For Businesses

We're delighted to announce that we have our first approved Business Champion. A big thank-you to The Grange for signing up and submitting a successful application. We need five more businesses to be accredited to achive Plastic Free Community status for Bookham - please read on to see if you can help.

Businesses must be small-medium independent businesses based in or operating in Bookham. Small local chains are also eligible. Owners need to be able to demonstrate that they've swapped -  or avoided - three separate items of single-use plastic. Items already removed count unless they have since been banned (plastic straws or cutlery, for example). Some suggestions are:
  • use paper bags instead of plastic
  • use tissue paper or cardboard for wrapping instead of bubble wrap
  • use paper-based packing tape instead of plastic-based tape 
  • buy soap bars (wrapped in paper) instead of liquid hand soap in plastic bottles
  • use zero-waste outlets to refill cleaning products
  • buy paper-wrapped toilet rolls and kitchen rolls instead of plastic
  • use a milk delivery service with reusable bottles
  • use glasses or paper cups for water instead of plastic cups
  • use a cafetiere or filter coffee jug instead of a pod-based coffee machine
  • use cardboard folders for paperwork instead of clear plastic
  • for hair or beauty salons, use reusable gloves and capes instead of disposable items
  • for catering and hospitality, use sustainable options such as containers made from cardboard or biodegrable bagasse
If you're interested in getting involved, sign up to become a Business Champion on the Plastic Free Communities website. You'll automatically be linked to our project.  Once you've met the objectives you'll be awarded a certificate and plaque and can choose to work towards a higher level of accreditation.
Several local businesses have already signed up to the Refill scheme to offer water refills. Download the Refill app to check for water refill and other options when you're out and about.