Banking to help people and planet

Comrie Croft shop in PerthshireSupporting the Permaculture Association and living by permaculture principles are great ways of helping people and planet. You probably already make the conscious choice to use your money in ethical ways – it is a powerful form of democracy in today's world , as where you spend, save and invest money is a vote for your values and increasingly has an impact on the shape of society. But did you know that where you choose to bank can also have a positive impact?

Triodos Bank is the leading ethical option in the UK banking market, ranked number one by Ethical Consumer magazine. By choosing to save or invest your money through them you can match your everyday banking with your values.

They share our vision for a brighter future and have been a partner of the Permaculture Association since 2013. By opening a Triodos account your money can indirectly go towards financing the small businesses, community groups, co-operatives and housing associations that Triodos supports, many operating within permaculture principles. For example, LILAC Community Housing, a community of 20 homes and a common house built to high ecological standards using cohousing design principles based in Leeds. Or Comrie Croft, a farm hostel, eco-camping site and mountain biking centre in Perthshire.

Triodos believe in 100% transparency, that’s why they publish details of every organisation they lend to, and invest in, so you know exactly where your money goes.

They also provide specialist financial support to organic and fair-trade producers and processors, retailers and restaurants. Triodos is unique in only lending to organisations and people with the vision to support environmental sustainability and the local economy, and that are working to create positive change.

Rethinking everyday banking

To add to savings accounts, cash ISAs and investments, Triodos Bank launched a new sustainable current account. The online account is managed through internet banking and a mobile banking app, and every last detail of the Triodos Current Account has been considered. That’s why, for example, the contactless debit card is made from a natural material using renewable resources - with over 110 million cards in circulation in the UK, it's a small step toward tackling plastic waste.

Triodos is unique in the banking sector for its understanding of the relationship between finance, people, land and the environment. They have a clearly stated mission to help create a society that protects and promotes quality of life and that has human dignity at its core. The card in your wallet can now support that goal.

As an added bonus, if you’re new to Triodos and you open a current account, savings account or cash ISA via www.triodos.co.uk/permaculture*, when your balance reaches £100, Triodos Bank will donate £40 to the Permaculture Association. Full terms and conditions can be found on the webpage.

Permaculture Association CEO Andy Goldring says: “By choosing to bank with Triodos you are enabling the permaculture network to continue to work on solutions that drive positive change. Together we can develop intelligent systems that meet human needs and improve our precious ecosystems.

With permaculture, designs that produce food, shelter and well-being can also result in increased biodiversity, improved soil health and stronger communities – there are so many great reasons to support permaculture. By opening a bank account with Triodos you will be making a positive difference to both The Permaculture Association and all the projects that Triodos support."

*Terms and conditions apply. The account can be opened by any UK resident aged 18 or over who meets the eligibility criteria. One donation made per new Triodos customer.

LILAC Housing Leeds resident