Colchester: Sustainable and Local Christmas Shopping

The world is in need of sustainable shoppers and what better way to make a statement then to throw an Eco-Christmas!

However if your in need of a little advice on where to start, then this post is for you!

This is a list in process so feel free to comment below any useful additions and i will update the post!

For the Home Maker

Emmaus  is a charity set up to help homeless people in Colchester. Emmaus dont just provide a bed for a night but skills and training to help get more people off the streets. Part of this is to run a furniture rehabilitation program, where people are trained to fix up old pieces of furniture donated to the charity then sold in their store on the high street. For some great shabby chic and vintage couture check it out! 103/4 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1HT ☎ 01206 766347

Oxfam in Colchester has a great range of recycled and fair trade gifts perfect for the domestic goddess. Check out these great recycled glass photo holders,avaliable in both gold and purple! 33 St John’s Street, , Colchester, CO2 7AD ☎ 01206 571432

For the Entertainer

Recycled Wine Glasses! – Green Glass recycle wine bottles to make this awesome glassware perfect for entertaining guests. You can buy these  glasses in Horbury’s 31 SIR ISAAC’S WALK, COLCHESTER, CO1 1JJ ☎ 01206 766955

For the Sportsman

Refurbished bikes changing lives in Africa – Re-Cyle is an amazing charity in Colchester which refurbishes donated bikes  and either sells them back to the public or transports the to Africa to help people get access to clean water! So far Re-Cyle has sent 40,000 bikes to Africa, what better cause rather then to shell out hundreds on an overpriced new bicycle! Re~Cycle, Unit 2 Gunfleet Business Park, Brunel Way (off Wyncolls Road)
Colchester, CO4 9QX ☎01206 841 268

Why not equip that new bike with environmentally friendly lighting! Dynamo Bike Lights . Fed up of paying for batteries to light your way? Why not use man power!! These Dynamo lights harness the wheel turning motion of your bike to light the way!  I couldn’t find any in Colchester so if anyone else knows where you can buy them help would be appreciated, however i did find this awesome company called ReeLight

Solar Gorrilla power charger! Millets stock these great solar panels which easy fold up to be taken out camping or for picnics in the park. They create enough juice to power laptops, gps and whi knows, electric BBQ maybe?

For the Lady of the Manor

Recycled Jewellery. Do you have some jewellery that just doesn’t look great but you dont want to get rid of it? White Designs in Colchester will melt it down for you and craft it in too your own Bespoke design!  1 George Williams Way, Colchester,  CO1 2J

☎ 01206 546466

For the Kids

Jack in the Box toy shop in Colchester, is all a toy sho should be! From the traditional shop windows to the legler wooden crafted toys. you will be sure to find something here fore every girl and boy whose been good this christmas! 21 Sir Isaac’s Walk, Colchester, CO1 1JJ ☎ 01206 574596

For the one who has Everything

VinylFlare based in colchester is spinning new tunes out of old records! They make amasing homewears from bowels to lampshades and can even cater for the custom design. So weather its a ‘Gramiphone’ or a ‘Soul Bowl’ you will be sure that its something they will have never recievd before! Lexden Road, Colchester, See website for contact details

In the Debenhams christmas gift department they have these grreat recycled cardboard radios! Maybe just not the best for out British summers….. soggy!!

Why not make your own local hamper! Guntons in colchester sell great handmade  baskets. You can then fill it with local produce from the store and they will wrap it up all neatly for you ready to be given as a gift at christmas. Guntons 81-83 Crouch Street  Colchester, CO3 3EZ, United Kingdom ☎ 01206 572200

Alternatively source your own produce! Here are some of my favorites

  • Start at the Colchester Farmers Market – The first Friday of the month 9.30 – 14.00 Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street
  • Next check out the christmas market – 9th December 2012 10.30-5pm Colchester High Street.In between browsing the stands you can take part in the ‘Cake Hurling’ contest at 11am
  • Hall Farm has a great local range (and great scones in the resteraunt) Church Rd  Colchester CO7 6LS ☎ 01206 322572
  • Poplar Nursary Farm Shop Essex Family business since 1938, Coggeshall Road, Marks Tey, Colchester, CO6 1HR ☎ 01206 210374
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