Plastic free and locally sourced

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.

Food
Five Winds Farm
Locally-sourced butchery and smokehouse in Melton

Grange Farm Shop
Farm shop in Hasketon

Hadleigh Maid
Suffolk chocolatier

Maple Farm
Locally produced food in Kelsale; stocked in the Co Op

Marybelle Milk
Local dairy

Slate
Cheese shop and delicatessen in Aldeburgh and Southwold

Suffolk cheese
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

Plastic Free
Where to go for refills of household cleaners, soaps, shampoos and food

Cupboard Love
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

Poppy’s Pantry
Shampoo bars, bamboo toothbrushes, household refills, local flours etc in Melton

Rainbow Apothecary
Household cleaning refills and package-free soaps, Woodbridge

Refill Woodbridge and Melton
Local companies where you can refill your water bottle

Woodbridge Emporium
Package-free loose leaf teas

Drink
Aspall
Ciders, apple juice, vingears

Foulgers
Doorstep deliveries: dairy and household

Rodwell Farm Dairy
Dairy in Baylham

Eating out
Suffolk Food Hall
Farm shop and restaurant in Wherstead

The Unruly Pig
Pub in Bromswell which uses local and seasonal ingredients

Annual Events
Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival
Annual festival of Suffolk food and drink producers