Buying sustainably sourced food benefits our planet. By purchasing sustainable food we can boost our local economies and even help reduce our plastic waste.
Therefore, to help you shop more sustainably, we’ve compiled a list of five places in Reading where you can source locally grown ethical goods.
Where? Inside Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), 35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1
Inspired by the growing zero-waste movement, Global Refills is a sustainable shop dedicated to reducing package waste and single-use plastics. Global Refills offers over 100 Fairtrade, organic and locally produced food and household items. Simply take your own containers along to Global Refills and fill up on a range of delicious sustainable foods and products!
Check out their stock list here: https://www.risc.org.uk/images/global-refills/global-refills-stocklist-2021.pdf
True Food Co-Op
Where? 61 Grove Road, Emmer Green, Reading RG4 8LJ
True Food was founded in 1999 by a small group of like-minded sustainable locals. Wanting to buy more local sustainable food in the Reading area, they set up True Food Co-Op. The Emmer Green shop sells organic, ethical food, toiletries and household goods.
Check out their stock list here: https://www.truefood.coop/WhatWeSell.cfm
Where? Certain markets around Berkshire & home delivery/click and collect services available.
Maya’s Refillables was founded by owner Maya, after she witnessed how devastating the impact of waste can be on turtles in Greece. As a result, she set up Maya’s Refillables and now provides affordable and sustainable goods for households in Reading.
Maya offers a click and collect and home delivery service on a whole range of sustainable goods from her online shop. You can also catch Maya’s shop at many markets around the Berkshire area!
Check out Maya’s online shop here: https://mayasrefillables.com/mayas-eco-shop/ols/products?page=1
Where? Hosier Street, Reading, RG1 7JL
You can catch local fruit and vegetable vendors at Reading Market, every Wednesday to Saturday at Hosier Street. Reading Market has recently been taken over by Blue Collar Street Food, who have plans to re-develop and expand the Hosier Street site. Filling it with even more local independent traders and seating areas!
Reading Farmer’s Market
Where? The Cattle Market, Great Knollys Street, Reading, RG1 7HD
Reading Farmer’s Market is held on the first Saturday of each month between 8:30am and 12pm. The Farmer’s Market hosts a range of different local vendors, who grow their food locally and are committed to cutting down on emissions caused by food miles.
Check out a full list of their traders here: https://www.tvfm.org.uk/category/traders/