The Anchor Coffee House, a charity owned by local church group Vinelife, has gathered together local businesses to hold a Christmas Market offering ethical Christmas gifts on Saturday 28th November on Moss Lane East, Manchester, from 10am to 4pm.
The one-off market will showcase local social enterprises and artisans including Moss Cider, which makes cider and fresh pressed apple juice from donated apples; coffee artisans the Slow Brew Club; and Naisy Homemade, specialising in textile artwork and the Traveller Supply Co, selling hand-made bags and luggage.
The Anchor, which is staffed by volunteers, will be selling home filter coffee making kits and coffee beans in addition to its fresh coffee and food. Its proceeds will be used to support the homeless and vulnerable of Manchester.
The event will also mark the official launch of The Anchor’s Suspended Coffee scheme, where customers are invited to buy a cup of coffee in advance for someone who needs it, no matter why. The £2 donation – the cost of an Americano – will then be spent on providing coffee, food and more through the community outreach projects the charity runs to serve the wider community.
Jon Hodges, Vinelife Operations Director, says: “Suspended coffee is charity without judgement and kindness without preference, a way for local people to support one another. It’s a gift freely given and freely received, one that lets the community show care and lets the individual know they have people looking out for them. The Christmas Market Day is the perfect time to officially launch this initiative.”
The Anchor first opened its doors in January 2013 after church group Vinelife secured backing for its community coffee house idea from the Charity Bank, an ethical bank which uses its savers’ money to make loans solely to charities and social enterprises. The loan enabled it to buy The Whitworth pub and transform it into a coffee shop.
Simon Thorrington, Charity Bank regional manager for the North West, said: “We shared Vinelife’s vision of a welcoming coffee house in the centre of the community, operating for the benefit of all of its residents, and we continue to support its work today.
“Charity Bank was set up for the purpose of supporting projects just like The Anchor and it’s a virtuous circle; as charities and social enterprises pay back their loans we’re able to recycle that money to support more worthy causes.”
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How to be More eco-Responsible in 2018
Nowadays, more and more people are talking about being more eco-responsible. There is a constant growth of information regarding the importance of being aware of ecological issues and the methods of using eco-friendly necessities on daily basis.
Have you been considering becoming more eco-responsible after the New Year? If so, here are some useful tips that could help you make the difference in the following year:
1. Energy – produce it, save it
If you’re building a house or planning to expand your living space, think before deciding on the final square footage. Maybe you don’t really need that much space. Unnecessary square footage will force you to spend more building materials, but it will also result in having to use extra heating, air-conditioning, and electricity in it.
It’s even better if you seek professional help to reduce energy consumption. An energy audit can provide you some great piece of advice on how to save on your energy bills.
While buying appliances such as a refrigerator or a dishwasher, make sure they have “Energy Star” label on, as it means they are energy-efficient.
Regarding the production of energy, you can power your home with renewable energy. The most common way is to install rooftop solar panels. They can be used for producing electricity, as well as heat for the house. If powering the whole home is a big step for you, try with solar oven then – they trap the sunlight in order to heat food! Solar air conditioning is another interesting thing to try out – instead of providing you with heat, it cools your house!
2. Don’t be just another tourist
Think about the environment, as well your own enjoyment – try not to travel too far, as most forms of transport contribute to the climate change. Choose the most environmentally friendly means of transport that you can, as well as environmentally friendly accommodation. If you can go to a destination that is being recommended as an eco-travel destination – even better! Interesting countries such as Zambia, Vietnam or Nicaragua are among these destinations that are famous for its sustainability efforts.
3. Let your beauty be also eco-friendly
We all want to look beautiful. Unfortunately, sometimes (or very often) it comes with a price. Cruelty-free cosmetics are making its way on the world market but be careful with the labels – just because it says a product hasn’t been tested on animals, it doesn’t mean that some of the product’s ingredients haven’t been tested on some poor animal.
To be sure which companies definitely stay away from the cruel testing on animals, check PETA Bunny list of cosmetic companies just to make sure which ones are truly and completely cruelty-free.
It’s also important if a brand uses toxic ingredients. Brands such as Tata Harper Skincare or Dr Bronner’s use only organic ingredients and biodegradable packaging, as well as being cruelty-free. Of course, this list is longer, so you’ll have to do some online research.
4. Know thy recycling
People often make mistakes while wanting to do something good for the environment. For example, plastic grocery bags, take-out containers, paper coffee cups and shredded paper cannot be recycled in your curb for many reasons, so don’t throw them into recycling bins. The same applies to pizza boxes, household glass, ceramics, and pottery – whether they are contaminated by grease or difficult to recycle, they just can’t go through the usual recycling process.
People usually forget to do is to rinse plastic and metal containers – they always have some residue, so be thorough. Also, bottle caps are allowed, too, so don’t separate them from the bottles. However, yard waste isn’t recyclable, so any yard waste or junk you are unsure of – just contact rubbish removal services instead of piling it up in public containers or in your own yard.
5. Fashion can be both eco-friendly and cool
Believe it or not, there are actually places where you can buy clothes that are eco-friendly, sustainable, as well as ethical. And they look cool, too! Companies like Everlane are very transparent about where their clothes are manufactured and how the price is set. PACT is another great company that uses non-GMO, organic cotton and non-toxic dyes for their clothing, while simultaneously using renewable energy factories. Soko is a company that uses natural and recycled materials in making their clothes and jewelry.
All in all
The truth is – being eco-responsible can be done in many ways. There are tons of small things we could change when it comes to our habits that would make a positive influence on the environment. The point is to start doing research on things that can be done by every person and it can start with the only thing that person has the control of – their own household.
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