The brilliant ECHO Environment Awards are returning on Wednesday, April 28 at 6.30pm so that we can all take the time to support and admire the local heroes improving Merseyside’s environment. The awards’ headline sponsor this year is United Utilities, which continues to improve our local environment by investing more than £3.5bn across the North West.
Through your nominations for the nine categories, we will be able to appreciate the inspiring environmental work that is taking place in our region. It is important to recognise those making changes and creating innovative initiatives as improved environmental health benefits everyone in the community. Winning the coveted title not only recognises those who are making a positive impact on our environment, but encourages them to take their initiatives further. Check out the previous Zero Waste Award winner’s reaction to winning.
That is why everyone is invited to the virtual ECHO Environment Awards, so that we can all applaud the amazing achievements that leave a positive impact on our region. All you have to do is register for a free ticket and get ready for the celebrations.
Implementing a zero waste policy is by no means a small feat. The Zero Waste Award, sponsored by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia, recognises the companies, organisations, community groups and social enterprises that have made significant changes in their approach to waste. The finalists of the category have demonstrated techniques that work towards a zero-waste society, for example reusing materials, preventing waste, and utilising waste as a resource.
The finalists for the Zero Waste Award this year are:
The Hoylake Pantry
The Hoylake Pantry is a zero-waste store in Hoylake. After mother and daughter team Sharon and Eleanor became increasingly concerned about the impact that plastic and waste was having on the environment, they decided to do something about it by offering shoppers real zero-waste alternatives. The Hoylake Pantry has normalised zero-waste shopping, taking it out of the niche market and integrating it into people’s everyday consumer habits, whilst remaining true to its original environmental ethos.
From the outset, the business has gone out of its way to get feedback from the local community as to what they wanted to see on the shelves and where they wanted to reduce waste plastic and packaging. So many times, people have walked into zero-waste shops and thought of another product that they would like a zero-waste alternative for. From suggestion boards to proactive discussions, The Hoylake Pantry has worked closely with it’s expanding customer base to give them the options that they truly want to see.
The Hoylake Pantry plans to continue to offer community-based projects, businesses, groups and individuals an outlet for their zero-waste ideas, workshops and projects.
Little World Market
Little World Market is a zero-waste market and vegetarian coffee shop, providing more sustainable purchase options to clients in the north of Liverpool. It offers a wide range of loose, organic and dried foods, including herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables, as well as zero-waste cleaning and personal hygiene products.
Goods are purchased from suppliers with a circular system in mind. Products are bought in bulk and the packaging is either returned to the supplier to be reused or recycled in other appropriate ways, keeping it away from landfill. Customers are able to purchase goods free of packaging which allows for a plastic-free shopping experience, instead bringing their own containers and using the tare weight scale system.
Zero-waste has always been at the heart of Little World Market’s ethos, so the business has created a new growing area on site to compost all of the food waste from the café.
The Pets Country Manor Ltd
The Pets Country Manor is a luxury, five-star licensed hotel for cats based in Tarbock Green, Knowsley. The hotel looks after more than 100 cats on a daily basis, and was titled the number one boarding establishment for cats in the UK.
Being in a rural area with no mains gas in the area, the business initially had electric radiators in each of the chalet bedrooms. Realising it wasn’t the most efficient or environmentally friendly way to generate heat, the company decided upon an 80kw biomass boiler system – in turn, eradicating all of its waste.
Every morning, the specially chosen wood-based cat litter that has been used is emptied into the day hopper to fuel the boiler and run the heating. Even the cardboard cat food packaging and minimal paper that the business uses can be burned in the boiler to reduce any waste. Part of the Mars Recycling Programme, any plastic food pouches that the hotel uses are collected and recycled for further use.
Due to these measures, the cattery can call itself a zero-waste business as nothing goes to landfill and the biomass boiler can heat throughout the whole of the hotel. The cat hotel itself is built using sustainably-sourced timber and gets natural sunlight from its south-facing position, only needing LED lights at night.
Rescued ex-battery hens provide daily fresh eggs that are sold in the onsite gift shop, and the waste from the coops is put into large compost bins to be used throughout the site. As many cats don’t like the taste of tap water due to the metals in hard water, the hotel has special water butts that collect all of the rainwater from the cattery roof for the cats to drink.
The full list of categories is:
New Green Business of the Year
Green Business of the Year
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award
Healthy Living Award Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University
Environmental Youth Award Sponsored by Nature Connected
Community Impact Award Sponsored by InYourArea
Green School of the Year
Environmental Champion Sponsored by United Utilities