HONOUR For Greenock Social Enterprise At National Awards

16 November, 2022 | Business, Local

From left, Anne McAlpine, event host, Ian Carstairs of Scottish Enterprise, Trevor and Denice Gregory of Trade Right International, and Nicole Paterson of SEPA

A GREENOCK company has been recognised for its efforts to reduce plastic waste going to landfill.

Trade Right International’s Redeem Exchange scheme was commended in the Product or Service Scotland category at the 2022 VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards.

Fourteen award and commendation winners were announced at the annual event, whittled down from 45 finalists from a record breaking 422 entrants across Scotland.  

The Redeem Exchange offers an innovative, cost-saving and environmentally friendly solution through a simple collect, wash, refill, and return service for plastic hand sanitiser bottles.

By introducing a circular economy approach, they can extend the life cycle of the plastic bottles by up to 50 times.

Trev Gregory, chief executive of Trade Right International, said: “We are excited, proud, and humbled to receive this year’s Vibes commendation for Product or Service Scotland. This is a triumph of a small social enterprise dreaming big dreams.

“Our team have worked tirelessly to launch, develop, and build the Redeem Exchange initiative and are grateful to an army of people, supporters, and businesses who have made this all possible.”

VIBES is a partnership between the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), The Scottish Government, Energy Saving Trust, Highland & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise, Scottish Water, Zero Waste Scotland and NatureScot. 

Gillian Bruce, chair of VIBES, said: “Every year, we see more and more businesses and organisations who are working towards net zero carbon emissions, which is a challenging but necessary journey.   
“This year’s VIBES winners are clearly demonstrating business cases for reducing their environmental footprint -– highlighting the social benefits, as well as the positive economic impacts.

“We hope the efforts of our winners will encourage and inspire others to develop their environmental practices.”  

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