Covid-19 is the biggest crisis in a generation and has demonstrated how many of the systems we rely on aren’t sustainable, resilient or fair. Imagine if we used this opportunity to rethink the way we live and build a fairer, more sustainable UKAt Hubbub, we believe we can do just that. Building back better and greener will create sustainable jobs, protect the environment and improve resilience to future shocks.  The question is, how can we make this happen?  

As soon as the lockdown hit, Hubbub undertook extensive public polling and consulted over 200 companies through our Hubbub Explores events.  We used this insight to create a Greenprint for a better Britain 

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The Greenprint brings together three elements: it reveals the mood of the nation using the extensive public polling Hubbub have undertaken, it highlights how progressive companies have responded to this crisis and finally, it sets out 10 practical policy asks for government to consider, to rebuild the economy in a way that is more sustainable and just. 

These policy recommendations cover areas where Hubbub has expertise and practical experience; looking at the way we live, eat, travel, use space, and dress and shop.  We’re proposing to: 

  • Change the way we live by introducing mandatory minimum environmental and water efficiency standards for new housing.  

  • Change the way we eat by introducing mandatory reporting on food waste by major food companies and creating ‘community food hubs’ in the UK’s most food-insecure areas.  

  • Change the way we travel by creating a more comprehensive scrappage scheme that includes doubling the grants for electric vehicles andincentivisingEV household car sharing and the purchase of e-bikes. 

  • Change the way we use space by providing small grants to help businesses and households green their roofswith solar panels or plants and mosses to increase biodiversity and build climate resilience in urbancentres.  

  • Change the way we dress and shop by supporting small British textile businessesthrough match-funded convertible loans offered by the British Business bank.

Hubbub is determined to demonstrate that the ambitions of the Greenprint are practical and impactful.  Between now and Christmas we will be announcing new campaigns that support the Greenprint and bring the vision to life.   

On Tuesday September 15th, we are launching a new report at an All Party Parliamentary Group meeting, highlighting the steps that the fashion industry can take to be more sustainable. Throughout September we will demonstrate how community food hubs can cut food waste, improve cooking skills and make healthy food available to local communities. Later in the year, Hubbub's projects will include encouraging cycling in disadvantaged communities, a new urban greening campaign and extensive recycling initiatives.

Hubbub is seeking a wide coalition of organisations to put their name behind the aims of the Greenprint and to partner with us to turn the ambitions into reality. Please get in touch to find out how you can make a difference.  

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