This year’s awards will not only be the first carbon neutral event, but will also leave a lasting legacy in Manchester itself…
How we source, use, replace, and reuse the materials that make up our kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms is a massive issue for this industry. There is, unquestionably, both a moral and commercial imperative to find ways to minimise the environmental impact of its products and services and that need will be one of the most significant factors driving this sector forward over the next decade.
So, to mark our 25th anniversary, we wanted to put the topic of sustainability front of mind.
We are very proud to say that, for the first time, the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards is carbon neutral. With the help and generosity of our Sustainability Partners we have calculated the carbon footprint of not just the event itself, but also the travel of all attendees. We are then offsetting that with a contribution to three amazing relevant projects.
1) Borehole Rehabilitation Project – Uganda
Working with local communities to identify and repair broken boreholes – providing safe water supplies and vastly reducing the need to boil water before drinking.
2) The Breathing Space Improved Cooking Stove Programme – India
India’s domestic sector meets 75% of its energy needs by burning wood and agricultural waste. This scheme replaces traditional burners with cleaner and greener cooking stoves.
3) Tree Planting – UK
Twenty trees will be donated to a Manchester primary school to facilitate educational initiatives around sustainability
Over and above the trees we are donating to the school, we wanted to make sure we leave a legacy in Manchester that marks the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards event.
So, we’ve teamed up with two fantastic local projects to do just that. In the centre of every table will be a young tree, courtesy of the Hulme Garden Centre, a community initiative in the Hulme area of Manchester.
After the event, every single one of those trees – over 70 of them – will be donated to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden Bridgewater in Salford to be planted at the site or used as part of their local outreach programme. Currently the largest gardening project in Europe, it is a stunning new 154-acre garden that will open to the public next year.
A huge thank you to our Sustainability Partners HPP, Kaldewei and Used Kitchen Exchange for helping make these initiatives a reality. Click the logos to read just why they’ve chosen to get involved.