Small business adds to city eco credentials
For Andy, the business is not just about the products. He also delivers as much as he can by bike or on foot to further reduce the carbon footprint.
by Charley Rogers
The people of Bristol now have a new way to access eco-friendly alternatives to household products.
Green Alternatives, an online business specialising in eco-friendly housewares such as soaps, toothpaste, cleaning products and more, has opened up to offer local people an easy-to-access opportunity to reduce their impact on the environment.
South Bristol resident Andy Nash began Green Alternatives around two years ago out of a personal concern for the environment, especially the level of plastic pollution affecting the world’s climate. He said: “I’ve always been passionate about the environment, so [I thought] why can’t I make a business out of it? I started to see products coming out that were alternatives [to plastic], and then realised there were actually quite a lot of options, but people just don’t know about them.”
For Andy, the business is not just about the products. He also delivers as much as he can by bike or on foot to further reduce the carbon footprint. This also gives him the opportunity to meet his customers. “I get to meet most of my customers face-to-face, and they want to chat about what I’m doing and how it came about,” he says.
But the real cherry on the (vegan) cake? Andy picks up litter while he does deliveries.
“I started thinking if there was any way I could be even more eco,” he says. “And then I thought, every now and then I see the issue of litter and go and pick it up on my street. Then it sort of clicked: why don’t I offer this service to people when they buy things?” To get around the issue of not being able to carry a bin everywhere, Andy devised his ‘buggy bin’ by attaching a garden bin to an old pushchair he found in his garage, and the operation was born.
It’s the community effort to reduce humans’ impact on the environment that really drives Andy. Through his social media channels he also posts daily eco tips, most of which don’t even mention his own products. He believes that an eco-friendly existence is about the small steps: “Start by looking at food options because it’s such an easy start,” he suggests. “In most supermarkets you can get fruit and veg loose, or in plastic, so buy them loose and take your own bags if you can.”
You can find out more about Green Alternatives at greenalternatives.co.uk
and via Instagram (@greenalternativesuk) and Facebook (Green Alternatives).