The Challenge

Bioregional consider this to be the challenge we face globally in relation to Sustainable Products; 

  • destructive patterns of resource exploitation and use of non-local materials in construction and manufacture increase environmental harm and reduce gains to the local economy

The Goals

Bioregional identify the following goals, set so we can all contribute to a common and ultimate goal;

  • to promote sustainable living by making it easy to share and reduce consumption of natural materials
  • to carefully consider every material and product and select them for their positive social and environmental benefit or for reducing negative impact
  • to promote materials and products that are not toxic to humans or wildlife at any stage in their lifecycle, from raw materials through to manufacturing, use and end -of-life

The Green Centre

Since 2006 the Green Centre team have been considering the Bioregional challenge and focusing on the Bioregional goals. The team have applied them through a series of initiatives developed in collaboration with the Brighton and Hove community and further afield through national and global initiatives. Through this organic process of learning our journey has centered around a set of intentions which help us practice the art of Sustainable Products.

Our intentions;

  1. to encourage Circular Economy

Local to Brighton and Hove we have consciously chosen to reduce our consumption of virgin products by focusing on sharing and acquiring second hand. We have done this through the local community we work with, car boot sales, Friday-AdFreegle, Gumtree, eBay and similar networks providing opportunities to extend the life of products. 

Nationally we have been introduced to People Tree through our relationship with Siobhan Wilson and the Fair Shop

Globally we have explored world trends in sustainable materials including bamboo, hemp, and organic cotton. We have looked at recycled materials in fashion. Explored the merits of FSC paper v Recycled Paper.