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First Mile shines a light on climate heroes in new podcast series

The latest series of the inspirational “Climate Heroes” podcast series, which showcases the people striving to provide solutions to the climate crisis, has been launched by leading recycling company, First Mile.

Listeners can tune in every week to hear from the heroes driving change through innovation – where it all began, what makes them tick, and what action they are taking to tackle climate change, right now.

Hosted by First Mile CEO, Bruce Bratley, the fourth series of the podcast starts on February 22nd, with a new episode every Wednesday.

Speaking about the Climate Heroes podcast, Bruce, says: “Whatever their background, our guests share positive and innovative approaches to environmental challenges with the aim of inspiring a hopeful (not hopeless) attitude to climate change. Expect insightful stories from the businesses, start-ups, scientists, academics, activists and dreamers who will convince you that the fight for our planet is not over.”

The first five climate heroes are:

Nigel Harvey (Extinction Rebellion) – Nigel is a climate activist and member of Extinction Rebellion (ER) who regularly attends their protests and events and has been arrested six times for protesting. During the episode, he and Bruce discuss Extinction Rebellion’s fight for a greener world, as well as the disruption ER causes to both the public and businesses.

Chris DeArmitt (The Plastic Paradox) – Chris is the author of ‘The Plastic Paradox’, a book which tries to redefine everything you know about plastic. On the podcast, Chris and Bruce discuss some controversial plastic myths – Chris’s book claims that paper straws are worse for the environment than plastic and that the greenest production method is always the cheapest option, for example.

Anna Scott (Keep Britain Tidy) – Anna and Bruce discuss different ways of reducing consumption. Keep Britain Tidy is currently running a campaign called ‘By nothing new month’, which encourages people to buy nothing new throughout January (except essential items)

Louisa Zaine (Toast Ale) – Louisa is the Co-Founder of Toast Ale, a certified B Corp making beer from surplus bread. In the episode, Louisa and Bruce talk about food waste, with bread being the most wasted food in the world (over 240 million slices of bread are thrown away every year).

Simon Jacobs (LitterLotto) – LitterLotto is an app that lets you win money just by picking up litter. In partnership with McDonalds, users simply upload an image of themselves putting litter in the bin to be in with the chance of winning a £1000 weekly jackpot.

Over the previous three series, the podcast welcomed over 65 guests, including the likes of Honest Burgers, Waterbear (aka ‘Netflix for good’), Brompton Bikes, supply chain experts Sourceful and investment advisors Clim8.

The Climate Heroes podcast is available on Spotify and Apple.

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The full Climate Heroes schedule is: 22nd Feb – Nigel Harvey (Extinction Rebellion) 1st Mar – Chris DeArmitt (The Plastic Paradox) 8th Mar – Anna Scott (Keep Britain Tidy) 15th Mar – Louisa Zaine (Toast Ale) 22nd Mar – Simon Jacobs (LitterLotto) 29th Mar – Nigel Harvey (P2 – Recolight) 5th April – Josh White (CanO Water) 12th April – Rhiane Fatinikun (Black Girls Hike) 19th April – Henry Unwin (Daylesford) 26th April – Georgina Wilson-Powell (Is it really green?) 3rd May – Tom Kay (Finisterre) 10th May – Deepak Ravindran (Oddbox) 17th May – Ceris Turner-Bailes (Waste Aid) 24th May – Margaux Deguerre (Notpla) 31st May – Ross Barry (LMB) About Bruce Bratley and First Mile First Mile Founder and CEO, Bruce Bratley, believes in a waste-free world and has been on a mission since 2004 to revolutionise the recycling and waste management industry. Bruce wanted to make recycling easier for businesses, so they can have the greenest carbon footprint possible. Serving over 30,000 customers, First Mile collects 65,000 tonnes every year, with a focus on closing the loop where possible. First Mile is at the forefront of the waste industry, investing in technologies and continually innovating to transform how businesses recycle, manage waste and reduce their impact on the environment. First Mile can recycle over 20 different types of materials, from the usual suspects of paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and food, to the more obscure such as coffee pods, textiles, light bulbs and cooking oil. With a no landfill policy, anything that can’t be recycled is turned into green energy. For more information visit For further information, please contact: Sarah Welsh [email protected] 07476 634619

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