Our mission is to help reduce waste in our local area and beyond. The market is a zero waste zone where traders are only allowed to use new packaging that is 100% compostable, recyclable or reusable and we encourage them to take containers back to be reused, where possible. Visitors are highly encouraged to bring their own bags and containers to help us with our mission.
Single use plastic is strictly forbidden but please note that we are NOT plastic free. We are zero waste and ‘reusing’ is at the centre of our philosophy. We completely agree that plastic is not an environmentally friendly material, but we think that there is already too much plastic in the world and we don’t think that throwing it out when it can still be used is the best course of action so, instead of wasting it, we reuse it, when suitable. Also, we might have ‘surplus stalls’ (stalls that rescue food or other items from local shops) and the items that they will have on offer may also come wrapped in plastic. Again, we focus on rescuing these items from going to waste and not the wrapping that they come in, if we cannot help it. We fully support a plastic free planet and we are in collaboration with other local projects to see this happening but until then, we will reuse what man has already placed on our planet to help reduce waste.
We are currently looking to collaborate with other local organisations with similar ethos to run educational talks, practical workshops and classes at the same time as the market. If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.
At the market, you will find delicious street foods, fresh produce, refills, crafts and other ethical products from local traders.