Ethical Pages is run by Inland Sea founder Adam Costello. Adam is on a mission to seek out every business, organisation and charity which is ethically run and chat to them to find out how it is done to then inspire others to do the same.
So it's the final week of the Kickstarter to create a clothing range made from seaweed fibre and invest in seaweed farms here in the UK. I am trying to find any issues with the overall idea of seaweed farms, are they a bad or good idea? What problems could they cause? Is the idea or investing in seaweed farms to offset our carbon footprint going to enable us to carry on with our hedonistic fast paced lifestyle of travel and consumption? Could seaweed farming help to solve all the complexities of the climate crisis?
I chat with Dr Tony Butt to try and work it all out. Are seaweed farms going to save the world? Maybe not but it might buy us the time we need to change the way we live.
You can read more about the Kickstarter here; T-shirts made from seaweed fibre
Today is the eve of my 40th birthday! I give an update on the Kickstarter to create a clothing range made using seaweed fibre and how challenging that can be to run during the pandemic, home schooling and keeping a business going.
The guest on todays show is founder of Green Ocean Farming, Alec Watt. Green Ocean Farming acts as a consultancy helping people to setup seaweed farms here in the UK. If you are thinking about doing this, Alec would be the best man to speak to as he has a wealth of knowledge and contacts to get licenses and help with all the issues you have to over come in order to set one up.
Please check out Alec's website if you want to chat to him and learn more about seaweed and all the incredible benefits for health and climate change.
Green Ocean Farming
Meg has been involved with helping setup Car y Mor seaweed farm, Pembrokeshire in Wales for 3 years now and this is the incredible story so far.
Learn how seaweed is grown, how this is a completely new industry here in the UK as well as how the business is setup though a Community Benefits Society model. It’s truly incredible stuff, we try and debunk questions raised about whether seaweed farms can help tackle the client crisis and how we all must work together, if we stand any chance of solving climate change.
We chat about how protesting for climate action to force the government to change policies doesn't necessarily work, and how positive change through business and pro-active ideas such as seaweed farms could be the answer to solving this crisis.
Adam from Inland Sea is looking to work with Car y Mor for the Kickstarter to create a clothing range made from seaweed fibre. The Inland Sea dream is to invest in seaweed farms such as Car y Mor and one day even harvest our own seaweed which can then be used in our clothing.
I introduce this podcast talking about Inland Sea's Kickstarter to create a clothing range from seaweed fibre. This leads nicely into our first guest of 2021, Howard Gunstock from Carbon Kapture.
The description is on the tin, Howard Gunstocks mission is to capture carbon from the atmosphere and contribute to solving the climate crisis. Howard started the business in August last year after a chance meeting with business partner Dave Walker Nix at a film showing of The Race is On: Secrets and Solutions of Climate in September 2019. During the film Dave remarked that kelp grows at least 30 times faster than trees, which sparked a conversation with Howard and the idea was born.
Carbon Kapture allow you to invest into seaweed farms within the UK and have just started to acquire sites in Wales.
You can read more about what Carbon Kapture do on the website here.
Georgina is on a mission to reduce overconsumption through positive storytelling. As the founder of pebble, she has been inspiring consumer change through her much-loved magazine, events and community for the last 4 years. She has 17 years experience as a magazine publisher and editor, has worked with corporations and charities as an editorial and comms strategist and her first book, Is It Really Green? is out in January 2021. She hates the word sustainable and is allergic to jargon.
Hear the mind blowing story and brainchild idea of Ed Sandison's golf tee made from bamboo. This story proves that the smallest and simplest ideas are often the best and can only be the catalyst to help create change within an industry. Ed, a keen sportsman and golfer noticed just how problematic the golf industry was with a huge plastic problem as well as apparel and equipment being unsustainable and highly pollutive. Learn how Ed is pushing the boundaries with new materials for sportswear and how he has truly made a big impact on the golf industry within just a couple of years.
Dirtbags was founded in 2017 by Jennifer Wood in Kendal, the Lake District. Dirtbags is a climbing accessories company who up-cycle (not re-cycle) old climbing gear such as ropes, coats, bags, hats, buckles - you name it Jen has a use for any waste product which would more than likely end up in land fill. We chat about how recycling is really not the answer, waste within the climbing industry, current and new projects and how Covid has impacted climbing and bouldering.
If anyone knows me they will know I am a prawn obsessive, I literally eat prawns for breakfast (well I would if I could!) I have always had a bad feeling about the prawns I consume, especially those tiny ones squashed into a supermarket produced prawn and mayo sandwich. So I fiercely searched for some ethical good prawns and found The Happy Prawn Co! Founded by Indonesian born Rosida Idriss who grew up farming black tiger prawns. Rosida like me was very unhappy with the prawns she found in the UK and therefore started to import her own prawns from Indonesia. A true circular economy where everyone is happy, the farmers, the consumer and the prawns!
This is the first Ethical Pages podcast episode where I chat with business owner and head shaper, James Otter of Otter Surfboards in Cornwall. What better way than to kick things off than a surfboard shaper who makes incredibly beautiful solid wooden surfboards. But there is so much more to Jame's super ethical business which you will find out.