'Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want to live in.'
As a village we're so proud of our vibrant array of high street shops and restaurants, they're the backbone of our economy, they are our friends and neighbours. But this is a difficult time to be a local independent business - many of our shops, cafes and restaurants have had to shut their doors. Those allowed to stay open, like food shops, have had to manage hugely increased demand while trying to stay safe for their customers and staff.
So what can we do to help?
The good news is that we can help save our local businesses and be good for the planet at the same time. And if we all do a little, it will add up to a lot.
Every £10 spent in a small local independent business works out at about £50 staying in the local economy.
When you shop at our local butcher, baker, farm shops or greengrocer, the produce is likely to have had a short “field-to-fork“ journey. You’re supporting local farmers, and the food is likely to be much fresher and have less packaging.
Order local takeaway food - we are lucky to have so much choice! We've got Thai, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Pizza, Fish and Chips.
Recycle clean aluminium containers at Overton Hill recycling
Plastic containers can be kept for storing leftovers in your fridge or freezer
Recycle pizza boxes – remember to remove any contaminated cardboard first
When we’re allowed back outside again, you can pick your own fruit at local farms and orchards.
If you are self-isolating one of the
volunteers can pick
it up for you.
Do you run a local Business?
Many other businesses from different sectors and of varying sizes are already working with Sustainable Overton to help us achieve our goals. In fact, with such significant changes needed for all businesses this year, there has never been a better time to stop and review ways of working and what could be more sustainable, from changing packaging to energy suppliers to transport used and much more.
There are a variety of ways we can support them, using our toolkit and other expertise.
Sustainable Overton Business Toolkit
We can offer:
Sustainability Audit – helping you identify where improvements can be made in your business and putting together an action plan of your choosing
Plastic Free Champion toolkit – a step by step guide to removing single use plastic from your business and how to gain recognition as a Plastic Free Champion
Sustainable Business Allies Forum on Facebook- share ideas and challenges with other local businesses, learn from their mistakes.
Packaging disposal flyer / poster to help educate your customers about what to do with your packaging
Stickers to put in your window to advertise that you offer refills and use of customer containers.
Local Sustainable business directory (launching soon) – promote what you do to make your business more sustainable to gain new customers
As a customer, you can also help this process.
If you use a business, ask them about what they are doing, whether their packaging is recyclable, can you bring your own containers, where they source their products from and so on. If enough people ask these questions, even the most reluctant businesses will start to realise it is in their interests to make a change.
Remember to bring your own bag, own cup, own containers whenever you can – all the little actions add up to a big change.