Earth Day 2022: 10 ways you can invest in our planet in Blackburn town centre.


Cycling is one of the greenest ways to travel, and if you cycle to and from Blackburn town centre there is lots of cycle parking available.  You can find it outside Blackburn Town Hall, on Town Hall St outside the library, in the Mall car park, next to The Mall on Lord St, on Ainsworth Street by the bus station, and on Cathedral Square, to name but a few.

Use public transport:

Using public transport more means less cars on the road and less harmful emissions, and Blackburn town centre is well served by trains and buses.  If you travel to Blackburn town centre on a Blackburn Bus Company bus, you’re on a bus with a low emission engine with a Euro VI rating to deliver cleaner air, plus there’s a recycling bin on each bus.

Carry a reusable water bottle:

Bring your reusable water bottle to Blackburn and you can get free water refills in The Mall shopping centre in a refill station located by the County Court entrance around the corner from Subway.  You can also recycle at least 3 empty plastic bottles at The Mall’s Ask Me Point and you will get a FREE reusable water bottle!  Free water refills are also available at Blackburn Market, by the lift and stairs.

Go meat or dairy free

Visit Bean at the Bureau on Penny St for delicious vegan and vegetarian food, plus many cafes, coffee shops and restaurants throughout the town centre are vegan and vegetarian friendly.

Buy local produce:

You can buy locally sourced fresh meat, cooked meats, cheese and vegetables from the brilliant food stalls on Blackburn Market.

Use a reusable coffee cup:

Blackburn is home to lots of fabulous coffee shops, including our newest openings: Caffee Impresso on the corner of King William St and Museum Street, and The Winter Lotus Brew House at Cathedral Square, opposite Blackburn Train Station. 

You can use your reusable coffee cup to enjoy your chosen barista made coffee and avoid creating the waste of a takeaway cup.

Support sustainable fashion:

Many of our town centre retailers are committed to sustainable fashion.  New Look for example has been carbon neutral in their operations since 2019, and are aiming to be climate positive by 2040.  This includes having 100% of their cotton being sustainable by this summer and they divert 97% of their waste away from landfill. 

M&S has their ‘Plan A’ with a plan to cut their carbon footprint by a third by 2025.  One in four of the clothes sold by Primark now come from their Primark Cares range of products made from recycled or more sustainably sourced materials. 

Of course charity shops promote the circular economy and offer sustainable fashion options by reusing and recycling unwanted clothing and other products, as well as providing much needed funding for charity organisations.

Borrow a book:

Borrowing a book from Blackburn Central Library rather than buying a book can help to reduce your carbon footprint by re-using already existing books.  You can also buy second hand books from Rummage Rescuers Charity Book Shop in The Mall.

Spend time in nature:

Blackburn town centre benefits from lots of green spaces and award- winning planting.  Visit the pocket park area at Victoria Gardens between the County Court and The Mall Car park ramp, where you’ll find Blackburn BID’s Growing Places planters, created and maintained by local community groups including Age UK, Blackburn with Darwen Adult Learning and Child Action North West. 

There’s even a Blackburn Food Bank planter with edible offerings you can pick and take home!  There’s also the beautiful Italianate garden in Fleming Square and it’s just a short walk to the lovely Corporation Park. 

You can find details of all the greenspaces here.

Carry a reusable bag:

Bring a reusable bag with you when you visit the town centre to avoid the use of plastic shopping bags.  Most shops in Blackburn town centre offer fun, colourful and practical options for reusable tote bags so pick up one today!

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