We are working with partner organisations to support local businesses as they take action to reduce their environmental impact and contribute to Merton's overall sustainability agenda.
33% of all emissions in the borough come from businesses and in a recent survey, Merton Council found that over 50% of businesses who responded to the survey said they felt responsible for climate change and could make a difference
On 16th January 2020 we launched Merton’s Business Network for Climate Action in partnership with Merton Chamber of Commerce and Wimbledon Centre Court
Shopping Centre, to celebrate 2020 as their Year of Sustainability.
At a time when concern about the escalating climate crisis continues to grow, we want to support businesses to take action to reduce their environmental impact and to adopt more sustainable business practices.
The aim of Merton's Business Network for Climate Action is to connect businesses who are serious about taking action on the Climate Emergency, to share their experiences and challenges and hear about useful resources, services and products to help them on their journey.
Our Network brings together local businesses and organisations who are here to help – whether it's:
eliminating single-use plastic
sourcing local package-free food
switching energy suppliers
using sustainable energy solutions
raising awareness of environmental issues both internally and within the wider community
We will showcase the good things businesses are doing and lead the green conversation.
The Climate Crisis is a responsibility for all of us and required business leadership and detailed action. We are asking businesses to join our Network, become Business Champions and share their sustainability stories with us.”
CEO, Sustainable Merton
Let's work together to put sustainability at the heart of business in Merton.
Contact us today to find out more about joining Merton's Business Network for Climate Action
Merton's Business Network for Climate Action - October Meeting
Thursday 7th October 2021, 9.30 - 11.00 am
Our Business Champions
Through regular networking events, businesses have an opportunity to share their stories of the positive actions they are taking and services they offer to make business in Merton more sustainable for the benefit of the environment and local economy.
These businesses are demonstrating that although the initial challenge might seem overwhelming, it is possible, and we can all be part of the solution.
We care about the environment and want to educate the younger generation about sustainability issues. We believe that little things make a difference and we are willing to give our space and time to show how we can be sustainable every day.
I know that my clients are smarter and taking action and have a choice on who they use for their hair and spa services. I want to take away all of the barriers for them coming to enjoy themselves and vanish any guilty feelings for wanting to look and feel their best.
Being part of a network means we can exchange ideas with other businesses and learn about their own experiences. The current global climate crisis affects businesses across all industries and joining forces with others is a great way to achieve our goals quicker.
On a local level, we work hard to make sure that we actively contribute
towards the Bank’s environmental aspirations in the communities in which we work. Being part of a network of Business Champions focuses the mind on environmental issues which can easily be lost amongst all the other priorities when you’re trying to run a business.
Share your story to inspire sustainable business in Merton.
Contact us today to find out more about becoming a Business Champion.
Almost 80 businesses in Merton have joined the Refill revolution and you can too!
Brought to you by Sustainable Merton as part of the national award-winning Refill scheme by City to Sea, Refill Merton aims to disrupt the social norm of buying bottled water on-the-go and make carrying a reusable bottle the new normal.
If you’re a business with a publicly accessible, stand-alone cold water tap, then all you need to do is provide a few details to create your free profile on the Refill map. Once your Refill Station is live, you’ll be ready to welcome thirsty refillers and benefit from increased exposure and footfall.
By signing up as a Refill Station you’ll be helping to keep Britain hydrated and free of plastic pollution. Find out more about your local Refill scheme here.
Get in touch with us at email@example.com to put your tap on the map!
GREEN BUSINESS DIRECTORY
We are putting together a directory of local services to help you make the changes that will see your business operating more sustainably. Good for the planet, good for business.
If you would like your services featured please get in touch.
CREW Energy is a community-led non-profit group focused on overcoming the challenges businesses find in developing a sustainability model. We help accelerate London on the journey to a low carbon, sustainable future.
CREW has experience of delivering retrofit projects that help businesses undertake energy-saving initiatives, that they would otherwise lack the experience, skill, capacity and finance to undertake individually. This has resulted in operating cost savings, available to recycle into direct service delivery, as well as saving carbon emissions.
What we offer:
Technical Expertise in energy efficiency and renewable energy/heat retrofit Project Management Capacity and Capability to allow business, community groups and residents to focus on their priorities while we do the work
Track Record of Delivery – DRCA, Devas, CREW Solar installations, Islington Sea Cadets, Parent House and Unity Church.
Successful at raising funds – Grants from GLA, Wandsworth Council, Project Finance Loan from BA Carbon Fund, UKPN Power Partners fund and Islington Carbon Offset Fund.
Rooted in the local community – Led by volunteers with a strong connection to the area
Community focus – profits are recycled into the community to fund energy advice cafes, sustainability education sessions, and seed fund new projects.
The waste industry can be a dirty business, but to First Mile it's a source of inspiration...
"We set out in 2004 on a mission to revolutionise waste and recycling for businesses. Along the way we've pioneered some awesome tech, to help us deliver a hassle-free, reliable service that is good for our customers and the planet. And because we believe in a world where everything can be recycled, we go out of our way to find creative solutions; only items that can’t currently be salvaged go to waste, where they generate Green energy."
From office paper to coffee grounds and old spacesuits, First Mile has got a plan for them and nothing goes to landfill. Their recycling services to cover all your business waste and collection needs includes:
Commercial general waste - Zero to landfill
WEEE recycling - safe disposable of electricals
Food recycling - Half the price of waste
Confidential paper and data recycling - 100% safe destruction
Compostable packaging recycling - Conditioning for the soil
Flexible plastics recycling - Revived as new bags.
With the rise of online shopping and mailorder, a huge amount of packaging is going to waste. These products need to be packaged to keep them safe, but as soon as they arrive at their destination – whether that’s another business or a consumer – the packaging is waste. Enter, Packshare!
Packshare is a searchable database of businesses around the UK who can reuse packaging. There’s a wide range of businesses, from independent high street shops, distributors, record labels, galleries, artists and craftspeople, Etsy stores, folksy sellers, eBayers, and online-only shops. This community of businesses are actively reusing waste packaging from their local communities, and saving money!
Businesses in Merton can sign up and residents can donate packaging.
Skip Hire & Waste Management Services - Wimbledon, London
'For efficient, effective skip hire and waste clearance throughout London – including West, South West, South East and Central London – look no further than Reston Waste.
Our convenient services allow you to dispose of your commercial and domestic waste responsibly, as we aim to recycle 100% of the waste we take to minimise your impact on the environment. From bulky waste, brick and concrete to furniture and plastics, we take your waste to help you keep your site clear and your projects on schedule.'
Plastic free Merton
Led by our Community Champions, our #PlasticFreeMerton campaign seeks to support residents and businesses as we work together to reduce single-use plastics across the borough.
WORKING WITH AFC WIMBledon
Sustainable Merton is pleased to announce its new partnership with AFC Wimbledon, as we work together to develop the club's sustainability objectives and environmental policy.
As a Business Improvement District, Love Wimbledon is keen to support businesses in their sustainability journey, both with their operations, their waste, their procurement and their own emissions.