Sustainable shopping in Banbury

Environmentally conscious shopping is on the rise, so what does Banbury offer to the more eco-aware shopper? We spoke to Dan Ludlow from Nothing but Footprints to find out.

“More people are aware that everything we buy has health, environmental and social impact. As a result, we are seeing businesses embrace changes to reduce waste and be more caring for the environment.

Television documentaries like Blue Planet II, have created a rise in public interest in plastic pollution and recycling. This show created ‘The Attenborough Effect’ a movement prompting more than half of us to shift towards environmentally conscious shopping.

We’re lucky that our historic market town has lots of businesses offering eco-friendly services and products.”

Food, glorious package free food

The main shopping centre, Castle Quay is home to Nothing but Footprints (pictured above). This is Banbury’s first zero-waste store. Here you will find packaging-free food, cleaning products and lots more eco essentials besides.

On Church Lane, is Steve Betts Butchers who have been supplying the folk of Banbury with quality meat for over 21 years. However, you may not know you can ask for your own containers to be filled, helping to reduce the need for plastics.

Across town on George Street, is the Natural Health Store And Therapy Rooms. An independent supplier of fairtrade goods and health foods offering refills where possible.

In Banbury, we have traditional markets too. Banbury Charter Market operates weekly in the Market Place on Thursdays and Saturdays. Then, on the first Friday of every month, we have Banbury’s Farmer’s Market.

Our town also boasts its very vegan cafe. Besides our beautiful canal, below the museum, you will find Tom’s Diner. The ideal place for vegans and anyone interested in knowing where food was grown, caught or raised and produced.

Reduce, re-use, recycle in Banbury

Banbury Old Town is also home to many independent stores doing their bit to help the environment.

Parsons Street is a joy for the eco-conscious shopper, especially if you love upcycling, antiques or art. Doodledash offers materials, advice and workshops to spruce up tired old furniture. If you’re looking for treasure from days gone by we recommend Antique Modern Mix and Buzzy’s Emporium. And, if art is your thing then stop by The Artery Art Shop for quality supplies, art classes and a paint refilling service.

Shopping for good is also big. It’s a great way to save money, declutter your home and benefit those that need it most. Banbury is home to a variety of charity shops full of quality second-hand bargains waiting to find a new home. 

So what does Banbury offer to the more eco-aware shopper? Perhaps more than you first thought?


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