Planet friendly retail

Welcome to Green Street – a guide to helping smaller retailers & hospitality businesses work together to slash their carbon footprint and become more sustainable as quickly as possible.

We know what it’s like to be a small business – you have no time and you need to be an expert in everything. But, there are only so many balls you can juggle. We all know we need to be more sustainable, but where do we start, and what should we do?

So, we’ve kept it as simple as possible. The Planet-friendly Guide has around 30 practical actions you can take, grouped under six easy-to-remember principles. Start doing these, and you’ll make a difference to your business, your customers, your community and our planet.

How it helps you

We’ve also chosen some actions based on the real-life experiences of retailers and people who have already tried to make their businesses greener. We hope this will help you get started straight away in making your business more sustainable.

If you do want to find out more about a particular action we have suggested some websites which you can look at as well as some examples of good things which other companies are doing.

We’ve kept it simple and jargon free – our aim is that you don’t need to use Google at all to understand what you need to do. Just in case, we have included a friendly jargon buster to help you work out some of the many technical terms that sometimes make this area difficult to understand.

Importantly, more and more people are looking to make personal changes so they can live more sustainably, and they are looking for companies to help them with this. The COVID pandemic has helped, not hindered, this desire – for instance, a poll at the end of 2020 found that 65% of people plan to be more mindful of the impact of their purchases, and yet half of UK consumers do not trust the product-related claims of companies at face value.

So we believe that becoming greener will help you not only cut costs, but also increase sales as more people look for shops and businesses to help them live sustainable lives. We hope this Planet-friendly guide helps you take your next steps in doing just that for your customers.

Our six planet friendly principles

Our six planet friendly principles will help you navigate through our planet-friendly guide. Each principle has its own information and a set of actions you can take to help you make your business greener. Each action has guidance on what to do, how it will help your business thrive and where to go for extra help if you need it.

Just click on a principle to get started.

A brief note on the short-term implications of COVID, the lockdowns, and the increased need for hygiene measures. We know this’ll have an impact on some choices (for instance, asking customers to bring their own refillable coffee cups). None of us knows quite what the new normal will look like, but we’ll update our advice as these changes are made, so keep checking back with us.