Blue Patch Sustainability Awards

The 2023 Awards will open later this year. See previous winners and judging panels here.

Welcome to our Sustainability Awards! Enter your sustainable business, heritage contribution, community project and social impact initiatives here. From startups to conservation projects our expert panel of judges are keen to see what you’ve been doing!

The Prize

The Winners will be featured in full colour in 10,000 Positive Shopping Sustainable Mini-Guides in 2024.

Winners and Finalists will be invited to join Blue Patch’s LET’S DO NET ZERO programme to audit and reduce carbon emissions. 

Good luck! 

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  • Tip: prepare your answers in advance, on a document.
  • There is NO AUTOSAVE on the entry form.
  • Writing not your thing? Submit a video or audio recording.
  • Apply for as many categories as appropriate.

Answer 2 general questions (applicable for all categories).

  • Sum up your business or project. Max 35 words.
  • What makes your business or project sustainable? Max 150 words.

And the category-specific question. Max 300 words.


NEW BUSINESS AWARD – businesses only. Free to enter.

If your business is under 2 years old and based in the UK or Ireland, this is your category!

Category-specific question: What inspired you to start your business / what problem do you solve / what are you most proud of / what are your future plans. Max 300 words.

Who can enter this category? Early stage and start up brands which have an environmental and/or social mission.

COMMUNITY AWARD – everyone! Free to enter.

Are you fostering positive change / supporting others in your community?

Category-specific question: What gave you the idea for your project / who benefits / what outcome would you like to see? Max 300 words

Suggestions: special events, communicating the future, inspiring actions towards net zero, health and wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusion, air quality, saving energy, protecting wildlife.

Who can enter this category? Businesses, educational establishments, community groups and individuals. Under 18s require parent / guardian consent. Here’s the Permission form, send to (Put your Name and Community Award in the email subject field).

ENVIRONMENT AWARD – businesses only.

The race to build a safe and sustainable future is here. How are you responding through your business activities?

Category-specific question: Describe your environmental project / achievement, what prompted you to do this /what problem does it solve / what impact will it have / how can you measure the impact? Max 300 words.

Suggestions: biodiversity and conservation, sustainable food production, climate change action, positive finance, renewable energy, sustainable innovation, circularity, recycling, waste and energy management.

Who can enter this category? Businesses. Free for Blue Patch members and patrons.Non-members, entry £100 (turnover under 100,000).Non-member, entry £250 (turnover over £100,000). Join Blue Patch

HERITAGE AWARD – businesses only.

For a project that celebrates heritage, culture and creativity, with sustainability taken into account.

Category-specific question: Describe how your project or achievement contributes to heritage and culture. Max 300 words.

Suggestions: Red List crafts, skills, tools and techniques, provision of training and apprenticeships, innovative exhibitions and display, visual and applied art, crafts and design, including publications.

Who can enter this category? Businesses.Free for Blue Patch members and patrons.Non-members, entry £100 (turnover under 100,000).Non-member, entry £250 (turnover over £100,000). Join Blue Patch

PEOPLE’S PRIZE – everyone on the shortlist!

All shortlisted applicants can enter this fun public vote. Free. Voting via Blue Patch’s newsletter, sign up here.


You will be able to upload between 2 and 5 images on the entry form. Don’t forget, have them to hand when you fill in the entry form.

  1. 5 good quality NAMED images (e.g theworkshop.jpg)
  2. OPTIONAL video / sound recording. Named.

The Blue Patch Awards celebrate Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. 

Need help? Please contact us.

Non-members will be invoiced via BACS after submitting an entry to the Environment or Heritage Award. Or apply to join Blue Patch

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