Tracey at sunset in the Bore Community Forest Centre

Our CEO Is Up For A P.E.A!

We’re thrilled to announce our co-founder, Tracey West, has been shortlisted for a P.E.A. Award (People Environment Achievement Award) as an inspirational vegan. Tracey is six years vegan, and has spent that time inspiring others to come to the vegan party! ⁠

⁠Now in its 11th year, the P.E.A. Awards are the UK’s leading sustainability awards, honouring the individuals and teams behind the products, services and businesses that are changing the face of our planet.

The winners will be announced at a sensational ‘Fantasy and Futurism’ green-carpet awards ceremony this evening (22 October 2021), 6-11pm, reflecting the human potential to create a better world, built in co-creation with nature at One Marylebone in London. If you’d like to put on your glad rags and join them virtually follow the link: https://www.peaawards.com/product/p-e-a-awards-2021/

Jarvis Smith, founder of the P.E.A. Awards, says: “With treacherous heatwaves, wildfires and floods proliferating across the globe, this is the most important year yet for all sectors of society to commit to radical climate action. As COP26 highlights, we have to act now – the world’s governments, companies and all of us as individuals – to accelerate the green transition.

The 2021 shortlist of nominees includes remarkable green visionaries, innovators and trailblazers who are going the extra mile to divert the climate crisis – these are the changemakers and disruptors who show us what we need to do to create a sustainable future.” 

Selected by an all-female panel of judges, the shortlist includes environmental champions across 13 categories, ranging from Climate Pioneer, Greenest Family, Influencer and Arts, to EV, Travel, Money, Digital Technology and of course, Vegan!

Jo Wood, organic beauty pioneer and longstanding P.E.A. judge, says: “I am so proud to be a judge for the P.E.A. Awards – as a woman that cares so much about the health of our planet and the health of humans, it brings me such joy to see how many are working so hard to find ways for a better, cleaner and more sustainable Earth.”

Sustainable food guru, Arthur Potts Dawson, dubbed ‘The Original Green Chef’ by former boss Jamie Oliver, will be creating a sublime three-course, organic vegan dinner for the 300-people futuristic event, accompanied by delicious cocktails, organic wines and beers provided by suppliers of My Green Pod Hero drinks. 

Arthur Potts Dawson says: “Food is the most powerful change driver on this planet. Everybody is involved with it, every day, and it’s the choices that we make with food that can fix our future in this world. Food can drive peace, food can slow down the changing climate and food can help us identify with our holistic relationship to this beautiful, amazing home that we all share.

The Team at The Word Forest Organisation are keeping our fingers crossed! Good luck Tracey!


The P.E.A. Awards Shortlist 2021

Arts (Sponsor: My Green Pod)

Claire Victoria Bishop: Trading as Claire Victoria Photography, Claire is a natural light photographer offering innovative photo sessions and nature photo walks to rewild brands, reframe business and reconnect people with Nature. 

Greg Cochrane: The former music journalist and host of the Sounds Like a Plan podcast is demonstrating how music can inspire climate action by telling positive, solution-based stories.

Jasmine Pradissitto: Artist Jasmine is breathing art into green issues, working to highlight and change the human behaviour that causes environmental destruction. Her 70+ worldwide exhibitions include two recently acclaimed projects underlining the quality of post-industrial air. 

Climate Pioneer (Deloitte)

Chris Ramsey: Best known for tackling a 10,000-mile adventure in his Nissan LEAF electric car in 2017, adventurer and sustainable living advocate, Chris is an intrepid EV travel pioneer who pushes the boundaries of what’s possible.

Greg Cochrane: The former music journalist and host of the Sounds Like a Plan podcast is demonstrating how music can inspire climate action by telling positive, solution-based stories.

Jessie Baker, MBE: CEO of pioneering tech platform Provenance, Jessi’s story inspirationally illustrates how environmental change can be achieved through supply chain transparency

Laura Young: The 24-year-old climate activist and founder of Less Waste Laura is harnessing her passion for sustainability to spread awareness of environmental causes on a national scale.  

Russ Wakeham: CEO of Two Drifters Distillery, Russ is disrupting the profit-driven drinks market with his carbon-negative rums and provides a shining example of how to communicate a business journey to a more sustainable future. 

Digital Technology (Citrix)

Ewen Anderson: Ewen is CIO at Px3, an independent, specialist consultancy providing sustainability assessments to companies seeking to measure and reduce the carbon footprint of their IT and commuting. 

Mankaran Ahluwalia: Mankaran is CEO of YAYZY, the carbon footprint calculator using payment data to track the carbon footprint of each of your purchases. Providing retailer-specific sustainability data, YAYZY helps you choose where to shop for a smaller carbon footprint.

Phil Law: Phil is sales director for the Ora Sustainability Scheme by Pinksheep, a seamless technology that scores products, issues EcoTokens and transfers them into environmental initiatives without burdensome, costly administration.

Energy (Octopus Energy)

Cathy Yitong Li: Aside from working as an M&A tax analyst at Deloitte, Cathy also represents various UN Climate Constituencies in meetings and matters relating to technology, finance and capacity building, and advises on the financing of UN climate change projects.

Linda Achan: Linda is CEO and co-founder of Nature Wrap, which preserves food and reduces waste – starting with potato and going beyond.

Mark Millar: As CEO of Puredrive Energy, the only company designing, developing and manufacturing its Energy Storage Systems in the UK, Mark works to reduce the carbon footprint of production.  

Priyanka Khurana: Sustainable Delivery Framework Development Lead of the internal Deloitte Sustainability team, Priyanka finds innovative ways to implement sustainable practices across Deloitte’s consulting business in the UK and North West Europe.

EV (myenergi) 

Fiona Howarth: Fiona is CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles, the EV provider making it easy and affordable for companies to set up salary sacrifice schemes for their employees to go electric. 

Joel Teague: Joel is Chief Operating Officer at Co Charger, which introduces a network of community charging for electric vehicles, making EV ownership viable for everyone.

Toddington Harper: Toddington is CEO of EV and sustainable energy business Gridserve, which develops and operates dependable, low-cost, clean energy solutions for critical power infrastructure. 

Food & Drink (Avallen)

Caroline Compton-McPherson: Founder of The Little Green Cracker Company, creating eco-Christmas crackers. She says we shouldn’t have to give up on fun and traditions, we just have to re-frame them and use them to drive positive impact.

Chris Jaume: Chris is Director at Cooper King Distillery, the self-built, crowd-funded distillery near York that ticks the box on all things that matter when making planet-positive food and drink. 

Linda Achan: Linda is CEO and Co-founder of Nature Wrap, which preserves food and reduces waste – starting with potato and going beyond.

Paul Gabie: Paul is CEO of ecoSPIRTS, which is pioneering the solution to single-use glass in the drinks industry with a cutting-edge refillable system. 

Sofia Parente: Campaign coordinator of Veg Cities, a campaign that aims to inspire people across the UK to grow, cook and eat more vegetables, for the sake of our health and our planet.

Greenest Family 

Satish Kumar and family: Environmental activist, author and the driving force behind Resurgence magazine for over 45 years, Satish and his wife June Mitchell live and breathe a green life which has been passed on to their children, Mukti and Maya, now low-carbon lifestyle pioneers. 

The Cahill family:  Director of Sussex Woods Furniturewhich works with reclaimed wood to build a sustainability-focused businessJames Cahill, and wife Dominique, embrace, embed and inspire low-carbon living at the core of their work and family life. 

The Dale Family: Pioneers in waste reduction and sustainability education, the Dales (of New Zealand) are a model example of a normal family transitioning to a sustainable lifestyle within the constraints of raising kids, plus sharing their experience to embolden others. 

Green Pioneer (Weleda)

Alice Bardwell: Founder of Pit-Tastic a natural, zero-waste, plastic-free and 100% biodegradable deodorant – Alice is helping to create a more sustainable future for all through this environmentally sound, chemical-free product.

Emma Goulding: Founder of the Food Rescue Hub, Emma’s mission is to rescue food from landfill. Raising awareness of food waste and providing solutions, she demonstrates how people can make simple changes to tread more lightly on the planet. 

Jessie Baker, MBE: CEO of pioneering tech platform Provenance, Jessie’s story inspirationally illustrates how environmental change can be achieved through supply chain transparency.

Jo-Anne Chidley: Founder of circular beauty business Beauty Kitchen and single-use plastic packaging programme Return●Refill●Repeat, Jo-Anne is on a mission to create a circular world based on the principles of ‘Planet over Profit’.

Safia Minney: Through her various enterprises designed to inspire climate action – including REAL Sustainability CIC and Business Declares, plus her many ethical fashion books and initiatives – Safia is pioneering Fair Trade and environmental innovation through supply chains and corporate activism. 

Health & Wellbeing

Ethicul: The brainchild of Mathew Denford, Ethicul is a breakthrough fintech aspiring to place positive change in the hands of the people. The company has created the world’s first app to normalise ethical living and make it easy and accessible for all. 

Helen Bee: Founder & CEO of Clean Living International, Helen encourages ‘cleaning with conscience’ and is pioneering ethical and sustainable ways to clean our homes that reduce toxins and plastic waste and are healthier for people and planet.

Katherine Swift: Founder of OMG Teas and The Healthy Life Foundation (funding research into age related diseases), Katherine has pioneered groundbreaking, organic matcha green tea products that can alleviate cancer and other diseases and improve wellbeing. 

Roger Leese: The rewilding pioneer is using his commercial litigation experience at Clifford Chance to bring ESG practices to the fore of leading global companies. His rewilding project in the Highlands explores innovative virtual and digital ways to communicate the benefits of rewilding.

Influencer (Ethical Influencers)

Eilidh Gallagher: Influencer, upcycling fashion pioneer and host of the Just Eilidh blog, Eilidh promotes sustainable living in a friendly and authentic way. Her new book, Green Christmas, explores how little changes can bring joy and help the planet.

Greg Cochrane: The former music journalist and host of the Sounds Like a Plan podcast is demonstrating how music can inspire climate action by telling positive, solution-based stories.

Joanna Adjetey: On her Planet Banana blog (plus The Air We Breathe podcast), Joanna shares her experience of applying a mindful, sustainable eye to her own lifestyle – and, tracing it back to wider systems, she communicates this knowledge in an easy-to-understand and engaging way.

Laura Young: The 24-year-old climate activist and founder of Less Waste Laura is harnessing her passion for sustainability to spread awareness of environmental causes on a national scale.  

Ruth MacGilp: in the upbeat Common Threads ethical fashion podcast she co-hosts with stylist Alice Cruickshank, Ruth takes an insightful dive behind the scenes of the fashion industry, exploring ways to make it more sustainable.

Money 

Green Angel Syndicate (GAS): Specialists in smart investments that help to mitigate climate change, GAS works tirelessly to support eco entrepreneurs to provide innovative solutions to climate change and to attain the financial reward they deserve. 

Tred: Founded by Pete Kirby, Tred is a consumer fintech providing spending tools to make money work for people and planet, including the UK’s first green debit card, soon to be launched!  

Nature (Yeo Valley)

Prevented Ocean Plastic: The team at Prevented Ocean Plastic has to date stopped more than one billion plastic

bottles from ending up in the ocean, while helping people gain secure income and employment.

Lilly Platt: An inspiration for kids and adults alike, Lilly started picking up plastic litter when she was seven and has now collected close to 200,000 pieces. She speaks at high-level events and uses her social media accounts to share her experiences.

Mankaran Ahluwalia: Mankaren is CEO of YAYZY, the carbon footprint calculator using payment data to track the carbon footprint of each of your purchases. Providing retailer-specific sustainability data, YAYZY helps you choose where to shop for a smaller carbon footprint.

Product

Andy Orchard: Andy is international marketing consultant at Puro Fairtrade Coffee, which works to better align coffee with community, conservation and climate, protecting the rainforest with every kilo sold.

Gary Styles: Gary is Founder of Zellar, the UK’s first sustainability platform to help every small and medium-sized business reach net zero by 2030 by making sustainability accessible and affordable.

Joey Pringle: Joey is Founder of Veshin, a luxury vegan leather factory which has proved we do not need to harm the environment or animals to produce beautiful luxury pieces that challenge the fashion norm.

Mankaran Ahluwalia: Mankaran is CEO of YAYZY, the carbon footprint calculator using payment data to track the carbon footprint of each of your purchases. Providing retailer-specific sustainability data, YAYZY helps you choose where to shop for a smaller carbon footprint.

Primrose Matheson: Primrose is co-founder of Bedstraw & Madder, creators of the first regenerative knickers. The company makes its own cotton and its sustainable fabrics are naturally plant-dyed without chemicals. 

Rohan Dinn: Rohan is global sales operation manager at Green Eco Technologies, the developers of an innovative technology capable of harvesting maximum value from unavoidable waste and emissions. 

Travel (Delphina Hotels & Resorts)

Brad Frankel: Co-founder of the UK’s first BCorp travel company Flooglebinder, Brad seeks to educate and promote positive change through awesome adventures.

Howard Carter: Howard is CEO of Incognito, which creates environmentally friendly insect repellent that protects both people and planet. 

Rebecca Heaps: Rebecca is Founder of Tentshare, a peer-to-peer tent matching service in the model of Airbnb, but for tents. This year, Tentshare has expanded its purpose to tackle festival waste.

Vegan

Joey Pringle: Joey is Founder of Veshin, a luxury vegan leather factory which has proved we do not need to harm the environment or animals to produce beautiful luxury pieces that challenge the fashion norm.

Lou Palmer-Masterton: Lou is the Founder and CEO of Stem & Glory, a vegan restaurant chain powered by renewable energy which operates at less than 20% of the emissions of the average restaurant.

Tracey West: Tracey is CEO and co-founder of The Word Forest Organisation, a charity underwritten by Tracey’s vegan principles and love for our planet, that shone an important spotlight on mental health during lockdown.

The (rather proud) Team

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