Eco-friendly businesses in the city are being recognised by the Salisbury Green Business Award scheme which celebrates companies who are kind to the environment.

More than 40 businesses have engaged with the scheme by Salisbury Transition City (STA) since the awards began in February 2023.

Six businesses changed to a truly renewable energy supplier and three others made the decision to change to an ethical bank which does not invest in fossil fuels or other unethical industries. Around 90 per cent of respondents introduced a dedicated recycling bin and 22 per cent of businesses had analysed their carbon footprint.

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Spokesperson for Salisbury Transition City, Eva McHugh said: "We are delighted with the outcome of the Salisbury Green Awards so far. It has been brilliant to see that many businesses in Salisbury are already doing good things for the environment and are willing to learn more about what else they could do."

Two new awards have been given to Salisbury businesses.

Salisbury Journal: Stone Rose HairdressingStone Rose Hairdressing (Image: Salisbury Transition City)Stone Rose Hairdressing on Fisherton Street achieved a Gold Green Business Award having replaced its heating system with energy-efficient electric wall heaters, energy-efficient light bulbs, and a new eco-friendly water boiler.

The company washes towels at a low temperature using an eco-washing egg and eco shower heads reduce water usage by 25 per cent per client.

Eco-friendly, cruelty-free products are used and as members of the Green Salon Collective, all materials are recycled from hair to metal tubes, to cardboard and plastics. Even salon foil is recycled.

Salisbury Journal: Secret GardenSecret Garden (Image: Salisbury Transition City)

The Secret Garden located at Fisherton Mill on Fisherton Street achieved a Silver Green Business Award showcasing the talents of local artists residing within a 15-mile radius and help the local community by offering gift bags sourced from other businesses in the area. All suppliers’ environmental credentials are checked before stocking.  

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Previous winners of the Salisbury Green Business Awards include Salisbury Escape Rooms, Indigo Landscape Architects, Webbed Feet, Equilibria Massage, Muse Hairdressing, Casa Fina, Downton Distillery, Mark Jones Eye Care, Scrace Architects, The Pantry Partnership and Vinyl Collectors and Sellers.

Salisbury Transition City encourages all independent businesses in the area to engage with the Green Business Awards wherever they are on their sustainability journey.

After completing the questionnaire, which can be found on the STC website, businesses can assess their current sustainability practices, receive helpful information and guidance on how to make their business more environmentally friendly, and save money.

For more information and a link to the questionnaire, visit the website