By Tim Trew in Local People

Shoppers were encouraged to help save the planet by pledging to make “greener” life choices at Edmonton Green Shopping Centre.

The retail complex has introduced measures to become more environmentally friendly by recycling and reducing the amount of waste it generates.

And as part of its “Edmonton Green is Going Green” campaign it raised awareness of the importance of being green with a special eco-themed week of activities recently near the Market Square.

A special eco-pledge wall was unveiled on which shoppers signed their names as a promise to make greener life choices, such as carrying reusable bags using public transport or walking whenever possible.

The centre gave away over 1,000 free reusable bags to help them fulfil their pledges.

The week-long series of activities included a eco-trail hunt to find hidden recycling symbols in shop windows for the chance to win an amazing kids eco hamper.

Eight-year-old Sebastian Nowanski was the lucky winner of the hamper which included the best eco- themed products available from retailers at the Centre, from a bug hotel to a grow your own pizza toppings kit.

At a special free craft workshop children refashioned recycled egg boxes into plant pots while Cycle Enfield gave tips on bike maintenance and handed out free bike repair kits and key-rings,

Amazing ’Flower Power’ walking hedges roamed the Centre spreading ’eco love and happiness’ and children were able to step inside a giant seedpod for story-telling sessions.

Carbon Neutral Waste Management Company, B&M Waste Services, handed out freebies and spoke about what happens to waste, how waste is diverted from landfill and why it’s so important to put waste in the correct bin.L

And Local Energy Advice Programme (LEAP) in partnership with Enfield Council and Groundwork London, also advised visitors on how to save energy in their homes and reduce the cost of their bills

“Edmonton Green has taken important steps to improve waste management on site, with the hope of achieving zero waste to landfill,” said Centre Manager, Adrian Gillings.

“It was an exceptional week of eco-educational fun for the whole family by raising awareness of the importance of recycling and waste management, he added.”

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