Salisbury Transition City has announced the first winners of the Salisbury Green Business Awards.
This is a local award scheme that recognises and celebrates businesses that have adopted eco-friendly practices. The awards scheme encourages businesses to assess their current sustainability practices, receive actionable advice on how to make their business greener and save money.
The winners were assessed based on their efforts to reduce their environmental impact in various aspects of their business.
The award categories ranged from Bronze to Gold.
Salisbury Escape Rooms achieved a Bronze award for its zero-waste-to-landfill mentality and forward-thinking environmental practices, while Indigo Landscape Architects earned a Silver award for its impressive office recycling using local recycling schemes, office space with sustainable amenities, and a bike shed to enable staff to cycle to and from work easily.
The team also works closely with their customers to assure low carbon solutions and are offsetting carbon emissions through the World Land Trust carbon balanced programme.
Webbed Feet was the first business to receive a Gold award for its dedication to sustainable website design powered by renewable energy and innovative alterations to their office space, such as a toilet that uses waste sink water for flushing and insulation works.
Equilibria Massage has also been awarded a Gold Green Business Award for its exceptional efforts in reducing their environmental impact, with a focus on renewable energy, ethical banking and local sourcing of products.
Muse Hairdressing was awarded a Gold Green Business Award for making a commitment to the environment by prioritising sustainability in every aspect of their business.
The team has taken significant steps to reduce its environmental impact, such as using water-saving shower heads and energy-efficient hair dryers and carefully sourcing sustainable products.
It is leading the way in waste reduction by recycling and repurposing every possible item, including hair which is collected by the Green Salon Collective for cleaning up oil spills.
Casa Fina also achieved a Bronze award for its significant efforts in waste reduction and ethical investments among many other environmental actions.
Sophia Karlberg, a project manager for the Salisbury Green Business Awards, said: “We are pleased to recognise these businesses for their contribution to local sustainability and the wider environment.
“Their efforts not only benefit the environment but will also inspire other Salisbury businesses to adopt more sustainable practices.”
The awards scheme is still open for businesses to take part. Those who do will benefit from receiving the information toolkit packed full of ideas on how to make their business more environmentally friendly.
Businesses that score highly enough receive a locally crafted wooden award by the Man Cave Maker and the opportunity to have the GBA award painted on their shop window by local artist Michele Millidge.
This will highlight their effort to customers who increasingly shop with the environment in mind.
Salisbury Transition City encourages all businesses in the area to engage with the Green Business Awards by completing the questionnaire, which can be found on their website: https://www.transitionsalisbury.org/green-business-awards