Shopping ethically is a minefield.
Is it OK to buy Fairtrade if what you’re buying has been flown from the other side of the planet? Is plastic packaging OK if the product has been locally made and produced?
There aren’t always straightforward answers and we can only try our hardest. To help make better choices, here’s a list of local companies which are trying.
Please let us know of other sources.
Five Winds Farm
Locally-sourced butchery and smokehouse in Melton
Grange Farm Shop
Farm shop in Hasketon
Locally produced food in Kelsale; stocked in the Co Op
Cheese shop and delicatessen in Aldeburgh and Southwold
Family-run cheese business; sells at Woodbridge Farmers’ Market
Woodbridge Cake Shop
Family-run bread, cakes, pastries
Woodbridge Farmers Market
Local suppliers who live and work within 30 miles of Woodbridge Community Hall.
Second and fourth Saturdays of the month
Co Op’s Sourced Locally range
Supermarkets are usually far off the mark when it comes to packaging, air miles, paying a minimum wages but Co Op stocks some of the products on this page and a fair few Fairtrade items
Where to go for refills of household cleaners, soaps, shampoos and food
Take your own container for refills of cereals, herbs & spices, personal care etc
Online, pick up points in Ipswich, Woodbridge market and farmer’s market
Shampoo bars, bamboo toothbrushes, household refills, local flours etc in Melton
Household cleaning refills and package-free soaps, Woodbridge
Refill Woodbridge and Melton
Local companies where you can refill your water bottle
Package-free loose leaf teas
Ciders, apple juice, vingears
Doorstep deliveries: dairy and household
Rodwell Farm Dairy
Dairy in Baylham
Suffolk Food Hall
Farm shop and restaurant in Wherstead
The Unruly Pig
Pub in Bromswell which uses local and seasonal ingredients
Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival
Annual festival of Suffolk food and drink producers