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A few brave retailers are minimising waste from products and packaging (in particular, single use plastics). They deserve our support, although at this early stage we are not endorsing anyone in particular. Please try to visit them and see for yourself. We invite reviews that provide more details - contact us. The list here is just for starters - it is not meant to be comprehensive and we will be happy to add to it if you send us your recommendations

Angus Soutar

List as of August 2019

Village Greens. Community grocers with fresh produce, close to the main road in Prestwich’s shopping precinct. Unit 1, Longfield Centre, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AY Grains and pulses from dispensers, cellophane bags. Refills for household products. And bring your own bottles for organic wine.

Moorey's Health Stores, family-owned retail with eco-friendly household products and comprehensive health store, 46 Church St, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 5AL (Also at Rawtenstall and Skipton) Refills for household products.

Mooreys Blackburn

A Small Good Thing Award-nominated community greengrocers with loose and seasonal fruit and vegetables and dried goods. 29 Church Road, Bolton. Aims to be zero-waste.

Unicorn Grocery Organic vegan supermarket run by a co-operative. 89 Albany Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0BN. (eco-friendly)

Pennine Cropshare Weekly deliveries of quality fresh vegetables across the South Pennines Vegetable orders come in paper bags within a jute bag. No plastic, except occasionally when suppliers pre-pack salads (small plastic bags).

One Planet Shop Ethical and fairtrade co-operative. 54 Abbey Street, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 1EE, Refills on eco-friendly household and bathroom products.

Freedom Organics, Vegan cafe and takeaway with small greengrocery/grocery area. 235 Duckworth St, Darwen, England, BB3 1AU. Takeaway in cardboard containers, goods in paper bags.

Freedom Organics

Plentiful Pioneering "Plastic free shop" for "Plastic free living". 8 Silver St (Just off Bridge St.), Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9BJ

Featured Review - Wholefoods Glossop

Marie Edwards

Zero Waste champions… a visit to Wholefoods Glossop

If you are wishing to progress towards as much of a zero waste or plastic free lifestyle as possible and live in the Glossop area, you will be pleased to know that Wholefoods Glossop are in full support of your benevolent attempts to better the world!

Glossop Wholefoods, run by friendly and knowledgeable owners - Beth and Dan - is an entirely vegan store which offers a broad variety of zero waste options from olive oil, domestic products, wholefood staples, reusable items (such as portable, lightweight cutlery) and a more recent addition – loose teas. They began to offer plastic free alternatives to customers in 2018 as the devastating impact of plastic waste on our wildlife and environment came more fully into public awareness. Beth shared with us that they have plans to extend their range in the near future by adding another five to six products. This will include a bakery section with delights such as breads, vegan pastries, gluten and sugar free foods. These eagerly anticipated additions will be made locally and delivered on foot or via public transport cutting down on energy use, carbon emissions and pollution in the process. Dan and Beth attempt to source their produce as locally as possible obtaining much of their stock from within the North West area.

Glossop Wholefoods, 7 Norfolk Square, Glossop, SK13 8BP

Do check out their website for additional details!

Glossop Wholefoods

We wish them all the very best with their dedicated efforts to create a more ecologically resilient community and future.

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