Month: May 2022

Brighton and Surroundings



After taking the car ferry from Calais to Dover, we made our way to Brighton pretty quickly.

We’ve already heard a lot about the artists’ city by the sea and picked out some exciting projects to visit. We also tested the best vegan restaurants and checked out stores, as well as markets, where you can buy organic, local and even unpackaged.

The first project we looked at is Stanmer Organics. Stanmer Organics was founded in 1997 as a cooperative consortium. And has since supported projects that promote health, wellness, education and a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.





There are currently 15 projects on site, more than half of which are focused on permaculture. There is also an ecotherapy project, a forest school, arts and crafts projects and an Earthship.

Earthship Brighton is one of only two Earthships in the United Kingdom. The goals with the construction of this sustainable community center, were to bring about a change in values in the construction industry and to inspire individuals to take positive action to bring about environmental change. Throughout the project, the focus was on educating people about climate change and helping them change their behavior to live with a smaller environmental footprint.

U.S. citizen Michael Reynolds developed the “Earthship” building concept 40 years ago, and has since helped build such buildings around the world, including the construction of the Earthship in Brighton. The award-winning “green building” was constructed from locally available, natural, recycled or upcycled building materials, such as car tires and glass bottles.

The clay-plastered building is passively heated by solar heat, and the old car tires are built into the walls. Piled up and filled with clay, they serve as heat storage. Fresh air is fed through pipes in the earth wall and preheated in the process. This complex system replaces a traditional heating system.

Solar panels and wind turbines generate the required electricity, which is stored in batteries. The southern facade of the Earthship is completely glazed and thus serves as a greenhouse. The plants grown there are irrigated with filtered “wastewater”. Thanks to these closed energy and supply cycles, Earthships are very sustainable and forward-looking buildings.



Earthship Brighton



Right next to the Stanmer Organics site, is One Garden, a garden project of the Stanmer Estate. Around the old mansions are ornamental gardens, huge greenhouses and walled orchards. The place not only invites you to walk and explore, you can also buy all kinds of local and organic food in the small farm store. After shopping, you should definitely enjoy a tea and a piece of homemade cake in the middle of all the plants.


One Garden Brighton


If you like to have a bigger choice when shopping and don’t want to pay too much like in the store of One Garden, you should try the Park Farm Shop in Park St, in Falmer, Brighton, here you can find everything you need.


Park Farm Shop


For those who travel by van or tent and like to have some peace and quiet after a busy day in Brighton, we recommend Chalky downs campsite. A large camping meadow with beautiful views, right next to the farm where Sharon lives with her family. The site has hot showers, toilets and fireplaces and costs £15 per person per night. From there it’s a 20 minute bus ride into Brighton’s city center.


Chalky Downs Campsite


Brighton has an incredible number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants and cafes, which of course made us very happy. Two really highly recommended are located in the well-known neighborhood of The Lanes. One is Terre a Terre, at 71 East Street. The food was really incredibly good and definitely worth the money!

For breakfast or lunch, Neighbourhood at 95 Gloucester Rd is perfect. You can sit outside on the terrace and watch the hustle and bustle of the city.



The Farmers Market in Brighton takes place every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the corner of Florence Road and Southdown Avenue and features numerous small stalls from local producers. If you’d also like to replenish your supplies at one of Brighton’s many unpackaged stores, the best place to do so is at The Source Bulk Foods at 142 Western Road.

We spent a little over a week in Brighton and the surrounding area and were blown away by the variety of sustainable initiatives, gardens and projects. A great many people in Brighton are motivated to live more sustainably and also to inspire others to live a more ecological lifestyle. This is of course noticeable in the cityscape through all the great vegan cafes and local, as well as organic, shopping.

England – In search of solutions

We have been tackling the most pressing environmental problems of our planet for several years now, trying to create a future worth living for everyone as best we can. Again and again we organize beach-clean-ups, actively campaign for marine protection and collect donations. Unfortunately, we often get the feeling that too little is being done about climate change and that can be quite frustrating and when you are frustrated, it is much harder to get involved.

That’s why we decided to tackle the problems differently.

Instead of pointing fingers or blaming others, we want to look for solutions.

We want to set out on a journey to find those people who have already successfully initiated sustainable projects and thus contribute to a better future.

First of all, our journey shall go to Great Britain. We have read about many exciting initiatives that act, live and manage ecologically. We want to visit these initiatives and report about them on our blog and social media.

In this way, we want to inspire and encourage even more people and also motivate them to take action.

Because every single one of us can make a difference and together it can become a whole movement.

Our vision is to bring together an army of volunteers to help protect the environment. The mission is to defend biodiversity, stop the destruction of ecosystems, do something positive together and have a great time doing it.

Cankuna Sunshine Collective

The last months were once again very challenging for us. Nothing went as planned and one bad news followed the other. We needed some rest after this energy-sapping time, just the thought of starting our trip right away was pure stress. So we took our time. Time for us, in which we could think about our dreams and ideas for the future and forged new plans and concepts for our life on the road.

Up to now we have always made longer trips with our bus and then came back to Germany to build campers for you. In order to have a mission on the road in the future, to be able to pursue our passions and talents and at the same time do something good for Mother Earth, we founded the Cankuna Sunshine Collective. With this project we transform our bus into a rolling studio, café and store at the same time.

Another mainstay, which we have founded under the Cankuna Sunshine Collective is a small, independent fashion label. We have been playing with the idea of designing clothes exactly according to our ideas for a long time. So we made short work and in cooperation with a dortmunder screen printing workshop we brought out our first collection. Since the environment is very important to us and we think that we can change a lot with conscious consumption and the conscious production of consumer goods, we produce the shirts and hoodies as sustainably as possible. Translated with (free version)

The first edition is printed on 100 shirts and hoodies, 50% of which are second hand items that we have painstakingly gathered and selected over the past few months. We believe that fashion doesn’t always have to be produced from scratch, instead we give used pieces that we collect on our travels a new life through Lara’s art and design’s, creating an even more sustainable alternative to fair fashion products. Translated with (free version) The other 50 shirts are Fair Trade organic cotton and stock that could no longer be sold.

We want to create an inspiring place in the future at markets, festivals or just standing on the beach wherever we are. You can browse through Lara’s illustrations and art supplies, buy a cool shirt, enjoy a delicious coffee from our portafilter machine, or just have a nice conversation.

Julian is currently planning workshops and consultations on eco-friendly van expansion, alternative energy generation, and resource-saving travel.

To simultaneously address the most pressing environmental problems of our planet, we organize beach clean-ups, actions for marine conservation, and try to bring together an army of volunteers who contribute to the protection of the environment. The mission is to defend biodiversity, end the destruction of ecosystems, do something positive together, and have a great time doing it. In addition a part of our income is donated to environmental organizations, which we promote at the same time.