Brighton has long been known as a vibrant, diverse, and welcoming city, with many of its residents sharing ideals that promote sustainability, whether in terms of local communities or the wider environment. It is the first and only city to elect a Green MP and was the first home to the Body Shop, founded by local resident Anita Roddick on principles of natural ingredients. It’s this environmentally conscious legacy that continues to attract likeminded individuals and families to lay down roots today.
Here are some of the great things that make Brighton such an eco-friendly city to call home:
With excellent bus links across Brighton & Hove, including out to Shoreham, Worthing, Eastbourne, Horsham, and Crawley, getting around sustainably is simple and accessible, which means it’s also a viable alternative to driving. Many of the central areas are zoned to discourage multiple cars per household, whilst some busy routes restrict cars altogether to promote lower emissions and cleaner air.
The city is also home to BTN BikeShare, an urban cycling scheme which makes exploring Brighton, Hove, and the wider areas easy and affordable. Created by Brighton & Hove City Council in association with Life Water, users can register via an app, unlock bicycles and ride for as long as they like, much in the same way as London’s public bike scheme.
Large green spaces and cultural amenities
No matter where you’re based, we have such an expanse of open green spaces and cultural amenities that are freely accessible to all. From the South Downs National Park and Devil’s Dyke to our beautiful beaches and the Pavilion Gardens, often brimming with families, musicians and artists, there is so much opportunity to get out and enjoy the fresh air.
Going plastic free is easy
Whilst many independent retailers in Brighton have long made plastic-free shopping viable, the growing move towards sustainable living means plenty more have opened their doors in recent years.
Long-standing independent supermarkets and grocers such as HISBE, Taj Mahal and Infinity Foods stock local produce from producers and growers in the Sussex area, whilst newer shops such as Kindly and The Source have popped up more recently. As well as everyday groceries, you can find plenty of plastic-free alternatives for toiletries, sanitary items, cookware, and home accessories amongst these retailers, as well as small businesses like WasteNot in the Open Market, Store in Fiveways and Harriet’s of Hove.
At Mishon Mackay, we endeavour to do all we can to support sustainable initiatives within our local and wider communities, which is why we joined the ReFill initiative around two years ago. The aim of the scheme is to open our doors and provide free tap water refills for water bottles, to reduce one-use plastic bottles
Combatting food waste and providing essential skills
As a city known for its many coffee shops, bakeries, delis and restaurants, there are also several schemes and community projects dedicated to preventing good food from going to waste. The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership operates a Community Kitchen, subsidising cooking classes and workshops for residents in need and providing a range of bookable activities, as well as community fridges in various locations to help residents and groups for composting, and volunteering.
Apps such as Karma and Too Good To Go link people up with meals and fresh food for significantly reduced prices, ideal for office lunches and end of day bargains, whilst others like Olio enable people to post excess food or unwanted ingredients to be collected for free. Additionally, The Real Junk Food Project, a community movement that intercepts food destined for waste and turns it into delicious, wholesome pay-as-you-feel meals, now has a more permanent café residence in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine.