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Big Green Week, BID Style

10 April 2024

How is your Dorking BID supporting BIG Green Week, 8 - 16 June? We are so glad you asked!

We know that it can sometimes feel overwhelming when you hear 'climate', 'sustainability', or 'net zero'. However if you want to make a positive impact in your community, it can often start with simple actions: shopping locally, helping on a litter pick to keep our town tidy, and reducing single-use plastics.

What the BID is doing for Big Green Week

  • We are kicking off Big Green Week with a Litter Pick on Friday 7 June from 10 - 1pm. As always, we meet at South Street Gardens and will have all the tools you'll need, but you can also bring your own.
  • We are encouraging you to Shop Locally in Dorking - meet our members here - and also with our Circular Dorking Community members/partners - who are also BID Members.
  • Join our Sustainable Trail and win a shop local voucher in Dorking

Sustainable Trail

In celebration of The Great Big Green Week (8 - 16 June), we are excited to announce the launch of a Sustainable Trail in Dorking, offering participants the chance to win a shop local voucher. As a valued member of our business community, we would love to showcase your efforts towards sustainability and promote your initiatives.

If your business is already engaged in sustainable practices, we invite you to share them with us so that we can highlight them to the community. Here are some examples of what you can promote:

  • Selling products manufactured by B Corps
  • Offering products made of recycled materials
  • Providing battery and bulb recycling services
  • Using LED lighting in-store
  • Selling pre-loved clothing or exclusively offering pre-loved clothing
  • Incorporating locally sourced ingredients into your products or services
  • Featuring furniture made from off-cut materials
  • Being a certified B Corp business
  • Ensuring products are sustainably sourced
  • Offering workshops or classes on making and mending
  • Supporting local charities and organisations
  • Operating as a local charity
  • Implementing waste recycling programs
  • Hosting workshops on furniture revamping
  • Featuring locally sourced food in your café or restaurant

Simply let us know which aspect of sustainability you would like to promote, and we will design a poster for your window to showcase your commitment to a greener future.

Thank you for your dedication to sustainability, and we look forward to collaborating with you on this initiative.

Email us to get involved or DM us at @HelloDorking.

For our businesses, remember, it is all in the journey - not only the destination. Let us know if you are interested in learning more or need support. Your BID team is here to help!

10 ways to encourage customers to reuse, repurpose and recycle your products

  1. Offer a buy-back or trade-in program for used products, where customers can receive credit or discounts on new products in exchange for their used items.
  2. Provide education and resources on how customers can repurpose, reuse or recycle products at the end of their life cycle.
  3. Partner with local repair and remanufacturing businesses to offer repair and refurbishment services for products they sell on eBay.
  4. Create a product line that is modular and can be easily upgraded or repaired with interchangeable parts.
  5. Create a product line that is designed to last longer and made of durable materials that can be repaired and repurposed.
  6. Offer repair and maintenance services for products to prolong their life and reduce the need for replacement.
  7. Incorporate circular economy business models, such as product-as-a-service or leasing, to help extend the life of products and reduce waste.
  8. Implement a take-back program for end-of-life products to ensure they are recycled or repurposed in an environmentally friendly manner.
  9. Encourage customers to recycle and repurpose the products they sell, and promoting circular economy business models.
  10. Regularly reviewing and updating your marketing and communication strategies to ensure they are aligned with the circular economy principles and promoting product life extension.

10 ways to eliminate single-use plastic and other non-natural materials

  1. Source products that are made from natural materials such as bamboo, organic cotton, or jute.
  2. Use biodegradable or compostable packaging materials, such as paper or plant-based materials.
  3. Offer customers incentives to bring their own reusable bags or containers when picking up their orders.
  4. Implement a recycling program for plastic packaging materials used in shipping.
  5. Incorporate sustainable materials into the production process, such as recycled or repurposed materials
  6. Create a product line that is designed to last longer and made of durable materials that can be repaired and repurposed
  7. Research and investing in new, innovative, sustainable materials and production methods.
  8. Offer a take-back program for end-of-life products to ensure they are recycled or repurposed in an environmentally friendly manner.
  9. Encourage customers to reduce plastic consumption through education and promotion.
  10. Continuously review and update the materials and methods used in the production of products to make sure they are aligned with sustainable and environmental standards.

Here are more resources for all

Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Small Business Britain Planet

Small 99 Carbon Calculator

SME Climate Hub

Big Litter Pick 7 June 2024

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