Can a building society encourage eco-shopping?

Skipton is the UK’s fourth-largest building society, with more than one million members and a national presence represented by its network of 88 branches. As part of its sustainability strategy, the building society has created an ‘eco-shop’ to raise employee awareness about responsible consumption and production.

A three planet future

To achieve economic growth and sustainable development we must urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we consume goods and resources. With the global population expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain our current lifestyles.

Big figures, small changes

Each year over 300 billion single-use cups are manufactured. Due to their plastic content, 99% will never be recycled. In addition, 4 billion trees are used in paper industries each year. These daunting figures often leave people feeling disheartened and questioning how can they can make a difference. Well, even small changes to your lifestyle, such as taking a reusable coffee cup to work, can have a huge effect in the long-term!

‘Eco-shop’

Skipton has provided an ‘eco-shop’ for employees to purchase environmentally friendly products for use at work and home. It includes a wide range of products including collapsable, re-usable coffee cups, lunch boxes, notebooks made from apple peel, water bottles, and more. In fact, to raise awareness about responsible consumption and production, all employees are given an initial GBP 5 voucher to spend in the ‘eco-shop’.

This story shows how Skipton Building Society supports Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, specifically Target 12.2: “By 2030, achieve sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources achieve sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.”

About Skipton Building Society

Skipton is the UK’s fourth-largest building society, with more than one million members and a national presence represented by its network of 88 branches. The Society was established in 1853 in Skipton, North Yorkshire, where it remains headquartered.


Learn more about how Skipton Building Society supports the goals.