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Sustainable Living Eco Series
Thu 19Nov 20
Thu 10Dec 20

A series to inspire practical eco-action in the home

Facilitator: Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking

As a Centre for Future Thinking with an awareness of wellbeing, we felt it was only right that we put together a programme to inspire sustainable living in the home this winter.

Amongst immense pressure, change, uncertainty and chaos, we know that to give you the whole planet to think about is quite a thing. From our very own experience, we see small practical action to be what initiates big change.

This is a 4-part series, delivered online via Zoom, with Mary Portas, Natalie Fee, Kit Dixon, and Chloe Turner.

Event time: Thu 19th Nov 2020 at 4:30pm - Thu 10th Dec 2020 at 5:30pm

As we all become more attuned to the daily life of our homes, present is the invitation to bring greater awareness into your personal and familial environment.

One might ask: Where do I source my food? What chemicals am I using that are toxic? How can I better respect the earth’s natural resources? …What is even in this soap!? How ethical and considerate are my actions behind closed doors? And furthermore, how do I take care of myself, my family and my home and the planet when moving through change?

Having been witness to some of the most thoughtful organisational changes for businesses, organisations and independents through our Climate Action Labs – with thought-leaders such as Mike Berners Lee, Juliet Davenport, and Ethical Consumer, we wanted to bring this ‘on-the-ground’ action (as the Portas Agency puts it) into the home.

Our homes have since become our offices, and our offices our places of rest and family life. In making this transition, even, for now, have you taken the time to stop, and rest, and look? Might there be some swirling creative energy in you to approach the home as you have done your business, and bring about positive eco-conscious and sustainable change for you and your family? Like a detox, for you, your home, and the whole eco-system. But with the awareness and consideration to ensure that you, too, are sustained.

We have invited four incredible speakers to inspire you to take practical, thoughtful and sustainable action in your home.


Session 1 with Chloe Turner, Stroud Action on Plastic

November 19th, 4:30-5:30 pm, available via live-stream on Facebook & Youtube, to book this session only click here

Plastic once seemed like a wonder material – cheap, colourful and endlessly adaptable – but we’re only too aware now of its polluting downsides and the huge climate impact of the industry.  Our planet can’t support this for much longer, and we have to take action.

In this very practical session, we’ll be talking through strategies to reduce the plastic coming into our homes, based on reuse, refill, rethink – even the possibility of making our own products in some cases. We’ll start by discussing how and where to start the journey, and then we’ll tackle different areas of the home in turn, talking about how plastic can be avoided, and specific solutions for particular challenges.

Taking up these suggestions should result in a big reduction in your household waste (and recycling bin), but we’ll also talk about the other benefits you can expect to gain from this exercise: shifting away from the throwaway lifestyle can bring you closer to your local community and your environment. You may learn new skills, and many people find that their lives become simpler, easier, and more mindful, by focussing on what we actually need and enjoy, rather than what is forced upon us.


Session 2 with Kit Dixon, Good Energy

November 26th, 4:30-5:30 pm, to book this session only click here

With 2019 seeing a landmark ‘net-zero’ emissions target brought into UK law, many aspects of our lives are set to change. How we interact with energy is no exception. Not all of this change can be delivered ‘behind the scenes’, and so it is important that we do our best to understand the impact our energy use has on the world around us. Kit will discuss how the energy system works in the UK and the ways in which it impacts us; where we get our energy from, and why how we use it is really important too; and finally some key actions we can all consider, to ensure we are all playing a part in the fight against climate change.


Session 3 with Natalie Fee, City to Sea

3rd December, 4:30-5:30 pm, to book this session only click here

Join award-winning environmental campaigner, founder of City to Sea and author of ‘How to Save the World for Free’ for her top tips on having a waste-free, plastic-free Christmas, along with time to reflect and set some planet-loving New Year’s resolutions for 2021. From eco-gifting to your Christmas crackers, get some ideas and inspiration to inspire those around you and become an ambassador for festivities that don’t cost the earth! ​


Session 4: At Home with Mary Portas in conversation with Alicia Carey

10th December, 4:30-5:30 pm, to book this session only click here

‘A kinder, more compassionate and interconnected way of living, buying and selling is not just wished fulfilment – it’s a commercial imperative’ – Portas Agency

Mary Portas speaks with our CEO, Alicia Carey, in a personal interview about house, home and wellness. Bringing her business insights on how we collectively live down to the individual level, Mary speaks of the profound shifts in her own life – Covid and beyond – that forced her to reexamine how she lives and works and find a new way to blend family, home & business. She also examines how connecting more closely with nature has enabled her to sustain her sense of wellbeing through such uncertain times. This level of practical on-the-ground action is foundational to creating a healthy world.

This series is brought to you by Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking made possible with support from the Summerfield Charitable Trust.

Price Options

£15 Drop In Session
£30 Full Series: Supported Ticket
£40 Full Series: Standard Ticket
£70 Full Series: Sponsor Ticket
£15 Full Series: Recordings


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Practical Information

This is a series brought to you by Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking supported by the Summerfield Trust. The course will be delivered via Zoom.

Supported Ticket is for those wish to attend, but have little financial resources.
Standard Ticket is for those who wish to attend and have healthy financial resources.
Sponsor Ticker is for those who wish to attend, and are fortunate enough to be able to support the attendance and learning of others.

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Mary Portas

Mary is the founder of Portas, a creative consultancy headquartered in London and Melbourne, that explores the future of shopping and living working with brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Church’s, Cult Beauty and Ikea. Known to the nation through her TV shows as Mary, Queen of Shops, Mary has made an indelible mark on British retail across her career. By aged 30 she was on the board of Harvey Nichols. Working as their Creative Director Mary transformed the luxury department store in London’s sexiest fashion destination. Mary has written columns for the media globally on retail and consumerism, published three books and advised Government on the future of High Street. Her proudest achievement to date is the creation of Mary’s Living and Giving shops for Save The Children. Currently the most profitable charity shops in the UK, she has opened 25 and counting and has raised over £13 million to date. Mary’s most recent book Work Like a Woman is about the empowerment of women in work culture. She’s recently published a report titled The Kindness Economy which looks at the future of how we will shop, live and buy in the 21st century.

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Natalie Fee

Natalie is an award-winning campaigner, author of 'How to Save the World for Free' and founder of plastic pollution campaign group, City to Sea. In 2019 Natalie won the Sunday Times Volvo Visionaries Award for her campaign work with City to Sea, and in 2018 she was listed as one of the UK’s ‘50 New Radicals’ by The Observer / Nesta.

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Kit Dixon

Kit works in the policy team at Good Energy - a renewable energy supplier which has been providing clean power to homes and businesses for twenty years. Part of the team’s day-to-day is to work with government and other stakeholders to improve policy, and facilitate the decarbonisation of the UK’s energy system. Prior to this, he has spent time conducting research at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, on the different ways the UK and Scandinavian nations have set about encouraging renewable energy generation.

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Chloe Turner

Chloe Turner is the Project Coordinator for the Gloucestershire-based community organisation, Action on Plastic. The organisation was created to help communities, businesses and individuals in Gloucestershire and beyond find and get started on the many ways to reduce the single use plastic in their everyday life.

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