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Pic: Dave Barrett: Sleepingbags' first ever product - a bag.

Pic: Dave Barrett

The top 300 hotel companies in the world throw away enough hotel linen to circle the globe every six months, according to research carried out by SleepingBags – a social enterprise in East London.

SleepingBags was created to directly address the issue of retired hotel linen, after entrepreneur Andy Marks discovered that tonnes of luxurious fabric was being thrown into landfill. The research was recently conducted to find the true extent of the problem. Continue reading


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Bikeworks, helps get people moving again


Pic: Dave Barrett: Jim Blakemore (far left) started up Bikeworks to help marginalised groups get new skills and into work

By Martin Kitara

Bikeworks was set up in 2007 . The founding partners Jim Blakemore and Zoe Portlock developed Bikeworks  came up with the idea ater they saw strong potential for cycling to make a positive difference to the lives of people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The two partners were joined by Dave Miller, who was developing a similar enterprise in East London. After meeting, Jim and Dave decided that they could achieve more by working together and this lead to the growth of the successful business operating today.

Bikeworks delivers its mission through a variety of community cycling programmes including employability for disadvantaged groups, all ability cycling, ReUse and recycling, schools cycle training and much more. As an organization, it provides cycling services to both consumers and organizations. Continue reading

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Dave’s Photo Week Slideshow

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November 19, 2013 · 10:05 am

Elderly Warm Up For Winter

by Dindu

A restaurant in Bristol is launching an initiative to help the elderly cook warm meals this winter.

The Living Room will donate 10p per meal sold to help fund classes and equipment for the elderly to learn how to cook for themselves.

The Warm up for Winter sessions include cookery classes on how to eat cheaply, healthily and cook for one during winter to help boost circulation and warmth.

Chefs from The Living Room will volunteer their time and expertise.

Participants get information packs which include key ingredients and equipment such as freezer bags for storing their meals.

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