What makes Shrewsbury special, is the amount of independent shops that have managed to flourish and remain here,even in the face of difficult economic times. Decisions we make, about how and what and where we shop will have a huge effect on how the town looks in the future.  If we don't want it to become a ghost town, we have to be prepared to come in, preferably by using public transport, and use the shops, Market, pubs and restaurants, and celebrate the range of architecture and diversity, and that keeps our money within the town.  If we shop in the big 'faceless five' supermarkets, the money we spend does not stay local, and there are huge transportation and environmental costs, as goods are  moved  around the country. 

Do browse the other sections of this guide, there's lots in the Food and Building and Recycling  sections as well.  See:-

  •  Close the door run a brilliant campaign to put a stop to heating pavements and wasting energy in the form of heat, simply by persuading shops to close their doors!  The Carbon Trust says 54% of heat from a store is wasted, by going straight out of the door.  Research says that customers are prepared to open doors into shops, and that closed doors have a minimum impact on sales! 


Abbey Hardware

Wonderful Hardware local shop....surprising what you can find here!  and they will give you the exact number you large packets!

15 Abbey Foregate

Beyond Skin

Vegan  shoes/ ethical footwear.

01273 778837

Blue Lemon

Shop on High St. selling Natural Soaps and Skincare products which are free from Palm Oil, Sulphates and Preservatives........handcrafted in Store

48 High St.

By Nature

The first 100% organic maternity range and general organic clothing for adults and children.

0845 4633835

Clothes And Shoes

All parts of textiles and shoes, bags and belts can be recycled and reused – even into industrial rags or underfelt, so never just bin them. Give good quality clean items to Jumble sales or charity shops, for reuse and resale, and thus fundraising, or second-best place them in clothing skips at supermarket recycling centres, and at Battlefield HRC, which also has a skip for
- Bras - recycled for Cancer Research or take them to M&S who pass them on to Oxfam.

- H & M, Castle St, Shrewsbury, will receive and recycle your old clean clothes, proceeds going to charities. They have an organic range.




Have you always wanted to get involved a clothes swap but don't know where to start?

Are you concerned about the effect on the environment of fast fashion? Do you question the working conditions of those in the garment making industry in developing countries? Do you want to consume less and recycle more?

Jackie and Naomi have been organising neighbourhood clothes swaps for 10 years and they would love to share their simple, no frills formula to running a successful clothes swap in your street/ group.

email us at for free help and advice.

clothing repairs

Stitch in Time, Mardol, Shrewsbury.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Altered Image, St. Mary's St.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Sewing Machine, 10-11 High St.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shrewsbury Top Tailoring. Lower Ground Floor, Pride Hill Shopping Centre.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             



Try to choose containers that may be recyclable, with minimal packaging. e.g. glass perfume bottles can be recycled with jars and wine bottles, most plastic pots can be recycled in the plastic kerbside collection.  A wide rang of soaps, of course, are sold in paper wrappers - easily recyclable.  See plastics section for details about how cosmetics and beauty products have tiny microbeads in their ingredients, which are causing havoc for marine and land life.  Their use will only be partially banned, so please investigate carefully these products. The Shrewsbury United Reformed Church will take certain cosmetic plastics for recycling,  ( see


Dr.Hauschka Elysia

Skincare products made with biodynamic ingredients

Wyle Cop

Elegance Natural Skin Care

Local Whitchurch company, sometimes in the markets in the Square, selling loads of creams, sometimes made of goats milk or honey,  that are good for skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, etc.



No longer a shop in the town, they are still available on line ! Organic, ethically sourced and produced, range of fashion clothing made from soya, bamboo, hemp etc.,  plus handmade cosmetics and vegan/cruelty free perfumes 

Entertaining Elephants

Wholefoods and local breads. Fair trade rugs and goods

Church Stretton
01694 723922


A marketplace for fair and sustainable goods , owned by its users

follow the river

Original eco-friendly clothing



Put bottles and jars in the green box for recycling collections.

Pyrex, window glass or incandescent light bulb glass can’t be recycled -  there's a special skip at Battlefield HRC, also for used fluorescent lights.

Cheese plates, olive dishes, spoon rests and lemon boards, made of recycled green and blue glass bottles by Sarah Hill, T: 01939 236 478

(There is a box for special glass donations for Sarah Hill at Battlefield Recycling Centre)

Green Options

Greenoptionszerowaste is a single use plastic free store. The idea is simple, bring your own container and refill. There is a large range of dried foodstuffs, spices, teas, oils, cleaning liquids and multi-use items. There is a till system that allows people to self-serve ( help will be available), and lots of tips and advice on how to cook or use any of the products. There's lots to see, try out and explore with new stock available upon popular demand. They offer a choice to alternative consumption, with a closer connection to what we buy and use. Open 6th April Tuesday-Saturday 9.30-5.00

SU11 Upper Level
Charles Darwin Centre

Green Shoes

Hand made . Have a vegan range, and will resole their shoes. Run workshops.

01647 440735


Shop and mail order:
Eco goods and garments.

01803 868002 or 0845 330 3440


Ethical & Fairtrade Fashion and Jewellery.

84 Wyle Cop
01743 588690

Iron & Rose

Small stall in the market hall, Shrewsbury.

Sells organic sustainable ethical; Wine, Coffee and Tea, inc loose tea.

Market Hall


There may be some family jewellery, or buy from antique shops or commission local skilled crafts people to make bespoke jewellery, 
or choose ethically-mined and sold gold - this makes a lot of difference to the lives of miners and their communities.


Coming monthly to Castlefields Community Hall, selling lots of plant-baseed and chemical-free kitchen and bathroom- friendly products, like Faith in Nature and bio D washing products, and refilling your containers - to reduce plastic use. See their website and Castlefields facebook page for dates, times, etc.


Love Your Clothes

A UK gov website with loads of useful tips on caring for your clothes including mending, washing and recycling.

mascara brushes

When finished with, and cleaned, these can be posted to an animal sanctuary in Scotland because they are ideal for cleaning the feathers of wildlife in their care!

The New Arc,
Nether Auquhadie, Auchnagatt,
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Natural Collection,

Lots of clothes, toys, household goods and cosmetics, mail order.

0845 3677 003 (or order at 0845 3677 001)

Neal's Yard

Ethical, Organic, Beauty and health products.

42 High St.
01743 235291

Organic Textile Company

 Organic, fair trade cotton fabric shop. Mail order too..

12 Heol Penrallt
01654 702463

People Tree

Fair trade fashion and organic clothes online catalogue

0800 1110314


PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

They say ‘ Animals are NOT ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment or abuse in any way.’ Peta is a American organisation campaigning for cruelty-free clothing, animal friendly lifestyles. They say – keep wildlife out of your wardrobe (leather and fur).

Since March 2013, experiments on animals for cosmetics have been banned in the EU.

Plastic Microbeads In Cosmetics - Try and Avoid

The good news - plastic microscopic beads  can no longer be manufactured to be used in cosmetics and personal care products in the UK, after a long-promised ban came into effect in Jan 2018.  A ban on sales followed in July.

The bad news - they are still allowed in various forms in other non-rinse-off cosmetics, such as suntan lotion, mascara, lipsticks and even some deodorants.  Check ingredients before buying.

Useful website -


greengrocer and grocery, some organic, some local. Refills Ecover cleaning products. Some kitchenware and assorted goodies.  Now have a veg and fruit box delivery scheme.

1-2 Castle Gates
01743 366660

Positive Money

Organisation that campaigns against the control and creation of the money supply by the private banks which it regards as the fundamental cause of the big issues of today including climate change


We've noticed how many rags end up being burnt in the incinerator at Battlefield.  Unnecessary waste, as all the 16 charity shops in Shrewsbury can earn extra money from selling on their rags to rag merchants, who can sell on for  re-manufacture for texitle products like carpet underlay etc.  To help the charities out, please make sure whether you are giving them clothes and white goods, or rags, and label the bag so it's clear. They ask that no-one leaves any bags outside their premises after closing time, as these canNOT be used due to possible contamination.   See also clothes.


sells recycled, mended, used furniture

Unit 4, Knights Park
Battlefield Enterprise Park

Try out a Bamboo toothbrush. Completely recyclable!

Severn Hospice Superstore

Receive and sell homewares, bric a brac, books, linen handbags, shoes and jewellery, clothing, electrical items, small furniture, collectables and antiques. CDs, DVDs, toys and games.    Mon-Sat  9 - 5

They have a separate  large furniture  store.  01743 364157.

Beacalls Lane,
01743 211075


can be repaired and resoled, at a fraction of the original purchase cost. Most charity shops or clothes banks will be able to reuse or recycle them. Or Clarks, in Pride Hill Shopping Centre, will recycle for UNICEF.

Shrewsbury Fairtrade Stall in Indoor Market Hall

Sells ethical produce from developing countries, run by volunteers. Tue,wed,Fri & Sat 9-30 to 4-00

supporting Fairtrade throughout the county of Shropshire.  Email 


Stall 14 Indoor Market Hall
01743 365591

Snapdragon Wholefoods

Sells lots of ethically produced  foods in small or large quantities.

Good choice of dry herbs and spices .Can buy very small amounts of spices, herbs and loose herbal teas  etc

Also organic flours, natural toothpaste and soaps wrapped in paper, and deodorants in cardboard, not plastic. 

Unit 24,
Shrewsbury Market.


re-conditioned Kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners etc. Repairs and replacement parts.

60 Mardol
01743 355752

Textiles and Clothes

Take  clean clothing, bedlinen and  textiles - even clean rags and shoes to Charity shops, where they are bought by the public for re-use  or sold on to textile dealers who sort for re-use or recycling.  Or put in textile skips at supermarkets, or at Battlefield HRC .
(Please don’t put in duvets or pillows or rugs – these could be offered to Home Essentials, if in good condition, or local dog’s homes.)

Seconds Out, Bomere Heath, Shrewsbury SY4 3AP.  T: 01939 290272 have been collecting in bulk for 30 years, (from charity shops, car boots sales and in the past, jumble sales) - clean clothes, rags, bedlinen and shoes, mostly for reuse in developing countries.


The Hemp Trading Company

Sells  hemp and bamboo and wind-farmed organic cotton fabric  T Shirts for women and men.


A charity which recycles and remakes textiles into new clothes, sold in their London shops or online, to fund health and education projects abroad.
Also does education projects in the Uk on making new clothes from used.

020 8733 2580

Turtle Doves

 Handmade accessories, fingerless gloves, hats, snoods and more, all made from pre-loved jumpers, often cashmere. See  them at Made in Shropshire and Farmers Markets.  There's a list of current stockists on the website, including their shop on Castle Gates, Shrewsbury.


01743 344702

Vegetarian Shoes

 Leather-free shoes for men and women, shop and mail order.

01273 685685


Clothing, bric-a-brac, antiques

-  Stalls in  Shrewsbury Market
-  Shrewsbury Antique Centre;Princess House, The Square, Shrewsbury, SY1 1JZ. T: 01743 247 704
-   Riverside Mall, Shrewsbury.  T:07964 151511. 
-  for car boot sales and jumble sales, see the local papers


 A new textile process - an ecostitching technology which allows garments to be selectively disassembled at end of life, the seams can be processed to fall apart, and then the garments can be re-used in various ways.


Wellie Boots

Plastic or rubber, put  in clothes recycling banks

Wenlock Edge Farm Shop

Products from Wenkock Edge Farm (Meats) plus ,fresh meat, eggs, milk, cheese ,bread, veg........

Plus locally produced (Longville) Shropshire County Oils and other local goodies.

Smithfield Road
01743 344464

Woodfield Stores

Sells local produce and goods as well as some Suma whole foods.

Has a small fresh coffee bar with tables outside and inside.

52, Woodfield Rd


Hair stylists who sell Aveda bodycare products, and less harmfull hair colourings

38 St. John's Hill,
01743 369063


Have won The Fashion and Accessory category at the Observer Ethical Awards - they make panama hats, and also bags which are made in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia - Fairtrade, sustainable environmental practices.

01335 300 003