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Thatcham’s sustainable living market makes its return following year of pandemic restrictions




Thatcham's eco-friendly market has made its return following a year of lockdowns to encourage and promote sustainable living.

The group's first market day kicked off during The Great Big Green Week and was held at the Catholic Hall on Bath Road in Thatcham.

Many products were on offer from wooden chopping boards and toothbrushes to home-made wax crayons and pre-loved jewellery.

Helen Whitfield, handmade sustainable housewares and upcycled gifts. showing reusable cracker.Ref: 39-1221. (51626760)
Helen Whitfield, handmade sustainable housewares and upcycled gifts. showing reusable cracker.Ref: 39-1221. (51626760)

There were also refillable products available, as well as food from rice all the way to sweet dried fruit.

One of the organisers, Jenny Kirby said: “The sustainability market is like a big family.

“We were going great, it was really successful, until lockdown.

Rowan Britton, Handmade, vegan , non toxic crayons...Ref: 39-1221. (51626759)
Rowan Britton, Handmade, vegan , non toxic crayons...Ref: 39-1221. (51626759)

“We did them every other month but this one was a little quiet.”

However, she said that the attitudes towards those who shop sustainably is changing.

“In the past 16 or 18 months, a lot has happened with the climate, and people are noticing.

“Before it was ‘those people do it’ but now a lot more people are making changes.”

Helen Whitfield, handmade sustainable housewares and upcycled gifts...Ref: 39-1221. (51626601)
Helen Whitfield, handmade sustainable housewares and upcycled gifts...Ref: 39-1221. (51626601)

“It is about sustainability and making habits.

“You don’t need a full change.”

The group used to also invite charities along to the market and hope to re-introduce this in the future.

The event is organised by Thatcham and Newbury plastic free, recycling and zero waste UK Facebook group.

The next market will be held on November 20 from 10.30am at the Catholic Hall on Bath Road.



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