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Byres Road buys in to sustainable savings

The Byres Road Traders Association (BRTA) is encouraging members to save money and improve their environmental performance by becoming ambassadors of the Resource Efficiency Pledge, with four traders already signing up to the initiative.

19 Feb 15

Restaurant the Ubiquitous Chip, gallery and art trader By Distinction Art, tea lounge Cup Glasgow and T-shirt printing store The Hoodie Stop have made the Resource Efficiency Pledge, a free initiative that asks businesses and organisations to show their commitment to the environment by taking action to enhance their green credentials.

To make the Resource Efficiency Pledge, organisations are asked to commit to complete a number of ‘actions’ within 12 months to reduce their impact on the environment.  It is coordinated by Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme of Zero Waste Scotland that helps the public, private and third sectors reduce costs by using their energy, water and raw materials more efficiently. 

Eddie Roscoe, Project Manager at the Byres Road Traders Association, met with Bruce Finnie of By Distinction Art and Jessica Nikola and Eimear McElroy of the Ubiquitous Chip to finalise their pledges.  

Mr Roscoe said: “With Byres Road and the surrounding area having some of the highest business rates and rent in Scotland, making the Resource Efficiency pledge is a great way for tenants to cut back on spending whilst taking responsibility for their emissions and waste. Resource Efficient Scotland is on hand to provide expert advice and help signatories identify the best actions to commit to in order to maximise their savings. The rapid uptake among our member traders since making the pledge ourselves is very encouraging, and we are sure the rest of our members will follow suit.”

Jessica Nikola, general manager at The Ubiquitous Chip, said: “We have made the Resource Efficiency Pledge to demonstrate our commitment to the environment whilst saving money and maximising our resources. By assigning the responsibility of improving resource efficiency to senior management and making a concentrated effort to engage staff at all levels, making the Pledge will significantly reduce our energy use and waste, resulting in cumulative savings that can help to offset the other costs of running our business.” 

Bruce Finnie, owner of By Distinction Art, added: “We recognise the role that resource efficiency and sustainability has to play in the running of a successful small business. We have made a Resource Efficiency Pledge in order to show the local community that we are committed to sustainable business practice, having recently changed our lighting to energy saving LEDs. Our chosen Pledge involves working with other businesses and the community in a litter pick activity and we also hope to further improve our recycle rates.”

Marissa Lippiatt, Resource Efficient Scotland, said “Making resource efficiency a priority doesn’t just benefit the environment, it can also lead to cost savings, improved staff skills and a competitive advantage. Byres Road and its surrounding area is renowned for small independent businesses that can really benefit from the free support offered by Resource Efficient Scotland, and we are very pleased that the Byres Road Traders Association is encouraging members to tap into our services. Making the Pledge can mark a business’s first steps towards sustainability or help them develop their existing procedures to further improve their performance. 

We’ve seen fantastic uptake of the pledge this year with organisations resolving to boost their resource efficiency, and we hope that businesses across Scotland continue to sign up to benefit both themselves and the environment.”  

For more information on the Resource Efficiency Pledge, please visit www.resourcepledge.com or call the Resource Efficient Scotland hotline on 0808 808 2268.

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