With an ever-increasing emphasis on going green, saving energy and generally being more environmentally responsible for businesses nowadays, it’s no surprise to see companies and their respective owners and employees coming up with new, innovative business energy solutions.

A great example of a small business that’s injecting a bit of creativity into their green policy is Budgens supermarket in Crouch End who, for the last two years, have been making use of every inch of their urban location by growing vegetables on the roof to sell in the store.  Food From the Sky is a non-profit project aiming to sell produce from the 450sqm rooftop farm. The farm uses waste from the store as compost and lots of the planters and other items were donated, resulting in a project with a low carbon footprint, and a small price tag.

The People’s Supermarket in Central London takes an unusual approach to recycling by selling food that would otherwise have gone straight into the bin. This reduces food waste and provides customers with access to ethical, reasonable priced food.

Less appetizing is the intriguing green business idea from a company called Eco Maximus, that decided to create sustainable paper products that didn’t require any trees to be chopped down. How did they do it? By switching traditional materials for elephant dung, creating beautiful handmade paper from the waste product of Sri Lankan elephants.

Taking a more personal approach to energy savings, staff from XC Trains Newcastle Depot decided to get active with a 96 mile cycle ride from Berwick to Newcastle. Instead of asking for traditional cash sponsorship for the challenge they decided to ask people to cut down on their energy use instead by being sponsored through the DoNation, where people can donate actions instead of money. Their supporters pledged to save energy in a huge variety of ways, from drinking tap water instead of bottled water, hanging washing up instead of using a tumble dryer or cycling to work instead of driving.

Recycling waste is a key theme for many businesses looking to go green. In a previous blog we highlighted Marks and Spencer’s innovative use of anaerobic digestion facilities to turn leftover food waste into electricity, but M&S are also committed to installing renewable energy generators in all of their new buildings and are also looking at sourcing as much food as possible from the UK to avoid carbon wasted during transportation.

If you are a business owner looking to save money on your business electricity and gas, then it might be time to start thinking creatively and looking for unique ways to go green.

To read our energy-saving guide for retailers for tips on simple ways to get started with your own energy-saving projects: visit: https://www.britishgas.co.uk/business/smarter-working/energy-made-simple/retail

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