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Monday, 29 April 2019

My Trip To Village Greens

Hannah Barnes

So this weekend I made it to the second of my local plastic free shops. This one is actually a local cooperative; Village Greens, set up in Prestwich. They offer plastic free hoppers, eco friendly products and fresh local produce so I was excited to head down there. 

The amount of plastic free dry goods were far fewer than I found at Plentiful, however Village Greens have fresh produce too. So, I was still able to do a good shop and pick up some useful items. 

If you read about my last plastic free shop visit, you'll know I was still on the hunt for loose salad leaves. I'm happy to report that I found some here, which isn't surprising considering the shops name! My usual pick of salad leaves had pretty much sold out but I did pick up a huge Spanish lettuce to try. 

They also had popcorn kernels in the hopper, so I was glass to add those to our options for sweet snacks. The best find by far though, was the fresh pesto! They have a little deli counter and luckily I'd brought the perfect container along. It's now my pesto pot and I can't wait to head back for more. Pesto is the perfect ingredient to have on hand for a simple but tasty meal and I really didn't fancy grinding any up myself. 

I found yeast too! It's packaged, but the packaging is paper and I'm pretty sure it'll last me a good while so I picked some of that up along with some bread flour. The flour was also packaged in paper, but I figured that making my own bread will save on enough plastic to allow me a little paper waste. Plus it was reduced and I'm standing by my theory that I'm saving the whole product from the bin, by buying it. 

The last thing I managed to tick off my master list for waste free pantry items was oil. They have it available to buy from a bulk dispenser along with the rest of the liquids we saw at Plentiful. Such as toiletries and cleaning stuff. 

Once again I spent very little, and was really happy with what I managed to find. Village Greens even has free jars people have left for others to reuse. So I was able to add a much needed corn flour jar to my collection. I'll be back to try and bag me some of the more peppery varieties of lettuce very soon. If you're anywhere near Manchester go and check this place out! 

What I Bought 


Pasta
Rice
Chick Peas
Lettuce
Kumquats
Tomatoes
Popcorn
Yeast
Bread Flour
Pesto
Cooking Oil

Still Looking For 


Coffee
Cordial
Savoury Snacks

And in case you were wondering, I bought myself a bay tree, so I now have a fresh supply of bay leaves whenever I need 'em!  I also have a lead (no pun intended) on some pet food, thanks to a helpful comment on my last shopping post.

Have you been to your local plastic free shop yet? Tell me all about it in the comments section!

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I keep myself busy with my small business; The Loft Gifts, the period poverty charity I run; The Crimson Wave, writing here and for vaious platforms and a growing menagerie of household pets.

1 comments:

  1. I used to go to this shop a lot when I lived in Prestwich and it came really handy for various items. I loved the bread from there but I would also buy other bits and bobs, whatever I needed. Definitely worth visiting! Now I live somewhere else and really miss this shop.

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