As well as being mindful in the way we shop for our food, there is also the chance to be mindful in other aspects of our lifestyles. On Kirkstall Road in Leeds, Seagulls Reuse are a grass root people-based social enterprise that specialises in the collection and redistribution of leftover household paint. Established in 2002 by Cat and Kate, who bonded over a shared passion for local and global environment, they have remained true to their original aims of raising awareness for recycling and reuse, whilst providing opportunities, training and employment for hard to reach, marginalised people.
In a contract with Leeds City Council, Seagulls Reuse collect unwanted leftover paint from households across the city, reprocess it to then sell at the Seagulls store for a fraction of the normal retail cost. Seagulls also have refills shop to top up your empty bottles with zero waste products.
One independent business in Leeds exists primarily to achieve and promote sustainability. On the cobbles of Dock Street stands Cha Lounge café which was established by brother and sister team, Jagdeep and Mandeep. Cha Lounge uses 100% renewable energy through a company called Good Energy, who also aims to fight climate change.
Their take away packaging is 100% compostable and they also work by a zero-waste policy, reducing their food waste by methods of measuring milk for hot drinks and reusing bread ends and fruits for croutons and juices. Cha Lounge’s careful consideration of carbon footprint when sourcing products and choosing suppliers is a direct example of a genuine passion for the wider cause.