The Furlong shopping centre is committed to its environmental and sustainability policies. We are proud that each month we send zero waste to landfill. Yes, we’ve made some mistakes in the past but we are always striving to do better.
This year plastic cups and straws have been banned in Waitrose and Boston Tea Party. A new bike shelter was also fitted to encourage more use of bikes rather than cars.
In the last 12 months we have also implemented various environmental initiatives, including bat boxes, bird & tree boxes, bug hotels, bumble bee boxes and a herb garden.
Here are some simple tips we can all try to help improve our recycling:
- Invest in a reusable coffee container and ditch those take-away plastic cups. You can browse and buy a fantastic selection of these from Boston Tea Party, Caffe Nero, Paperchase and Waitrose.
- Try and avoid using the car as much as you can. We have a handy bike shelter situated in The Furlong car park (opposite the Waitrose and Aga entrances) where you can leave your bike for as long as you like. Not got a suitable bike? Speak to the experts at Forge Cycleworks and ask about any “cycle to work” grants available.
- Become a conscious consumer. Try and seek out products that can boast and authenticate a local provenance. Our monthly Hampshire Farmers’ Market for example, sources products with at least 20% of ingredients from Hampshire or within a 20 mile radius. Any produce that is grown, reared or raised must spend at least 50% of its time with the producer.
- The UK wastes 10 million tonnes of food each year. It is thought that 60% of this is avoidable. Organic matter in landfills provides 20% of methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. To help reduce this shop smart & realistically. It sounds simple, but this is one of the most important things you can do. When you go food shopping, make sure you don’t buy too much food. This may mean going to the grocery store more often, and buying less food each time. Plan out your meals, and make a detailed shopping list with the ingredients you’ll need, and when you’re in the store really stick to that list.
- Ditch the plastic bag – One of the simplest ways to decrease the amount of waste you produce is to use reusable bags while shopping. Instead of relying on your supermarket’s plastic bags, bring your own cloth ones to pack up your items. Keeping a bunch of extra bags in the trunk of your car or right by the door is an easy way to make sure you don’t forget them at home. Many of our stores sell a range of cotton or hessian “bags for life” that are super useful and pretty trendy too.
- Cancel unnecessary mail – If your mailbox is overloaded with junk mail each day, take a few minutes to cancel subscriptions and stop unsolicited junk mail. It can be as simple as going online or picking up the phone to be removed from a mailing list. It’s a bit of an inconvenience, sure, but your coffee table will be less cluttered and the amount of paper waste you produce will be cut significantly.
- Recycle your old clothes or shoes. We have a drop off place in The Furlong car park and Fat Face also have a clothing recycle container in their store. Your unwanted garments will be given a new life either through re-use or recycling.