Our round up of eco-friendly local businesses and initiatives

May 30, 2020
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Here’s our round up of fab businesses and initiatives in Nunhead and Peckham doing their bit for the environment

2 Girls Cafe (24A Peckham Rye) is not only a vegetarian/vegan cafe, serving up lots of plant-based goodness, but is also a zero waste organic shop. 2 Girls Cafe is currently open for takeaway and you can order on Deliveroo

28 Well Hung (60 Nunhead Lane) is part of a new global movement aiming to regenerate 1 billion hectares of grassland by 2025. The restaurant works in partnership with farmers and growers who manage grazing and growing in ways that supports and regenerates the soil, increases biodiversity and is kind to the planet.

Bee Naturals is a volunteer-run social enterprise and small business, that actively works with the community, within South-East London, to provide advice and education that promotes responsible urban bee-keeping, and raise awareness of the problems affecting our many pollinators.

BYO (32 Nunhead Green) or Bring Your Own is an independent, plastic-free health shop selling food and household essentials. Shoppers use reusable containers and weighing scales to buy the amount they need, reducing their environmental footprint and cutting down on food waste.

Foodcycle (All Saints Church Hall, Blenheim Grove) is a UK charity that combines surplus food, spare kitchen spaces and volunteers to create three-course meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. Their Peckham hub operates out at All Saints Church, just off Rye Lane. The scheme has been affected by COVID-19 but you can sign-up to volunteer in September here.

Friends of Nunhead Cemetery promotes the preservation, care and improvement of Nunhead Cemetery as a place of historic and ecological interest and beauty and as a burial ground. The organisation is entirely voluntary and you can join here.

Gather (121 Bellenden Road) is another local plastic-free store selling dried foods, oils and vinegars, drinks and cleaning products without packaging. If you can’t leave your house and need someone to collect for you, they have contacts who can help.

General Store (174 Bellenden Road) is a local grocery store selling seasonal fruit and vegetables, and lots of store cupboard essentials. They are open and operating a one-in, one-out convenience. 

Glengall Wharf Garden (64 Glengall Rd) is an urban garden in North Peckham run by a group of local people keen to work with the community to increase the understanding of healthy, local and fresh food. The garden is currently closed due to COVID-19, but the team is continuing to farm fresh food for the local foodbank, in line with government protocol and advice.

H A Smith (111-113 Evelina Road) and Sopers (141 Evelina Road) will drop your goods into your own container if you bring one along. Plus, Ayres (133 Evelina Road) will give you a free biscuit if you bring your own bread bag and egg carton.

Little Village Southwark (40 Stuart Road) is like a foodbank, but for clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of five. The organisation promotes sustainable living and aims to make it as easy as possible for families to help one another.

Plastic Free Peckham is a volunteer group of local residents, working with Peckham schools, businesses and Southwark Council to rid our community of single-use plastic.

The Butch Institute sells jams, jellies, preserves, chutneys and relishes made using seasonal and foraged fruit and veg.  

TRAID (14-16 Rye Lane) turns clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of clothes. The charity has shops dotted around London, including Peckham, which are temporarily closed due to COVID-19. However, you can still donate at your nearest TRAID Clothes Recycling Bank

Know any more businesses or initiatives doing their bit for the environment?

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