The retail sector covers a wide range of businesses, from small independent stores to large chain stores. The impact that retailers can have on the environment is significant - the retail industry is one of the UK's largest producers of commercial waste.
Using resources such as material, packaging, energy and water more efficiently can help your business to cut costs and increase profits. You'll also find it easier to meet your environmental responsibilities and improve your reputation with a growing number of customers and others who consider environmental issues to be important. See improving retail resource efficiency.
This guide outlines ways that retail businesses can reduce waste and improve their energy and water efficiency. It also shows the importance of taking a systematic approach to using resources more efficiently.