Business Champions: The Sound Lounge

The Sound Lounge is a music venue, arts organisation for ‘all people of all backgrounds at all times'. We want to bring people together through music, art and healthy, delicious food without causing harm to people or planet.

Why is sustainability important to you?

Our connection with the planet is critical to our personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of our communities. It is as fundamental as the air we breathe and the food we eat. We cannot be healthy if we are relentlessly consuming harmful toxins and contaminating the water we drink with unnecessary chemicals for example. When we come together as a small group of people to grow veg to make up a meal or fix up old appliances which would otherwise be destined for landfill, we are engaging in something extremely meaningful, sharing in a common goal and tapping into what makes us human with all our innovation and creativity, without hurting anything or anyone.

Sustainability can also bring enormous benefits to our local (and wider) economy. The tech world is responding to the climate crisis and constantly producing new ways of operating that is far more tender and gives us as individuals and business owners occasion to grow without causing harm. The way nature does!

As far as we are concerned the future is exciting and hopeful because of the lessons the planet is offering us now, but obviously only if we can hear those lessons and act on them. The time has to be now.

What environmental issues particularly resonate with your business?

It is very difficult to identify a particular environmental issue that resonates with us most because they are all so interlinked. Our ethos is to tread as gently as possible. Every single item we use in our kitchen, bar or cafe is either produced by us, comes from a carbon-neutral/B-Corp supplier, is local or has some kind of sustainability certification (such as UTZ or Rainforest Alliance certification).

Of course we sell coffee, for example, and we know that growing and transporting coffee has a carbon cost. We are extremely mindful of that (which is why our coffee comes from a family-run, like-minded roaster in the borough). Our aim is to reduce our carbon footprint (we are currently being assessed for carbon neutral accre