Eden Project’s Festival of Hope set to ‘Inspire Sustainability’

Oct 11, 2016 | News

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

‘Inspire sustainability’ is the theme of Eden Project’s Festival of Hope, back for its second year next month, when it will put the spotlight on innovative business and sustainable leadership.


The inventors of edible bottle Ooho!, Fourth Element, a diving gear business behind swimwear fashioned from recycled fishing nets, and TOAST Ale, which makes ale out of bread destined for the bin, are amongst the green businesses and start-ups sharing their inspiring sustainability stories at the Festival of Hope at the iconic Eden Project in Cornwall in November.

This year, the festival will also showcase a new catalyst of change in industry, Eden’s very own HotHouse business leadership programme.

The Festival of Hope, which will also include talks, music, art, and exhibits, aims to prove that “a sustainable lifestyle and low carbon future is one filled with joy, great designs and clever innovations”, according to Eden Project, which partners with The Planet Mark™ to put climate change and the environment at the top of the business agenda.

Speakers will include Surfers Against Sewage’s Hugo Tagholm and Sir Tim Smit, Eden’s co-founder, who is also the inspiration behind Eden’s new Hothouse programme.

Hothouse is designed to help business leaders and others gain a deeper understanding of the business ecosystem by providing them with a suite of new tools and ideas to apply in their workplace, It has already welcomed delegates onto its courses from organisations as diverse as law firm Foot Anstey, organic tea gurus Pukka, financial specialists Francis Clarke, and sustainability charity Forum for the Future. It will hold its next course on November 21-25.

Eden’s Festival of Hope first launched last year, on the eve of the Paris Climate Talks. This year it will be held on November 27th, in the wake of the historic Paris Agreement, which comes into force on November 4.

The festival is free to attend with a standard Eden admission ticket (or Annual or Local Pass).

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