An Eco-Friendly Guide to Brighton
Published: Monday 28th Oct 2019
Brighton is leading the way on environmentally friendly and cruelty free living. From opening the first zero waste restaurant in 2014 to silent disco beach cleans. Do you fancy getting involved in Brighton’s eco-fashion and local independent businesses? Here are our suggestions of some of the most innovative ways our city gets involved...
Beach Clean Up
Between West and Palace Pier
Pier 2 Pier began in 2017 with the idea of a monthly beach clean with a musical twist. The event began with the idea of having a silent disco on the beach while collecting rubbish, from here it continued to grow in volunteers and popularity. By 2018 over 2000 people had collected their litter picker and tuned in on their bluetooth wireless silent disco headphones and spend a Saturday morning collecting rubbish. The event has a lovely community feel and is open to everybody from adults to children - oh and fancy dress is fully encouraged!
BTN - Brighton’s Bike Share Scheme
Skip the traffic or stress of finding a parking space in the city and check out the BTN bike scheme, Brighton’s version of London’s Boris Bike. Download the app, find a parking dock and go - it is that simple! Not only is this a great way to cut down on your carbon footprint but also a great way to explore the city and outlying villages.
Moksha Cafe: 4-5 York Pl, Brighton, BN1 4GU
Our city not only promotes the use of reusable coffee cups but also rewards those who do. Over seventeen cafes in Brighton offer a discount when customers bring their own reusable cup, for example, Moksha cafe offers 30p off all drinks! It’s not only environmentally smart to reduce the amount of waste heading to landfill but it is equally financially great too! Did we mention you can get some really pretty and stylish keep cups now too?
HISBE: 20-21 York Pl, Brighton BN1 4GU
Another great thing about Brighton is how accessible and easy businesses make it to switch to more environmentally friendly option. HISBE, for example, is a social enterprise supermarket providing fair wages to staff and suppliers as well as affordable prices for consumers. It also embraces the zero waste initiative by providing a refill section at the back of the store where you are able to fill shampoo, washing up liquid or flour, nuts and grains!
Doing What We Can
It's not only the wider city that is forging the way for sustainable living, here at Best of Brighton we do what we can to reduce our waste and support local eco-friendly initiatives. We are proud to support SAS (Surfers Against Sewage) as one of their 250 club members in a bid to help protect the UK's unique coastal environment. This November we are also taking to the ice at The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink's Skate-A-Thon in order to raise money for The Sussex Wildlife Trust's iniatiive to plant more trees in Sussex to reduce flooding. Make sure you follow us on social media to keep track of what we are getting up to next year!
Written by Ellie Hughes