Whether you’re rushed off your feet with school holidays, or stuck in a stuffy office dreaming of relaxing on a secluded beach; sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated and energised at the height of summer.
Here are 4 upcoming green events which seek to relax, educate, cultivate and inspire you to live more sustainably:
1. Exhibit of Sustainable product design – Eden Project, Cornwall
Pop down to the Eden Project in Cornwall this summer and, in addition to the breath taking views of the world’s largest rainforest, you’ll find a very futuristic and inspiring exhibition. Design graduates from local Falmouth University have produced a number of innovative items using ‘sustainable design’, not just for protecting the environment and biodiversity; but for making life more manageable for people, including the homeless, the autistic, and the visually impaired. The exhibit is on until the end of August and is included in the entry price for Eden.
2. Zero Waste Week – UK wide
We all need a little nudge every now and then to take those steps to living more sustainably. But sometimes it can feel a little daunting to know where to start or how it can even help. Zero Waste week is the perfect way to get involved in a national campaign to tackle waste; and is full of advice, tips and shortcuts to take the hassle out of going zero waste if you’re a newbie! In fact….a whole host of green living bloggers (including yours truly) will be blogging throughout the week with our best ideas for going zero waste; so all you have to do is follow us and you’ll be saving waste and money in no time!
Zero Waste Week kicks off from the 1st-7th September – sign up to get involved now!
3. Green City Sustainable Living Workshops, Cardiff
Living more sustainably is easy when you know how, and one events company in Cardiff knows how to teach you in style. Green City is a community of green living experts; who provide regular and bespoke practical green living events and workshops that encourage you to explore, get your hands dirty and make new friends. From upcycling, foraging and mushroom growing; to urban chicken keeping and building your own oven; you can learn a new skill and make new friends from as little as £20. It’s a great day out as a group of friends or as a family; or a more productive way to spend those boring corporate team building days!
Find out about upcoming workshops here
4. SALT festival, Norway
Still not booked a holiday this summer and fancy a break which is relaxing yet inspirational? SALT is a new festival centred around arts, culture and environment, in the stunning backdrop of the twisting mountains on the island of Sandhornøya, northern Norway. Seeking to create an atmosphere where people can really immerse themselves in nature, using local resources effiecently; whilst leaving as little impact as possible. Combining locally-inspired architecture with international art and music in a stunning location, SALT looks set to deliver on its promise.
The best bit? Instead of your average overpriced festival burgers, SALTs acclaimed chefs will create meals using seasonal local produce from the sea and the mountains surrounding the site: including berries and herbs from the woods, (and for the meat eaters…) ethically sourced meat from local landowners and huntsmen and fresh crab and fish from the ocean!
Each year they intend to move to a new location in the Arctic to raise awareness of the impact of climate change in these regions; both for the local landscapes and the local communities.
SALT runs from 29 August 2014 – 1 September 2015, with events and workshops running throughout the winter months.