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Bourne Leisure Group becomes the first holiday provider to measure and report its carbon with The Planet Mark

Bourne Leisure Group becomes the first holiday provider to measure and report its carbon with The Planet Mark

Bourne Leisure Group, parent company of some of the UK’s most recognisable holiday brands; Butlins, Warner Leisure Hotels and Haven Holidays has achieved The Planet Mark sustainability certification.

Against a backdrop of travel restrictions Bourne Leisure’s certification to the programme underscores their intent to help create a world in which sustainable travel is front and centre of holidaymaker’s itineraries. 

2020 to 2030 is widely acknowledged to be the most important period for tackling the climate emergency and biodiversity breakdown. With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort, coined The Decade of Action is underway to deliver the 2030 objectives.

Scott Armstrong, Head of Energy and Sustainability at Bourne Leisure said:Our certification to The Planet Mark, the leading international sustainability certification programme, at the start of this Decade of Action, represents our strong commitment to the continuous improvement in our carbon footprint. Our guests, our owners, our team and our shareholders are driving our sustainability journey and our collaboration with The Planet Mark will keep us focussed on achieving our annual milestones.”

Bourne Leisure, has already reduced its carbon by 43% between 2013-2019; and plans to continuously improve this through certification to The Planet Mark; which requires its holders to reduce carbon emissions by a minimum of 2.5% every year, and engage their employees in the process. 

Steve Malkin, CEO of Planet First and co-founder of The Planet Mark, commented: “The team at Bourne Leisure live and breathe sustainability, and have put in place a truly holistic sustainability plan that goes far beyond compliance, encompassing its guests, suppliers, and local communities. Bourne has identified the most effective ways to reduce its carbon and environmental impact across its three brands and engage its guests in the process. Every guest at Bourne can enjoy their holiday, with the peace of mind that they are doing their bit for the planet.”

This global health crisis is not the answer to combatting climate change, but this phenomenon should give us cause to reflect on the impact human activity has on the planet – including international travel, Steve explained; “Travel gives us the international perspective we need to experience different cultures, and see the global extent of the climate crisis and biodiversity breakdown. But, just as the health crisis has given us a chance to consider how we contribute to society, we can also consider how we contribute to the environment, including our holiday making.”

Bourne Leisure, which attracts over 4.5 million guests every year, and has over 25,000 holiday home owners, has already engendered a strong sense of environmental responsibility, which has seen the introduction of more sophisticated energy monitoring systems such as sub-metering across sites, and the hosting of an annual sustainability conference to engage utilities departments and embed sustainability knowledge across the company.

With a genuine environmental consciousness and passion to deliver its sustainability objectives, Bourne Leisure offers more than a local, low carbon retreat; it is a chance to experience some of the UK’s most iconic destinations resplendent with the wonders our countryside has to offer.

 The Planet Mark’s three-step process to certification:

  1. Measure – The Planet Mark certification team conducts a robust measurement of carbon across scopes 1, 2 and 3, compiling a report that complies with global protocols.

  2. Engage- The Planet Mark engages staff to unlock their knowledge and drive passion for change.

  3. Communicate – The programme provides tools to communicate progress, influence and empower others and build a positive brand.

Collaboration Across Our Community

Collaboration Across Our Community

How holders of The Planet Mark are giving back in challenging times: 

As members of The Planet Mark we are bound by a common purpose; to help all people contribute to a thriving planet. Our shared community is comprised of an incredible group of people and while it is essential that we keep physical distance from one another, organisations across our membership, from catering to care homes are finding ways to adaptcollaborate and come together.  

In addition to providing a suite of resources to help our holders and organisations further afield we will be sharing these actions over the coming days and weeks:

Fooditude re-opens kitchen to cook for the vulnerable:

When its clients rapidly shifted to working from home with the growing impact of the coronavirus, Fooditude gave its surplus food to charities Foodcycle and OLIO and closed its kitchen on March 23rd. 

However, having access to a fully equipped production kitchen with ability to mass-produce meals meant the team at Fooditude wanted to do something to contribute in this time of crisis. On the 2nd April it re-opened with a small group of volunteers to set up the Fooditude COVID-19 Emergency Response Kitchen.  

Cristina Covello, Head of Strategic Growth at Fooditude, commented; On 2nd April we re-opened our 20,000 sq’ production kitchen to serve our local community. Our plan was to serve 50 meals our first day but we ended up serving 400. Three weeks on and we’ve served 4500 and counting! The key to this success has been collaboration. 

We’ve worked with other Planet Mark members like Ingram Valley to source raw ingredients and spread the word about our Go Fund Me campaign. What started out as an attempt to maintain company morale and ensure our resources were used in this time of crisis has turned into a community project that I hope will continue once the crisis is over and leave a lasting impact on the community and on Fooditude’s business.”  

On Tuesday 28th April alone, Fooditude delivered over 900 meals to those most in need throughout Southwark. Fooditude, would like to continue to grow this emergency response and are currently fundraising to help keep the scheme running. If you would like to donate to their COVID-19 Emergency Kitchen please visit their Go Fund Me page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fooditude-covid19-emergency-response 

Ingram Valley donates produce to Fooditude kitchens 

Ingram Valley Farm has donated to the Fooditude Go Fund Me page. Additionally, the Northumbria based farm has sent a meat box to help feed some of the most vulnerable people in society over the Easter weekend 

Rebecca Wilson, Partner at Ingram Valley commented: “Ingram Valley Farm was incredibly inspired by what other members of The Planet Mark Community were doing as key workers in the food supply chain and wanted to help. As contributors to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we have a mutual objective to help end hunger, deliver food safely, and to promote sustainable agriculture. We hope to continue our journey with members of The Planet Mark on some collaborative tree planting initiatives so that we can also help our planet and local community.” 

Hillbrush helping deliver manufactured goods to key services 

Despite being predominately known as a brush manufacturer, Hillbrush are assisting businesses deliver British manufactured goods to key services in the battle against COVID-19. The move has seen Hillbrush supply cleaning products across the globe to healthcare organisations, food and beverage manufacturers, as well as parts and components to frontline organisations supplying lifesaving equipment.  

Bidfood opens its doors to the public with new home delivery and click and collect services

When the UK went into lockdown back in March, Bidfood quickly identified a need to support private consumers and smaller businesses with the ability to buy everyday products such as pasta, flour, fresh meat, toilet paper and many other goods, and swiftly responded by launching our home delivery and click & collect services. 

Speaking about the launch, Andrew Selley, CEO at Bidfood said: “At Bidfood, we take the safety of the products we supply and our people incredibly seriously. In responding to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus around the world and in the UK, its impact on international supply chains as well as recent consumer stockpiling, Bidfood is proud to have an extensive range and supplier base to draw upon. 

To increase delivery capacity, Bidfood have also joined forces with Brakes, another leading UK food supplier. The initiative will see the two companies working together to deliver potentially hundreds of thousands of weekly care packages across the country to people at high risk from the virus who are not able to get easy access to food at this challenging time. 

Adelie Foods opens up distribution networks to support UK businesses

Adelie Foods, one of the UK’s leading food to go businesses, is offering its distribution network and warehousing facilities to retail businesses who may be struggling with capacity during the Covid-19 crisis. Five depots and over 300 vehicles have been made are available to businesses who require additional support 

Andy Redstone, supply chain director, Adelie Foods, said“Food retailers are working around the clock to ensure the supply chains keep moving and the shelves remain stocked. We want to do what we can to support those who are working tirelessly to keep our supply chains moving and to ensure the most vulnerable receive the help they need. So, we are opening up our distribution network and warehousing facilities to any business who may be struggling with capacity to deliver at this difficult time. 

St Monica Trust organises virtual visits for their residents in care homes: 

St Monica Trust, the Bristol-based charity dedicated to the well-being of older people has taken delivery of new tablet device. Preloaded with Skype & Zoom, the tablets are shared among their retirement communities to help residents stay connected to their families and loved ones.  

Bartlett Mitchell supporting the homeless and vulnerable across London 

When their client sites closed at the beginning of the lockdown, the bartlett mitchell teams donateall their remaining near-dated fresh produce to a number of local projects supporting the homeless and vulnerable across London, including the Felix Project and City Harvest. In addition, team members and chefs across the company have been cooking for the vulnerable in their local communities.  

“One of my favourite initiatives includes seeing one of our chefs at a law firm offer online cooking lessons for their employees’ childrenIan Thomas, CEO, Bartlett Mitchell commented. 

Team Prevent launches Health & Wellbeing podcast and delivers PPE to the NHS

Head of Health & Well-Being at Team Prevent has put together a series of podcasts to give you tips and advice on what you can do to improve & maintain your Health & Well-Being whilst working from home. Take a listen to Episode 1 here 

We all share the same vision to create a thriving planet. In these unprecedented times, the climate crisis remains a global challenge we must address, along with the current social and health crisis. The Planet Mark is continually updating and developing resources to support and help navigate our community through the COVID-19 crisis. 

How to reduce carbon at home this Earth Day

How to reduce carbon at home this Earth Day

Whether you are a homeowner, tenant, student or living at home with your parents, there are many things you can do to reduce how much energy you use and save a bit of cash!

At The Planet Mark we see a world where we all contribute to a thriving planet, and together we are a collective force for good. We are all responsible for the energy we use in our homes, arguably more so now than ever before. Take a look at our quick tips and see if you’re saving as much energy as you could be.

Make small changes to your food consumption:

Animal agriculture is responsible for 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food, or roughly 30% of global production, is lost or wasted annually. By just ensuring you have zero food waste you can reduce your carbon emissions by 370kg, that’s equivalent to charging your smartphone over 47,000 times!

  • Adopt veganism: 1500 KG CO2 
  • Eat a plant-based diet: 800 KG CO2 
  • Ensure you have no food waste: 370 KG CO2 
  • Eat less meat: 230 KG CO2

  • Total: 2900 KG CO2 

Reduce your energy use: 

Around 14% of UK greenhouse gas emissions come from homes, and last year carbon emissions from housing actually increased, mainly from gas boilers. By switching to an independent renewable energy supplier the average customer could save in excess of £250. 

  • Buy green energy: 1450 KG CO2 
  • Install a new boiler if yours is more than 10 years old: 300 KG CO2 
  • Make sure your home has adequate insulation: 180 KG CO2 
  • Upgrade your lightbulbs to LED: 100 KG CO2 

  • Total: 2030 KG CO2 

Put systems in place to manage your waste: 

The world produces 330 million tonnes of plastic a year, a figure that is expected to treble. Schemes such as recycle now can help you recycle almost anything. Visit their website to find out what you can recycle from your doorstep.

  • Recycle: 210 KG CO2 
  • Compost food residues: 200 KG CO2 
  • Use a reusable coffee cup: 80 KG CO2 
  • Switch from plastic bags to re-usable shopping bags: 5 KG CO2 

  • Total: 495 KG CO2 

Make these small changes to your lifestyle:

Figuring out the best way to reduce your carbon footprint may initially seem an onerous task. However making a few lifestyle changes can have massive benefit on the environment. Starting with small steps is often the best way to embed a consciousness of sustainable thinking 

  • Wash clothes in cold water: 250 KG CO2 
  • Hang dry clothes: 210 KG CO2 
  • Shower, instead of taking a bath: 100 KG CO2 
  • Work from home two days a week: 100 KG CO2 

  • Total: 660 KG CO2 


The Planet Mark Home Worker Package is designed to give essential tips to seamlessly transition to working from home. Engaging the best of nature, people and technology, the package helps tackle shared obstacles and bring people closer together.

Supporting your local community

Supporting your local community

Communities play an important role in our lives. We have communities in our friends, family and neighbourhoods. From the teams we support to the food we eat; community unites us. During uncertain times, community reassures us through security and support. Now more than ever we are relying on neighbours to help individuals who are impacted by the current struggles of daily life. From volunteering opportunities to supporting the NHS, below are a number of ways you can connect and contribute to the community at this time:

Mutual Aid Groups

The Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group offers several resources and ways to connect people to their nearest local group, willing volunteers and those in need. Please find your local mutual aid group and see how you support your community.


Neighbourhood Networks

  • Next door is a neighbourhood hub that provides members with hyperlocal updates from fellow neighbours. Share news, recommendations or directly message a neighbour and keep tabs on the goings-on.
  • Olio invites individuals to offer up surplus food to those around them in local neighbourhoods in the hope of reducing food waste. For more guidance read Olio Covid-19 Q&A.


Reach Out

More people are encouraging those who can help others to let them know they are available and what they can do to help. The type of help which could be offered includes:

  • Staying in contact via telephone, text or skype
  • Collect and deliver shopping: leaving groceries on the doorstep or in a safe place in accordance with government guidelines to avoid close contact
  • Recommend local shopping options and trusted suppliers
  • Deliver magazines, book and materials to support hobbies
  • Reassure people with up-to-date and accurate information


Volunteering Opportunities

  • Help manufacture facemasks for NHS staff with Shield NHS.

Find an opportunity to volunteer in your local community:

CWB Magazine Feature: Make Your Mark

CWB Magazine Feature: Make Your Mark

CEO and Founder of The Planet Mark Steve Malkin speaks to Laura Turner, editor-in-chief at CWB Magazine, a dedicated platform, covering business news and issues around childrenswear.

Steve discusses SMEs potential to become the foundation of the global sustainability agenda, presenting emerging opportunities for growth. With environmental-conscious consumers seeking to invest in sustainable businesses, green credentials help attract and retain good people in a company; people who appreciate putting values into action. On average, organisations certified to The Planet Mark make a 14% carbon saving each year per employee.

Read the full story here