Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Big Green Event

A review of the Big Green Event at the Hilton Ageas Bowl, 20th September 2016

By Adam D.A. Manning

Lots of events come my way in helping with Green Hampshire but earlier in the year I came across one that sounded particularly intriguing. The Big Green Event – I couldn’t help liking the name.


Not really knowing what to expect, I went along to the impressive setting of the Hilton Ageas Bowl and was ushered into a large room containing a number of exhibitors of all descriptions.  I met a friend of mine, Sue Farrance, who was there on behalf of Signable, a company involved in electronic signature of documents without requiring printing.  Another business I learned about was A3MDesigns, a company that create display stands using recycled materials. The theme of the event was sustainability and the involvement of business.

A3M Designs at the Big Green Event
Huff and Puff Construction create straw bale buildings, with the aim of building in a more sustainable way. Their exhibit included a small room constructed in this way, which housed a showing of the short film “I wish for you” starring Jeremy Irons. Huff and Puff received a special award from the organisers of the Big Green Event at the end of the day.

918 Coffee Co. are, as the name suggests, a company providing coffee for a range of customers.  I had a fascinating chat with their Chanel Cornelius in which she explained their coffee ecosystem. This is their approach of minimising waste at every stage of their products life cycle. It was clear that as a business they are committed to this and Chanel was kind enough to appear in a short vlog I made about the Big Green Event.

There was an exciting display of company’s in the electric car sector, including Tesla and BMW. This is a growing business and it is interesting to see how electric cars are quickly moving into the mainstream.

Tesla and BMW electric cars

The Southampton Wood Recycling Project is a social enterprise that saves wood from landfill, providing affordable timber and resources to the local community.  It’s a wonderfully practical project and I enjoyed talking to their representative at the event.

The Southampton Wood Recycling Project

It was good to see local groups having a presence as well and I was delighted to chat with my friend Nigel Prior from Winchester Action on Climate Change, who kindly contributed to my vlog.  Local authorities and their approaches to sustainability were also represented and Jason Light from Eastleigh Borough Council was kind enough to appear in the vlog as well.



I had enjoyed the event, much more than I had expected, and learned a great deal. Plans are already in place for a bigger Big Green Event in October 2017!