Strood Green to go even greener!
When The Shop at Strood Green, our very own community-run shop,
was established, one of its guiding principles was to be
environmentally friendly and to serve the local community in that
way. This was as a result of the questionnaire that was sent to all
residents in Brockham, Strood Green and Leigh in 2005, when we
received a lot of comments from people who hoped our new venture
would be idealistic enough to be as 'green' as possible.
Those people who have visited the shop regularly will know that
we use as little packaging as possible, offering paper bags instead
of plastic, selling our vegetables and fruit loose, and our eggs
are offered on trays (so that people can bring their cardboard
cartons back for re-use, when possible). We also have volunteers
collecting and recycling our own cardboard and packaging from our
(substantial) deliveries every week, so we end up producing very
little waste. Our tired vegetables go to local chickens and
rabbits!! And we offer our coffee grounds for people's gardens
(slugs hate coffee!).
As we have over 20 local suppliers from within a ten-mile
radius, some of whom deliver their vegetables to the shop by
bicycle (!) we know we have reduced our carbon footprint
But we don't want to be complacent and we know there is still a
lot we could do. This community is now becoming very familiar with
the concept of community ownership, and we feel this can extend to
other types of community initiative such as sustainability. Please
help us by suggesting ways that The Shop at Strood Green could
become greener! Community shops as a way forward are still in
their infancy. This is officially one of the top 10 community shops
in England and is often visited by people from other communities
who have heard of its success - so let's lead by example! We would
love to hear from you and we shall consider all suggestions.
Contact us on email@example.com
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