The Kind Shop connects conscious shoppers with kind entrepreneurs using their business as a force for good. Discover ‘products with purpose’ with a social or environmental impact. Ethical shopping has never been this easy! Conveniently shop by the values you care about, directly from brands who are creating a better world. Buy food made from wonky veg, clothes made from plastic bottles or organic cotton, multi-skin colour playing cards, eco games for kids, creamy vegan fudge and even planet-saving beer, all from the Kind Shop!
We are the country’s only 100% plantbased doughnut, swirls & croissant vendor. 100% handmade artisan pastries, made on the day. Our mission statement is simple, to make our customers smile. Owned & run by Emmett J Scanlan, Claire Cooper & Stephanie Reid. We have been growing incredibly fast over the few months since our birth. Catering for movie and TV sets all over the country as well as stockists & the ever growing footfall from our walk-in store. Between Emmett & Claire there is a huge and wonderful following & on our TDW Instagram page alone, 10,000 loyal customers.
We are excited to be part of Cheshire West Big Green Week Festival, our home & bring to you and our neighbours our delicious produce.
‘We are a family run bakery, set up in the middle of the pandemic just outside the city centre. Our ethics have always been to have a food business where we can create as close to 100% of everything in house, with a special passion for slow fermentations – Sourdough being the at the heart of what we do. We strive to be a small business that makes eco friendly choices at every avenue, by making sure we are low waste and low emission. We believe this comes hand in hand by working alongside other small businesses within our area to not only supply to but also be customers of’
“We’re Ann & Kerri and we own and run White Rabbit Kitchen. We focus on plant based alternatives to cheese using organic and fairly traded Cashew nuts – dairy free, palm oil free, and with a strong ethical focus. We use authentic techniques, real cultures, and offer a true alternative to dairy cheese boards. We are also looking forward to bringing you our homemade chutneys, as well as some tasty, plant based, hot food on the day of the festival.”
Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) helps communities in west Cheshire grow and thrive by connecting charitable organisations, volunteers and businesses to champion social action.
It offers a range of services for its members, including free or subsidised training, networking opportunities, specialist funding support, advice around governance and managing your organisation, access to CWVA’s brand-new volunteer platform and support with volunteer management and much more. CWVA is a key supporter of the response to the Climate Emergency and has been supporting members to take action in this area so it is helping Eco Communities with the Great Big Green Week Festival.
Cheshire West and Chester declared a Climate Emergency in May 2019 and established a cross-party taskforce to understand and plan for the implications, risks and new opportunities for the borough presented by climate change. Since then a Carbon Management Plan for the organisation has been developed with a target of the Council being a carbon neutral organisation by 2030. Alongside this, a Climate Emergency Response Plan for the borough has been developed setting out the action that needs to be taken for west Cheshire to become carbon neutral by 2045, including steps that residents can take themselves. A summary of the plan is available online – here
Vivo Care Choices, a Council-owned company delivering care and support across the Borough, is hosting a stall to provide hot and cold refreshments at the festival. The refreshments are provided by Vivo’s Roodee Café in Chester which provides life-skills, training and employment opportunities to adults with learning disabilities. Vivo is an active partner in the Borough’s response to the Climate Emergency.
From drones to camera traps, technology can play a huge part in helping us conserve endangered species in the wild (both UK and overseas!). On the opposite end of the scale, technology can play a large part in habitat loss for many species. When we recycle technology, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw material from the Earth, through mining and forestry. We’re working to become a zero waste zoo by 2030! So, we’re looking at all of the waste we produce and we’re thinking differently about it. We’re removing single use items from our supply chain and being smarter about what we buy. Join the team as we discover exactly how technology is used in conservation, and as we try to figure out how we can LOVE EVERYTHING FOR LONGER.
The Woodland Trust have planted 50 million trees since 1972.‘Native woods and trees are one of the best ways to tackle the climate crisis. And we’re pledging to get 50 million trees in the ground over the next five years, helping to put the UK on track to meet its carbon net-zero target.,’
During your visit, we will try and inspire you to ‘Give Nature a Home’ anyway that you can, whilst also sharing the incredible work that the RSPB does to help the environment. We can answer any wildlife questions, and we will have a Wild Challenge available for the kids to complete around the park!
RECORD is the local environmental records centre for Cheshire, Halton, Warrington and Wirral. We’re a wildlife conservation organisation and our main role is to collect and manage information on the natural environment for this area. But we can’t do this alone and need everyone’s help! Recording the wildlife you spot around you and letting us know really helps us to understand and ultimately protect it. Come along to find out how you can get involved and join us for some bug hunting and bird spotting in the park.
Public libraries are free to join and free to borrow from, including eBooks and eAudiobooks. The library service prides itself on always being environmentally friendly because a library book is often on the shelves for five years and can be borrowed more than fifty times during that period. There are also loads of events and regular sessions in the library so to celebrate that we will be offering colouring in, stickers, crafts and the chance to decorate your very own pebble with a Green theme.
We are an informal group who meet monthly to sing songs to the earth, led by Natural Voice Practitioner Ella Speirs. Each session stands alone and anyone is welcome to join, as a one off or regularly. There are no auditions and all songs are taught by ear. We sing for ourselves and as a public witness of our love for the earth and our grief at the destruction of life and its habitats. We sing on the last Saturday of each month at various outdoor locations around the city and at green/sustainability/climate change events when we can. If you are interested in joining in please speak to one of us between songs!
Urban Tricycles is an award winning British Manufacturer of Tricycles, Carts and Branded Bicycles based in Chester and London. We have been designing and building award – winning Trikes, Bikes and carts for some of the world’s biggest brands across the globe for the last decade. Check out the website link in title for more details. Instagram @urbantricycles18
Drop down and see some of our range of Tricycles.
Amphibia BASE Ltd is a technology-based company leading research and development on Biobased building materials. Our flagship product is a novel timber-bamboo (TimBam) product that adds value to home-grown wood and enables its use in modern zero-carbon structures.
TimBam products are 4x stronger than structural timber products such as GluLam and Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels, used in in the world’s tallest timber building (18-storey Mjøstårnet tower in Norway). Comparable TimBam products are Carbon negative (-5.77 kg CO2 eq), use 30% less wood by volume; and can achieve the same price point.
TimBam tackle current issues relating to the underutilisation of UK-grown wood, rocketing prices of imported wood for structural purposes (around 25% higher than in 2019) and can make the UK wood industry self-sufficient and more sustainable – even with the current limited forest cover (13% of the land).
Our fellow supporter Debbie started Just Footprints, as she was passionate about saving our planet! She is now opening another shop in Frodsham and spreading the zero waste message wider in our region. ‘Our mission is to make this as simple as possible for the people of Chester and beyond. Making one small change can have a lasting effect, so come and visit us to start your journey to a more sustainable future. Wherever possible, we source our products from small, local independent UK businesses or co-operatives. We think it is so important to support other like minded, small businesses like ourselves!’
Sophia Shaw another regular at our events. Sophia is a freelance illustrator based near the beautiful city of Chester on the Shropshire Union canal aboard 42ft narrowboat ‘Roanoke’ with partner Andrew and little rescue dog, John. A love of travel, nature and beautiful old buildings very much inspires Sophia’s work, from map-making to her unique paintings and commissioned pieces, she loves to bring colour and an element of story-telling to her work.
A regular at our Fairs, the business was created by Lesley and her daughters to provide handmade, natural vegan friendly products that are effective but don’t cost the earth! ‘At Tree Bee Apothecary, we guarantee that every single purchase you make will be amazing and that you can buy from us knowing that you are buying a small batch made quality products that have a short journey from our place to yours. We do not and will never test on Animals and we vet our suppliers carefully to ensure that all our raw ingredients meet our strict standards. We also use as many Organic and sustainable ingredients and packaging as possible, from our Cardboard Deodorant tubes to our glass bottles for our liquids.’
Renew Sewcials was created by Jenny Thomas, who, with over 30 years sewing experience, decided she wanted to create a product that was not only environmentally friendly, but beautiful too.
We’re a family run business based in Chester. We’re passionate about skin and hair care that’s made with 100% natural ingredients and packed with the goodness of avocados!
* We use only the finest natural ingredients to hand make cleansing and nourishing skincare products.
* Our key ingredient avocado oil ensures our skincare is packed with vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body.
* Free from parabens, SLS, SLES and other chemicals.* Vegan friendly.* Wrapped in beautiful plastic free, recyclable packaging.
Find out more at our website www.odacova.co.uk or say hello on Facebook, Instragram or Twitter.
We are a Chester based family run business with over 20 years of experience sourcing and selling Fairtrade products. We stock a wide range of products including home furnishing, jewellery, candles, incense, furniture and more. We are strongly involved within the community and in schools. On the holistic side we have for 13 years been offering a range of treatments and courses including Reiki, Indian head massage, Ayurvedic massage, Yoga Nidra, Yoga therapy classes as well as workshops.
Chester Fair Trading Ltd
Chester’s hidden gem. A volunteer-run, fair trade shop in the heart of Chester, selling fair trade food, crafts, and cards from suppliers such as Traidcraft, Shared Earth, Thought and Luna Tree. Find us at The Wesley Centre, St John’s Street, between Eastgate Clock and the Amphitheatre. Buying fair trade helps to create real, sustainable change for producers and communities around the world. We sell the best, often organic, fair trade tea, coffee, chocolate, sweets, biscuits and much more: store cupboard goods such as rice, pasta, pulses, nuts and dried fruits, plus other household essentials like rubber gloves and toilet rolls.
The Tipsy Badger is our tiny business which we run from our narrowboat where we also live. Corinne is a sewist and uses upcycled materials and natural fibres to make quirky and fun animal themed bags and eco slipper boots. Fosta is an artist and concentrates on pet portraits and beautiful animal pictures which are printed onto recycled card. We are a vegan family and care deeply about the planet, which is reflected in our creations. Corrine Face Book page & Fostas Facebook Page
Luna Tree is an ethical Chester based business. Selling handmade, Fair Trade, silver jewellery and quirky art prints. Luna Tree is a zero waste company and totally plastic free. They use recycled silver and give back to charity with the sale of their art prints.
We’re the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways, because we believe that life is better by water.
Our research shows that spending time by water, whether it be your lunchbreak, daily commute or just a weekend stroll, really can make us feel happier and healthier.
With ever increasing rates of obesity, stress and declining mental health in the UK, we are uniquely placed to make a significant contribution to improving the wellbeing of millions of people. Our canals and rivers run through some of the most heavily populated communities in England and Wales, providing accessible green and blue space where it’s needed the most.
That’s why, here at the Trust, we’re working with volunteers and communities across England and Wales to transform canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better. We know this will bring wellbeing opportunities to millions.
Our work involves not only looking after our waterways, but promoting them widely to the eight million plus people who have waterways on their doorstep so that many more people benefit from our free, accessible and local source of wellbeing.
Friends of the Earth Chester & District is a grassroots environmental campaigning group. We push for change on causes such as:
- Protecting our local area and making it more climate-friendly
- Pushing for a green and fair recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.l
- Fighting for environmental and social justice globally
Notable local campaigns have included action on plastic/litter, saving bees and other pollinators, hedgehog highways, and food security, to name but a few.
Climate Action groups are the local solution to a global crisis. We know there are solutions to climate chaos and there’s still time to act – just. We also want to ensure that our council, Cheshire West and Chester, makes good on its commitments to dealing with the Climate Emergency, as set out in their task force’s Climate Action Plan. If they do not do so, we face Climate Chaos. As more and more communities and councils are seen to take climate action across the UK, pressure will mount on the national government to do the same.
Passion for Learning is based in Ellesmere Port, established in August 2011. We train and support volunteers to work with primary school aged children in Primary school settings across Chester and Cheshire West. We work with over 400 children each week creating opportunities during 1:1 and enrichment club sessions for the children to grow in confidence and experience new activities giving them the WOW factor wherever possible! There will be lots of hands-on activities at the festival, STEAM being the focus for each activity. If you would like to know more about Passion for Learning, please click on the link in the heading.
Community is at the very heart of Incredible Edible’s work with an ethos of Food to Share. Incredible Edible is an urban gardening project which was started in 2008 by a group of like-minded people in Todmorden, West Yorkshire to benefit their community. Incredible Edible Handbridge started in 2019 and has its gardens based at Industry Co-working Hub (former Boys Club) on the corner of Overleigh and Eaton Roads in the centre of Handbridge village. We aim to bring people together through the growing and sharing of food, helping change behaviour towards the environment and building a kinder and more resilient community locally.
We would love for you to join us along with members of your family, and we cater for all age groups. Come and talk to us about our upcoming events, or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. so we can keep you up to date with IEH activities.
Transition Chester was formed in 2008 following the concern of a number of residents about the climate change crisis becoming increasingly apparent. It is part of an international movement that has been growing since 2005. It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face of dwindling resources, climate change and increasing prices of energy by starting local. Since it began the group has been involved in a number of initiatives and activities which have, at their heart, the growth of community connections and support for sustainable low carbon ways of working and living. Current activities include: Chester Community Energy, Incredible Edibles, Morsbags Makeries, Community Apple Pressings, Group purchase of bulk wholefoods & household products.
‘Chester Community Energy Ltd. is a registered Community Benefit Society which develops and facilitates renewable energy schemes in Chester and the surrounding area. Our aim is to produce renewable energy generation, reduce the carbon emissions in our area and encourage energy efficiency. We raise funds to carry out our work via grants and public share offers.’
We are a group of Cheshire residents who have come together to form a campaign group to lobby and inform the council as part of its commitment to mitigating climate change. Our main aim is to campaign for the council to bring public transport back into public ownership and control as the most efficient and cost effective to reduce carbon emissions. A free publically run bus service is; cost effective, significantly reduces carbon emissions, reduces congestion, changes behaviour, reduces reliance on cars, increases local trade to name a few of the benefits. Email – Twitter
Chester generated its own clean carbon free electricity for almost half of the City’s electrical needs from 1914 to 1949 from the Hydro Electric Building on Castle Drive next to the Old Dee Bridge. This building, currently unused and redundant, is being proposed by CHASE as a Hydro Hub; a focal point for residents, schools and visitors to learn about what a low carbon world will look like and how all aspects of our lives will change as new technologies remove emissions from our industry, commerce, agriculture, homes, transport and food.
CHASE – Cheshire Heritage and Sustainability Enterprises C.I.C. – is the managing company for the Hydro Hub scheme. It was founded in early 2021 to act as the facilitating vehicle to identify heritage locations in Cheshire that can be re-purposed or reanimated in a way that preserves the integrity of their original design & construction whilst additionally re-purposing them to provide new viable futures. The CIC will be “not for profit” with any surpluses being ploughed back into the operation to support its sustainability. No fees or dividends will be taken by the directors or shareholders.
CHASE – Cheshire Heritage and Sustainability Enterprises C.I.C. – as well as restoring the Hydro Hub in Chester, is also organising Green Expo for June 16-19, 2022. This event, which will run alongside the River Dee in Chester, in the immediate vicinity of the Hydro Hub building, will feature the latest sustainable technologies for powering our future homes, transport and lives. There will be demonstrations, exhibits and presentations for many leading organisations in the region, and it will offer a chance for the public to gain an understanding of how these technologies will impact upon their lives. For more information see header.
“Chester group is a new addition to the Greenpeace local group family.
We’re aiming to increase environmental awareness around Chester, activate locals who are aligned with our values and are ready to take action locally on globally significant campaigns with Greenpeace.”