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Services indicated in the Harborough Green Directory may therefore not be available despite businesses still being open.
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Aldwinckles Coffee House Ltd
Located in one of the last 'yards or Tofts' Aldwinckles Coffee House is situated just off the bustling historic Church Street of Market Harborough. The covered courtyard and inside coffee house offer a secluded and peaceful location to bring friends or come on your own to sample the range of locally roasted coffees, speciality lattes, loose leaf teas, homemade cakes and delicious savoury cuisine. We offer a wide range of freshly prepared hot and cold foods and afternoon teas, with many ingredients being sourced from local independent producers.
Where possible we serve food that can be decanted into reusable jars and dishes rather than in single-use plastic. Most of our takeaway packaging is recyclable or compostable and we actively encourage customers to bring their reusable cups for takeaway drinks. We use local suppliers where possible to reduce our food miles and support the local economy. Our used coffee grounds and tea leaves are collected by a local allotment society for use on their land. Our food waste is collected by Refood UK who uses anaerobic digestion to turn it into fuel and bio-fertiliser. We refill our soap dispensers and detergents at The Eco-Village.
Bud&Bean was founded by mum of two, Abby, as she could not bear to see her children’s outgrown, but perfectly good, children’s clothes be sent to landfill. Bud&Bean is based in the main room of The EcoVillage, and caters for children 0-6 years. The ethos of the business is to sell on perfectly good children’s clothing and equipment, for amazing prices, and keeping items out of landfill.
The business has recycling at its heart. It is our aim to make buying Preloved a social norm, and to only buy new if it is an absolute necessity. It is almost a return to how things once were. The textile industry is one of the worst offenders for polluting our world, and throwaway fashion has become acceptable. Buying Preloved is one of the best things you can do for the planet, as these items already exist. Bud&Bean want to extend the life of a product to subsidise the amount of children’s equipment being sent to landfill and inevitably damaging our planet.
A Rocha UK has developed Eco Church – an award scheme for churches in England and Wales – of all denominations - who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth. Here in Market Harborough a small group of representatives from the different churches are trying to encourage each church to ‘go green’ – caring for God’s wonderful creation. We’d love your church to take part in this exciting initiative, which will challenge and equip you to care for God’s world in all areas of your life together. But to become an Eco Church you need to form a small group of people who are enthusiastic about the environment. To find out more go on line - Eco Church – A ROCHA. One of us would be very happy to come along to your church and speak briefly about ECO CHURCH – and when the group is formed I – or another member of our group - would be happy to meet with them. To participate in the Eco Church scheme, register your church at ECO CHURCH – A ROCHA. You can then begin completing the online survey by indicating how your church is caring for God’s earth in your worship and teaching, around your buildings and grounds (if applicable), in your community engagement at local and global level and in your personal lifestyles as church members.
Once your church has amassed sufficient points, you will qualify for an Eco Church Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Canon Brian Davis Chair of Eco Church Harborough
In 2019 we got over 1000 to sign the PLASTIC PLEDGE - including our local MP!
Local wild florist that works out of a home studio providing gift bouquets, floral tributes, wedding and event flowers and more. Also an experimental grower of flowers, plants and veggies that blogs and posts helpful hints and tips to encourage others to do the same!
Flowery Veg Co. mostly uses British blooms (sometimes even home grown - even better!) meaning that the flowers used are picked from a field in this country and delivered straight to my doorstep - no air miles or nasty chemicals to keep them alive for longer. All my wrapping is also eco friendly so that everything that arrives with my customer can be recycled (and usually biodegradable!) or compostable. Speaking of compostable, we also keep a few traditional compost heaps ticking over to use on the allotment so nothing goes to waste. Hopefully me showing others ways of growing your own flowers, plans and veggies also encourages people to have a go themselves and therefore reduce their own waste (whilst having fun!).
Green Rhubarb offer products that are made with recycled and reclaimed yarn bringing together my passion for crochet and sustainability.
I make crocheted baskets of all sizes for storage, decor, plant pots and more. Baskets can be bought premade as well as being made to order.
All products are handmade with recycled material in Market Harborough.
At Green Rhubarb we aim to be as sustainable as possible. Most of the yarn that we use is made with waste from the fashion industry that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Other yarn is made from recycled cotton and other recycled materials. We also reuse packaging for postage.
The EcoVillage is a hub of independent shops with sustainability at their heart. It is also a community space which hosts events and educational courses.
The EcoVillage hosts a range of educational programmes and courses, including but not limited to composting, why organic?, zero waste and sustainability tips. We have a goal of producing zero landfill waste and pride ourselves on composting, or reusing any waste.
The organisation aims to reach any Leicestershire resident who wants to start composting at home, and to offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement. There are over 60 Master Composters in the county who attend a variety of events to promote home composting and give advice to the general public. They may also meet with individual residents, give talks, go into schools, advise community gardens, maintain compost display areas and write their own blogs and websites. They are all volunteers and are supported by a number of staff in the LCC Waste Partnership. There are 2 Master Composters based in Market Harborough. There are ongoing opportunities to join the programme as a volunteer, please contact Matthew Copley for more information : , tel: 0116 3058 280 The two Master Composters based in Market Harborough, have been instrumental in setting up two facilities that give regular opportunities for people in Market Harborough to learn about home composting, and get involved in active training sessions. One at Stevens St Allotments, and one at the MH Eco Village. See the MH Eco Map for details.
Advice on reducing household and garden waste by home composting.
We encourage and support individuals, shops, businesses, schools and churches to buy, sell and use Fair Trade products. Fair trade works to raise the voices of producers and priorise what they need to respond to the environmental crises unfolding in already vulnerable communities.
Many Fair Trade craft producers use recycled materials.
A simple list of commitments that anyone can make with regard to use of Plastics. If followed by everyone in Market Harborough, we would see a real reduction in the amount of plastic that is ending up in landfill, or in our rivers and oceans. Market Harborough Plastics Pledge was launched to demonstrate the strength of feeling locally about the over-use of single use plastic, especially in supermarkets. Visit the website to view and sign the pledge. The signatures will be used to put pressure on local businesses to reduce single-use plastics and will demonstrate to the local Council the local passion for reducing plastic use.
This is an awareness-raising initiative, promoting the reduction of single-use plastic through stalls, events etc.
Muddy Boots and Books run local Nature Trails for kids who love being outdoors and exploring! The perfect COVID safe activity!
Each trail is centred around a book with a new theme each month!
The trails can be completed completely free or there is the option of purchasing an activity pack to go alongside the trail which includes the book, a DIY story prop, and nature inspired activity cards for the trail.
Each pack includes an activity designed to "give back" to the environment.
Chocolate Lovers is an independent artisan chocolate shop on the Square in Market Harborough. We sell a delicious range of handmade chocolates, macarons, gelatos, ice creams, cakes and award winning chocolate bars including two vegan bars made with coconut milk and cashew nut milk. Our chocolates are made with ethically sourced cacao endorsed by the International Cocoa Organisation.
We also illustrate our own greeting cards and wrapping paper that are printed locally in Market Harborough.
We sell discounted chocolates in paper bags rather than gift boxes. We refill customers own gift boxes. Our hot drinks are discounted for customers using their own refillable cups.
FarrinHeight Foods - Compassionate Catering was started in 2007 and is owned & run by partners Kerry & Nathan. We are a 100% vegan food producer, street food vendor and hosts of pop up dining nights with themed menus. Find us at the Harborough farmers market plus various food fairs, festivals and other community events in and around the district, when they are allowed to resume. In March 2020 we started a local weekly contact-free food delivery service which continues to this day. A percentage of our pop up night profits is shared between the Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital and the Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary in Raunds.
A 2018 Oxford University study found that ‘avoiding meat and dairy is the single biggest way to reduce your impact on Earth’
Small independent bicycle retail & repair shop that also sells & repairs self propelled scooters.
We recycle all our old inner tubes and customers are welcome to drop off theirs free of charge for recycling to. We deal with a youth project based in Kettering who take all our old and donated bicycles & re-usable parts for their own use and teaching of under privileged children.
Green Shoots is an emission-free delivery service.
Our fully-electric mid-sized van has a 2.4m2 capacity which means it can take up to 2 x euro pallets and over 700kg in weight.
Ideal for businesses wanting to reduce their carbon footprint, farmers or local producers wanting to minimise their food miles, or members of the public looking for an environmentally-friendly alternative to sending packages, moving furniture, or buying and selling goods.
Fully electric van with a great driving range means we can deliver anything within a 100-mile radius in a completely environmentally-friendly manner. Whether you're a business owner or an individual, every emission-free delivery makes a difference!
Harborough Energy are a cooperative set up to provide affordable, clean energy to communities in and around Market Harborough. Our local energy projects offer community investment opportunities as well as reduced energy costs for land and property owners who host our installations.
We are helping to give Harborough more control over its future energy costs and surety of supply, making it an even better place to live.
Harborough Energy also work with Harborough District Council and other councils in the region to improve access by eligible residents to ‘Warm / Healthy Homes’ funding.
Leicestershire and Rutland’s dedicated gift box service, showcasing local business and independents.
Use of sustainable, reusable or recyclable gift boxing. Featuring local businesses, ensuring that our products have not travelled unnecessarily far, and that spending is retained in our local economy. Featuring many green businesses including local farms.
Environment Action Volunteers (EAVs for short) encourage and support people in Leicestershire to take action to reduce their impact on the environment. The Environment Action Volunteer scheme is managed by Leicestershire County Council’s Environment and Waste Initiatives teams in partnership with the charities Love Food Hate Waste and Garden Organic. The Environment Action volunteer role is about fostering positive behavioural change and is as much about people and communities as it is about the environment. By attending events and talking to people, EVAs advise residents about topics such as; food waste prevention, home composting, waste reduction, reuse and recycling, the use of reusable nappies, carbon footprints, climate change and biodiversity.
Giving advice to Leicestershire residents to enable them to reduce their impact on the environment
MHiB aims to improve, manage and develop the town and surrounding areas of Market Harborough by involving members of the community in designing, planting and maintaining floral displays, and in campaigns and community projects develop projects to encourage saving natural resources undertake nature conservation projects encourage children and young people to become aware of their local environment through active participation encourage sustainable development participate in regional and national competitions
Volunteers learn about composting, recycling, plant reuse and water conservation as part of a wider horticultural remit...all this is promoted on the Facebook page so it can be disseminated to a wider audience.
A Young People’s Coordinator volunteer aims to convey green/wildlife issues to children locally
Planters with reservoirs have systematically replaced older planters to conserve water
All pots are reused and materials repurposed wherever possible
Pollinator friendly plants are used increasingly and more planting involves reused perennial plants
Refill Revolution is a reduced waste shop offering plastic free alternatives, household liquid refills and dry foods, available to buy by weight.
We carefully source our products from suppliers who share our values, making sure that our products are always cruelty-free. We support other local businesses where possible, and have an expansive range of vegan products. We offer a zero-emissions delivery service for a small range of products, and will always support customers who are less able to get to the shop to do their shopping via pre-ordering.