A number of local traders in Lewes encourage plastic-free shopping and keep a focus on local, sustainably grown produce
Lewes Farmers Market
Offers a wealth of sustainably grown produce, food and drink direct from the producers who make it. 9am-2pm on the first and third Saturday of every month on Cliffe High Street.
Lewes Friday Food Market
Weekly food market focusing on seasonal local veg, meat, fish and other produce from both very small local growers and makers, as well as professional producers. Strong focus on reducing plastic – including piloting a refill service for dried goods. 9.30am-1.30pm, every Friday, The Market Tower, Market Street.
Allows shoppers to bring their own containers for refills of a range of dried goods, including nuts, seeds and dried beans. Also provides refills for a number of Ecover cleaning products.
44, Cliffe High St, Lewes. 9am-5.30pm (9am-5pm Saturday, 10.30am- 4.30pm Sunday)
Mays Farm Cart
Sells locally-sourced meat which can be wrapped in paper or shoppers can bring their own containers. Also sells milk in returnable glass bottles and offers a home milk delivery service. Riverside, Cliffe Bridge, 8.30am-5pm (earlier closing on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday; closed Sunday).
Working to reduce plastic across its business, including offering reusable plastic vases with its flower arrangements, which give a discount off your next purchase when returned.
Riverside Flowers, 2 Station Street.
Invites customers to bring their own containers when buying its array of locally caught fish
Riverside, Cliffe Bridge, 8.30am-4pm, Tuesday – Saturday
Offers customers a choice of plastic or greaseproof paper to wrap meat and other products or customers can provide their own containers. Also sells a range of loose veg. 25 Western Road, see www.richardsbutchers.co.uk for opening times
Veg box schemes
One of the most effective ways to shop plastic-free is to join a veg box scheme to get fresh produce delivered to your door. Here are some local ones: