Green Manchester Map

I’ve spent a lot of time looking for green/eco/zero-waste businesses and got frustrated with always having to check where exactly they were located as I prefer to cycle/walk/use public transport and also have a dreadful sense of geography! I decided to build myself a map and thought other people might be able to use it…

What’s on: 3rd – 9th Nov

Saturday 3rd Stitched Up: Learn to Sew in a day, please book in advance. Boothstown repair cafe: 9:30-11:30 in the village hall Woodbank Farmstart: Land Army volunteer day, please register. Sunday 4th Greenslate Farm: Autumn Fair, 11am – 4pm University of Manchester talk: Is Capitalism Sustainable?, 6pm – 8pm Monday 5th Bolton Town Hall: Recycling art exhibition,…

Unicorn Items: easy waste-free meals

The two big barriers to reducing single-use items and disposable plastic are (perceived) expense and time. I can’t change the expense side (plus, sometimes the alternatives are cheaper or work out to be over time), but I hope this blog can at least make it a little quicker and easier to find alternatives. If you…

Local Hero: SeaStraw

However hard we work to make a plastic or waste-free home, going out to eat or drink can be a minefield. Thanks to Blue Planet II, plastic straws are often no longer given by default but plastic cultery, disposable plates and hard-to-recycle cups are still common. SeaStraw are a local project encouraging pubs, bars and…

What’s On: Apple Day + more

Get outside this weekend and reconnect with the seasons at an Apple Day event. There are lots of things going on around Greater Manchester including: Saturday 20th October Greenslate Farm – 11am – 6pm Tree planting, orchard and woodland walk, cider bar, treasure hunt and more Woodbank Community Food Hub – from 11am Apple pressing,…

Top Shop: McCalls Organics, Manchester

Right in the heart of Manchester city centre, McCalls Organics have had a makeover in the last few months and now stock lots of loose items for plastic-free shopping. Take your own containers or you can buy jars in store. Items include: superfood powders: hemp protein, maca powder, matcha powder, pea protein, spirulina, wheatgrass rice:…

Local Hero: Stitched Up, Chorlton

With the BBC’s documentary on the issues with fast fashion and clothing production, how can we make green choices in what we wear? Stitched Up in Chorlton has a few ideas: Clothes swaps – including tips from a stylist, how to care for your clothes and more Sewing courses – make your own clothes; from…

Local Hero: Rebuild Bury

Rebuild Bury is a local charity helping low-income families have the home they need and deserve whilst also helping the environment by preventing items from going to landfill. They: collect quality unwanted furniture from homes and provides it at affordable prices to those who need it, including 50% for low-income families. are part of the…

Top Shop: M20 Refills

For something a bit different, this isn’t a shop but a delivery service, because sometimes you just don’t have time to chase around multiple shops to get all those hard-to-find zerowaste items. M20 Refills supply household cleaning products, soaps and shampoos, with more items being added soon. They deliver throughout south Manchester, Stockport area or you…

Top Shop: Fulfilled, Ramsbottom

Greater Manchester’s latest zero-waste shop is Fulfilled in Ramsbottom which stocks primarily dry & dried foods and cleaning products including: grains (rice, quinoa, couscous, pearl barley…) oats and cereals (oats, muesli, granola, cornflakes…) dried fruit (dates, raisins, apricots, coconut chips…) nuts (almonds, brazils, peanuts,cashews…) pasta seeds (chia, pumpkin, sunflower…) beans (chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, soy…

Top Shop: Bud Garden Centre, Burnage

Most of the ‘Top Shop’ articles so far have focused on food and household products, but an interest in environmental issues often goes alongside an interest in growing our own food/flowers – so how can we reduce waste in the garden? Local business Bud Garden centre have various solutions: all spring bulbs sold loose a…

Local Hero: Repair Cafes

Sometimes it seems that everything is designed to break but you can still repair things! YouTube is a great resource for repair videos but if, like me, you’re less practical, then a repair cafe might be just what you’re looking for. They happen about once a month and you can take in one broken item….

Local Hero: Veg Box Schemes

Veg box schemes are great but it can be hard to find one that delivers in your area. That’s why there is a separate category for them on the map. Look for the tomato []symbol on the map. Here is an overview: Manchester Reddy Lane Market Garden, Levenshulme – organic and UK sourced, £7/10 at…

Unicorn items: zero-waste cleaning

There are plenty of DIY cleaning product recipes online, but if you prefer something tried and tested, why not find your nearest refill point? There are a few brands offering refillable cleaning products and here are a few stockists in Greater Manchester: Fulfilled, Ramsbottom McCalls Organics, Manchester – Bio D, Friendly Soap and Dr Bronner…

Top Shop: 8th Day Co-op, Manchester

The city-centre vegetarian cafe and shop also has some zerowaste products including: loose fruit, veg and herbs loose unpackaged and also low-waste bodycare refills for some Faith in Nature & Ecoleaf cleaning products. unpackaged bread and deli items – own bags/containers welcome It obviously also has lots of great specialist vegetarian and vegan options. 8th…

Local hero: Emerge, Manchester

I’ve seen so many cool projects on my Twitter feed recently and half the Mannchester-based ones seem to come from this week’s local hero: Emerge Manchester They offer all sorts of waste and recycling services whilst also giving back to the community. Daily Takeaway – daily, pay-as-you-throw recycling for businesses without the space to store…

Top Shop: Real Junk Food

UPDATE: Real Junk have closed their restaurant and are now fundraising to start a catering business on the same principles: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/openkitchenmcr The Real Junk Food Project is not actually a shop, but a fabulous project creating zero-waste meals which actually reduce waste! A national network of cafes, shops and restaurants making food which would otherwise be…

Unicorn items: nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are particularly hard to find loose or in recyclable packaging so here are a couple of places where you can avoid excess packaging: McCalls Organics (Manchester) – a wide range of nuts and seeds, all organic Fulfilled, Ramsbottom – a wide range of nuts and seeds from brazils, to cashews, peanuts and…

Top Shop: A Small Good Thing, Bolton

It’s good to see zero-waste businesses outside the city centre and this little shop in Bolton is doing well. Primarily a community greengrocer at the moment but with plans to expand, this plastic-free shop also sells: brown and white rice quinoa red lentils muesli, porridge oats broth mix cous cous a range of dried herbs…

Top Shop: Waterhouse’s Quality Food Market, Cheadle Hulme

4-6 Mellor Road, Cheadle Hulme Facebook page This family-run fishmongers & greengrocers has baskets of packaging-free fruit and vegetables at very reasonable prices. It also stocks: some loose herbs fresh fish (customers welcome to bring their own container) a range of vegan and vegetarian products There are also organic, dairy-free and gluten-free products. This looks like…

Unicorn items: frozen fruit and veg

Many fresh vegetables can be found loose relatively easily but sometimes you want the convenience of frozen without the plastic bags. Field Fare is a company that provides loose frozen products to shops. In addition to vegetables (peas, beans, stir fry mixes), their range includes: Cranberries Blueberries Apricots Prawns Fries Stockists around Manchester are Waterhouse’s Quality Food Market,…

Unicorn items: loose pulses and pasta

Bread, fruit and vegetables are relatively easily available without packaging, but some items are particularly hard to find as zero-waste products. Village Greens, Prestwich, Village Stores, Levenshulme and A Small Good Thing, Bolton and Fulfilled, Ramsbottom seem the best places in Manchester to buy pulses, pasta and other unusual loose items. McCalls Organics, Manchester: grains cereals lentils/peas/beans…

Top Shop: Unicorn Grocery Coop, Chorlton

A well-known local coop with an emphasis on organic, fair-trade and local produce: Loose fruit and vegetables Basic pulses, grains, flours, nuts and spices in biodegradable plastic Bread and bakery items Plants and some gardening items You can bring your own container to the deli and they will give you a 15p discount. 89 Albany…

Top Shop: Village Stores, Levenshulme

A village shop stocking: Local organic fruit and veg (including the elusive plastic-free cucumber!) Eco toiletries Refillable cleaning products (washing up liquid, fabric conditioner, washing liquid) Loose pasta, muesli, couscous, rice, lentils, oats etc. Bread and bakery items Vegan products (ice cream, frozen meat substitutes, plant milks, cheese, mayo) It also offers a veg box…

Top Shop: Village Greens, Prestwich

A popular neighbourhood shop focused on local and organic products: Fresh bread and other bakery products Fruit, vegetables, herbs, greens Hoppers for packaging-free red lentils, chia seeds, sunflower seed, pumpkin seeds, oats, rice etc. Homemade deli products (welcome to bring your own pot) Customers are welcome to take their own containers and bags. 1 Longfield…

Green Manchester Map: on your mobile

If you’ve viewed the Green Manchester Map in Google Maps on a browser connected to a Gmail account, you can view the Green Manchester Map on your mobile in the Google Maps app. View the map at this link: Green Manchester Map Open Google maps and click the three lines in the top left Select ‘Your…