Steps Towards Sustainable Savings
We have some incredible stores and brands here at Telford Centre, working hard to bring sustainable products and initiatives to the centre and to help us all to take steps towards sustainable savings.
And because we would all like to do more, we’re highlighting some of these fantastic stores and their initiatives below to help you make informed choices next time you visit.
Through their TakeBack scheme, and in partnership with Reskinned, River Island will find your unwanted clothes a new home by re-selling, repurposing or recycling them.
To take part, you need a minimum of three items (you can return up to 10kg of clothing and they’ll put it to good use) and when you send them back, River Island will exchange them for a £5 gift voucher for you to redeem off a minimum £40 order at River Island stores or online. Takeback vouchers are valid for one month.
Leave the clothes you don’t use in the containers you’ll find in Zara and they’ll be sure to deliver them to the organisations they work with, who will process the garments to give them a new life while generating a positive impact in the community. Organisations include, Red Cross, Caritas, China Environmental Protection Foundation, Le Relais. The Salvation Army and more.
H&M Members receive conscious points every time you purchase a Conscious item. In store, all products marked with a green hangtag are part of their Conscious concept. Your Conscious points will transform into vouchers, redeemable with your next purchase. It’s free to become a member at www2.hm.com/en_gb/member/info.html
You can also earn Conscious points by:
- Recycling clothes you no longer use in the H&M Garment Collecting program in store.
- Bringing your own shopping bag. We'll reward you for bringing your own bag when shopping at H&M.
Every time you place pre-loved clothes in one of the M&S Shwop boxes they’re resold, reused or recycled, so absolutely nothing goes to waste.
And now, if you’re a Sparks customer, you’ll get a free treat every time you Shwop. Simply scan the QR code on the top of the Shwop box in and the treat will appear in your Sparks hub.
Incredibly, since 2008 the M&S and Oxfam Shwopping partnership has collected over 35 million items, contributing an estimated £23 million to Oxfam’s vital work across the world.
Drop off preloved clothing in store at the designated collection boxes, can include footwear, all textiles and bags from any brand.
Each donated item is reused wherever possible, or recycled or repurposed as insulation, toy stuffing and mattress fillers, with nothing going to landfill. All profits from the scheme go to UNICEF, Primark’s global charity partner, to support its education programmes for vulnerable children around the world.
Kind products make up over 50% of New Look’s product range and are created with Kindness at their core following their conscious criteria. This takes into account the fabrics used, the processes involved, and ensuring good environmental and social conditions in their factories.
Kind products use sustainably sourced cotton, with at least 50% certified organic and New Look have partnered with Better Cotton with the aim of improving cotton farming globally.
New Look have pledged that 50% of their synthetic fabrics will contain at least 25% recycled content by 2024 and have a target of 100% sustainable viscose.
Many of their styles are already made with sustainable fabrics like EcoVero, Livaeco from Lenzing and Birla. They are also championing the use of other more sustainable fabrics like Water Based PU and their jewellery and accessories feature recycled brass, zinc, glass and polycarbonate.
By gathering old or unwanted shoes as part of their unique ShoeShare initiative, Clarks have been able to support UNICEF as they strive to transform the lives of children everywhere.
You can donate your unwanted shoes in store and help to support Shoe Share.
Moss Bros are working harder to use more conscious fabrics in their collections. Their new eco suits are made entirely from recyclable or renewable materials (right down to the buttons and stitching). Because great style needn’t cost the earth.
Next - Thought Clothing
Thought’s mission is to design beautiful pieces for real women, in a way that’s unique, timeless, inspiring, and above all, sustainable. Each piece is full of charm, taking inspiration from art and the world around us, both in design and the fabrics used. Thought’s pieces are designed to last, using natural, sustainable fabrics like hemp, Tencel and organic cotton. Their motto, ‘wear me, love me, mend me, pass me on’, is a reminder to look after what we own and pass it on for someone else to love, when ready. Explore Thought’s collection of women’s dresses, tops and jackets in vibrant prints, flattering silhouettes and planet-friendly fabrics.
The ‘Yours for Good’ range at Yours uses organic and responsibly sourced cotton and ECOVERO™ Viscose yarn obtained from wood pulp exclusively from certified sources. These pieces are a perfect example of how small changes can generate considerable and productive environmental impacts. Whatever your style, there is something for everyone to make a difference.
Trespass - Introducing DLX Eco
Working with Bluesign® approved materials, independent services, Thermolite® EcoMode and YKK Nation® fastening products, this range utilises traceable, recycled materials in their production. By creating complete outfits for both men and women Trespass hope to pave the way for more thoughtful sustainable ranges in future.
The jackets use Thermolite® EcoMade Insulation, which is lightweight, durable and breathable for all activities, produced from recycled materials such as plastic bottles. It delivers outstanding warmth
while being extremely lightweight. Combined with good compression and recovery, Thermolite® EcoMade insulation sets a new milestone in terms of wearer comfort.
Superdry’s sustainable targets include:
65% of Superdry’s cotton and non-cotton garments will be converted to organic, low impact or recyclable alternatives by 2025, with 100% of cotton moving to organic by 2030.
100% of packaging will be converted to recyclable, reusable or compostable alternatives by 2025.
Designed for men, women and children, Skechers earth-friendly ‘Our Planet Matters’ styles are made with recycled materials to reduce environmental impact.
To help us all be more sustainable Boots have introduced their Be More campaign. Whether you’re shopping for beauty, toiletries or wellness, Boots want to empower you to be an agent of change. Boots want to increase your choice and be more transparent, so you can make informed decisions that are right for both you and the planet. To help identify the Be More range products are labelled in store:
Be More Plastic Free
These products have met our zero plastic packaging criteria for primary and secondary packaging, while also ensuring the packaging is recyclable.
Be More Recycled
These products contain at least 30 percent recycled plastic content and/or are recyclable via the majority of kerbside recycling collections.
Be More Reuse Ready
These products are designed for re-use or re-fill.
Be More Vegan
These products are vegan-friendly, meaning they don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients.
Be More Cruelty Free
These products carry the Leaping Bunny logo and are certified as cruelty-free by Cruelty Free International. They don’t test any ingredients on animals at any point during the development process.
Recycle at Boots
Together with No7, Boots are trialing a recycling scheme where you can bring to store your empty beauty, health, wellness and dental products, from any brand, that can’t be recycled at home.
Bring five empty products to one of the in-store recycle bins and Boots will give you 250 Boots Advantage Card points when you spend £10 or more – that’s worth £2.50.
The Fragrance Shop
IKON, is exclusive to The Fragrance Shop, and is a debut line of six vegan Eau De Parfums created entirely from natural and responsibly sourced ingredients. The conscious collection was built to amplify the irreplaceable beauty of nature, both in scent and packaging.
The Perfume Shop
Bring your empty bottles back to The Perfume Shop and you'll get 10% off as a thank you to redeem in store or online.
The Body Shop
The Body Shop are serious about sustainability. Their aim is to inspire change in the way businesses behave and think about how their actions affect people and the planet. Championing sustainability is a core value of The Body Shop, whether that’s through recycling and refill initiatives, changing the way products are packaged or ensuring product ingredients are sourced in as sustainable way as possible.
Superdrug have a long and established history of offering cruelty free products and launched our Charter Against Animal Testing over 25 years ago.
Their commitment is that by 2025, 100% of the palm oil in their products will be sustainable. Knowing what products contain palm oil is difficult so Superdrug label the products containing sustainable palm oil clearly so customers can make informed choices.
By 2025, all the paper and pulp used in Superdrug products and packaging will be from certified sustainable sources. All Suprdrug Paper Tissues, Paper Towels, Toilet Rolls, Nappies and Absorbent Hygiene products only use paper or pulp that is sourced sustainably.
Holland and Barret
As a leading retailer of wellness products, Sustainability is at the core of the Holland and Barrett brand values. Their Corporate and Social responsibility goals are closely aligned to the UN’s sustainable development goals and directly influence the way the business operates for it’s customers.
Vision Express- The Eco Range
ECO is committed to sustainability in eyewear, using earth-friendly materials and planting one tree for each frame that is bought. So far they have planted over two million trees.
ECO’s recycled collection is unique because the frames are made with 95% recycled materials, making them sustainable while lightweight and comfortable. ECO biobased frames are unique and sustainable because they are made with 63% castor seeds. The frames are colourful and, with selected styles, you can even add a magnetic clip-on for easy transformation into sunglasses.
Extend the life of your phone with a free annual device MOT at EE, with same or next day repairs in many cases. It’s better for your wallet, and better for the planet.
Save your old phone from landfill: trade in your old phone for EE to securely refurbish or recycle. And choose a new one the planet-friendly way, with the EE wide range of Good As New phones.
Drop off those old phones you’ve had lying around for years and EE will securely recycle or refurbish them for you.
EE are also increasing their range of more eco-friendly phones and accessories for you to choose from. Coming soon to EE is the new Fairphone 4, a smartphone made from responsibly sourced components that can be easily upgraded, repaired or replaced by you.
Or for your current phone you can choose from EE’s range of phone cases made from plant-based materials.
The STABILO GREEN range has been designed with sustainability in mind to help ease the burden on our environment. Made from 83% recycled plastics, STABILO GREEN BOSS highlighters offer the unique design of the classic STABILO highlighters we love but are better for the environment and can be refilled to reduce waste!
Recycle more at your local Ryman store, including:
Pen recycling. Ryman have collected over 600,000 pens which they convert into charity donations.
Ink and toner cartridge recycling is available in store. Customers receive a 50p discount for each cartridge returned (discount is only available when making a subsequent purchase of ink / toner in store on the day of making the return and is for a maximum of 5 cartridges per transaction).
Under the Waste Battery Regulations, Ryman offer a take-back scheme for all portable waste batteries. Recycling boxes can be found in store.
For the sparkling water machine range by SodaStream, Ryman provide a recycling service in store. Customers can return their empty carbonating cylinders (for a discount on their new ones) and Ryman then send them away to be refilled.
Buying a new electrical or electronic item from Ryman? Recycle the one you’re replacing for free. Simply bring the old electrical item in to store within 28 days, show the Ryman team the receipt for its replacement and they’ll do the rest.
You can bring any of your finished home fragrance jars, lids, containers, and packaging — Yankee Candle®, WoodWick®, or Chesapeake Bay Candle® — to your local Yankee Candle Store and they will be happy to recycle it for you. You will even get a special offer as a thank you for helping the planet.
Aldi has partnered with Neighbourly to help redistribute surplus food to help the community. If you work for a charity, community project, school or other non-profit group near the Telford ALDI store and would like to regularly collect our surplus food, please email email@example.com.
Café #1 are one of very few companies who use compostable cups – their Eco-Cups are entirely biodegradable, with plant starch used for both the lining inside the cup and the lid itself. What’s more, the double-skin of the disposable cups means your drink will stay hot for longer.
As part of an ongoing effort to reduce its environmental impact, in November 2021, Costa changed the lining of the inside of their takeaway cups to be plant-based plastic, rather than an oil-based plastic.
The new cups have a 26% lower carbon footprint than a standard takeaway cup when recycled, which you can do at any Costa Coffee store nationwide – just hand them over to your barista or pop them in a cup recycling bin.
Costa also have a huge range of amazing reusable cups on offer in store, or look out for their rCUP which is a reusable cup made from single-use paper cups. The rCUP is designed to last for 10 years’ use and after just nine uses its carbon footprint is offset – that’s quite the positive impact made over its lifetime! The rCUP is also 100% recyclable, meaning you can enjoy your favourite coffee whilst protecting the planet at every step.
Friday’s send 0% waste to landfill, utilising Anaerobic Digestion for their food waste.
Any unwanted, yet fit-for-consumption, food is donated to the Wetherspoon charity partner FareShare, which distributes it to food banks, community centres and others in need.
Krispy Kreme coffee is ethically sourced and Rainforest Alliance Certified. They only buy top quality beans and pay a fair price for them, purchasing all of their coffees at more than Fairtrade base price. Much of the coffee is purchased directly from the farm cooperatives using the expertise of their coffee roaster.
In partnership with their Franchisees, suppliers and producers, McDonald’s are finding new and innovative ways to reduce emissions, keep waste out of nature and preserve natural resources. From minimizing how much packaging they use to investing in renewable energy and partnering to advance sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices – McDonalds want to help protect our planet for communities today and in the future.