Department Summary: The Sustainable Living (SL) department co-ordinates therunning of Sunseed’s low-impact lifestyle. Read more… Latest News: Click here for the latest news of the Sustainable Living department. Project Packs: Click here to read possible projects for a placement in the Sustainable Living department. Sustainable Living Co-ordinator: Find our more information about the SL co-ordinator.
Sustainable Living Department
The Sustainable Living (SL) department co-ordinates the smooth running of Sunseed’s low-impact lifestyle.
This includes overseeing shared cooking and cleaning duties, implementing the Sunseed Food Policy (to ensure an ethical, local, healthy and low-cost vegetarian diet), running extensive introductory tours of the project for new volunteers and helping them to settle in, organising accommodation and communal living spaces; and monitoring health and safety.
Yesterday we made our very first soap using just a handful of simple natural ingredients including upcycled olive oil from our vegetable supplier in Sorbas!
Me with Ben and Delphine, our French volunteers, tucking into a mulberry and chocolate pudding – mulberries picked the same day!
SL works closely with other Sunseed departments, for example with Organic Growing to ensure our fresh produce is widely used in the kitchen and that any excess is preserved; with Eco-Construction and Maintenance on accommodation and living space improvements; and with Appropriate Technology on solar cooking and other alternative food preparation techniques such as the haybox and solar dryers.
The SL Coordinator plays a central role in promoting low-impact, sustainable living in everyday life at Sunseed and in developing relationships with the wider local community. Volunteering in the SL department can see you involved in tasks such as measuring the carbon output of a Sunseed stay, making cleaning products from ash from our clay oven, making chutneys with our local produce and many more. It can also involve a bit of taste testing!
Inga and Robert, new German volunteers, prepare cherry tomatoes for the solar dryer
Sustainable Living Coordinator