Do you automatically jump in your car when you need to buy anything? Well think again. It’s amazing what you can buy locally if you know where to go. We’re blessed with some excellent shops and eateries in Steyning, Bramber and Beeding and it’s far more sustainable if we shop and eat locally. You’ll save time, save petrol and parking, and help to keep our community vibrant by supporting local businesses.
The Greening Campaign has put together this handy guide to show you what you can find.
Encouraging Local Shops and Businesses to go green
Local businesses in Steyning, Bramber and Beeding are getting behind the Greening Campaign by taking on the “Green Business Challenge”. A set of five business-focused challenges have been selected to get local businesses thinking about their energy consumption and carbon footprint, and taking action to make their business more environmentally sustainable.
The five business challenges are to:
- install energy efficient bulbs
- turn off unnecessary appliances at night
- turn down the thermostat
- recycle more and send less to landfill
- encourage customers to shop locally and use local businesses.
They mirror the challenges being sent to every home in the area, but are designed for businesses instead of householders. Businesses will be asked to display the challenge cards in their windows when they have completed four of the five challenges. Customers will be encouraged to watch out for them, so they know which businesses are backing the campaign.
Who’s behind the Green Business Challenge?
The idea of the Green Business Challenge sprung from discussions begun at Wiston House in August, following a tour of the eco-features that the Wilton Park Conference Centre has introduced in the last few years. Roger Williamson, Programme Director for Sustainable Development, described how far Wilton Park has got in becoming more environmentally sustainable: “…an honest assessment would be like a school report ‘trying hard but could do better’. So, we are not trying to say we have solved all the issues but we are trying to improve and that is what it is all about.”
May and Liz Esler from Nash Manor have been part of the organising group that was formed subsequently. They purchased their bed and breakfast business in January 2000 and were keen from the start to be energy efficient and reduce costs. They installed a new boiler and hot water system, and split the house into zones so that if just the ground floor is in use then they do not heat the other floors. Double glazing, extra insulation, low energy bulbs, and ‘eco camel shower heads’ that inject air into the water stream and cut water use by nearly half, also help to make it one of the greenest bed and breakfast’s around – winning them a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. “Many of these measures do not cost much to accomplish just a little time, effort and a change of thinking”, says May and Liz – which is the underlying message behind the whole Greening Campaign.
Nick Hempleman from The Sussex Produce Company, and Deputy Chair of the Steyning Chamber of Trade, is also a strong supporter. He said, “I think it is great that local people have got this initiative going. Local businesses tend to be greener than huge out of town retail parks. We buy most of our produce direct from local farmers and when you think that 95% of the fruit we eat in this country is imported, that is a lot of food miles saved.”
“As a result of the Greening Steyning campaign we have switched to a green electricity tariff. This is in addition to the fact that we shred all our cardboard for cattle bedding, feed our vegetable waste to our pet pigs and recycle all our paper, plastic and wooden boxes. This means we now only send 5% of our waste to landfill.”
If you would like to get involved in the Green Business campaign, email us at 1010Steyning@gmail.com