Vickie and Victoria at Juniper told us that their business goes well beyond being simply being packaging free.
They tell us that their guiding principles are ever present, and the products they sell must be:
The initiatives and behaviours they particularly want to highlight are as follows:
LITTLE LEAF PLAY CAFE
Little leaf Play Cafe told us that they are beyond thrilled to be nominated for Green Business of the Year.
Lucy says that the cafe works extremely hard to be as eco friendly as possible.
Examples include using biodegradable bin liners, plastic free and natural cleaning products sourced locally, as well as only using biodegradable single use coffee cups and lids. However, they have now found an even more sustainable solution to this which they will be moving forward with very soon and are very excited about!
Lucy and Little Leaf feel a strong responsibility to set a good example to the young children who visit the café by highlighting how we can all do our bit to look after our planet.
REFILL AND REPLENISH
Refill and Replenish started five years ago on the Petersfield market where their aim was to help people reduce their single use plastic. Five years on, and despite COVID, Brexit and now the cost of living crisis, they are still on the High Street.
Laura told us that in these five years Refill and Replenish:
Laura tells us that in 2022 alone Refill and Replenish saved approximately 3,921 plastic bottles from going into landfill or recycling. She hopes that 2023 will see that figure doubled.
Umbhost Limited, 'the happy hosting company', offers eco friendly hosting and web development.
Aaron told us that the biggest and most important eco-initiative at Umbhost is that they only use data centres running on 100% renewable energy - a mixture of wind, water, and solar power. These data centres are spread out across three countries to ensure as many of Umbhost's customers benefit as possible.
In addition, they purchase tree planting and carbon offsets via their Ecologi forest, to offset any aspects of the service where they can't guarantee renewable energy use.
When Umbhost builds websites for their customers they also take into consideration how much energy is used to download and render the website for the end user.