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Local businesses are going green in Guildford

Going green

Our green economy is growing and we are excited to share some of the steps local businesses are taking right on our doorstep.

Councillor John Redpath, Lead Cllr for Economy, said: "There are some brilliant green businesses and businesses doing amazing things to fight climate change right on our doorstep. And they can help us all take our next steps to be kinder to our environment. Particularly schemes like easitGuildford and other green travel that offers more sustainable options for the local workforce.

"The green industry is growing and green job creation in Surrey is projected to be one of the highest in England. We are supporting the green industry by encouraging green travel and sharing information on how businesses can tackle Climate Change and reduce their carbon footprint. 44% of businesses surveyed earlier this year wanted more information on what they could do. Guildford has always been a working, changing landscape and in partnership with our local businesses, university, and groups we can be at the forefront of fighting climate change."

Amanda Masters, CEO of Experience Guildford, our Business Improvement District, said: "We set up  'Greener Guildford' as an umbrella brand under which businesses can promote their green campaigns and credentials. We're delighted to see so many town centre businesses taking steps to become more sustainable and to work closely with organisations like Plastic Free Guildford to shout about those who are championing these kind of initiatives locally"

Going green in Guildford: 

  • Visit the new refill shop Solar Sisters on North Street to stock up on essentials like food, personal care products, and cakes. 
  • The Guildford Library of Things houses a small but useful collection of tools and other items which can be borrowed by library members. It includes a sewing machine, power washer, spot carpet cleaner, drill (and three collections of drill bits), gardening tools and DIY tools, amongst other items. The library is a partnership between Surrey Library Service and Zero Carbon Guildford
  • ZERO, a new community space set up to drive a community-led climate action plan, has now opened on Friary Street. Promoting education and solutions for climate mitigation and adaptation, they're bringing together the work happening locally to help the borough adapt to a changing planet.  
  • Co-op have an in-store Soft Plastics Recycling Unit, so you can recycle soft plastics like crisp packets and bread bags at a Co-op near you. 
  • Lots of town centre businesses have signed up to be part of the Refill scheme and have Refill stations available on site for people to be able to fill up reusable water bottles 
  • Many coffee shops offer incentives to customers to bring their own reusable coffee cups 
  • A number of cosmetic businesses offer packaging return schemes 
  • The Friary Guildford took part and supported The Great Big Green Week, sharing all the brilliant things they have done to reduce their impact on the planet. From switching to reusable crockery to committing to making sure that all their waste is recycled rather than going to landfill. 
  • Tunsgate Quarter has been recognised for reducing its energy usage and carbon footprint, winning an International Green Apple Environment Award 2021 for the category Energy Savings. 
  • easitGUILDFORD offers discounts on rail and bus travel, plus reduced bike and car hire, to employees of participating businesses. 12 organisations, representing approximately 8000 staff, have joined, including Electronic Arts, Philips Electronics and The Royal Surrey Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 
  • Stagecoach has the biggest electric fleet in the South of England and outside of London, all made by Alexander Dennis based in Guildford.