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Thornham shop starts fundraiser to become eco-friendly




An eco-friendly grocery shop is being developed in the heart of ancient Suffolk woodland to encourage shoppers to change their habits and protect the environment.

Locally sourced arts, crafts and household items for a sustainable lifestyle are at the heart of the project unveiled by the Thornham Gift and Eco Shop in Thornham Magna.

The aim is to help alter the public’s approach to shopping, with the people behind the idea launching a £15,000 crowdfunding appeal to fulfil their dream.

Sophie Taylor of the Thornham Gift and Eco Shop is looking to raise £15,000 to make their store more eco friendly. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography
Sophie Taylor of the Thornham Gift and Eco Shop is looking to raise £15,000 to make their store more eco friendly. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography

The existing retail shop, in Gislingham Road, was launched nearly three years ago to promote products created from local and natural materials.

Now the owners want to develop it further into a sustainable and eco-friendly grocery shop, helping people to shop locally.

If the crowdfunding appeal is a success, the money will be used to help transform the shop and to buy a large range of local eco products.Any supporters will receive thank you hampers or products in exchange for donations.

Owner Sophie Taylor, a trained massage therapist, said: ‘‘We are now seeking help in funding the materials, equipment and stock to move the project forward and to help us all in simple but important changes to the way we shop.”

Sophie’s partner, John Chapman, who helps within the business, added: “During lockdown, there has been more opportunity to think and take stock of our world and to consider how to make it better.

‘‘We have thought about global warming, the amount of waste directed to landfill sites, overconsumption, pollution and health, with the conclusion being that it is necessary to change the way we shop.

‘‘Therefore, we encourage people to only buy what they need. This will prevent waste and also save you money. Buying raw ingredients from eco shops is preferable to pre-packaged, over-processed foods, which can be detrimental to our health.’’

To donate, go to crowdfunder.co.uk/creating-
a-new-eco-and-sustainable-living-shop.



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