We've all acknowledged that it's cool and crucial to live a little more sustainably, but from time to time old habits die hard and it's tricky to pin-point what we can do differently. This is where the Make a Difference Market comes in.
Enviro-heros Sustainability Trust have brought back their winter market for another year to help Wellingtonians discover some of the most eco and ethical initiatives on their doorstep. The social enterprise has long helped residents beat the winter chills and manage their waste and environmental impact, but their markets bring an entertaining, eco-minded day to the city. There's clothes, there's coffee and there's chocolate — so make sure to bring your keep cups and tote bags, because there's no waste allowed.
With an abundance of stallholders to help you prepare for Plastic Free July and Fairtrade Fortnight, we've summed up a mere handful of notable mentions:
Kapiti Coast skincare company Aphelia will revitalise your routine. All natural, all nutritional, homegrown ingredients form the basis of a complete nourishment. Essential oils, hydrating creams, natural deoderants and magnesium oils form the base of what's Aphelia's repertoire.
Sustainable subscription service The Chocolate Bar is curated by chocolate aficionado Luke Owen Smith. He gives sweet tooths the most intricate flavours on offer. He works with local chocolatiers and some of the best beans in the world to fill the boxes with variety.
Eco-friendly social enterprise Munch was made by mums to make sure you have everything you ever need on hand. From hand-made organic food wraps to bamboo brushes and bento boxes, the sustainable company will revolutionise your take out habits.
Also appearing at the market will be Wellington-based ethical underwear label Nisa, sustainable online supermarket and delivery service Nude Grocer, reusable and affordable menstrual cup company Wa Collective, plus Boomerang Bags Wellington, Gecko Press, Good Fortune Coffee co, Jingle Bugs, made by lorayne, Niche Textile Studio, Nyingje Charitable Trust, Refreshed, Stoeveken Cosmetics, Sustainability Trust, Three March Hares (Su Keates Jewellery), Underground Soapery, Verdant Design, Wellington Chocolate Factory, Wellington Timebank and Window Spacekit.
Image: The Chocolate Bar.