#1EcoResource #EcoChallenge

Today we have launched the #1EcoResource, so you can save on money and environmental impact during lockdown!  Learn how to reduce your bills through energy efficiency measures, how to eat in a planet-friendly way or make more stable ethical investments.

On visiting our website you will not only get advice but will also receive recommendations of suppliers who can help you.  This resource is unparalleled online as it has been created from over 5,000 posts shared by our expert community of over 10,000 users.

We are truly proud to share this with you today and invite you to have a look.  And if you think you can make it better – then there’s a way for you to do that too!  

If you share ways to improve our website and what you share gains five likes, then you will receive £50 to spend with any recommended supplier or charity we have listed.

So take up our #EcoChallenge!

Step 1 – Explore the site

Look at any of the pages on our website. Start at the home page and then explore Better Homes and Buildings, Better Living, Better Transport, Better Money, Better Places.

Step 2 – Find something you want to add to a page

Whilst exploring the pages under Better Homes, Better Living, Better Transport, Better Money, Better Places you may discover you have something to add! At the bottom of the page you can click to make a recommended change to the site. On the right hand site you can click to offer an additional recommendations.

Step 3 – Join the community and provide your improvement

You’ll be prompted to do this when you attempt to reply to page text or when you want to provide a recommendation on the community site. Signing up is straight forward. If you’re having any trouble simply click ‘login’ on a mobile or ‘sign up’ on a desktop when you’re on the community site

Step 4 – Get the likes

Encourage your friends and family to join the community and give you likes or get the community to do that as well by starting another topic and pointing the community to your recommendation or by going up the trust levels of the community quickly and then PMing people.

Step 4 – Claim your £50

We’ll be watching the progress and will try and PM you when we see someone has done the challenge. If you have achieved the challenge then you need to pick things you want from sites listed on Better Century. All sites are listed through the Community Referrals page.

Note: We will provide £50 to the first 5 people who achieve this challenge and the deadline for submitting an improvement is midnight 14th May 2020

Launches of Web Resource for Sustainable Living

Better Century CIC (https://bettercentury.org/) has just launched the ultimate Web Resource for sustainable living.  From reducing your bills through energy efficiency measures at home to making different choices about food or garden management during lockdown, their new comprehensive guidance provides the answers – all in one place.

Based in Oxfordshire and set up as a Community Interest Company, Better Century is a Community-led platform for sharing knowledge, experiences and recommendations that help people to reduce their footprint, save money and improve their health and well-being. For the last nine months, they have been pulling together a community of experts, ordinary people and partners who have shared over 5,000 posts and recommended over 400 organisations providing support for people to live more sustainably.

Evidence shows that there are millions out there who want to lower their impact. Better Century believes that people haven’t been given the right encouragement or resource to make properly informed choices.  They now seek to fill this much needed void through guidance given on their website.

Covering the 5 categories of Better Homes, Better Living, Better Transport, Better Places and Better Money, this extensive resource explains through a positive narrative, why people might want to consider making a change, as well as how to do it.  By having all information curated by the community, Better Century aims to endear the trust of users alongside support from members, and become the trusted site for sustainable living – follow the conversation #1EcoResource

Officially launching today, the Founder and Director of Better Century, Tom Beckett, said ‘We hope to provide a ray of light into people’s lives during this difficult time.  Our new Web Resource is a game changer to help us work together to make a better future’

‘It helps people save on their bills, whilst offering means to cut other areas of expenditure.  For those with financial reserves there are also options for making investments at home or through ethical funds, that give excellent returns during this time of very low interest rates and financial insecurity.’

‘We aim to help people understand that living sustainably means making best use of our limited resources.  Now is the time to think how we together can make that happen whilst building a better future for the next generation.  Follow our launch campaign at #1EcoResource.’

In response to the climate and ecological crisis Better Century aims to encourage an eco-revolution whereby people make more informed choices, suppliers pick up increased business and not-for-profits receive more financial support.  Their business model is like mumsnet or moneysupermarket.com, whereby money is generated by click throughs, but as a community interest company 65% of profits go to charities or community initiatives.

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Better Century can be found at https://bettercentury.org/. 1 x logo supplied; Promotional Tools; Social Media Image; Banner Image, Promotional GIF (for Twitter)

Better Century, which launched in the Summer of 2019, is an online network of individuals and organisations, working together to build a greener future – a community led site for sharing knowledge, discussing experiences and giving recommendations that helps people to reduce their footprint, save money and improve their health and well-being.

It was set up by Tom Beckett – who has been involved in the environmental movement over the last 10 years – to help initiate a shift in culture.  He wanted to make environmentally minded decision making less isolating and confusing – somewhere for people to go, seek information, have open unbiased conversations about how to live more sustainably.

Better Century is a Community Interest Company (CIC).  A CIC is a type of company designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for public good.  Better Century is obliged to serve their community over the interests of their shareholders. A purpose beyond profit is embedded in their constitution. Any dividends declared must not exceed 35% of the distributable profits, the rest, by law, must go to charity or community initiatives.

Since launch, Better Century has had over 11,000 users, with 680 active members and 11 partners, and has already saved 237tCO2, 1ha of land and 735kg of waste from lifestyle changes per annum. 

For further details or questions, please contact Tom Beckett on 07989 593 074 or at tom@bettercentury.org

Better Century announces partnership with Evergreen Insurance

Better Century have partnered with Eco Insurance provider Evergreen. Evergreen provide Business and Personal Insurance whilst donating up to 25% of their commission to charity projects supporting nature. In partnership, the two organisations aim to support their communities to make better choices in their loves and share knowledge and resources to help build a world that is kinder to nature.

Evergreen Director, David Gardiner said: “We are delighted to partner with Better Century and linking in with like minded people & organisations with a common goal on living more sustainably. I am sure our clients will be interested in these conversations for the greater good of our natural world”

Better Century Founder and Director, Tom Beckett, said: “We are very pleased to have Evergreen on board. Their knowledge of the insurance sector and exemplary business practices will be of great support to the Better Century community. We are very pleased to welcome their friends and customers”

To join the Better Century community click here.

Better Century announces partnership with EcoBeagle

Better Century are pleased to announce their latest partnership with ethical online shop, EcoBeagle.  EcoBeagle sniffs out and supplies a wide range of ethically sourced, manufactured and package products – from sunscreen to reusable teabags. Their partnership intends to support the Better Century community with more options when shopping ethically.

Better Century Founder and Director, Tom Beckett said: “Finding truly sustainable products is becoming more of a challenge in a time where there are more and more options and every company is claiming an eco status. EcoBeagle’s experience finding truly ethical products is so valuable. We look forward to having their customers and voice as part of the Better Century community”

The partnership intends to join the two organisations communities and encourage knowledge sharing between individuals on how to live more sustainably. 

EcoBeagle founder, Tracey Rawling Church, Commented: “I really hope our customers utilise the resources available on Better Century and share their experiences of EcoBeagle sources products. There are so many fantastic companies, products and ideas out there, we are excited to be part of a network pulling them all together.” 

To join the Better Century community click here.

More about partnering with Better Century

This partnership is one of many as Better Century grows its network. We are tackling critical issues for ordinary people who want to live sustainably by ensuring they are getting easy to access information as well as ready opportunities to make a difference.  By bringing together the communities of hundreds of organisations who are already providing parts of the solution we can create an unparalleled network of changemakers that can tackle the climate and ecological crisis.

Better Century announces partnership with Earthborn

Better Century, the online community that is connecting people, ideas, and technology to drive a sustainable future, today announced an exciting new partnership with Earthborn. Earthborn is a company, founded in 2002 which is dedicated to producing odourless, harmful pollutant-free, environmentally-friendly paints.

Managing Director of Earthborn, John Dison said: “Earthborn is committed to providing products that offer people a healthier and more environmentally friendly option when decorating. I am excited to connect with Better Century and share our products with this community. I’m also hoping our customers will find more greener solutions through linking with the Better Century community.”

Better Century Founder and Director Tom Beckett said: “Earthborn is one of those companies that stand above the others in their sector, demonstrating that sustainable products exist and can be successful. We’re so glad they are joining the Better Century community and I am looking forward to working together as our partnership progresses.”

This partnership is one of many as Better Century strives to create a community of global change-makers. Better Century aims to be the one-stop-shop for people looking to find solutions to living ‘better’, in harmony with the world, and partner organisations will gain access to a growing audience if they sign up. 

As a community-driven organisation, recommendations for potential partners are made by members, if approved by the community, organisations are invited to partner with Better Century. To learn more about partnering please see our pages on partnerships.

Better Century announces partnership with Tonik Energy

Better Century today announces an exciting new partnership with Tonik Energy.

Tonik Energy is a 100% renewable and green energy company which has members, not customers. And by putting these members in control of how their energy is generated, stored and ultimately used, bills not only become cheaper, but people are more involved in shaping their own clean energy future.

Founder of Tonik Energy, Chris Russell said: “We’re excited by the prospect of sharing our innovative business model with the Better Century community and showcasing that there is a better way out there to promote green energy use, which is straightforward and can save on bills.”

Better Century Founder and Director Tom Beckett said: “Tonik Energy is such a great partner. With over 130,000 members, we can bring a raft of other sustainable products and services to people that are already switched on to a greener future. We delighted that Tonik is joining us.”

This partnership is one of many as Better Century strives to create a community of global change-makers. Better Century aims to be the one-stop-shop for people looking to find solutions to living ‘better’, in harmony with the world, and partner organisations will gain access to a growing audience if they sign up. 

As a community-driven organisation, recommendations for potential partners are made by members, if approved by the community, organisations are invited to partner with Better Century. To learn more about partnering please see our pages on partnerships.

Press Release – Better Century announces partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Better Century is a network of ordinary people, businesses and charities who are providing sustainable solutions and inspiration.  In collaboration we are improving tomorrow together. Today we are happy to announce an exciting new partnership with The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) is one of 46 Wildlife Trusts working across the UK. With the invaluable support of volunteers and members they manage over 50 nature reserves. They also work with other organisations and landowners to protect and connect wildlife sites across the county and inspire local communities and young people to care for wildlife where they live. 

HIWWT’s Director of Advocacy and Engagement, Hannah Terry, said: “This partnership will offer our supporters a brilliant opportunity to share thoughts, advice and ideas with fellow ‘Team Wilder’ members.  By taking action in our own lives and communities, learning from each other and working together we can start to tip the balance in favour of nature’s recovery. We’re excited about engaging in this amazing new digital ecosystem of changemakers.”

Better Century Founder and Director Tom Beckett said: “We are immensely happy to be working with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.  They are pioneering community engagement to tackle the ecological crisis and we want to make this a massive success. We look forward to welcoming their members into our flourishing network, which is there to help everyone be part of the solution.”

This partnership is the first of many as Better Century grows its network. We are tackling critical issues for ordinary people who want to live sustainably by ensuring they are getting easy to access information as well as ready opportunities to make a difference.  By bringing together the communities of hundreds of organisations who are already providing parts of the solution we can create an unparalleled network of changemakers that can tackle the climate and ecological crisis.

As a community-driven organisation, recommendations for potential partners are made by members, if approved by the community, organisations are invited to partner with Better Century. Companies and organisations working in the broad sustainability field are also encouraged to join this collective effort and can learn more on our website. 

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About Better Century: A new online CIC, launched in 2019, we’re making a Better Century, where improved use and sharing of resources creates a stable environment where all life thrives. To do this, we’ve empowered a global community of change-makers. By establishing ourselves as a Community Interest Company, we live our values. We are obliged to serve our community over the interests of our shareholders. A purpose beyond profit is embedded in our constitution. Any dividends we declare must not exceed 35% of our distributable profits, the rest, by law, must go to charity or community initiatives.

Media contacts: Tom Beckett (07989539074), tom@bettercentury.org

To learn more about the partners we are engaging see the full list of those we’re approaching. If you would like to learn more about partnering please see our partnership pages here.

The Seven Ways to Cut Carbon

Collectively, we need to halve carbon emissions by 2030. To do that we need to get down to 2.5 tonnes of carbon produced per person, per year. In the UK we produce 8.5 tonnes per person on average.

Here are seven ways to cut carbon out of your life.

Holiday sustainably and stop flying
2.2tCO2 comes from travel to and from holidays. Stop flying, pick sustainable locations, hire an electric car to get around

Cut the car out of commutes
1.4tCO2 comes from daily commutes. Cycle, walk & use public transport.

Eat less or no meat products
1.3tCO2 comes from meat consumption. Cut it down, or cut it out!

Make your house more energy efficient
1.4tCO2 comes from heating your home. Make it more energy-efficient and plan to move to heat pump tech on moving over your boiler.

Switch to 100% renewable energy
0.9tCO2 comes from electric we consume. Move to renewable energy.

Get your food locally
0.6tCO2 comes from food transportation. Eat seasonal and local!

Buy less and use less
0.6tCO2 comes from technology and other stuff we buy. Use less and be proud!

See our Better Guide to Reducing Personal Carbon Emissions

Pledge to keep your carbon emissions to 2.5 tonnes by 2030

Check out guides to energy efficiency, renewable energy, buying an electric vehicle…

Is money for or against climate change?

Will climate breakdown affect where money is invested, and how can markets create carbon neutral economy? #BetterMoney

There are theories developing that the risk associated with climate breakdown will affect the markets, and change the flow of money. There are also incredible solutions available to investors to help create a carbon-neutral economy.

We are discussing this subject as part of our series of digital events so individuals and organisations can best understand what role their money can play in creating a carbon-neutral economy. Should we wait for markets to catch up or will our choices make a significant difference?

The questions we’ll look to answer in this webinar are:

  • How will the markets change as a result of these forces?
  • Can we rely on markets to respond to tackle the climate and ecological crisis?
  • What can we do to push financial markets to support a carbon-neutral economy now?

Click here to find out more and book your place.

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