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BOOKS

 

The Bookroom

146 Chiltern Drive, Surbiton KT5 8LS

About us: A second-hand book store near Berrylands Station.

Green awards and accreditations:

TTK comment: "Nice selection of high-quality literature. And minimal ecological footprint!"

Phone: 020 8404 6644

Website: www.ukbookworld.com/members/thebookroom

Email: kmabooks@aol.com

 

CLOTHES
 

That Vintage Shop
39 Old London Road, Kingston KT2 6ND  

About us: Vintage and upcycled clothes: "That Vintage shop is a purveyor of the past.  We have only one aim - to supply men and women with unique, well loved garments and accessories.  Our shop is a treasure trove where no two items are the same, we welcome our guests to take their time, have a cup of tea and take a trip down memory lane."

Green awards and accreditations:

TTK comment:

Phone: 020 8541 5374

Website: http://www.thatvintageshop.co.uk/ or find us on Facebook.

Email: thatvintageshop@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

Timberland
G1, Bentall Centre, Kingston KT1 1PT

About us: "We rate our products on a scale from 0 to 10 using a system created to compare aspects of the environmental impact of Timberland products. It measures three factors: Climate Impact, Chemicals Used, Resource Consumption."

Green awards and accreditations: Won Ethical Corporation's Best Sustainability Report award in 2012 for its online sustainability portal: responsibility.timberland.com 

TTK comment: "An industry innovator in sustainability: see www.climatecounts.org/scorecard_score.php?co=159" 

Phone: 020 8541 5851

Website: www.timberlandonline.co.uk 

Email

 

GENERAL

 

A Fine Choice
c/o Daniela Schaffrik, 18 Hampton Road, TW2 5QB

About us: Retail and wholesale, eco-friendly, chemical-free and reusable products, including BPA-free stainless steel bottles, glass straws and aloe-based products. "I would like people to swap from disposable products to reusable ones…and am about to add eco-friendly food wrappers."

Green awards and accreditations:

Phone: 07904 959 574    

Website: www.afinechoice.co.uk

Email: info@afinechoice.co.uk

 

John Lewis / Waitrose
Kingston, Surbiton and national

About us: "We care about the environment. We make every effort to reduce our impact on the environment and to promote good environmental practice. Waitrose champions sustainable farming on the Leckford Estate in Hampshire… We aim to minimise the environmental impact of our buildings, by ensuring they are all built responsibly and operate sustainably. See http://www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk/csr/our-environment.html - and look out for the new green target symbol on products to identify the most sustainable ones. In April 2013 John Lewis launched its "sofa reuse scheme, which sees ‘end of first life’ sofas collected by the retailer from customers’ homes, then reused and/or recycled in conjunction with local charities [locally, Kingston Community Furniture] to support disadvantaged communities."

Green awards and accreditations: The Carbon Trust Standard

TTK comment: "We like the the partnership ethos, the commitment to the local community and charities and to sustainability, and notice that our local John Lewis turns off some escalators at less busy times and joined in the 2013 Big Switch Offto save energy - well done!"

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Website: http://www.johnlewispartnership.co.uk

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Marks & Spencer
Kingston, Surbiton, Tolworth... a large national chain 

About us: "We launched Plan A in January 2007, setting out 100 commitments to achieve in 5 years. We've now extended Plan A to 180 commitments to achieve by 2015, with the ultimate goal of becoming the world's most sustainable major retailer. Through Plan A we are working with our customers and our suppliers to combat climate change, reduce waste, use sustainable raw materials, trade ethically, and help our customers to lead healthier lifestyles..."
"We... have already introduced clothing ranges made from organic linen and cotton."

Green awards and accreditations: 2 Green Business Awards in Carbon Emissions Ambition category and  overall Green Business of the Year

TTK comment: 

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Website: http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/plan-a?intid=gft_plana

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Neways (Trisha Sadiq, independent local distributor)
Kingston, Sutton, national, international

About us: "Neways are a one-stop shop for over 200 health & wellness, personal & baby care and household products designed to help create healthy homes, including salon quality skin and hair care, dental hygiene, cosmetics, household cleaning products and the highest quality nutritional supplements. Caring for people and the planet is the core ethos of Neways. They avoid using over 3,000 controversial ingredients in their safety-conscious, environmentally-friendly, cruelty- and toxin-free formulations, and source ingredients from sustainable, ethical and (where possible) organic suppliers. Products are concentrated so you use less and they need less packaging. Eco-toxicity, bio-degradablility, heavy metal and safety studies are carried out to guide the scientific advisory board in their ingredient selection. All packaging is recyclable and phthalate free. Most paper-based packaging is made from recycled materials and Neways recycles 90% of the waste it generates. Literature is printed on paper sourced from sustainable forests and carries the recyclable symbol. Double-sided printing is standard to reduce paper consumption. Marketing teams are encouraged to use telecommunications to stay in touch and avoid unnecessary emissions from travelling to meetings. 
As an independent distributor I have my own home-based low impact business; as I spend a lot of time in coffee shops chatting with people,  I make a point of selecting local, non-chain cafes to help support the local community."

Green awards and accreditations: Neways won the US "Anti-Vivisection" award six years running.

Phone: 07837 451 663

Website: trishasadiq.ineways.eu

Email: trishasadiq@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

GIFTS ETC 
 

Anna Dyson, Independent Phoenix Trader

About us: Cards, gift tags, present boxes etc, sold at local events and parties. A percentage of profits go to charities and to event hosts. Phoenix has a considered policy on using paper from sustainable forest sources, and Kingston agent Anna Dyson transports her stock to local events by bicycle.

Green awards and accreditations:

TTK comment: "A great idea - people like us value the option to buy environmentally friendly products."

Phone: 020 8549 5581

Website: www.greetingcardsfromanna.co.uk

Email: annadyson@hotmail.com

 

Bio Bijoux
Kingston

About us: Colourful jewellery made out of "bioplastic". Also run courses in Surbiton and sell kits so that you can make your own.

Green awards and accreditations:

TTK comment: "Bioplastic is biodegrabable - and pretty too!"

Address:

Phone: 078 14 72 84 99         

Website: www.lili-design.com

Email: contact@lili-design.com

 

Boots
Kingston, Surbiton, New Malden, Tolworth... large national chain

About us: "Reducing our impact on the environment has been an established part of our culture and operating practices for many years. Our belief that sound environmental management makes good business sense has stood the test of time. We have been determined to develop Boots UK in a sustainable way, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs… We continue to make good progress against our long-term May Day commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of Boots legacy stores by 30% by 2020 compared to 2005. To date we've achieved an absolute reduction of just over 8% against our 2005 carbon footprint." More at http://www.boots-uk.com/Corporate_Social_Responsibility/Environment.aspx.

Green awards and accreditations: Carbon Trust Standard, January 2010

TTK comment: "TTK have been impressed by Boots' efforts to rationalise deliveries and reduce packaging."

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Website: http://www.boots.com/

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Lush Cosmetics
Market Place, Kingston, national

About us: "Environmental issues are at the heart of the company and trickle through to the decisions we make on a daily basis. For example, we use almond and olive oil - not mineral oil - partly because we think fields of trees make our lives much richer than oil fields. We keep on top of legislation and welcome new regulations that genuinely reduce our impact. We like to support environmental groups that take part in creative direct action to help change the law. We are committed to becoming more sustainable the more we grow, by using our buying power to drive positive change. We believe taking care of the environment is everyone's responsibility including all of our staff and our customers." Every Lush store, including the Kingstonone, has a member of staff responsible for green matters.

Green awards and accreditations: Green light and 15/20 on the Rainforest Foundation guide to palm oil content

TTK comment: "The shop that perfumes Kingston Market Place - nice for little presents and they wrap everything in paper, not plastic.

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Website: http://www.lush.com/shop/about-lush/articles/environmental-policy/

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LOCAL CHARITY SHOPS


Oxfam
30 Old London Road (mainly books); Castle Street (for clothes etc); national

About Oxfam: shops specialise in second hand and vintage goods; donations that cannot be sold are recycled; most Oxfam new products are made from recycled materials.

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REPAIRS

 

Fast Stitch
44 Old London Road, KT2 6QF

About us: "Fully equipped workshops in the premises with a team of 19 tailors with a range of specialist skills, on all various types of specialized sewing machines

Green awards and accreditations:

TTK comment: "Don't throw away clothes that need altering - get them fixed locally!"

Phone: 020 8546 8405

Website: http://www.fast-stitch.co.uk/

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Phone Dudes
25 North Row, W1K
6DJ

About us:"If you live or work in central London and you've cracked your smartphone screen, then let the Phone Dudes come to you and repair it. Once with you we'll have the screen repair done in 10 minutes, meaning you have a functioning phone and that you don't need to go to the expense and environmental cost of purchasing a new one. We recycle the cracked screens in the most appropriate
ways possible and the team travel around London on public transport."

Green awards and accreditations:

TTK comment: "Not quite local but sounds like a good idea to us!"

Phone: 0800 772 0455

Website: http://www.phonedudes.co.uk

Email: oops@phonedudes.co.uk

 

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