On The Square Emporium are delighted to announce that we have achieved our Green Tourism Bronze Award. As On The Square Emporium primarily deal in antiques and vintage , it is part of our ethos to be green and find new homes for ‘unwanted items’ and to reduce the throwaway culture that exists in today’s society . Read more about what effect buying vintage has in our blog Sustainable Antiques – Why?.

Hence we got involved with the Green Tourism scheme to help us on our green journey by committing to:

  • Reduce our energy use
  • Save water
  • Efficient & eco-friendly waste disposal
  • Ethical buying
  • Staying local & seasonal
  • Minimising food miles
  • Promoting biodiversity
  • Adopting a smart, sustainable outlook from top to bottom

Bronze Green Tourism

Green Tourism is acknowledged worldwide as an indicator of good environmentally-friendly practice and are great way of progressing on a green journey as well as acting as a hallmark of ‘green quality’, attracting custom from increasing numbers of eco-minded visitors. The Green Tourism accreditation focuses on three key areas PEOPLE , PLACES AND PLANET.


They champion investment and improvement in local communities. When businesses devote some time and energy to contribute to local people, it becomes part of investing in a truly sustainable and ethical mindset. By encouraging staff and individuals to play their part in a business’s green journey, they will feel respected and valued; as well as ensuring a happy and eco-aware workforce.


Living and operating sustainably is a process that involves promoting and caring for the natural environment, helping conserve the local area and its economy and supporting local suppliers of ethically-produced, seasonally-grown food and drink. We encourage our members to actively introduce guests or consumers to genuine experiences, both in the great outdoors and those involving arts, craft and culture.


Green Tourism are committed to a low carbon future and finding new ways to reduce our industry’s footprint. They aim to inform participating businesses about the circular economy, ecological and cultural diversity. We work with selected partners and affiliates to strengthen our offer as one of the world’s leading eco-friendly accreditation organisations.

Thank you to Visit Belfast and Belfast City Council for their support in gaining this accreditation