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Caring for our environment

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The world’s political leaders are currently discussing climate change at COP26 in Glasgow.

Well respected naturalist, David Attenborough, describes climate change as “the biggest threat to security that modern humans have ever faced”.

Lincolnshire Co-op is determined to support nature’s recovery, and care for the local environment.

The impact on the environment is considered in the building of our outlets, the support we give our community, the services we offer, and every other decision we make.

We offer various recycling schemes, including battery recycling, clothes banks, and soft plastic recycling.

We’ve got 10 sites with electric vehicle charging points, 12 sites with stations for free water refills and all our outlets run off green energy – they’re powered by wind farms and hydro-electric stations.

We’ve replaced single-use plastic carrier bags for compostable ones, we give members dividend for switching to reusable cups, and our Co-op own-brand products are in packaging that’s specifically designed to use less plastic and be easier to recycle.

To cut food waste, we reduce products to clear. We’ve also partnered with Fareshare Midlands - a project that diverts surplus food to organisations fighting food poverty.

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been raising money for local groups working towards food sustainability through our Community Champions scheme, as well as sharing important information around the topic and working with them to offer tips on how to be more sustainable at home.

We also encourage colleagues to get involved with lots of volunteering activities - everyone gets the chance to spend up to 16 hours per year doing paid volunteering.

Recently, colleagues have used this time in a number of ways that’s benefitted our local environment; maintaining the grounds of the Co-op Wood in Dunholme, litter picking in Grantham, and weeding and growing flowers in Newark.

You can read more about how we look after our local environment here.


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