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Our Sustainability Pledges

As a community hub, home to multiple businesses and with thousands of people visiting each day, we strongly feel the responsibility to promote and encourage sustainable practices

Behind the scenes at Old Spitalfields Market, we are making a number of changes, as we try to become a more sustainable market.

Here are our pledges for a more sustainable market:

  • To go plastic free in 2020

We’re working in consultation with our retailers and traders to phase out the use or sale of any unnecessary single use plastic items over the next year. This includes plastic food containers, water and soft drinks in plastic bottles, sauce packets, wrappings, cup lids and cutlery.

We’re working with compostable container suppliers to ensure preferential rates for our traders

  • To put in place a universal incentivisation scheme for re-usables

Every trader will be able to chose to either offer a discount for customers who bring reusable cups or lunch containers or introduce a charge for those needing single use packaging.

  • To optimise the use of our recycling bins and install new bins for compostable packaging

We plan to make recycling easier of food waste, glass, cans etc while also installing new bins to handle compostable packaging.

  • To install two new water fountains

These will be in place by Feb 2020

  • To become a community hub to educate and inspire habit change

We are working with our traders and businesses to help make this happen, as well as several local environmental groups and advisers. We are also supporting events such as zero waste markets and Fashion Re:boot both taking place here at Old Spitalfields Market in the coming months.

If you are interested in these themes, would like to run an event, host a talk or have ideas of more things we can do to promote sustainable messaging, please contact laura@oldspitalfieldsmarket.com

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