Green fingered Greenwich shop owners and stall holders will be joined in the Market by visiting eco experts as part of the Soil Association’s Organic September ‘Organic, Naturally Different’ promotion.
For the third year running, Greenwich Goes Green will be a must for local Londoners looking to cut their carbon foot print, learn about sustainable opportunities or simply enjoy the eco shopping experience.
Feed the birds – the information team from the RSPB will be on hand to talk about their important conservation work and will invite visitors to try their hand at workshops making bird feeders out of apples or recycled plastic bottles
Organic veggies delivered to your door – even if you have no time to grow your own you can still enjoy your daily dose of fresh organic greens thanks to local Riverford vegbox scheme. Sign up to a local delivery to enjoy local organically grown vegetables. Vegboxes start from £9.85 including free delivery, visit www.riverford.co.uk or call 0845 600 2311 for more information
Thames21 bring London’s waterways to life and they will talk to visitors to the Market about their work on South-East London’s waterways including habitat management, river clean-ups and invasive species removal
Pedal power rules! Greener Greenwich Advisors will also be on site providing information about how you can get cycling and walking in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, including planning your own routes, loaning a bike from NHS Greenwich and taking part in cycle training.
Pedal yourself a smoothie! Come along to the Greenwich Goes Green event and make yourself a smoothie powered by pedal power.
London Cycling Campaign return to SE10 with news on how to make London a safe and inviting for cyclists. They will be promoting cycling in London, the campaigning work that they do and the benefits of LCC membership including discounts in Bike shops, free legal advice, free 3rd party insurance, their free bi monthly cycling magazine and how to sign up for membership to local cycling group.
Many of the Greenwich independent shops and stall holders endorse the organic lifestyle. Emma Nissim and t shirt company REDDolphins use organic fabrics in their collections. Emma Nissim have proactively researched fabrics to select ones that have the minimum impact on the planet and impact on the workers. They have chosen 100% Organic Cotton, 70% Sustainably Grown Bamboo and 30% Organic Cotton, Lenzing Tencel – made predominately from Eucalyptus and Lenzing MicroModal – made predominately from Beech wood. Animal and environmental charities is something the team at Emma Nissim take seriously and they donate to Born Free, the WWF and most recently they have become a member of the London Wildlife Trust.
SIKA’s womenswear designer Phylis Taylor’s family roots are firmly placed in Ghana, making this a natural choice for her to produce her collections there. With its rich culture, wealth of talented designers and dressmakers, Taylor has injected a new stream of employment and business into a struggling community. All of her fabrics are personally selected, from local fabric markets in Ghana and all SIKA garments are hand made, fair trade by Ghanaian tailors and seamstresses. By generating regular income for those involved, SIKA is able to give back to the Ghanaian community and raise the standard of garment production. SIKA’s new shop at 4 College Approach, Greenwich offers beautifully unique clothing for all occasions in a fabulous new setting, looking gorgeous guilt free has never been so simple!
Shopping for the home also takes a green twist in SE10. Greenlands Health Food shop at 14 Greenwich Market is a one stop shop for the full range of organic groceries. As well as wholefoods, bread, milk and eggs, it sells specialist foods for vegetarians and vegans, as well as gluten and dairy-free foods. They also sell organic cosmetics and household cleaning products as well as health supplements.
The antique traders will also be there in force to celebrate Greenwich Goes Green – the ultimate in the reuse, recycle following.