Funded by DPD UK’s circular economy initiative, the DPD Eco Fund has donated more than £200,000 to sustainable projects since its launch in January 2020.
Funding from the Eco Fund is available to any initiative that is helping the environment in some way. However, DPD UK particularly welcomes applications from educational institutions working on green projects and from start-ups that are developing environmentally friendly products or services.
How does the DPD Eco Fund work?
DPD UK is all about circular economic initiatives following use, reuse and recycle. And money generated from the following ongoing internal projects is used to finance the Eco Fund:
- DPD breaks down the shrink wrap used across its operations, recycles it to create new plastic shrink wrap for sale.
- DPD reuses and recycles the wooden pallets that are used across its depots.
And the Eco Fund’s first 12 months has supported a large number of initiatives of all kinds.
Some of the projects around the country funded by the DPD Eco Fund
Below you will see information and background on just some of the projects that have benefitted from the DPD Eco Fund in 2020. To see the full list of projects funded by DPD, see information on the DPD Green site.
- TY’R Eithin College received £1,193.
The college is located near Swansea in Wales and opened in September 2020 offering the Ruskin Mill Trust’s innovative Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (PSTE) method for residential students aged between 16 and 25.
- The Buckthorne Cutting Nature Reserve received £1,800.
This nature reserve is located in South Eats London and is one of just three green spaces sites in Lewisham Borough that are officially Sites of Importance to Nature Conservation (SINC).
- Clay Cross Foodbank received £936.
Since 2012, the Clay Cross Foodbank has been providing emergency food supplies to people in crisis. The foodbank had fed 18489 people by the end of March 2020.
- Winston’s Wish received £2,000.
This charity helps children and young people who are grieving the loss of a parent or sibling. They provide a freephone national helpline with an expert team of bereavement support for children.
- Gomeldon Primary School received £850.
This community based primary school is based in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
- FRM school received £2,000.
- For Peat’s Sake! Run by the Broads Authority received £750.
This project is designed to help children understand the Norfolk Broads and their origins. Aims to allow local students studying GCSEs and A-levels to take part in practical peat studies across key sites.
- Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust received £2,000.
This trust has a mission to reinstate the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals for the benefit of the whole community.
- Carnival Brewing start-up received £2,000.
The Carnival Brewing Co is a Liverpool based micro-brewery that launched in December 2019.
- Anni Verdi Reusables menstrual products received £1,400.
Based in Liverpool, Anni Verdi provides quality cloth menstrual pads and pantyliners using reusable cloth. The products are 100% sustainable.
- East Anglia Children’s Hospices received £2,000.
EACH provides support and care for children and young people who have life-threatening conditions. They support families across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire at three hospices.
- The Unwaste Refill service received £1,751.
Based in Liverpool, the Unwaste offers a refill service for household liquids direct to people’s doors.
- Half Moon Young People’s Theatre received £2,000.
Based in London, this theatre relies on donations to continue its work.
Tamar TLC looks after the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and received Eco Fund money for its Discovering Dormice project.
- Colham School received £960.
- Forest House Education Centre received £1,500.
An education provision for young people who are accessing the Forest House Adolescent Unit, which is a Tier 4 CAMHS hospital provision. These specialised services provide treatment for children and young people with emotional mental health or behavioural issues.
- Bishop Challoner School received £1,200.
This Catholic college is based in Kings Heath, Birmingham.
- The Biodiversity and Urban Greenspace Society (BUGS) received £2,000.
BUGS is based in Liverpool and is a community group set up to provide activities surrounding ecological and environmental issues.
- St Luke’s School for Special Education Needs received £2,000.
Based in Brighton, St Luke’s Primary School caters for children with special needs and who need extra help.