Where Does It Come From?  How our ’stuff’ impacts people and planet
Episode 15 - Green Politics and Activism with Rachel Smith-Lyte

Episode 15 - Green Politics and Activism with Rachel Smith-Lyte

November 23, 2021

COP26, the conference hoping to bring the world together to fight the climate emergency, is now over. 

Media attention has led to a growing awareness of the danger that faces us, although some are still blissfully ignorant. But there are many people who've been focused on 'green issues'  for decades - researching, campaigning and now actively protesting - calling for leadership and the changes that need to happen if we are going to protect life on our planet.

In this episode Where Does It Come From? founder Jo Salter chats with Rachel Smith-Lyte.  A long-time eco-activist with Greenpeace and later Extinction Rebellion, Rachel realised that with the looming climate and biodiversity crisis, she needed to get involved politically.  She joined the Green Party in 2011 and has stood three times in local elections, including in the 2015 General Election where she gained 6% of the vote share (thus retaining the deposit for the first time). In May 2019 Rachel secured her first seat on the new East Suffolk Council – the first Green to be elected in the old Suffolk Coastal district.  

As an activist Rachel attended COP26 and has taken part in Extinction Rebellion protests.

The Green Party - https://vote.greenparty.org.uk/

Extinction Rebellion - https://extinctionrebellion.uk/

The People versus Climate Change (on iplayer) - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p097sbzc

Extinction Rebellion East of England - https://xreoe.earth/events

Where Does It Come From? - https://www.wheredoesitcomefrom.co.uk

 

Episode 14 - Live from COP26 with Will Saunders

Episode 14 - Live from COP26 with Will Saunders

November 11, 2021

Are you on top of what's happening at COP26?

It's a rollercoaster ride - highs, lows, achievements, concerns.

This episode of the Where Does It Come From? podcast is coming live from Glasgow, with Where Does It Come From?'s Jo Salter chatting with Will Saunders who is at COP26 representing the organisation Scientists Warning Europe. 

Will is Founder & Creative Director at Good Will Studios  with 15 years of designing, building brands, and visual storytelling. He’s at COP26 representing Scientists Warning Europe a charity calling for science-endorsed action at COP26 and beyond.  

There were a few wifi issues at the very start of the recording.  To see an unedited video of the discussion please visit (and subscribe to) our youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUXM5kflEMW4uvrw3YcXjTg

Links:

Scientists Warning Europe:

https://www.scientistswarningeurope.org.uk/signature https://www.scientistswarningeurope.org.uk/voices

Good Will Studios:

Episode 13 - How to be an anti-greenwashing activist with Sian Conway-Wood and Georgina Wilson-Powell

Episode 13 - How to be an anti-greenwashing activist with Sian Conway-Wood and Georgina Wilson-Powell

October 26, 2021

We hear a lot about 'greenwashing' but what can we do about it?

As citizens and consumers we can all play a role, big or small, in holding companies and leaders to account for the green claims that they are making.  

This episode is a conversation recorded for Ethical Consumer Week on 21st October 2021.  Hosted by Ethicalhour's Sian Conway-Wood and with guests Georgina Wilson-Powell of Pebble Magazine and Where Does It Come From?'s Jo Salter, the conversation covers a range of subjects along with actions we can all take.  

As we approach COP26 there's more need than ever to ensure that the information we're being given is accurate.  If it's not then we need to act - from simply keeping up to date with events and asking questions to calling out those who are being economical with the truth and misleading the public.

Here are links mentioned in the discussion:

Ethical Consumer Magazine - www.ethicalconsumer.org

Pebble Magazine - www.pebblemag.com

Ethicalhour - www.ethicalhour.co.uk

Where Does It Come From? - www.wheredoesitcomefrom.co.uk

HM Government's new legislation on greenwashing - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/greenwashing-cma-puts-businesses-on-notice

Advertising Standards Authority - https://www.asa.org.uk/

 

 

Episode 12 Creating a sustainable coffee business that serves customers, farmers and the planet - with Azzouz El-Mahraoui

Episode 12 Creating a sustainable coffee business that serves customers, farmers and the planet - with Azzouz El-Mahraoui

October 12, 2021

Do you love a cup of coffee?

If so, you're not alone - coffee is the most popular drink worldwide with around two billion cups consumed every day, according to the British Coffee Association.

In this episode host Jo Salter, founder of ethical textiles brand Where Does It Come From?, chats to Azzouz El-Mahraoui, co-founder of Coffeelink.  In 2005 Azzouz and wife Rebecca set up Coffeelink as a single espresso bar in Ipswich and have since grown it across the East of England as well as offering an online service.

For Azzouz and Rebecca sustainabililty and ethics are key to the brand, focusing on quality as well as fair treatment for farmers and environmental projects such as forest grown coffee.

But how have they achieved such success while remaining true to their values?  Listen to find out.

Coffeelink - www.coffeelink.com

The Earthshot prize on iPlayer (as discussed in the chat) -  https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p09w81sc/the-earthshot-prize-repairing-our-planet-series-1-1-protect-restore-nature

Where Does It Come From? - www.wheredoesitcomefrom.co.uk

 

Episode 11 Reducing the environmental impact of our online lives - with Vic Stevens

Episode 11 Reducing the environmental impact of our online lives - with Vic Stevens

September 28, 2021

Usually when we consider being green, we think of reducing our consumption.  However as we do more and more online - attending meetings, watching videos, digital marketing and more - we are actually growing our consumption of data!

Data is unseen but we are using it at quite a rate and this has a big impact on the environment.

In this episode our podcast host Jo Salter, founder of ethical textiles business Where Does It Come From?, talks with Vic Stevens.  Vic and partner Jez founded Make Hay Ethical Web Design and Green Hosting 17 years ago to offer a greener alternative to website development and web hosting.  Vic is passionate about raising awareness and helping people reduce the environmental impact of their online lives.

Make Hay Web Design - https://www.makehay.co.uk/

Green Hosting - https://www.green-hosting.co.uk/

Where Does It Come From? - https://www.wheredoesitcomefrom.co.uk

 

 

Episode 10 - Creating Greener and Healthier Communities with Stephen McPeake

Episode 10 - Creating Greener and Healthier Communities with Stephen McPeake

September 14, 2021

Most of us do want to live greener, healthier lives but sometimes it just takes a little nudge.

Civic Dollars works in partnership with local councils and businesses to incentivise citizens to get out into parks and local spaces - with rewards such as vouchers or discounts. Yes it really is as simple as a walk in the park!

In this episode Jo Salter, Where Does It Come From? podcast host and founder of the ethical clothing brand of the same name, talks with Stephen McPeake.  Stephen is CEO & Founder of Civic Dollars, a health based community currency that is being used to improve public health and wellbeing by incentivising greater use of local open spaces.

Stephen has been working on Smart City technology for the last 9 years and  on the theory behind Civic Dollars since 2018. Using research and expertise from universities and corporations on nudge theory and digitising community currencies he has developed a platform that can provide a multi faceted nudge solution to improve public health.

Civic Dollars launched in Belfast in June 2021 and will go live in Leeds, Dublin and other UK cities later in the year.

Find out more at:

Civic Dollars - https://civicdollars.com/

Local media coverage - https://www.ulstertatler.com/2021/07/earning-civic-dollars-is-a-walk-in-the-park/

Here's links to the research from the team at Queen’s University Belfast’s Centre of Excellence for Public Health that Stephen mentions in the discussion -

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12889-018-6305-9

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark-Tully/publication/267784802_The_Physical_Activity_Loyalty_Card_Scheme_Development_and_Application_of_a_Novel_System_for_Incentivizing_Behaviour_Change/links/54b7f49e0cf28faced60fbef/The-Physical-Activity-Loyalty-Card-Scheme-Development-and-Application-of-a-Novel-System-for-Incentivizing-Behaviour-Change.pdf

https://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/CentreofExcellenceforPublicHealthNorthernIreland/Research/PhysicalActivityResearch/ThePALStudy/

Where Does It Come From? - https://www.wheredoesitcomefrom.co.uk/

 

Episode 9 - Moving to Green Energy … with John Taylor

Episode 9 - Moving to Green Energy … with John Taylor

August 31, 2021

The recent IPCC report has made it clear that we need to move away from using fossil fuels and reduce our emissions of harmful greenhouse gases.

Changing the way we source and use our energy - used for our transport, running our homes and more - can make a huge impact.  

In this episode of the Where Does It Come From? podcast host Jo Salter talks to John Taylor, green energy specialist and currently energy projects manager at the Greater South East Energy Hub in the UK.

John says 'It is entirely possible for us to turn this around and actually end up with a way of life that's better - this isn't as good as it gets'.

Links mentioned during the discussion:

World Wildlife Fund carbon management tool https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/#/

The People vs Climate Change - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p097sbzc/the-people-vs-climate-change

The Climate Change Committee - https://www.theccc.org.uk/

Ripple Energy co-operative - https://rippleenergy.com/

Where Does It Come From?  - www.wheredoesitcomefrom.co.uk

 

Episode 8 - Electric Vehicles - Making The Switch … With Rebecca Hansen

Episode 8 - Electric Vehicles - Making The Switch … With Rebecca Hansen

August 17, 2021

We all know that reducing our reliance on fossil fuels is key to tackling the climate emergency.  Electric Vehicles are often put forward as a solution, with technology and infrastructure improving rapidly.

However making the switch to an electric vehicle can seem a large leap - requiring change in behaviour and a learning curve, as well as concerns about costs, battery life and charging stations.

So what are the actual barriers and how can we find out which electric vehicle would work best for us?

In this episode Where Does It Come From?'s Jo Salter talks to Rebecca Hansen, director of TryWyre, a online tool designed to help people find and purchase the right electric vehicle for them.  A life long environmentalist, Rebecca has over 20 years experience of delivering mission critical projects for large companies and government organizations.

TryWyre - www.trywyre.com

Where Does It Come From? - www.wheredoesitcomefrom.co.uk

 

Episode 7 - Creating Positive Impacts in Africa through Fashion - Paola Masperi

Episode 7 - Creating Positive Impacts in Africa through Fashion - Paola Masperi

August 3, 2021

The fashion industry is one of the most harmful, both to the people involved and to the planet.

So how do we harness fashion for good?

In this episode Jo Salter, founder of ethical clothing and textiles business Where Does It Come From? interviews Paola Masperi of Mayamiko.

Paola Masperi set up Mayamiko Trust in 2008 as a social enterprise to create livelihoods and skills for people in Malawi.  She then launched the Mayamiko fashion brand in 2015.  Mayamiko hit the headlines in 2019 when Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex wore one of their beautiful dresses on her African tour.

Jo and Paola worked together in 2018/19 on Where Does It Come From?'s African Tunics and Accessories collection.

Mayamiko Brand - https://mayamiko.com/

Mayamiko Trust - https://www.mayamiko.org/

Where Does It Come From? African project (with video) - https://www.wheredoesitcomefrom.co.uk/transparent-supply-chain-in-africa/

Where Does It Come From? African Tunic - https://www.wheredoesitcomefrom.co.uk/product/african-tunics/

 

 

 

Episode 6 - Fair Trade - Collaboration for Global Good, with Laura Cave

Episode 6 - Fair Trade - Collaboration for Global Good, with Laura Cave

July 13, 2021

One of the big challenges with 'stuff' is knowing whether the people involved in creating our products are being paid and treated fairly.

Improvements in supply chain transparency are bringing to light abuses such as unsafe working conditions, slave wages and other unacceptable practices.  Many consumers are now seeking reassurance that what they buy isn't harming other people.

This podcast episode is a discussion between Jo Salter. founder of fair trade textile brand Where Does It Come From? and Laura Cave.  Laura has a long term commitment to fair trade with over 20 years experience of working co-creatively with artisan craft makers in emerging economies.

She is the founder and director of Just Trade, a fair trade jewellery brand, and was Chair of BAFTS Fair Trade Network UK from May 2018 - May 2021.  She remains as a committee member.

Just Trade supply over 300 retail outlets in the UK and internationally, including independent boutiques and leading Museums and Galleries.

BAFTS is a membership network of independent shops and suppliers dedicated to partnering with disadvantaged producer groups in order to provide long-term market access for their work.

Find out more at:

Where Does It Come From? - wheredoesitcomefrom.co.uk

Just Trade - justtrade.co.uk

BAFTS - bafts.org.uk

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