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Looking after our borough while you visit

When you spend time in and around Basingstoke and Deane please do take care to look after it and ensure others can enjoy it after you leave. We’ve put together some top tips to make your trip to Basingstoke as sustainable as possible.

Bring your own bottle

Invest in your own reusable water bottle instead of buying a bottle of water while you are out and about. If you’re in the town centre head to Festival Place’s Hydration Station to refill your reusable bottle. If you are further afield you can find out the closest place to replenish your water bottle by downloading the Refill App. There are a number of shops locally selling reusable bottles such as No1 George Street and Typo in Festival Place.

Avoid single use cups

If you plan on enjoying one of Basingstoke’s coffee shops during your visit, why not bring along a reusable cup so you can say ‘no’ to single use cups where possible? Willows Coffee House in the Top of the Town and Kudos Coffee in Whitchurch are amongst those that will refill your own cup.

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Ditch the plastic bags

Did you know that from April 2021 the single-use carrier bag charge was extended to all retailers and increased to 10p? If you’re heading into the shopping centre for a serious shopping trip avoid the additional charges by bringing your own reusable bags. You’ll find bags that are perfect for shopping from Overton Gallery or Typo in Festival Place

Reduce your carbon emissions when you travel

There are plenty of cycle and walking routes to allow you to explore the borough. Basingstoke and the surrounding areas are well equipped with secure cycle parking. Basingstoke also has a number of charging points if you drive an electric vehicle.

Shop local

While you are visiting us, be sure to check out the great selection of independent businesses we have throughout Basingstoke and Deane. If you don’t get the chance to do a bit of shopping, you can always find a great selection of local businesses on The Borough Basket.

Remember to leave only footprints and follow the The Countryside Code where possible. For more tips on living in Basingstoke and Deane and trying to be more eco-conscious check out Sustainable Overton or Sustainable Silchester or read our blog on low waste shopping in Basingstoke and Deane.

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August 2022

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