AN ECO fair in Stratford aimed to spread the message of waste free living.
The event at community hub Foundation House included information stalls and businesses selling plastic-free items from shampoo bars and coconut scourers to metal straws and deodorant.
And a stall from eco business Treasure Wrap offered a fabric alternative to wrapping paper which can be passed on and re-used among families, friends and communities. It is inspired by the Japanese art form of Furoshiki or cloth wrapping.
Among the organisations was Friends of the Earth whose team asked people to consider options to cut their carbon footprint including going vegan, using public transport and buying second-hand clothing.
And a number of saplings were being offered to visitors to the fair to plant in their gardens with the aim of helping to offset carbon.
Organiser Fran Donnelly said: “The eco market was a great success. We had 20 wonderfully eco stalls selling a fantastic range of products, as well as local campaign groups informing the public of their work and how to get involved.
“We had a good stream of people throughout the three hour market with lots of positive comments and the day certainly had a good buzz! We are planning on running another one early next year, potentially at the weekend so that more people can attend.”
Visit www.foundationhouse.co.uk for information and event updates.