Harborough Green Directory
Your local guide to businesses and organisations offering green options in the Harborough District.
Created and maintained by Sustainable Harborough Community.
RRRRRR = Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair Recycle
LOAFS = Local or Organic or Animal Friendly or Fairtrade or Seasonal
Please be aware that some outlets and services have restrictions in place due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
Services indicated in the Harborough Green Directory may therefore not be available despite businesses still being open.
We advise that you ring before visiting if you are relying on a particular service.
Let's keep safe, keep hope and keep supporting local businesses and organisations.
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.
Ash Tree Vets
Ash Tree Vets is a local and longstanding veterinary practice dedicated to providing a high quality, caring and professional service to all of our clients and the animals in our care. Our friendly and experienced team provide veterinary care to the dogs, cats and small furry creatures of Market Harborough and surrounding areas with additional branches operating in Kibworth and Desborough. Our management are passionate about the environment and increasingly want to make sustainability a key focus of how we deliver our services.
We have created an internal 'Green team' dedicated to reducing our resource use, waste production and improving our sustainability across the practice. So far we have implemented increased recycling processes, reduced single use items where possible and even created a pollinator friendly garden area in our car park
We have committed to an external accreditation scheme with 'Investors in the Environment' who will audit our progress.
We offer a 'take back' scheme to our registered clients whereby they can return difficult to recycle plastic blister packaging, from medication dispensed to them by us for recycling.
Back to Basics
Zero-waste village mobile shop delivering store cupboard staples with zero-waste packaging, plastic free seasonal fruit and vegetables, freshly baked bread and bakes.
Refill station, plastic free fruit and vegetables.
Small batch home bakery with eco-conscious values and packaging. Offering delectable small bakes (brownies/blondies etc) available for collection or postage as well as beautiful bespoke celebration cakes.
All packaging is reusable, compostable or recyclable. Discounts offered if packaging is returned to be reused.
Bridge 67 Butcher's shop
We are a family run butcher's shop in Kibworth showcasing high quality sustainably and humanely farmed local grass fed 21 day matured beef, lamb and pork from a nearby farm. We feed all our livestock on good natural foods (grass and grain) from the farm. Great animal husbandry and respect are at the heart of what we do, so we encourage nose to tail use of every animal with as little waste as possible. We are passionate about great tasting food, sustainability and wholesomeness. From our farm to your table.
We practice sustainable and ethical farming in partnership with the wonderful countryside; minimising chemicals, additives and keeping antibiotics use to a minimum. We advocate nose to tail use of an animal to avoid waste and are very much low food miles as the animals go from our fields to a local slaughterhouse and then straight back to us all locally. We try to avoid all plastics and encourage using recycled paper and packaging materials.
We also supply other local British produce from farms and small businesses. We are very much an active member of the Kibworth High Street serving our local population and responding to their needs and requirements. During lockdown we have started free local deliveries for those unable to leave home grouping deliveries geographically and time schedule wise to save on petrol.
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.
Cotesbach Gardens CIC
Organically certified fruit and veg grown within a historic walled garden. Sign up to collect a weekly veg box including a range of whatever is ready for picking! Alternatively, enjoy our produce at the Yard Cafe, or check the Glut Hut stand in Cotesbach stable Yard for seasonal delights!
Locally grown organic fruit and veg.
Eco Church Harborough
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!
I am a qualified aromatherapist.
I make natural products with NO synthetic fragrances, NO parabens, NO nasty chemicals. I am also conscious about waste and single use plastic. As a small business we try to do our bit.
All our packaging is recyclable, tissue paper, brown tape even are labels are made from recycled paper. I am hoping to offer a refill service soon.
Flowery Veg Co.
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.
Harborough EcoVillage CIC
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.
Harborough Go Green!
If you are living in Harborough District and concerned about the environment - locally, nationally and globally, this is a place to share ideas, news and initiatives and engage in discussion.
This is a discussion page where green practices can be discussed.
Harborough Woodland Community Volunteers
Community volunteers passionate about increasing tree cover in schools, private land, green spaces, farms and as part of natural flood management schemes
Helping busy landowners to plant trees, hedges and woods
Kristal's Beautè Box
You are invited to be pampered at Kristal's Beautè Box - Vegan & Eco-Friendly Health & Wellness Beauty Therapy and personal 1-1 Education-
May all who enter as clients & students, leave as friends & qualified professionals.
Certificates based on confidence not just attendance.
The beauty industry is a major contributor to single-use plastic but by making small and gradual changes to our lifestyles for our health & wellness they are more likely to become our new normal and more sustainable for a long period of time.
It's for our future and the future of our children and grandchildren. ♻️🌱🌍
It's a lot more than just beauty treatments, it's so important to take time out of our busy lives to relax physically and mentally and that is what as a professional I am looking to give to my clients, time, and to encourage healthy self-esteem to protect our younger generation and to teach them that the way you look isn't everything and that your personality, values, skills and confidence are the things that will help you progress and develop.
I offer a wide range of natural, plant- based, organic, chemical-free, palm-oil free, animal cruelty-free, vegan, eco-friendly & plastic-free beauty therapy treatments using bamboo biodegradable disposables including cotton buds, mascara wands, bin bags, gloves aprons and towels. Recycled couch roll and re-useable face pads, including a lovely range of retail products. My in-depth fully accredited education and training manuals also include sustainability awareness. Green is the new pink 🌿
Leicester Cloth Nappy Library
A volunteer run not for profit information and hire service, offering help and advice about using washable nappies and other cloth items
Hire of reusable cloth items
Leicestershire Environment Action Volunteers Scheme
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
MH Tech Centre Ltd
For all your Technology needs. A one stop shop for all your computer requirements.
We offer in-store services and repairs, as well as remote access support.
We can deliver goods to be set up at your home or business premises; our aim is to resolve any tech issue you have.
We build bespoke machines, gaming PCs, business machines, anything technical!
As well as repairs we also carry out upgrades, virus removal, data recovery, backups, clean-ups; fixes for Macs, PCs, Laptops, Phones or Tablets.
Computer repair with a smile.
We offer a variety of refurbished items, from Laptops and PC, also old business machines we clean up and rehouse with new components and upgrades to help old machines live twice as long. We take trade in on old laptops and PCs, we repair all manner of computer, laptop, tablet, phone you name it, we can probably fix it. We can make good any old tech that needs data wiping and then recycling.
Market Harborough Fairtrade Town
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.
Market Harborough Plastics Pledge
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 Outdoor Education and Forest School
Outdoor sessions for children, following the Forest School ethos and passionate about child-led learning. Promoting nature connection and environmental sustainability and awareness. Getting children outside enjoying and respecting nature. Activities include den building, campfire cooking, fire lighting, team games, arts and crafts to name but a few. Birthday Parties, scouts groups and other outdoor events
Using natural resources to encourage creativity. Repurposing various items. Foraging and nature connection
Reclaimed Recycled MH
Be an eco warrior! We provide the vessels for planting flowers and vegetables, whilst you save some of the millions of tons of wood that go to landfill each year.
Our ‘rustic look’ planters are made from reclaimed heat or pressure treated wood.
Bespoke planter making
Refill Revolution (in the Market)
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.
Rural Trading Limited
Rural Trading is locally based Wholesaler and Retailer of ECO Household, Cleaning, Hygiene and Tissue Products and the home of brand BoxRoll.
From our retail outlet at Harborough Indoor Market we provide trusted ECO Brands Laundry Products , Household Cleaning, Personal Care and Dishwashing Products in both Retail and "Go Large" Home Refill sizes. Our extensive product range enables our customers to continue using their existing environmentally responsible brands and benefit from the economy of scale afforded by Home Refill too.
Our wholesale and B2B activities operate from our base in the lovely village of Foxton. From there we supply Independent Zero Waste/ECO Shops and Private Households across the UK and Channel Islands with UK sourced and manufactured Plastic Packaging Free Toilet Tissue.
BoxRoll is available without subscription an enables our stockists to buy "just what they need, just when they need it". Our stockists benefit from Trade Account pricing and are boosted by our decision to sell directly to them in the UK rather than a more mainstream "scattergun" online marketplace approach. This designed supply base enables them to reap the price advantage themselves and retain the economic value in their own locality without the fear of aggressive price competition from larger global sellers.
Rural Trading is the home of BoxRoll Toilet Tissue.
BoxRoll is a responsible UK sourced and UK manufactured Plastic Packaging Free Toilet Tissue which we currently supply to Private Households, Zero Waste Stores and other ECO Shops throughout the UK.
Our Online Local Delivery Store also provides emission free delivery within 20 miles of Market Harborough.
South Leicestershire Litter Wombles
A group of self motivated volunteers, who believe in Action Not Words. In groups or on our own, we remove litter and any other rubbish dumped in our countryside and towns, making the environment cleaner and safer for our wildlife. Come join us, you'll be amazed how great you feel after you've made a difference!
Any aluminium cans found are passed to the Air Ambulance Helipad Campaign, where they will actually be used as the building material for the structure.
Sustainable Harborough Community
We are a collaboration of communities and individuals coming together to make a difference in matters of sustainability, climate change, and all things ‘Green’. We act as an umbrella organisation, working together with environmental groups and concerned individuals in the MH area to effect change at the individual, local, national and international level.
Advice, information and ideas for action on how to live a more sustainable life.
The Flower Bar Market Harborough
Eco friendly Florist, supplying quality flowers for all occasions.
All our flowers are 100% single use plastic free, even our sticky tape is make from kraft paper. You will find all your quality flowers presented in luxury eco-friendly kraft paper with a natural raffia bow. Our hand- tied boxes are sourced from a company based in Ireland using only recycled materials and are fully compostable should you not wish to reuse it. So if your looking for your traditional cellophane covered dyed flowers you happily (not sadly) won’t find this here.
The Paint Pottle
Paint your own pottery and clay craft studio for all ages and abilities. Run by local pottery enthusiast Claire, the studio is the perfect place to spend time with your loved ones (or to escape from them!). A great rainy day activity, pottery painting can be enjoyed by the whole family, from toddlers to grandparents. You don’t have to be an artist to create a Pottle masterpiece, Claire and her friendly team are ready with top tips and cheeky cheats to help you to create something to be treasured for years to come. As well as creating baby hand and footprint keepsakes, we also take commissions for bespoke or personalised ceramic gifts that, treated with care, will last a lifetime. We host birthday parties, hen dos, baby showers and corporate events and run a wide variety of workshops and events throughout the year.
- The idea of our offer is that you create something to keep as a memory or something practical which is used to the end of its lifespan - which if treated with care should be a very long time!
- We recycle as much as we can, including all the plastic bottles our paints, underglazes and glazes come in (which are non toxic).
- The majority of our packaging is recyclable paper or card and we encourage people to return their bubble wrap (many people who have moved house etc bring me their bubble to reuse and I reuse what packaging I can from my suppliers).
- We reuse tin cans for brush pots and water pots - they also make excellent formers for some of our clay projects. We also reuse anything we think will make a nice or interesting texture in clay!
- We source as much bisque as we can from a local supplier to keep miles down.
- We buy eco cleaning products (including loo roll) and refill at the market.
- We reuse our takeaway kit packaging and brushes after a clean and decontamination period.
Nature inspired home and garden decor made using recycled and repurposed materials.
Handmade in Leicestershire.
Twisted Sprout creations are all made using recycled and repurposed materials. Items such as 100% recycled cotton yarn and scrap fabric otherwise destined for the bin.
Twisted Sprout supports sustainable living through an all natural approach to home grown food. We share elements of our allotment journey in support of educating children and adults alike.
Ashley Farm Shop
We are a family run farm shop in the village of Ashley. We produce all of our own beef and lamb on the farm which is then sold through the shop. We locally source jams/marmalades and honey. We also cook a variety of pies, cakes and biscuits on site.
We produce all of our own beef and lamb on the farm which is then sold through the shop. We locally source jams/marmalades and honey. We have a Planet Aid Clothes/Shoes recycling bin in the car park.
BeSpoke Coffee is a tricycle selling coffee, homemade bakes and ice cream .
We cycle our tricycle to our pitch.
We use recyclable cups and lids.
Our cakes are homemade locally.
Proudly based in the Centre of the known UK – Market Harborough, Leicestershire, BrewHarbs consists of four friends who are redesigning the craft beer scene. Creating modern recipes with UK sourced ingredients. The result? A clean and modern Brewery that is crafting high-quality and consistent beers on the inside with respect for the ingredients we use whilst celebrating iconic and fresh design on the outside.
The bulk of our suppliers are all based in Leicestershire, we’re really proud to use local suppliers. We are also starting our very own hop farm which will revolutionise the brewing industry in the Midlands giving local breweries the opportunity to buy the most expensive part of any brew, locally.
Bud&Bean Preloved Children’s Equipment
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.
We’re here to help you minimise single use plastic waste by offering refillable alternatives to your every day cleaning and toiletry products.
Our product range is 100% made in the UK, using biodegradable ingredients and by manufacturers who care. We even refill our refills to reduce waste right from manufacture to consumer.
We offer a Refill Home Delivery Service, bringing refills to your door to make living more eco conscious, much more convenient.
There’s an enormous pressure to create less waste, but there are minimal options available day to day. We pride ourselves on supporting local makers and stock only British Made products which helps to minimise emissions created with import. Clean Provisions are just that. Every day provisions, created with a cleaner future in mind.
Pop up refills shops & Home Refill Delivery
Dottie and Olive
We are small business based in Northamptonshire making eco friendly wall art for your home.
We use 100% Cotton rag paper a waste by product of cotton and all packaging is recycled or compostable.
Making it easier for skiers to make more environmentally and socially conscious choices about the ski kit they wear. With a buy new, Preloved, Rentals and Repairs service we will be taking responsibility and accountability for all the kit we trade.
We are helping fund a few green initiatives through our partnership with non profits. Locally we are working with Root and Branch Out and running a community fridge in Oakham. We are carrying out repairs on peoples ski kit to ensure it is kept in circulation and out of landfill. We take off all of the plastic from our items before posting to our customer - we are collecting the plastic and each year will recycle it into something useful!
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’
George Halls Cycle Centre
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.
A community Group making reusable bags from unwanted fabric
We make a variety of bags from donated and often pre-used fabrics to support local businesses and the wider community