The Great Big Green Week comes to Blackburn!

Loraine Jones, General Manager at The Mall Blackburn

The Mall Blackburn has launched a community consultation to create a new green space on top of its car park as part of its celebrations for The Great Big Green Week.

Throughout Monday 20th September shoppers can complete a questionnaire outside Primark to have their say on what they want to see as part of the project, which is being backed by Newground, Blackburn BID and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. 

The aim is to create a stunning community garden that will be accessible to everyone, so The Mall is looking for input from as many people as possible. 

As part of the week-long green celebration, The Mall has also published the results of its mission to reduce its carbon footprint.

Environmentally friendly practices have been a key focus for The Mall for a number of years and new graphics are being installed to share the good news with shoppers. 

None of the waste generated by The Mall Blackburn goes to landfill and in 2020 alone it recycled 92 tonnes of cardboard, saving 129 tonnes of C02 from landfill. 

Since 2017 The Mall has reduced its electricity usage by 600,433 kw/h, which is the equivalent of powering 207 homes for a year and in the last decade it has saved 11,693 cubic metres, or four olympic swimming pools of water. 

It has dedicated recycling facilities for newspapers, magazines, plastic bottles and glasses and has given away more than 130 reusable Mall Monster water bottles for every three single use ones that are handed in at the Ask Me Point. 

There is also a water refill station for shoppers to fill their water bottles and the latest addition to its green armoury is a new ecoATM, which offers people money to recycle their old smartphones. 

In addition, the shopping centre has two 7 kw/h electric charging points where drivers can charge their vehicles for just 25p per kw/h.

Located next to the Inter Car Cleaning (ICC) service in between the Church Street and Exchange Street entrances, the spaces are a big hit with eco-conscious drivers.

Many of the centre’s retailers are also environmental heroes. ICC, the car valeting service use environmentally friendly, biodegradable washing agents and New Look is totally carbon neutral. 

H&M, Specsavers, Utilita, Schuh, The Body Shop, Wilko and the Perfume Shop all run green initiatives and follow best practice when it comes to waste and recycling. 

Loraine Jones, General Manager at The Mall Blackburn, said: “We are delighted to be supporting The Great Big Green Week and what better time to launch our public consultation.

“We’re extremely excited about the prospect of a rooftop space that everyone can enjoy and I can’t wait to hear what people have to say. 

“Reducing our carbon footprint is a huge focus for us as we work hard to play our part in the fight against climate change. 

“We have received fantastic support from shoppers who take advantage of all our initiatives, and I am sure that by raising awareness of them all in the centre we will see more people getting involved. 

The Great Big Green Week will take place from the 18th to the 26th September 2021, and will be the largest event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK. Thousands of events will celebrate how communities are taking action to tackle climate change and protect green spaces, and encourage others to get involved too. For more information visit: https://greatbiggreenweek.com/

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