Wai Yee Hong Green Update August 2010
We’ve continued with our efforts to encourage re-use of plastic carrier bags, and reduce waste from the business. After raising £1,000 for the Under Privileged Children’s Charity (UPCC) last year, we hope to do the same again this year!
Customers have been paying 5p for each carrier bag, or encouraged to re-use carrier bags. Our current total from bag sales, in-store collection pots, and proceeds from our in-store advertising board has come to over £600 already!
The average plastic carrier bag is used for five minutes, but takes 500 years to decompose. – DEFRA, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.
Our online service sends out parcels using Parcelforce, who have recently upgraded many vehicles in their fleet to ECO-Start Sprinters, which automatically cuts the engine whenever the vehicle is stationary for two seconds, and starts it again as is required. This will help reduce vehicle emissions through reducing idling, and hopefully keep down costs for our customers!
The Under Privileged Children’s Charity (UPCC) (Charity No. 1365577) is a local charity that provides aid for underprivileged children in Bristol and the surrounding areas.