We’re proud to announce that we have achieved the Planet Mark Business Certification, furthering our commitment to reduce our impact on society. Although we are still at the beginning of our journey with Planet Mark, this is an incredible achievement involving the entire business.
The Planet Mark Business Certification is an internationally recognised sustainability certification for all organisations acknowledging continuous progress, encouraging action and building an empowered community of like-minded individuals.
In order to achieve this sustainability certification, we have followed a robust three-step process:
1. Measuring our impact
2. Engaging everyone in the business
3. Communicating our progress
We have measured our own carbon footprint and will continue to take responsibility of our carbon emissions to have a positive impact on planet and society. We are also contributing to the UN SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) as we believe that it’s important, more than ever, to do more good and create a sustainable future.
Through Planet Mark, we are proud to have protected an area of endangered rainforest with Cool Earth – a charity working alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation. Our pledge through Cool Earth goes directly towards supporting the Asháninka community in Central Peru.
Additionally, through our commitment to Planet Mark, we are making a charitable donation to The Eden Project – an educational charity, connecting us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future.
Our entire business has contributed to our achievement in becoming Planet Mark certified, and every individual will continue to play an important role in our sustainability commitment.
We want to continue to have a positive impact through our business and hope that we can empower our community to take climate action. We hope that you will join us in this movement for change. We encourage you to get in touch if you would like further details on our journey.
Our plants aren’t the only thing that’s green
All our company vehicles for office staff are fully electric. It is really important to us as a business to make sure we are contributing to a greener environment. Our car chargers are available for you, our customer, to use so you can recharge your car as you restock your garden with plants. Download the VendElectric app and connect.
For many years we have also held ISO accreditation (ISO14001) that helps keep our environmental responsibilities at the forefront of the ongoing management of the business. Lowering our impact on the planet is something we are passionate about. This includes simple things like making sure we incorporate lots of plants into our garden builds and through nursery sales that attract bees and other vital pollinators.
Buy peat free compost
The Big Plant Nursery only stocks peat free bagged compost. There are so many environmental benefits to this as well of course as the benefits to your garden. It’s guilt free gardening!
The benefits of peat free compost:
- It holds moisture well & releases nutrients slowly, over a long period of time.
- Better for the environment: ancient peat blogs are being depleted resulting in a loss of habitat for wildlife & releasing harmful greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
- Guilt free gardening, compost containing peat is contributing to climate change.