Happy New Year and a look back at 2019

Happy New Year to all our customers from Gary, Kay and all the staff.

We introduced a number of initiatives in 2019 to reduce our plastic waste and develop a more environmentally friendly, sustainable business. The initiatives covered areas such as packaging, gardening, new products and more.

We’ve included some of our key initiatives below:

  • Milk, juice, yoghurts and milkshakes now sold in glass bottles
  • Returnable plastic bags for our bread from Hallett’s The Bakers
  • Support local wildlife – advice on feeding, gardening and corridors
  • Sheep wool compost to replace peat and coir varieties
  • One plastic container for life with new top-up cleaning products
  • Palm oil and cruelty free, vegan soaps and shampoos
  • Beeswax for DIY reusable wraps, homemade soaps and candles

A big thank you to our customers for supporting us in these initiatives throughout 2019. We hope that you will continue to support our plans in 2020 and are keen for you to share any feedback and suggestions for other initiatives you would like us to introduce.

For more information, pop in and speak to Gary or Kay, give us a call or contact us here. You can also keep up to date with new initiatives on our dedicated page here.

Buy Peat Free compost for planting time at Galleon Stores

As we approach planting time in the UK, have you considered what compost you will be using? Concerns have been growing for many years now over the environmental impacts of using peat-based composts. See this article for example, on a 2010 consultation by the government to phase out horticultural use of peat.

At the end of last year, we introduced varieties of Peat Free Wool Compost from Dalefoot Composts available at £7.99 per 30L bag. Made from a blend of sheep’s wool and bracken, the compost is made wholly in the UK and is a ‘professional growing medium with consistent performance and reliable results. Read more on Why Peat Free? here.

Based in Cumbria, in addition to the sale of peat-free composts Dalefoot are also working on restoration projects more locally. They shared an update on one of their current restoration projects on Dartmoor:

‘The site on Dartmoor that we are restoring is a former peat works complete with its very own railway siding which connected the moors through to the main railway line. The work we are doing on the site has consisted of manipulating the hydrology of the site to raise the water table instead of diverting water off the site all the time. This will allow peat forming vegetation to grow in the small pools that are now visible on the site as further drains continue to be blocked. We are undertaking this restoration work using specially adapted diggers and machinery that can track over the peatland without degrading it further.

Results of this restoration work will consist of locking up carbon back into the bog rather than releasing it, better quality water that comes off the moors and then down into the water table, natural flood management as well as restoration of a uniquely important eco-system for biodiversity and flora.’

You can find out more about the work that is being done to protect peatland here.

Any questions? Pop in and speak to Gary, give us a call or contact us here.

We’re now selling palm-oil free soap

The range of Alter/Native soaps are plastic free, vegan and cruelty free, made with essential oils and free from nasty parabens. 

You’re likely to be spoilt for choice in terms of scent; some of our favourites include Coconut & Argan, Lavender & Lime and Peppermint & Poppyseed. 

We have a small selection available to purchase instore, with other varieties available to order. 

For more information, contact Gary and Kay here or give us a call on 01803 842148.

Christmas additions from Waterhouse Fayre

Alongside our usual favourites from Devon-based Waterhouse Fayre, we’re now stocking a range of their festive specials including Christmas jam, Boxing Day chutney and vegan friendly mincemeat. 

To browse the range, pop in store or for more information give us a call on 01803 842148.

Now selling: Beeswax

As we continue to make changes to our products and packaging in store in an attempt to reduce our plastic waste and be kinder to the environment, we’re pleased to share that we’re now selling beeswax.

If you’re new to the idea of using beeswax to reduce your plastic waste, beeswax is excellent for making your own natural, reusable wraps – great alternatives to cling film or tin foil. Buying the beeswax to create the wraps yourself is often much more cost-effective.

But that’s not all beeswax is good for: incredibly versatile, it can also be used to produce homemade soaps and cosmetics, candles, wood polish, shoe polish and much more.

For more information, give Gary and Kay a call on 01803 842148 or contact us here.

New Winter opening hours

Our opening hours are changing over the winter. From Sunday 24th November 2019, our opening hours will be as follows:

Sunday – 8.00am to 12 noon

Monday – 7.30am to 5.30pm

Tuesday – 7.30am to 5.30pm

Wednesday – 7.30am to 6.00pm

Thursday – 7.30am to 6.00pm

Friday – 7.30am to 6.00pm

Saturday – 7.30am to 5.30pm


Order from Miles Tea and Coffee Christmas range

The 2019 Miles Christmas Range from Miles Tea and Coffee Merchants are perfect for keeping you warm through the festive season and providing delicious gift ideas.

Take the Miles Christmas Mulled Tea Kites for example, which offer an aromatic, fruity tea to warm up those chilly nights! There’s also Christmas Blend Coffee Beans providing a medium-roast blend that’s great alongside a fruity slice of Stollen. Or you might like the Heavenly Hot Chocolate Gift Set which comes with mini marshmallows and offers a rich, creamy chocolate drink. 

For more details of the range and to order any products, pop in and speak to a member of staff or give us a call on 01803 842148. Prices are available on request.

Salcombe Dairy Christmas Range

Christmas Pudding, Brandy Butter, Baileys, Chocolate Orange…? We’re very much tempted by this year’s Salcombe Dairy Christmas range which also includes Cinnamon, Toffee Apple and Gingerbread.

If that doesn’t tempt you in the meantime, we also have a small variety of Salcombe Dairy ice cream available instore.

Christmas and other varieties from Salcombe Dairy’s full range including Stem Ginger, Chocolate & Honeycomb, Dulche de Lech and Salcombe Gin are available to order in on request – whether that’s for a special occasion or simply because. Pop in store or give us a call on 01803 842148.

Turn the plastic tide: Delphis Eco free trial for our customers

Galleon Stores is offering all customers a free trial of Delphis Eco multi-purpose cleaner.

Why? As part of our commitment to reducing plastic waste, we are looking to introduce a top-up service for liquid cleaners. Our intention is to be able to expand this in future, to include all types of liquid cleaners including handwash.

To take part, all you need to do is pop instore with an empty 500ml spray bottle. Speak to a member of our team who will direct you to where you can top up your empty container for free. Then once you’ve used it at home, come in and let us know how you’ve got on.

For more information, pop in and speak to Gary or give us a call on 01803 842148.

RNLI collection box total

At this year’s September collection, we’re pleased to share that Galleon Stores and Galmpton Post Office customers have raised just over £30 through their donations to our in store RNLI Torbay charity box.

Galmpton Post Office

Click here for our article on the future of Galmpton Post Office.

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