Expert Impact Launches Speakers Agency for Social and Environmental Change

Expert Impact, a charity which has matched more than 400 social entrepreneurs with notable and successful business people as mentors, is launching the world’s first social enterprise speakers agency.

Expert Impact Speakers is different from other speaker agencies in that, as well as being a social enterprise, it will specialise in speakers who are diverse, ethically minded and passionate about changing society for the better.

Customers will be able to book television presenters, comedians, social entrepreneurs, thought leaders and activists through Expert Impact Speakers. What unites the speakers is that they want their speaking fees to help contribute to a better world.

Speakers include The London Early Years Foundation CEO June O’Sullivan, mine clearance activist Chris Moon, television presenter Michelle Ackerley, and comedian Mark Watson.

All profits from Expert Impact Speakers will be used to support leaders of social enterprises and charities through Expert Impact Mentoring where you can “borrow” one of more than 70 business experts, for free, to seek advice on business or organisational challenges. Mentors and speakers are well-known names, including Sir Charles Dunstone of Carphone Warehouse, Chloe Macintosh of Made.com, haircare entrepreneur John Frieda and Oli Barrett MBE who helped over 2,000 young people to fix their own youth clubs, with Wickes, the DIY chain.

http://www.expertimpact.com


RealSAM Pocket V4 easy to use, fully voice-controlled Smartphone for the Visually Impaired 

RealSAM Pocket V4 Smartphone helps with the daily frustrations that visually impaired people face, including the ease of accessing choices when shopping, challenges in being independently mobile and a need for a reliable solution to read text in confidential situations, such as banking and healthcare.

RealThing Ai, an artificial intelligence business formed in 2008 by a collection of Ai researchers and developers with a background in defence, aviation and research, develop products to change the lives of visually impaired people in Australia, the UK and the US.

Released in the United Kingdom and previewing in the United States, they have just launched a fully voice accessible smartphone: the RealSAM Pocket V4, completely designed for those with sight loss.

RealSAM Pocket V4 boasts features such as Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Object Recognition and an enhanced Emergency On-call Assistant to support independent living and make everyday tasks such as cooking and completing shopping easier.

The latest version allows users to use their smartphone to set a reminder detailing their shopping list, use guided navigation to walk independently to the supermarket, and receive reminders to avoid known pitfalls such as high kerbs or low hanging trees.

Its voice activated Object Recognition and OCR features enables users to review items on a supermarket shelf, compare prices and select products with a preferred sell by date.

The RealSAM Pocket Call Assistant is now accessible through voice and touch controls. Simply say “Make Assistance Call” and Pocket will simultaneously call and text nominated contacts with details of the caller’s location and need for support. Previous versions of the RealSAM Pocket Call Assistant were only accessible by touch.

RealThing Ai’s innovation is a solution that is multi-command controlled, meaning that a user can ask a series of building questions – not just a single question and answer, resulting in it performing particularly well for people with a disability who need to operate technology fully by voice.

RealThing Ai started developing the Pocket V4 in April 2021, when they partnered with The Royal National Institute of Blind People to interview people living with sight loss in the UK who had not previously experienced RealSAM technology. With the objective of understanding people’s everyday frustrations and turning these insights into a meaningful roadmap for product development.

Building on its UK launch in 2018 in partnership with the RNIB and O2, RealSAM Pocket has bundled an easy to use, fully voice-controlled smartphone with inbuilt entertainment and personal assistant features.

– Easy access to over 100,000 audiobooks, newspapers and magazines supplied by the UK charities, RNIB and Calibre Audio
– Instant video support from the Be My Eyes network of volunteers
– An on-call assistant that simultaneously calls and texts nominated contacts in the event of an emergency
– Customisable guidance for navigating walking routes
– Voice controlled access to Zoom calls to support remote working.

Never Struggle with Small Print Again
RealSAM Pocket’s new OCR feature allows users to take a picture of printed or handwritten text and have it read back to them with high accuracy. The phone’s voice controls guide the process, alerting the user to the image being in focus, while also offering the ability to customise the onscreen display to alternative brightness, contrast, and colour combinations to improve visibility for those with some vision.

Object recognition is useful in unfamiliar situations, using the onboard camera combined with voice technology to capture and explain all elements in shot.

Upgraded Handset and Support
Powered by a customised Samsung XCover 5 handset, Pocket V4 benefits from a new visual interface plus significant leaps in its battery life, memory, and processing speeds. RealSAM Pocket continues to be IP68 rated meaning it can withstand submersion in water of 1.5 metres depth for 30 minutes.

Flexible Pricing and No Quibble Returns
RealSAM Pocket’s flexible finance options start from £26.99 a month, with a range of call and data plans and ownership options on offer. As a partner of the RNIB, RealSAM Pocket is included in the RNIB Technology Grant Scheme, offering eligible customers up to £350 off the cost of purchasing RealSAM Pocket V4.

To find out more call the RealThing Ai Customer Service team on 01733 964 460 or visit www.realsam.co.uk/shop.

Launching in the USA
RealSAM Pocket will launch for the first time in the United States on Wednesday 26th January 2022 as part of the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in Florida. ATIA|Assistive Technology Industry Association.


Show British Bees Some Love This Valentine’s Day with a Gift That Supports Repollination

An online search for ‘sustainable Valentine’s Day’ returns more than 19 million results. Purchasing gifts that are going to be loved by the environment, as much as the recipient, is clearly an ever-increasing priority.

The Scottish Bee Company, a family-owned brand that prides itself on producing uniquely flavourful honey ethically and sustainably, is encouraging shoppers to consider a Valentine’s Day gift that will help boost the declining British bee population – a vital part of the world’s ecosystem.

The brand has launched a number of romantic, premium-quality options, including honey gift boxes, scented beeswax candles, and even the opportunity to sponsor a queen bee. All of the packaging is beautifully made and fully recyclable, making it an environmentally friendly choice. Every purchase also includes a sachet of wildflower seeds to help make gardens even more bee-friendly.

A 10p donation from each jar of honey goes to RePollinate, a charity that aims to protect and improve the UK’s threatened pollinator population through the creation of wildflower spaces in local areas, funded community projects, and engagement and education.

Some of the most popular gifts include:

– Pure Scottish Honey Duo. £20.20. Two 340g jars of heather, blossom or signature blend honey. Each duo, packed in a bespoke gift box, comes with a pack of wildflower seeds for the recipient to sow.
– Candle and Honey Gift Set. £26. Presented in a craft gift box, these can include either two small candles and a 227g jar of heather honey, or one small candle, and two 227g jars of honey (heather and blossom)
– A Trio of Scented Candles. £28.50. Includes a small lavender candle, cinnamon candle and vanilla candle, in a craft bespoke box.
Sponsor a queen bee. £25. Recipients are sent a certificate for their bee, which will be looked after by an expert beekeeper in Scotland, along with four information booklets, and a cuddly toy bee or a 227g jar of heather honey. Sponsorship helps the UK bee population thrive as £2 of the purchase goes directly to the charity, Repollinate.

The Scottish Bee Company has pledged to increase the local bee population by 20 percent over the next three years, and to raise awareness of what the public can do to help pollinators. So far, they have increased the bee population in Scotland by 23 million.

“Many of the 250 species of wild bee in the UK are declining, and 26 are listed as either ‘critically endangered’, ‘endangered’ or ‘near threatened.’ This includes the pale-tailed mining bee, the moss carder bee, the armed nomad bee and the furry-bellied blood bee,” explains Suzie Millar, co-founder of The Scottish Bee Company. “There are lots of reasons for that. In the UK, 75 per cent of the total land is now agricultural, so the lack of flowers is a major problem for our bees. Climate change is also causing problems, along with new pests, such as the Asian hornet.”

“In the UK, we get through around 4.3 million kg of honey every year. We’re a nation of honey lovers, and we clearly appreciate the efforts of the bees,” she adds. “A fantastic way to say thank you is to buy gifts and products that support their environment, along with doing what we can in terms of adding bee-friendly flowers to our garden, and eating British honey that we know has been ethically and sustainably produced.”

Co-founders, Iain and Suzie Millar, launched The Scottish Bee Company in 2017 because they were saddened at the decline in bee numbers. Their aim was to increase hive numbers in Scotland by giving hives to artisan bee farmers and selling honey on their behalf.

For more information on The Scottish Bee Company, visit scottishbeecompany.co.uk.

For more details on RePollinate, visit repollinate.org.uk.


Jay Blades Joins Forces with Literacy Charity to Inspire Adults to Learn to Read

Repair Shop presenter Jay Blades is taking part in a new BBC documentary which will follow his journey as he faces up to the challenge of learning to read as an adult with charity Read Easy UK

You can watch Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51 on Wednesday 26th January at 9pm on BBC One and iPlayer

Jay concealed his inability to read until he was in his 30s, after he struggled to learn to read as a child. Jay is not alone – a quarter of all children in England leave primary school, like Blades, unable to read to the expected level. Nearly seven million adults in the UK have very poor literacy skills. Many are too ashamed or embarrassed to come forward and ask for help.

Not being able to read properly affects almost every aspect of day to day life – from reading signs and important letters, to voting or being able to understand basic health information. It also makes it more difficult to be able to support your own children’s learning.

In the programme Jay meets other people who are on the same journey with Read Easy – like Jacky Smith who has just started to learn to read in her 60s. Her main motivation is being able to read with her 7-year-old granddaughter and help her sister who is now partially sighted.

Jay also meets Jeff George, 32, who says, ‘‘The most important thing for me is to be able to read stories to my son who has just started school. That’s my goal. I’d also like to be able to understand more in work, and have other options career-wise for the future. Reading will open those doors for me. If I have a chance of something better I’m going to take it”.

Read Easy UK has 50 affiliated groups around the UK with over 1100 volunteers providing free one-to-one reading coaching for adults who are unable to read. Readers meet volunteer coaches twice a week to follow ‘Turning Pages’ – an adult reading programme originally developed in prisons.

According to Ginny Williams-Ellis, CEO of Read Easy UK, “Research shows that 2.4m adults in England can’t read at all, or can barely read. Not being able to read as an adult is excruciatingly embarrassing for most people. It generally follows years of painful humiliation at school, when failure to learn to read in the early years will have led to an inability to participate in the rest of the curriculum as they got older.

“For the vast majority this was not their choice, or their fault, and nothing to do with their intelligence. There are many different reasons why a child might not learn to read in their first years at school. For some, undiagnosed or unsupported dyslexia, or unidentified sight or hearing problems, may prevent them from learning. Others will lack the necessary learning support from parents or carers, or problems at home may make it difficult to concentrate at school.

“Phonics was not taught in most schools for many years from the 1960s and consequently many children did not learn the crucial decoding skills needed to make sense of text. It is arguable that this had an impact on literacy levels in the UK generally, but it was a particular problem for those who already faced other challenges. So, however difficult it may be, nobody should feel embarrassed to admit that they didn’t get the skills they needed when they were children.

“I would urge any adult who is unable to read properly to have the courage to come forward, like Jay, and ask for help. It really is never too late to learn.”

To find out more about learning to read as an adult with Read Easy visit www.readeasy.org.uk

Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51 will broadcast on Wednesday 26th January at 9pm on BBC One and iPlayer.

References

Department for Education, National Curriculum Assessments at Key Stage 2 2012-2013
‘Paying the Price: The Cost of Very Poor Adult Literacy’, Pro Bono Economics, September 2021
Skills for Life Survey, 2011, Dept BIS


Stunning New Sustainable Cruise Terminal Welcomes Visitors to the Port of Tallinn

A stunning port in the heart of Estonia’s capital, Tallinn has now opened a striking, sustainable cruise terminal to encourage visitors to the historic city and reduce the environmental impact of travel to the region. The terminal makes remarkable use of Kebony, a global leader in the production of sustainable wood, which was selected for the expansive decking and to clad the building’s imaginative exterior.

The vast scale of the project allows for the terminal to be used to host events, such as concerts and conferences, accommodating up to 2,000 people.

Located in the hustle and bustle of the biggest port authority in Estonia, the Port of Tallinn has opened the most modern and multifunctional terminal in the region. Beautifully designed to reduce its negative impact on the environment, the sustainable cruise terminal can operate outside of cruise season, making the capital more accessible whilst reducing its environmental footprint. A striking feature of the terminal – designed by Salto Architects – is the remarkable use of Kebony, a global leader in the production of sustainable wood, which was selected for the expansive decking and to clad the building’s imaginative exterior.

The vast scale of the project allows for the terminal to be used to host events, such as concerts and conferences, accommodating up to 2,000 people. The generous size also means that, even during the peak cruise season, some level of social distancing will be possible if required due to Covid-19.

The new facility is also distinguished by a 850-metre-long promenade, designed to connect the port’s ten million plus passengers each year to the new leisure areas. Featuring tiered outdoor seating, visitors can enjoy the scenic ocean views at the highest point of the terminal.

Based in Norway, Kebony is a global leader in producing sustainable wood materials, which made it the perfect solution for this innovative project. It created an elegant exterior which complements both the structural design and the oceanic surroundings. Kebony wood develops a unique silver-grey patina over time and will also complement the silver tones of the surrounding sea, whilst requiring little to no maintenance.

Kebony’s revolutionary technology is an environmentally friendly process which modifies sustainably sourced softwoods with heat, enabling them to permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood, including high durability, hardness, and dimensional stability. This unique process also provides Kebony with its characteristic appearance.

Following the COP26 climate summit which saw 100 world leaders promise to end and reverse deforestation by 2030, Salto Architects’ decision to make extensive use of sustainably-sourced Kebony wood for the cruise terminal reflects the global shift to favour sustainable materials in construction, which will soon become an imperative for architects, homebuilders and real estate developers to rapidly curb the impacts of climate change, including the destruction of trees which depletes forests that absorb vast amounts of CO2.

www.kebony.com


Londoners Learn to Smell Again with AbScent

AbScent, the charity caring about people touched by smell loss is joining forces with pharmacy emporium John Bell & Croyden for a series of smell training workshops.

More than 4 million people in the UK are currently experiencing smell and taste loss. Of these people, *research reveals that 46% also experience smell distortions: Parosmia is a distorted odour with a known source e.g. onions smell like rotten meat; and phantosmia is a smell sensation without a source e.g. random cigarette smoke without source.  

The original sessions sold-out within 24 hours so they are extending sessions into February.

Smell training is one of the only treatments evidenced to improve smell. Smell training is the process of actively sniffing the same four scents every day, spending around 20 seconds on each scent with intense concentration. It is easy, safe, and recommended by doctors. Anyone can do smell training if they would like to improve their sense of smell.

Sessions take place on 27th January and last one hour tutored by AbScent Founder, Chrissi Kelly. Additional dates will be scheduled throughout February. Please check website for further details.

(https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/smell-training-after-covid-19-with-abscent-founder-chrissi-kelly-tickets-240968512307)

Attendees will be required to observe Covid-19 protocols and the training will take place in an air purified environment that is Covid-19 free.

For help please visit AbScent’s website https://abscent.org and for more about John Bell & Croyden please visit https://johnbellcroyden.co.uk/


Parallel Purple Sock Day 

Friday 3rd December is the UN’s International Day of Persons With Disabilities, and coinciding with it this year is Purple Sock Day, established by Parallel Lifestyle, a British company that runs events for people with disabilities.

It’s Purple Sock Day on 3 December. Wear your official purple socks to help us celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The United Nations’ International Day of Persons With Disabilities (IDPWD), a crucial day to both raise awareness of the challenges that people with disabilities face, but also a day to celebrate the diversity of character, experience and abilities that so many people with disabilities possess.  

Hearteningly, in recent times, more and more individuals with disabilities have begun to feature in mainstream television, film and culture, such as Rose Ayling-Ellis on Strictly Come Dancing, actress Millicent Simmonds (of A Quiet Place fame), Love Island’s Hugo Hammond, and social media fashion icons Hermon and Heroda Berhane. Despite this increasing move towards a more inclusive culture, however, there are still many aspects of society where there are considerable disparities, such as the accessibility of starting a business. 

Entrepreneurship is one of the most challenging and intimidating experiences that anyone can face, both professionally and personally. Starting a business inherently involves a great deal of risk. There’s of course the financial risk of taking a loan from the bank or putting your life’s savings on the line, and risking losing it all or becoming indebted. But there’s also the risk to your reputation, your pride, and above all, your mental health. 

But starting your own business can also be one of the most rewarding endeavours that you can pursue. Entrepreneurship is an expression of a character’s independence, ingenuity and creativity. Though, as with all pursuits in life, for some people there are a greater number of obstacles to becoming business owners than there are for the average person. 

In Q2 of this year, there were 4.4m disabled people in employment in the UK, an estimated increase of 300,000 from the same period one year prior, and an overall increase of 1.5m since earliest comparable definitions of ‘disability’ were used in 2013. Though this is a positive trend in relative terms, in absolute terms, the statistics leave something to be desired. The disability employment rate in Q2 of this year was 52.7%. This stands in stark contrast to an employment rate of 81.0% for non-disabled people – equalling an employment gap of 28.4%. 

This is a complex and hugely multifactorial subject, but it is largely a story of vicious cycles. Those with disabilities (Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans or Special Education Needs (SEN)) on average attain lower grades than those without disabilities in schools in the UK. This is typically due to lack of resources for sufficient differentiated teaching strategies and dedicated time for disabled students, and formal assessment methods that may not be accessible for many disabled students. This lower attainment consequently leads to lower numbers of disabled students entering higher education. ​​In 2018/19, for example, just 8.9% of pupils with an EHC plan and 20.6% of pupils with SEN support progressed to higher education by age 19, compared with 47.3% of non-disabled students. 

Higher education is the primary means of acquiring specialised skills and entering a skilled career, and in doing so gaining experience of how businesses are administered – a familiarity that is crucial for an individual’s confidence in being able to start their own business It therefore stands to reason that a group with limited accessibility to professional experience will be less inclined to start their own business. 

Not only this, however, but disability is also strongly associated with poverty and financial hardship. Families of disabled children on average, face extra costs of £581 a month, meaning a reduced ability to provide extracurricular support or resources due to limited means. Furthermore, as an adult, life costs £583 more on average a month, due to care and support-related expenses, which significantly reduces an individual’s ability to save money to start a business. 

Collectively, this creates an environment where entrepreneurship is simply less accessible to disabled people than the average person. From additional financial pressures that are associated with disabilities, and lack of specialised and accessible resources in state education that can facilitate success, to prejudices from employers regarding the perceived competence of disabled people in the workplace and the reduced confidence that comes from experience rejection or failure. Though these are conditions that are improving over time, there is still some way to go. Fortunately, however, there are charities and organisations that are working hard to hasten the pace of change. 

As any business owner reading this knows, entrepreneurship can be one of the most fulfilling pursuits that a person can experience. And as a society, we should do our best to make experiences like that as accessible as possible for everyone, regardless of background or perceived disability.  

Coinciding with IDPWD this year is Purple Sock Day, led by Parallel Lifestyle, an organisation that runs events dedicated for people with disabilities. Purple Sock Day aims to raise awareness of the challenges that D/deaf and disabled entrepreneurs in the UK face and raise funds to support them. To do this, they have partnered with BAM Bamboo Clothing, to produce and sell special, limited edition pairs of purple socks. 50% of the profits from the sale of these socks will, in collaboration with Hatch Enterprise, go towards funding schemes that facilitate D/deaf and disabled entrepreneurship. 

So, to support this brilliant cause yourself, you can purchase your very own socks here. And remember to share your support on social media by hashtagging #PurpleSockDay. 


Blunt Blades: Arabel Lebrusan recycles police-confiscated knives for new art exhibition

Can an object’s meaning be re-established through material transformation and contextualisation? This is the question award-winning ethical jeweller Arabel Lebrusan is tackling with a new art exhibition at The Higgins Museum, Bedford and online until October 2022.

The show will present seven new works in a variety of mediums, including photography, audio, sculpture and, of course, jewellery.

Some of these rings are large, some are medium-sized and some are small; reflective of the kinds of rings that might have once been worn by these victims. Some were men, some were women, and some didn’t even make it to adulthood.

On display are a set of 275 rings cast in metal recycled from the confiscated weapons. Representing the number of knife homicides in England and Wales from 2019 to 2020, the bands are also created in shapes and sizes that symbolise the percentage of these deaths that were men, women and children.

This poignant visual work ties into Blunt Blades Exchange, a socially engaging art project organised by Lebrusan earlier in 2021. The programme saw more of the police-confiscated knives repurposed into rings, then gifted to nine women whose lives have been changed irrevocably by knife crime. Through a series of conversations, Arabel and the participants explored the meanings and associations of the rings, working together to personalize them with designs that draw primarily on themes of healing and empowerment.

The project was supported by the Women’s Support Centre Surrey and Quiet Down There, a not-for-profit organisation that encourages individuals to articulate their unique cultures through artistic mediums. Like the Blunt Blades exhibition, Blunt Blades Exchange questions the meanings associated with a material and explores what happens to those narratives when the material itself is transformed.

“Objects have the potential to hold memories. I’m fascinated by this idea that matter can vibrate, communicating with us as human beings; with the ways materials carry inherent meanings and how those meanings can be reshaped,” Lebrusan explains.

“Since the day I received the confiscated knives eight years ago, my mind has been occupied with the idea of transforming the metal from these objects into works that could evoke other emotions. What makes a kitchen knife become a deadly weapon? What makes a deadly weapon become a one-of-a-kind jewel? What makes that one-of-a-kind jewel become a trophy or a tool for healing?”

Blunt Blades is now open to view in person and online until October 2022.

https://www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk/Exhibitions/Blunt_Blades.aspx

http://www.lebrusanstudio.com

Blunt Blades


Enterprise Cooperative Trust welcomes first education partner to further support young people in Enfield 

Enterprise Cooperative Trust welcomes first education partner to further support young people in Enfield 

The Trust partnership will address social disadvantage and offer support and opportunities to all students in the community by providing a holistic education which goes beyond academic achievement. 

“We want to celebrate every child, no matter their ability and encourage them to not only realise – but also fulfil – their full potential.”

Across the UK and prominently within the London Borough of Enfield, there are long-standing challenges around inequality amongst young people which have been exacerbated further by the impact of Covid-19. ECT was set up as a not-for-profit cooperative, by West Lea School in Edmonton, to address these inequalities and provide opportunities for all young people, by bringing together members of the community. 

This new partnership with CONEL (part of the Capital City Colleges Group) will mean that ECT’s mission to support the aspirations of young people in Enfield can grow in new and exciting ways. This includes providing greater access to work experience and paid employment for students, as well as offering additional training opportunities and resources for staff.  

Carl Boyd, Head of Quality & Compliance at CONEL, said: 

“At the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, we help people, employers and our community succeed, by providing outstanding education and vocational training with a particular focus on skills for employment. ECT’s purpose – to improve the life chances of young people in Enfield – is what CONEL also stands for and so we are proud to amplify this message. This partnership will help to grow our work and will help us deliver more training to Enfield’s young people and improve the digital support they receive. 

“ECT’s passion for genuinely helping young people and those with additional educational needs is unrivalled. It resonates throughout the community. Young people are at the heart of ECT’s mission and their commitment to their core values is refreshing.” 

CONEL offers a wide range of apprenticeshipspre-apprenticeships and courses across many different subjects, to give students of all ages the skills, knowledge and experience they need to succeed in life, at work or university. 

With two superb centres, in Enfield and Tottenham, CONEL offers high quality facilities and services enjoyed by our students and the welcoming, lively environment here. 

Janet Leach, Chair of Enterprise Cooperative Trust, said:  

“We are very excited to welcome CONEL to the ECT family. Together, we will work to support and celebrate every child, no matter their ability and encourage them to not only realise – but also fulfil – their full potential.  

“As a society, we face many challenges including unemployment and social disadvantage. Despite this, the future for all young people can be bright and infinitely hopeful. Working together, we will be able to challenge the status quo and develop learners for life with the skills and expertise needed to flourish in the working world, both now and into the future.” 

Unlike the structure of a multi-academy trust, partners of ECT work towards cooperative values, combining joint accountability while retaining autonomous independence. From businesses and schools to local authorities and charities, members and partners of the Trust to date include West Lea SchoolLearning for Life Charity, and now, the College of Haringey Enfield and North East London.  

In order to enhance provision and ensure that children in the local community can become the very best they can be, ECT is actively seeking more partners and members in the local area to join.   

Hope, Positivity, Justice and Courage.

To find out more, visit: www.enterprisecooperativetrust.org.uk 


Europe’s Most Eco-friendly Tourist Attraction revealed

British Museum vs. Natural History Museum eco-friendly tourist attractions

In a world where we need to reduce waste, embrace renewable resources and lighten our carbon footprint, which European tourist attraction is making the biggest commitment to sustainability?

The energy team from Uswitch analysed 27 of the world’s most-visited tourist attractions and ranked them based on eco-friendly credentials such as water reduction, emissions, sustainable travel, re-wilding efforts and renewable energy.

From best to worst, these are the European tourist attractions with the most commitment to sustainability:

  1. Natural History Museum – 44/60
  2. Eiffel Tower – 42.5 
  3. Disneyland Paris – 42
  4. Efteling Theme Park – 39
  5. The Vatican – 37 
  6. Tivoli Gardens – 36.5 
  7. Alton Towers – 35.5 
  8. LEGOLAND Windsor – 32
  9. National Gallery – 31.5
  10. Tower of London – 26.5 
  11. British Museum – 25.5 
  12. London Eye – 17 
  13. La Sagrada Familia – 16 

The Natural History Museum in London scored top marks for its eco-friendly credentials, having the highest consciousness when it comes to its impact on the environment.  In 2019, the museum had successfully reduced its total greenhouse gas emissions by 5%, making its carbon footprint 10,139 tonnes

The museum is equipped with a trigeneration energy centre that generates most of the energy used by the museum – which has saved more than 15,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide since installation. 

But it doesn’t stop there – throughout the building and onsite cafes, the museum has implemented recycling schemes to help reduce waste. And the National History Museum is undertaking a host of measures to help reduce water consumption, including sensor-controlled taps and dual-flush cisterns fitted into toilets.

No fate of the dinosaurs, then for the museum thanks to its eco cred. 

What you can do to help the planet here.