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Sustainability events in Bristol for SMEs

Last week I got the opportunity to represent Life Cycle at two different events, both with a similar aim around supporting SMEs to improve their sustainability.

The Planet Mark Start!

This was a workshop held at the Create centre which was run by the certification programme called The Planet Mark. The ‘Start!’ programme supports you through gaining an understanding of the business benefits of sustainability.

The workshop aimed to help attendants create a sustainability plan, how to put in into action and how to communicate your organisation’s achievements.

Making Changes

Finding ways to be more sustainable:

Since my last blog post, one of the main things I have been working on is identifying the small changes that Life Cycle can implement to become even more sustainable.

These include:

Recycling the inner tubes from the bike refurbishments at the Bike Back Hub with Cycle of Good. They train tailors in the world’s poorest countries so they can earn a good income for themselves and support their families. Handcrafted products such as wallets and belts are made from the upcycled tubes.

The Bike Back Project

Visiting the Prison

Tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of Gloucester Road is HMP Bristol, the location of Life Cycle’s Bike Back scheme. At the start of May I went with Poppy to see the workshop where the scheme takes place – it was striking to see the huge quantity of bikes that come through the workshop, and them all stripped down into their constituent parts.

Getting started as a Sustainability Intern at Life Cycle


My name's Cassia, I am a Biology student from West Yorkshire and this summer I will be working as a sustainability intern for Life Cycle UK as part of the University of Bristol SME Internship Scheme.

The main focus of the internship is to conduct an audit of the charity's operations and internal processes and come up with some ways that they can become even more sustainable.