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The Merrion Centre “Going Green” in October.

• The Merrion Centre launches its first sustainability focussed campaign
‘Merrion Goes Green’ is a week of sustainability inspired events from 22nd- 26th October 100% of the Merrion Centre’s waste is now diverted from landfill and recycled or re-used

The Merrion Centre has launched its first sustainability campaign, with ‘Merrion Centre Goes Green’ running Monday 22nd October to Friday 26th October.

Under the themes of ‘Reduce’, ‘Reuse’, ‘Recycle’, ‘Rejuvenate’, ‘Renew’, ‘Merrion Goes Green’ week cements and celebrates the Merrion Centre and Town Centre Securities commitment to sustainability.

Each day will be dedicated to promoting different ways shoppers can experience a ‘greener’ life, be mindful of their own health and wellbeing and show how some of the venues across the the centre can assist in lowering waste and reduce individuals carbon footprint.

This comes alongside the announcement that 100% of Merrion Centre’s waste is now diverted from landfill via recycling or an energy recovery facility through its new partnership with Forge recycling. It builds on the recent success of its sister company Citipark (also owned by Town Centre Securities) that launched a pioneering trial at the Merrion Centre in October where shoppers can recycle plastic bottles in exchange for discounted car parking.

The Merrion Centre will also be delivering some top tips to shoppers for going ‘greener’, combined with a week of educational and inspiring events;

Monday 22nd October Cradle & All is an independent second hand baby shop where pre-loved travel systems, cots, pushchairs are specially refurbished to be given a new lease of life. All profits from the sale of baby equipment support the Leeds Shopmobility service. Cradle & All will take a prime spot on the main mall to show shoppers how they can help reuse baby equipment, up-cycle items as well as supporting a great local cause.

TCS Photograph by Richard Walker/ www.imagenorth.net

 

Tuesday 23rd October The British Heart Foundation (BHF) rely on donations of clothing, books, ornaments and other miscellaneous items. As vintage remains a favourite consumer trend, BHF will be encouraging shoppers to donate items as part of the week.

Wednesday 24th October Forge Recycling collect and segregate waste from both the Merrion Centre and its tenants on a daily basis. They’ll be on the main mall with a mini ‘recycling transfer station’ which will categorise items and help shoppers to turn them into a crafted flower to take away.

Thursday 25th October To help shoppers ‘rejuvenate’, PureGym will host special FREE exercise sessions in the garden. The NHS Sexual Clinic will be on site giving FREE advice and contraception and Holland & Barrett will be giving away FREE samples of natural food supplements.

Friday 26th October CityConnect will be on hand giving advice on cycling and cycle safety and are providing a FREE bike security tagging service. West Yorkshire Travel Plan Network and Walkit will be providing top tips on how to lower carbon footprint through sustainable travel and to help consumers make informed decisions.

Charlotte-Daisy Ziff, Head of CSR for Town Centre Securities, owners of the Merrion Centre said:‘Merrion Goes Green Week is a proud milestone for us; not only is it a first event of its kind in the city, it provides a platform to educate shoppers on their impact on the environment, inspiring them to recycle everyday items, whilst also being mindful of their own health and wellbeing. Following the recent success of Citipark’s plastic bottle recycling trial, it cements and celebrates our commitment to sustainable practices that are imperative for driving preservation of our environment and health in our community’.

Wendy Smith Chief Executive Office of Inclusion Zone, part of Cradle and All said: ‘Cradle and All originally opened in response to a need for good quality, affordable baby equipment. We are currently the only shop of our kind in Leeds City Centre to ‘up-cycle’ baby products in this way. We are absolutely thrilled to be part of this initiative which gives us a great platform to shout about the work we do whilst highlighting the commitment of the Merrion Centre in driving sustainability’.

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