People are invited to the third annual Eco Event at Midsummer Place Shopping Centre next weekend.
The event will be held on March 29 and 30 to draw attention to sustainability issues, celebrate initiatives and show how recycling can be fun for everyone.
The showcase will be highlighting how the Centre’s retailers are increasingly environmentally astute from simply installing energy efficient lighting, to extraordinary developments such as manufacturing brand new eco-friendly materials.
Shoppers will be invited to visit the Midsummer Place Fact Board to find out more about what each store does to help the environment.
At H&M you can donate a bag of old clothes and receive a £5 voucher and at Lush they have created their own biodegradable glitter.
Throughout the weekend, there will be an abundance of activities across the Centre. On the Boulevard, to engage the younger generation of ‘eco warriors’, Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm Park will be hosting potting workshops, with the farmer’s crew teaching children how to make eco-friendly pots and plant seeds. This will be on 30 minute rotations with The Professor’s slime workshop where children can make their very own slime. Gulliver’s will also have two of its model dinosaurs and examples of fossils from its ‘dino-dig’ on display.
Shoppers can find out about how to further reduce their own carbon footprint and save money through Milton Keynes Council’s information stand. There will also be games including a pedal-powered scalextric competition and plate spinning with plenty of prizes up for grabs.
Lush is hosting ‘Bubble Bar’ making on the East Walk where Lush staff will be using their expertise to teach children how to make their very own Lush Bubble Bar. Lush will also be offering eco-friendly facials and hand massages using sustainable ingredients from the UK.
Martin Hindson, General Manager, said: “Sustainability is important all year round but our Eco Event highlights the issues and draws attention to key solutions. It allows us to show our visitors that we care about sustainability and demonstrates what we do to help the environment. The fashion industry is also doing more to become eco-friendly and as the fashion destination for Milton Keynes, it seems appropriate to celebrate those efforts.”
Midsummer Place will also be taking part in Earth Hour, an international event which anyone can get involved with. At 8.30pm on March 29, everyone joining in will turn off all unnecessary electricity. Midsummer Place will be doing its bit by taking the Centre down to emergency lighting for the hour.