B&Q employees from the local Northampton store, along with staff from Anglian Water, will join forces in Northampton town centre next week to help the public save energy, water and money. The sustainable retailer and local water company will be on hand from Tuesday 14 August - Thursday 16 August.
B&Q experts will be showcasing the latest eco products to help locals save both energy and money as well as showing children how they can make rain catchers to preserve the earth’s most valuable resource. The first five visitors to the stand will also receive an exclusive ‘eco goody bag’ full of sustainable products. Included is a gadget to help people reduce their energy consumption and a stylish satchel made from recycled B&Q lorry curtains, made by Remploy, an organisation dedicated to helping people with disabilities into work.
B&Q, the award winning retailer is on a mission to spread their One Planet Home sustainability message which encourages people to save energy and water.
Anglian Water will be talking to visitors about their Drop 20 campaign which is all about everyone doing their bit to save water for the future by taking some simple steps to reduce the water they use at home and in the garden.
Homes in the Anglian region use 145 litres of water a day on average, significantly more than our European counterparts. In the regions biggest ever water saving campaign Anglian Water is asking everyone to take some simple and effective steps to reduce their daily water usage by 20 litres each – about the same as two bucket fulls. Experts from Anglian Water will be offering the visitors to the stand lots of tips and advice on how to save water, as well as free water saving kits to help preserve water and the chance to win a water butt for the garden.
Matt Sexton, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at B&Q said:
"This year we're taking our One Planet Home message around the country to encourage people to start growing their own and save energy, water and money. We’re now in the centre of Northampton and by the time we've finished our tour we will have reached thousands of visitors, inspiring them to make simple, greener choices in life."
B&Q is proud that its commitment to sustainability has recently been recognised. It's been named Retail Week's Responsible Retailer of the year and given the prestigious Queen's Award for sustainable development.
Carol Primett, Events Manager from Anglian Water, said:
“It’s surprising how simple it can be to drop 20 from your daily water use. Most people don’t even realise how much water they use every day, especially in the home and garden. We know people don’t deliberately ‘waste’ water, but every drop that isn’t put to good use or saved for later puts more pressure on the available supplies in the environment. We just want to help people do their bit to tackle a problem that is testing all of us,”