Keeping our shops warm

March 26 2015

BUDDING young designers are being asked to come up with ideas on how shopkeepers can save more energy during the colder months.

BUDDING young designers are being asked to come up with ideas on how shopkeepers can save more energy during the colder months.

It is part of a national campaign which encourages traders to keep their doors closed over winter in a bid to reduce pollution and cut energy bills by up to 50 percent.

Environmental group Bristol Close the Door is calling on schoolchildren to hone their design skills in two competitions which launched last month.

They are being asked to design a poster to explain to customers why the doors to a particular shop are being kept closed and the benefits of closing the door can have.

Winning posters will be displayed in the windows of shops that have already committed to the campaign.

Bristol Close the Door is also asking pupils to come up with interesting new designs to keep the heat inside shops that do not have doors.

Sue Pollard, founder of Bristol Close the Door, said: “This is a great opportunity for teachers and pupils to engage with the issues of climate change and social responsibility and have fun at the same time.

“The imagination and ingenuity of today's schoolchildren will be vital assets in creating a sustainable future. We are encouraging them to practice these skills now on this example of waste on the high street.”

Winners will be chosen on 30 September 2015. They will receive gift vouchers, as will the school with the most entries.

To get involved, email: bristol@closethedoor.org.uk. For more information, visit: www.closethedoor.org.uk