environmental and social initiatives, saving money and resources - and a list of good reasons to enter into such a partnership!  Supported by the EC, and in the UK by government, local authorities, companies, charitable trusts and WWF.   (Updated May 2005) 

Going for Green
Tel 01942 612621  Fax 01942 824778
Website www.gfg.iclnet.co.uk  Email gfg@dircom.co.uk   
Elizabeth House, The Pier, WIGAN WN3 4EX

Environmental awareness and sustainability campaign supported by government and the private sector. Regional offices around UK. Works to encourage adoption of 5-point green code to help people live in a sustainable and and responsible way. Supports Eco-Schools initiative.

Green Alliance

Tel 0207 836 0341
49 Wellington Street , LONDON WC2E 7BN

Independent, non-profit, grant-funded charity. Cross-party initiative to promote an environmental perspective in politics across the board. Encompasses all decision making in government, local authorities, business and finance. Published 'An analysis of the Environmental Content of the 1997 Departmental Annual Reports'.

Green Party

Tel  0207 272 4474
www.gn.apc.org/greenparty  Email greenpartyuk@gn.apc.org
1A Waterlow Road, LONDON N19 5NJ

Political party whose whole environmental policy is based on the principle of people living in harmony with nature, within the limitations of the Earth's finite resources.  Apart from contesting elections at local, national and European level, party also campaigns on a variety of social and environmental issues, all of which are aimed at raising awareness of sound ecological principles.

Tel 0207 865 8100
Email gp-info@uk.greenpeace.org  Website www.greenpeace.org.uk
Canonbury Villas, LONDON N1 2PN

International pressure group campaigning on a wide range of issues including forests, sustainability, biodiversity, ocean wildlife, climate change, renewable energy, genetic engineering, the nuclear industry, toxic substances including PVC.  Working with businesses and lobbying governments to ensure better environmental practices.  Recent successes with recovery and re-use of oil platforms, promotion of CFC free fridges, and anti-incineration campaign.

LILI (Low Impact Living Initiative)
Tel / Fax 01296 714184  
Email lili@lowimpact.org  Website www.lowimpact.org
Redfield Community, Buckingham Road, WINSLOW, Bucks MK18 3LZ

Non-profit organisation committed to promoting practical and sustainable alternatives to various aspects of everyday life.   Aims to help people understand the damage of human impact on our planet - through the way we travel, work, consume, enjoy our leisure, provide food, energy and shelter, and dispose of our waste - and how they can change aspects of their lives to reduce their impact, save money, live in a healthier, more satisfying way and improve their quality of life.  Runs residential weekend courses (£150 waged, £100 unwaged) on topics such as recycling clothes and textiles, permaculture, hedge-laying, wind, solar and sustainable energy, self-build hot water, green woodworking, building with timber or strawbale, roofing, beekeeping, making biodiesel, low-impact smallholding, water and sewage, natural paints and lime, and herbal medicine.  Accommodation and food provided.  Course details and dates on website, or sign up for their email newsletter. £10 subscription brings bi-annual newsletter and discounts on courses.  Links with small manufacturers to sell green products.   Also produces 'What can you do?' information sheets, available on website, which may be printed and distributed; and a range of do-it-yourself manuals at £7.50.   - see section 13.  Has a marquee, demo solar hot water panel, and many display boards: will staff a stand at green fairs, and assist local authorities.  Delivers biodiesel for 89p, delivered in 1000-litre containers.  Either fill a can from a tap at the bottom, or use hand pump (can be supplied) to fill vehicle directly.  Or can deliver 20x25 litre containers on a pallet - these are collected on next delivery.  More at www.lowimpact.org/productsbiodiesel.htm and other info on biofuels and veg-oil motoring.  Worked with National Energy Foundation (section 450) on government project to install solar hot water systems in 50 homes.  (Updated Sep 2005)

London Sustainability Exchange
Tel 020 7324 3636  Fax 020 7324 3634
Email info@lsx.org.uk  Website www.lsx.org.uk  
Overseas House, 19-23 Ironmonger Row, London EC1V 3QN

Brings people together from different sectors - public, private and voluntary - to approach the challenges of making London sustainable.  Identifies opportunities for strategic partnerships, and motivates people to share knowledge and ideas; to work together, share experience and good practice.  Essential learning and practical support for networks of organisations in diverse fields.  Enables London to play a role in sustainable development worldwide.  Aims to ensure organisations and individuals have motivation, knowledge and services needed to create the most sustainable World City.  Website has advice on getting involved, sustainable actions you can take, and upcoming events: What is Sustainable Development?; How is it relevant to London?; Connect section - who’s who in a sustainable London, success stories and latest news; bimonthly bulletins and archive.  Varied ongoing projects and work programmes include: Learning to Last in London (integrating sustainability into post-16 education); Motivate London (what does it take to change behaviour?); Sustainable Construction (aiming to deliver a step change in the sector); and Green Start (greening childcare provision and promoting sustainability).  Site includes Indicator Toolkits; Sustainable Cities Initiatives; Coffee Break Quiz with answers; Green Jobs Listing.  Strong representation from key sectors through its founding consortium and other partnerships, including: London Climate Change Partnership, London Environment Coordinators Forum, London Renewables, London Sustainable Business Group, London Sustainable Development Commission, Sustainable Finance, Sustainable Communities and Places, and Sustainability at Work and at Home.  About 10 minutes walk from Old Street tube/BR station.  (Updated Mar 2004)  

Low Carbon Network

Tel 0870 765 9896  Website www.lowcarbon.co.uk  Email forum@lowcarbon.co.uk or training@lowcarbon.co.uk   Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex), near BRIGHTON, East Sussex

Not for profit company promoting new approaches to links between buildings, working and living patterns they support, and global warming.  Focuses on low cost buildings with reduced carbon dioxide emissions, easy to build and run.  Aims to: start and support (including research, training, communication) European adoption of low carbon developments as affordable buildings; promote policies and livelihoods addressing climate change; develop good building practice.  Has trained over 100 people, with The Friends Centre and Brighton Permaculture Trust.  Member of Stanmer Organics (see below). 

LCN's first project, in Stanmer Park, is one of Europe's first Earthships (see above):  solar powered homes and work spaces, built from a massive waste problem – used tyres.  They work with natural systems, using the sun's energy and rain to provide heat, power and water.  They are cheap to run, not requiring greenhouse gas emitting power stations, mains water or waste services.  On-site demonstration of buildings' structure and function at www.lowcarbon.co.uk/demo.html.  Courses, including hands-on building, have covered: health and safety; tools; waterproofing and insulation; principles of thermal mass and passive solar design; sustainable systems and technology; basic planning and site choice; sustainable living, self build, and empowerment; waste reuse/recycling; tyre pounding and manipulation, levelling and wall construction, and infilling and wall rendering; and constructing bottle and tin can walls.  Some volunteers still wanted.  Site lists links and information resources at www.lowcarbon.co.uk/resources.html.  
(Updated July 2004)

Make Trade Fair
Tel (Oxfam) 0870 333 2700
Website www.maketradefair.com  

An international campaign against injustices of the world trade system and to support the world's poorest farmers.  It calls on governments, institutions, and multinational companies to change the rules so that trade can become part of the solution to poverty, not part of the problem.  Major petition on website.  Oxfam is the lead campaign body, supported by development NGOs, trade unions, student organisations, ethical and fair trade organisations, environmental organisations, human rights groups and celebrities such as REM and Coldplay's Chris Martin.  Website offers a toolkit to take action, including help with letters to Tesco, to George Bush about World Trade Organisation cotton policy, to the four big coffee companies, and to other decision makers about food subsidies to rich countries bringing poverty and inequity.  (Updated Aug 2005)

Natural Collection Catalogue  
Tel  0870 331 3335 (queries)  0870 331 3333 (orders)   Fax 0870 331 3334  
Website www.naturalcollection.com  Email sales@naturalcollection.com  
PO Box 135, SOUTHAMPTON, Hants SO14 0FQ  

Mail order shopping to contribute to a sustainable future, including many products with recycled content.  Over 500 products chosen with the environment in mind, and helpful advice by phone.  Most products included reduce waste, energy and resource use.  Includes flushable and biodegradable personal products; also organic clothing for adults and children.  Published by Green Dot Guides and supported by Friends of the Earth, The Vegetarian Society, World Development Movement etc.  Delivery free over £100.   (Updated Jan 2005)

Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution
Tel 0207 276 2080  Fax 0207 276 2098
Church House, Great Smith Street, LONDON SW1P 3BZ

Advice on matters both national and international, concerning the pollution of the environment; on the adequacy of research in this field; and the future possibilities of danger to the environment.

Royal Society of
Wildlife Trusts  see Wildlife Trusts

Stanmer Organics 
Website  www.stanmerorganics.org.uk   Email  info@stanmerorganics.org.uk 
Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex), near BRIGHTON, East Sussex (maps on site)

Consortium of 15 groups working with aspects of sustainable living, across 17 acres in Stanmer Park.  Integrated plan is committed to environmental protection and improvement, creating practical, aesthetic space and natural beauty.  Skills and resources offered include how food grows and is produced, healthy eating, recycling, wildlife protection, habitat and wildlife corridor creation, permaculture, sustainable housing, artwork in organic materials including stone sculpture.  Activities include: land reclamation, growing native trees and orchards, hedges from local seed, wildflowers for conservation planting in school grounds, private and public gardens, food production for local sale, culinary and medicinal herbs, educational training, workshops and visits.  Aims to provide inspiring school curriculum activities, alternative technology, earth kilns for traditional firing techniques, greenwaste management, green woodworking, therapeutic spaces, play areas, orchards and ponds.  An expanding resource used by volunteers from universities, local people, allotment societies, and others including Brighton Permaculture Trust.  Details: www.stanmerorganics.org.uk/GROUPS/GroupMain.htm.  Some non-profit, others include local vegetable box schemes (approx 80 boxes per week), and market stall selling produce.  Herbs supply 20 restaurants and cafes.  Trees and plants improve school grounds, planted with BTCV and other schemes.  Responsible for design, installation and maintenance of Brighton Earthship Gardens - see Earthships, above.  Also see
Low Carbon Network, below.   (Updated July 2004)

SERA (Socialist Environment and Resources Association) 
Tel 020 7263 7389  Fax 020 7263 7424
Email sera.office@btconnect.com  Website www.serauk.org.uk 
11 Goodwin Street, LONDON N4 3HQ

Think tank and green pressure group.  Affiliated to Labour Party, but independent.  Works and lobbies for green ideas, producing events, seminars, reports, briefings, and campaigns encouraging activity among 100+ MP members - 'primary goal is to green the Labour Party'.  Strong contributor to Labour environment policy documents.  SERA publications analyse and discuss environment, Labour policy, attitudes, new ideas, by leading experts; including magazine New Ground, pamphlets and briefing papers.  For environmentalists believing society must stop polluting the planet and plundering its resources; socialists who understand environmental protection and social justice go hand in hand; and campaigners recognising sustainable development is a political issue central to economy, job creation, health, education, transport, energy and global inequality.  Charter for Sustainability describes priorities including policies for transport, energy, waste, green economics and food and farming.  Specialist working groups on energy, transport and waste.  Scottish, youth and local groups, and active parliamentary group.  Members can join any group.  Affiliate status enables attendance of Labour's annual conference (running well-attended fringe meetings often with other NGOs), National Policy Forum, and to submit resolutions.  Works with many bodies and individuals.  Network bringing people together including environment professionals, MPs, MEPs, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Greater London Assembly members, local councillors, trade unionists, green and labour movement activists.  Website sections include:  policy documents on energy, transport and economics; membership, including politicians and organisations; local and campaign groups, and devolved government groups; New Ground magazine; and latest news.  Many trade unions affiliated as members.  Monthly Activists' Bulletin on events and campaigns.  Address for MPs: House of Commons, London, SW1A OAA.  'Bringing together the best of red and green, our aim is a healthy, sustainable and more equal society.'   (Updated Oct 2004) 

Stepping Forward 
Tel 01865 250818 
Website www.steppingforward.org.uk  Email
c/o Best Foot Forward, The Future Centre, 115 Magdalen Road, OXFORD OX4 1RQ
General enquiries - Claire Stentiford at Best Foot Forward: 

Project encompassing resource flow analysis, ecological footprint analysis and sustainability assessment of the entire South West England region.  Different research responsibilities were allocated between Best Foot Forward (see above), and Energy for Sustainable Development (ESD) www.esd.co.uk (or also see our section 450 Energy Use and Climate Change for similar organisations).  For further information and technical details on certain components covered in the report, you can contact the relevant researchers from their website's Contact section. 

The website is the primary publication medium for the project's series of reports.  Two of the six reports have been printed, but all six are available online.  Visitors can browse through the reports page-by-page online, or download PDF versions.  The website presents a huge amount of technical information in many pages (130+), with clear layout and simple navigation.  Results are presented in a series of separate reports, each providing detail on a different aspect of the project.  The Summary Report draws together key findings from the whole project.  Seven main themes or components, each discussed in terms of consumption, ecological footprint and associated CO2 emissions, with any other significant issues. Scenarios for some components examine effects of changes such as new technology, potential future consumption and implementation of current government targets of reduction.  They take current national and regional targets and best practice into consideration.  Components are:  Energy, Materials, products and waste, Food, Transport, Water, Land use, Emissions to air.  Presented results give an overview of project findings. Individual reports give in-depth analysis and methodology descriptions.  Website designed by Lumpy Lemon, see section 210 Assistance, Advice and Consultants.  Project funded by Biffaward, South West Regional Development Agency and South West England Environment Trust.   (Updated Nov 2005)

SustainAbility Ltd
Tel 0207 269 6900  Fax 0207 269 6901 
Email info@sustainability.com  Website www.sustainability.com 
20-22 Bedford Row, LONDON WC1R 4EB 

UK and USA international consultancy founded 1987, specializing in business and sustainable development – environmental improvement, social equity and economic development.  Management consultancy, think-tank and public interest group.  Works to interpret and communicate sustainability issues, and help industries and world regions understand and respond strategically to the related evolving challenges.  Consultancy services, research programs, publications.  Management systems, resources, audits, reviews.  Website sections define sustainable development and the 'triple bottom line' viewing corporate performance economically, socially and environmentally: society and economy depend on the global ecosystem, whose health represents the ultimate bottom line.  Other sections on sustainable development tools; resources - links, books, conferences; and news. Publishes Radar magazine 6 times a year; previous issues available online.  Linked to UK government's website on Corporate Social Responsibility www.societyandbusiness.gov.uk(Updated Oct 2004)

Sustainable London Trust  

Tel 0207 722 3710  Fax 0207 722 3959  
Email slt@gn.apc.org  Websites www.greenchannel.com/slt/  
7 Chamberlain Street, Regents Park Road, LONDON NW1 8XB  

Set up by an independent network of environmentalists, and funded by a charitable trust. Runs several projects, helped by volunteers, aimed at turning London into a more sustainable city.  Producing a directory of sources of information on sustainability issues.

Tree Advice Trust
Tel 01420 22022 (administration)   Fax 01420 220000 
Helpline 09065 161147, premium call rate at £1.50 per minute
Email  admin@treehelp.info   Website  www.treehelp.info 
Alice Holt Lodge, Wrecclesham, FARNHAM, Surrey GU10 4LH
Contact  Derek Patch, Director (tree establishment, research & education);  Barbara Hayden, Administration. 
(To contact specific staff members, type their name instead of ‘admin’, e.g. "Derek@treehelp.info")

Independent charity whose aims are to research and disseminate practical information and guidance on cultivation, maintenance and care of trees.  Responsible for work by the Arboricultural Advisory and Information Service (AAIS), located at Forest Research Station near Farnham, Surrey, which has been giving independent, impartial advice to the public and the arboricultural profession for over 20 years.  The Trust's services include consultancy, education and training, literature, tree condition diagnosis, advice and helpline.  Publications include arboricultural research, tree species lists, practice notes and tree damage alerts - including Arboricultural Advice and Information Notes (AAIN) and AAIS publications.  Specialist consultants covering different topics - contact details (including other staff) given onsite.  Mails to over 1200 addresses where tree management is practiced.  Receives commissions to send out advertisements for jobs (also listed on website), books, journals, materials and equipment.  (Updated July 2004) 

The Tree Council
Tel  0207 407 9992   Fax  0207 407 9908
Email  info@treecouncil.org.ukhedgetreesmatter@treecouncil.org.uk  
Website  www.treecouncil.org.uk 
71 Newcomen Street, LONDON SE1 1YT 
Contact  Kevin Hand, Campaigns Director 

Founded 1974 with Dept of Environment support; independent charity since 1978.  Committed to making trees matter to everyone; more trees, of the right kind, in the right place; better care for trees of all ages; inspiring effective action for trees.  Aims to: improve town and country environments through planting and conserving trees and woods; spread knowledge about trees and management; act as forum for organisations, to identify problems and aid co-operation.  With its 7500 Tree Wardens and 150 member organisations - including councils - it launched a countrywide Hedge Tree Campaign.  Organises National Tree Week (late November); Walk in the Woods (May) encouraging enjoyment of trees and woods; and the Heritage Tree Record and campaign.  Tree Wardens need not be expert, only enthusiasts: one-day training courses are run with local authorities, Community Forests, and BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers), on surveying woodland and non-woodland trees, summer and winter tree identification, planting and aftercare, woodland ecology and management, seed collection and tree law.  Wardens are supported by their parish council or community group, which in turn look to the local authority for help.  Publishes The Good Seed Guide (pocket sized, £3.50): covers identifying, collecting, how to germinate and sow, plant out trees and maximise survival; Tree News (good web section), from Dennis Direct, PO Box 2505, Alcester, B50 4JU, Tel 01789 490215,  julian_dennis@dennis.co.uk , Customer Tel 01454 642424; 50 Great British Trees £8.99 inc p&p; and detailed leaflet on planting.  Tree Council grants include Community Trees and Trees for Schools. 

Surveys show losses of up to 93% in urban tree plantings.  Professionals accept only 30% of planted trees survive for over 5 years.  Following the Tree Council's simple 'TLC: Trees Love Care' advice for young trees (Tending; Loosening ties and checking stakes; Clearing grass and weeds - see website) for the first 3-5 years will help more trees survive the crucial early years.  For detailed advice contact garden centres, nurseries, or Tree Advice Trust ( Alice Holt Lodge, Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LH, Tree Helpline 0897 161147 calls £1.50/minute).  For work on large trees contact the Arboricultural Association, see 10 Organics.
   (Updated May 2004)

Trees for Cities
Tel  0207 587 1320   Fax  0207 793 9042 
Email  info@treesforcities.org   Website  www.treesforcities.org  
Prince Consort Lodge, Kennington Park Place, LONDON SE11 4AS
Contact  Graham Simmonds, Chief Executive 0207 820 4424 or 
Sharon Johnson, Development Manager 0207 820 4421

Independent charity supporting city-wide tree planting, training, landscaping and greening initiatives in urban areas, including those of greatest need.  Aims to stimulate a greening renaissance in cities around the world.  Runs Capital Woodlands Project - partners include GLA, Forestry Commission, and several London Boroughs.  Research and information published recently includes: Tree Facts, City Tree Data, Carbon Policy (and tree science), and Tree Manifesto for London.  Works with companies and organisations wishing to use tree planting as part of their carbon management programme.  Its “Carbon Code” is underpinned by two guiding principles which it expects any organisation it works with to sign up to. 1: trees are only part of the solution. 2: tree planting to offset carbon must be additional.  Active worldwide in: London and Manchester (England), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Bucharest, (Romania), and Madrid (Spain).  Partners might be NGOs, city councils, or volunteer associations.  Support and advice on: planting street trees, creating community parks and woodland, community and education activities, job training, social enterprise, fundraising, project development, and marketing.  Sponsors include businesses, trusts, government agencies, patrons and celebrities.  See 400 Social, 10 Organics, 14 Wood waste and 23 Timber reclamation for related organisations and information.  (Updated July 2004)

UK Social Investment Forum
Tel 0207 377 5907
Vine Court, 112 Whitechapel Road, LONDON E1 1JE

Body which believes Government must respond to growing demand for ways to influence corporate social responsibility, enable sustainable and make ethical choices.  Recently consulted and made a submission to DSS pensions review.

Wildlife Trusts
Tel 0870 0367711   Fax 0870 0360101
Website  www.wildlifetrusts.org   
The Kiln, Waterside,Mather Road, NEWARK, Notts NG24 1WT

Major wildlife charity caring for over 2500 nature reserves (many with visitor centres), and working to protect wildlife in all UK habitats.  47 independent, autonomous groupings in UK, 36 trusts in England based mainly on old county boundaries.  Has UK voice while working at local level to educate and campaign on conservation.  Believes wildlife is essential to a healthy environment for human beings, so works with people from all walks of life – industry, government, landowners, communities and families – to give nature a chance.  Collects and monitors data, to demonstrate an accurate picture of habitats and species.  Raises awareness of public and government about wildlife threats, and works to a 10 point conservation plan.   Manages thousands of projects, working with volunteers countrywide.  Organising public survey on availability of peat-free compost.  Strategically co-ordinated by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, administering over £20m a year in grants supporting environmental projects.  (Updated July 2004)

Women's Environmental Network
Tel 0207 481 9004  Fax 0207 481 9144
Email  nappies@wen.org.uk or waste@wen.org.uk or info@wen.org.uk 
4 Pinchin Street, London E1 1TZ

Leading campaigner on 'real nappies' and personal products.  Initiated Waste Minimisation Act.  Reports and advice enabling councils to work with hospitals and real nappy companies and nappy services to reduce the 3 to 4% of household waste from disposable nappies.  Organises Real Nappy Week in April, backed by over half UK local authorities, and promotes Nappy Line (01983 401959) for 'snappy local nappy buying'.   Runs the 2nd Hand Nappy Exchange, co-ordinating buyers and sellers / donators of cloth nappies in good condition.  (To buy, ring 0207 481 9004, 10am-2pm on Thu or Fri.)  Expertise on preventing other wastes and on alternatives to wasteful products.  Other campaigns encompass health, local food, and sanitary protection.  Supports ‘bag it and bin it’ campaigning and provides information on suppliers of modern non-disposable alternatives to disposable sanitary towels and tampons.  Through the 'Continence Project', researching amount of waste created by disposable continence products and how it can be avoided.  WEN has members, affiliates, and active local groups.  Enquiries via website or large SAE.  (See also section 63 Nappies and personal products.)  (Updated Aug 2004)

WWF-UK (Worldwide Fund for Nature)
Tel  01483 426444   Fax  01483 426409
psmith@wwfnet.org   Website  www.wwf-uk.org  
Panda House, Weyside Park, GODALMING, Surrey GU7 1XR  

Major charity promoting wildlife conservation and working on environmental education at all levels.  Produces Better Business Pack jointly with NatWest, emphasising financial savings in environmental improvements.  Runs Agenda 21 training programme for local authority offciers, to encourage a corporate approach.  Task groups working on specific areas, including waste and energy.  Acts in partnership with Global Action Plan and Forestry Stewardship Council and other bodies.  Education and Awareness Department: 01483 426444.  Also Toner Cartridge Recycle Scheme.