Founder and MD, Cheryl Hadland commented “We are passionate about reducing our environmental impact in order to protect the future of the thousands of very small children that attend all our day nurseries (31 across the South coast down to Plymouth currently) This means taking every opportunity to avoid buying any one use plastic, to work with suppliers and colleagues to reduce the need for it by finding alternatives or just stopping. We are also actively communicating with politicians, manufacturers, retailers and waste handling organisations to make our concerns heard, on behalf of the children. Time is of the essence, we need to stop polluting our water, our air and our land now, not wait for 2030 or 2050 as that will be too late”
Having been recognised as one of the South’s leading eco-sustainable childcare providers, Tops are proud to consistently work towards a number of key objectives across our award-winning nursery settings, including banning all single use plastic – cling film, carrier bags, food bags, aprons, and wet-wipes, replacing them with reusable containers, homemade wipes and other eco-friendly alternatives. Not only this, many of our nurseries are extremely proactive in promoting less plastic by writing to manufacturers to ask them about their plans to reduce waste and make their products recyclable, as well as taking part in local beach cleans.
Cheryl Hadland, is also founder of registered charity GECCO, established to promote and advocate environmental sustainability in business practice and education. Sustainable growth is a huge part of success, and with GECCO, Cheryl and her team aim to share the knowledge, experience, and lessons learned, whether this be through the implementation of the GECCO Real Nappy Campaign or Tops Day Nursery Glitter Ban that hit headlines in 2017 – To name a few!
This award makes it clear that we are acting already, in the hope that many more will join us. We need to reduce our impact on the environment, now. Please join us! Check out our YouTube Video here
The sustainable efforts listed are just some of Hadland Care Group’s efforts and mark the beginning of journey that will see many more changes to come. To find out more about what we are doing to become more sustainable please see below.
- Replacing plastic milk bottles with glass
- Beach clean
- DIY Baby wipes
- Eco-school award
- Eco eggs
- Electric vehicles
- Glitter ban
- Bamboo toothbrushes
- Recycled paint
- Sustainable suppliers
- Nappy campaign