21 May We’ve been shortlisted for a 2013 Observer Ethical Award! :)
The final winners, drawn from every corner of the UK from the familiar to the entirely unsung, will be announced on 13 June in central London at the annual event dubbed the Green Oscars. Two craftivists will be attending
This year’s awards have attracted a record-breaking number of votes from the general public which makes it even more special! Lucy Siegle, awards founder and chair of the judging panel said: “‘People have voted and nominated in their thousands. I believe each vote has been motivated by a desire for change. We’re tired of wanton ecological destruction and the sort of exploitation in supply chains that lead to disasters such as the Rana Plaza catastrophe in one of the main garment districts in Bangladesh. Each finalist in each of our categories has stood up and asked whether we really find this acceptable and come up with a different way of operating. Our finalists are all proven change-makers, squaring up to the environmental and social justice battles we all face and coming up with real solutions.”
There are ten award categories and the shortlist is decided by a mix of votes and judged decisions. This year’s judging panel is made up of leading figures across science, culture and business. They include Livia Firth, creative director of Eco Age & co-founder of The Green Carpet Challenge; James Wong, TV Presenter and Ethnobotanist; VW Brown, singer and model; Tim Burgess, lead singer of The Charlatans and Paralympian Martine Wright.
The shortlist covers all categories and includes the Ecover Young Green Champions award (sponsored by Ecover), where young people from North Yorkshire, Bootle and The Isle of Man will battle it out to win £6000 bursary from Ecover.
As well as internationally famous brands and companies, the shortlist features local projects, from a unique social enterprise in London which offers walking tours led by homeless guides, ‘Unseen Tours,’ to a company in West Sussex that specialises in ‘closing the loop’ and has developed its own paint range, ‘Newlife Paints’ from recycled paint.
The Observer Ethical Awards, celebrate and support the standout campaigns, breakthrough business ideas, people and initiatives which make sustainable change and social justice a reality.