We are proud to announce our brand new NAWA Green Partners Program to collaborate with and spotlight local businesses making extra efforts to reduce Ghana’s pollution.
This year we are seeking to partner with up to 100 local businesses who demonstrate extra efforts (1) to reduce plastic and other waste, (2) to educate and engage their customers and/or employees about environmental protection, and/or (3) to sponsor NGOs who are working actively to protect Ghana’s environment.
This program is the brainchild of NAWA’s Green Corps, a special interest group announced at this year’s Welcome Brunch which immediately became 25 members strong and continues to grow, our most popular group to date. All NAWA members are welcome to join the Green Corps and to support this program and others, such as beach cleanups and education projects.
We designed and produced our 2019 NAWA Ghana Green Partner window decal for prominent display in the front windows of stores, restaurants and other business partners to advertise their premier partnership with NAWA. We look forward to featuring our new NAWA Green Partners each week to inspire all of us to take steps to reduce plastic and waste in our everyday lives.
Who can become a NAWA Green Partner?
Any business that demonstrates extra efforts to help reduce Ghana’s plastic pollution can become a NAWA Green Partner. No matter what type of business, we all have a part to play in reducing waste, educating the general public, and supporting local communities in sanitation and greening projects. We define the 3 criteria for NAWA Green Partners as reduction,engagement, and sponsorship. To become a NAWA Green Partner, a business needs to demonstrate the initiatives it undertakes in 2019 in at least 2 of the following 3 areas:
Reduction of Waste. We all need to take steps to reduce single-use plastic and other waste. Here are some examples:
Charge a bag fee to dissuade customers from taking a plastic bag. We suggest a 20 pesewas bag fee, but any effort to change shoppers’ mindsets and get them thinking about bringing reusable bags when shopping is helpful.
Offer a discount or dedicated express checkout queue for customers who bring their own bags.
Offer free or inexpensive reusable shopping bags at checkout counters to encourage customers to make the switch.
Stop offering plastic straws to customers. As an alternative, provide paper straws. Make straws available upon request only.
Stop offering plastic cutlery or charge a fee for customers who request it for take-away.
Charge a deposit on reusable containers to be refunded when customers return containers.
Offer products for sale from bulk dispenser for customers to fill their own reusable containers.
Establish and maintain composting bins.
Establish a network to donate leftover food to those in need.
Switch from plastic to paper bags and take-away containers.
Offer hygienic water bottle re-filling stations so guests can re-fill reusable bottles, rather than purchasing single-use plastic water bottles.
Offer shampoo/conditioner/lotion/soap in (wall-mounted) bulk dispensers rather than individual plastic bottles or wrapped bars.
Offer green products such as water filters, BPA-free reusable water bottles, or organic foods.
Offer products for sale in bulk or reusable containers.
Other efforts may also qualify…
Advance marketing (such as posters) will prepare customers to embrace these practices.
Engagement. This is educating or engaging customers and/or employees to think about waste reduction in everyday life. For example:
Posters in grocery stores, reminding customers to bring their own reusable bags.
Table tents/placards on restaurant tables, informing customers that plastic straws are not offered because the restaurant is helping to protect the environment.
Posters encouraging customers to bring their own reusable take-away containers.
Making recycling bins available to customers (such as an Environment360 bin in the parking lot for plastic and paper).
Recycling in-house and training employees how to do so.
Training employees to ask customers if they need a bag, to not offer a straw unless requested, and/or to recycle properly.
Educating and engaging the public through general concept posters or volunteer tables set up to explain to customers why green efforts are important. These can become powerful marketing tools at the same time.
Sponsorship. NAWA Green Corps plans to coordinate beach cleanups and similar projects in conjunction with educating schoolchildren about using less plastic and not littering. NAWA Green Partners can support these efforts by:
Covering the cost of hauling away collected waste.
Covering the expense of transporting participating children and feeding them snacks.
In-kind donations of food, waste hauling services or transportation services for schoolkids.
Other donations toward green projects or charities count as sponsorship by a NAWA Green Partner.
If you have a local business or know someone who does and want to discuss becoming a NAWA Green Partner, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s inspire our local businesses to engage more of Accra to go greener, and help clean up our town!