Hope’s environmental work
Hope is not just a homelessness and poverty charity. We are carry out environmental work as part of the primary aims of our charity.
We need food to feed homeless people and others in poverty. Some of this we grow ourselves and we have created a large allotment plot to grow food. This has reclaimed derelict urban land, adds to bio-divesity and reduces food miles.
We compost as much food waste as we can.
We are donated clothes which we recycle for use by homeless people or to raise funds for the charity through sale in our charity shop, and some is turned back into fibre.
We run a recycled garden tools workshop which takes old tools that are broken or would otherwise end up in landfill; we restore them, giving them a second life. Every year hundreds of kg of landfill’scrapping is avoided.
We take food at the end of its shelf-life but before use by date, and we cook it. Much of this would otherwise end up in landfill. Again this is hundreds of kg recycled every year.
Our staff travel by car very little and our transport footprint is negligible.
We carefully select new equipment we buy, for its environmental pedigree, but as a charity we also take donations of office equipment that is saved from scrap, but which may not have had the highest environmental standards in its original construction. We think its re-use off-sets this.