Starting Your Sustainability Journey.

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Top Tips for Retailers:

  1. Carry out a simple impact assessment on your business.
    You need to have a clear understanding of what impacts your business operations and what activities have on the environment and your local community. A good place to start is by doing an audit of environmental and social impacts across the whole of your business.
  2. Speak to your local schools about what is important to them.
  3. Take action from the insights gained from the assessment, aligning with the 3Rs of sustainability – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Take action from the insights gained from the assessment, aligning with the 3Rs of sustainability – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The first priority here is always focused on ‘reduce’ so think about:
    • What can I reduce or remove completely? E.g. energy consumption or consumables such as paper and plastic packaging. 
    • Where can I reuse materials? E.g. carton packaging.
    • What can I recycle? E.g. plastic, carton, food waste.
  4. Use wholesalers that have lots of sustainable products & eco credentials!
  5. Measure and record what you are doing – as what gets measured gets done!
    Start by taking monthly meter readings for electricity and heating. Also record your business travel mileages, type of fuel/consumption, water and sewerage as well as a record of waste collected.
  6. Set yourself 3-5 key goals that are realistic and achievable.
    Taking small steps and actions really do make a difference.
  7. Engage and involve colleagues in every step of the journey. Engage colleagues every step of the way depending on the size of your business. If you can set up a green task force then great, but at the very least have someone designated as the sustainability lead to support driving the change. Just one simple idea from a colleague could be a real game changer for your business.
  8. Finally, enjoy the journey and share what you are doing with us. If you have any questions about measuring your carbon footprint, then don’t hesitate to contact SER@banner.co.uk.

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