We are endeavouring to change society from the ground up – it brings reward every day. Volunteer to help us and feel the same reward. We need help for our projects and events in order to spread the word. Sign up to existing ones or just let us know you’d like to be contacted for future ones.
If you would like to donate to help us cover the costs of our events and marketing then please donate here.
See below for our current projects, ranging from educational talks, to tree planting. Click on each to expand and if you want to get involved or feel you could help in some way, do get in touch and let us know.
This is our ocean conservation project, focusing on educating individuals about the threats facing our seas and how we can change our habits to mitigate them. Another Way volunteers deliver awareness and activity sessions, talks and speeches in community groups, schools and businesses.
These can be tailored for everyone – from 5 to 95 and to your requirements and are a great way of learning how you can help our oceans. To date, we have directly educated over 700 people and collected over 300 pledges to the ocean from this campaign. Devotion to Ocean also provides advice on living a more sustainable, waste- free, ocean-friendly life through social media.
Another Way aims to give people both the reason and the ability to change their lives to improve the sustainability of our lifestyles and so education is at the forefront of what we do. From general talks on climate change, plastic pollution and ecological breakdown, to activity sessions on reducing your environmental footprint, Another Way delivers education to anyone who is ready to be inspired to change! Sessions are led by our enthusiastic volunteers and can be full of games, interactive talks, presentations or thought-provoking activities. All the resources we provide and use are from scientific-backed evidence.
Please contact us to organise a tailored session to your group, school or business. Note that at the moment these are limited to Cumbria but we are looking for volunteers to help us broaden our reach. If you are interested in helping us achieve this then please let us know.
A zero-waste shop based in Penrith, Cumbria. We created the shop to help the community change their purchasing habits to reduce the amount of food and packaging waste by buying any quantity of food or sanitary products they require within their own re-usable containers. By having a physical base for the charity alongside a shop representing part of our vision we can more easily disseminate information about living in an environmentally sustainable way. By making it easier for people to shop sustainably for certain products we are opening up the opportunity for other businesses to do likewise, encouraged by the community behavioural change. In this way we hope to provide a thriving town fully embracing sustainably aware consumers, delivering quality produce at affordable prices. These businesses then have the credibility and empowerment of their community to work with their supplier chain to improve the way in which products are distributed and packaged. In summary we believe that if we change the community’s purchasing behaviour retailers, distributors and producers will follow. This will be a key sign of our success.
All profits from our zero-waste shop in Penrith are being used to fund Another Way and its various projects. This is therefore an entirely charitable venture commensurate with the principles and values of Another Way.
Reducing waste is just a start, but achieving it within a single community will prove it can be done from ground roots up. We will then migrate the message and mechanisms to other communities and expand our message; for instance to encourage greater re-use in general and reducing our throw away culture. Charities and businesses are starting to recognise the potential in this happening and we are seeing the beginnings of places where people can take broken or decaying goods for repair or recycling. This is further evidence the commercial world will evolve with changes in consumerism, negating the impact of fewer new goods being manufactured and sold.
The concept is simple, the knowledge containable and the method repeatable. People will spread the message to their friends, thereby building a self-sustaining mechanism for change.
Another Way is providing tree planting and volunteer help to support this project. Farming in an environmental way is fundamental to re-establishing habitat and bio-diversity as well as shielding us from flooding and drought and increasing carbon storage.
Matterdale is an old-fashioned valley in the Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site. The traditional farming has shaped the valley, and lots of the land is still farmed in ways that benefit nature. There are wilder areas like Great Mell Fell, amazing species, rich wildflower meadows, lots of boggy places great for wading birds, and lots of species-rich grazed grassland. There are also a wide range of species that thrive here but are struggling elsewhere, like red squirrels, curlews and cuckoos.
But there are elements of the valley that can be much better – we can plant more trees, create more woodland pasture, maintain or improve the traditional nature-rich farmland habitats and micro-habitats, like hedges and hay meadows, make the soil healthier with more organisms and more water and carbon storage, and naturalise our rivers and streams and wetlands.
A partnership of farmers have established a Community Interest Company to develop the plans and to think about ways to work at a landscape-scale beyond individual farms.
The aim is to make progress on four key themes:
Another Way supports a campaign to make Grasmere, Cumbria, a plastic-free community. Emma Bray, trustee of Another Way, is the Community Leader of the project. The aim is to obtain accreditation as a plastic-free community from Surfers Against Sewage, a charity which campaigns to clean up our oceans and beaches. To achieve plastic-free status, the Grasmere community will need to fulfil 5 objectives:
Grasmere is a small community, but it welcomes thousands of visitors every year. The campaign is a great way to spread the message about the damage which single-use plastic is doing to our environment.
Make a personal pledge to demonstrate your own commitment and to show others they are not alone.
Stop using plastic bottles and tell others to do the same
Reduce palm oil by cooking and baking from scratch
I won’t buy unnecessary stuff
Not to buy toys that I only use once
Pick up rubbish wherever I see it