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How green is your church?

Posted on Tuesday 18 April 2017
The Parish Buying Service was set up five years ago by the Church of England, with the aim of saving churches money, time and to provide protection in the form of good contracts.

But how can Parish Buying help your church be better stewards of the environment?

Let’s briefly explore two of Parish Buying most popular products. Firstly, the Energy Basket pools the bulk buying power of the Church to obtain competitive prices for gas and electricity. Last year’s basket had over 4,000 meters registered.

Currently, energy for the basket is purchased through the company 'Total Gas & Power', but where do this company source the energy? The energy mix will be diverse, but the company have a firm commitment to renewable energy, which means substantial amounts are from biomass, solar, wind and wave power.

In fact, in the 2017/18 basket over 50% of the electricity will be obtained from renewable sources. This is considerably higher than most UK energy suppliers, including Npower 20%, Gazprom 44%, British Gas 33%, EDF Energy 12.3%, and E-On 40%. Total Gas & Power state that they are committed to supporting local development, securing the future of energy, environmental stewardship, and combating climate change, so for eco-conscious churches it’s thumbs up for the Energy Basket.

After energy, the second most popular Parish Buying service is Office Depot, whose products range from stationary and office supplies to cleaning equipment and ladders. Parish Buying customers have access to a huge variety of products at reduced rates. How eco-friendly are Office Depot? They stock recycled printer paper, bin bags made from 100% recycled plastic, toilet roll made from 100% recycled paper, and most recently have added Ecover cleaning products to their range. 

Ecover soaps, all purpose cleaners and dishwashing liquids are made from plant-based ingredients, made for the lowest possible toxicity and the fastest biodegradability. In other words they leave nothing harmful behind. You have to agree that’s good stewardship, saving money and the planet at the same time.

We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care. If you are a church treasurer or a PCC member, engaging with Parish Buying is a good choice. It was set up by the Church, for the Church, with an emphasis on quality products at competitive rates. All the contracts are written from scratch, with parishes in mind, so there is no danger of hidden costs or clauses.

You can register your church for free with Parish Buying.