With World Cleanup Day taking place this September 15th, it got us to thinking about all the steps we, as a small business have taken this year to become a greener company and help to protect our increasingly fragile environment.
Our green ambassadors, or Green Warriors, as we prefer to be called, have been working tirelessly behind the scenes, with the goal of eradicating as much single-use plastic from the company as possible, as well as encouraging all staff to get involved and spread the word.
Plastic really does suck, which is why we have eradicated all plastic straws across both locations and switched to paper. We have ceased selling plastic drinks bottles and now you can only buy your soft drinks in glass bottles from our shop and concession.
We are also excited to have switched back to the good ol’ fashioned glass-bottle milk man with the help from local, family owned business Creamline!
Reuse, recycle, repeat
Everything that can be recycled at HLC is separated into the correct bins and taken away by a company who sorts through it by hand! But it’s not just daily waste that we recycle.
We encourage staff and customers to collect used ink cartridges, batteries and clothing and bring them in so we can recycle them correctly. Did you know that you can recycle your old clothes with H&M in return for gift cards? And as well as their black pots, Lush also collect plastic bottle caps as part of their sustainable recycling scheme.
What’s the Tee?
We proudly sell Teapigs, who’s teabags are compostable and come in 100% plant based packaging! The tea ‘temple’ is made from corn starch and paper, the inner bag (which looks like plastic) is made from wood pulp and the outer pack is FSC certified paper printed with vegetable ink! You can drink your cuppa with peace of mind.
Love coffee? We are now offering a 25p discount to anyone using a reusable flask when purchasing our delicious Illy coffee.
Who Gives a Crap?
We do… that’s why we now order our toilet paper in bulk from this fantastic company. It comes without any plastic wrapping and is 100% recycled.
We have cut right back on using paper delivery forms and have transitioned to digital across our company.
HLC relies on Apple devices to keep things in working order, which is why we love Apple Giveback! If you have any old Apple devices lying around, swap them for Apple Store Gift Cards!
Combatting food waste
We are proud to say that we have cut down to almost zero food waste in our company. As well as regularly visiting the Booth Centre with treats, we have also teamed up with Too Good To Go and now sell any surplus cakes through their app at a great price!
Of course, there is much more work to be done, but thanks to our Green Warriors and the help of other environmentally conscious businesses, together we can see a greener future!
If you’d like to place an order, please visit our website and fill in the online order form, call us on 0161 832 0260 or bob over to either our Spinningfields shop or Selfridges Trafford concession and chat to one of our lovely staff!