Sustainability and the environment

Reuse and recycle through the shop

Now that we have relaxed restrictions to allow more than one customer in the shop at a time, we’re encouraging customers to utilise the services in the shop to reuse and recycle where they can.

We offer a range of top-up services for cleaning products in the shop including hand soap, washing up liquid and fabric softener.

The process is simple: purchase your first bottle and once you’ve used it up, bring the bottle back in to top it up again. A member of staff will then scan the relevant barcode depending on the size of bottle. We’re delighted to hear that there are now a number of people in the village who’ve not purchased a new washing up bottle for nearly 2 years.

A recent customer came in to the use the top-up service for the first time last week. Having switched to the Ecover Lemon and Aloe Vera Washing Up Liquid four months ago, she shared her thoughts on using Ecover:

 ‘I’ve found it’s really good value, and a little goes a long way. It’s also really friendly to sensitive skin and doesn’t feel as abrasive as some washing up liquids, without sacrificing the quality and rigorous cleaning of the dishes!’

Alongside our top-up services, you can also find larger quantities of varieties of flour available in brown bags as opposed to plastic ones.

Awards for Waterhouse Fayre and Dalefoot Composts

We’ve been stocking jams and preserves from Devon based Waterhouse Fayre for some time now, and were delighted to hear that they were winners in this year’s Taste of the West Awards.

The local business scooped Gold, Silver and Commended for their varieties of jam, marmalade, pickle and chutney; including Whortleberry Jam & Chutney, Lemon & Ginger Marmalade and Runner Bean Chutney.

You can find a range of lines from Waterhouse Fayre in the shop with more lines available to order. Browse their full range on their website here: www.waterhousefayre.co.uk.

And from jams and preserves to peat-free compost…our friends Dalefoot Composts were runners up in this year’s first ever RHS Chelsea Sustainable Garden Product of the Year Award for their peat-free compost range. Launched this year, the award aims to honour and promote the use of alternative, more sustainable materials to address the challenges of climate change, plastic and pollution. 

Congratulations to both, and keep up the good work!

Supporting community facilities and The Galleon 100 Club

The events of the last year and a half have highlighted just how crucial community facilities can be in being able to respond quickly to the needs of local residents in times of struggle. While we have adapted to establish a delivery and collection service which is personal and flexible to customers’ needs, others have provided lunches, offered cooked meals and fetched prescriptions.

As we tentatively approach a ‘new normal’ and promises of more freedom from restrictions, now more than ever we feel the importance of ensuring facilities such as the village shop and Post Office are sustainable for future generations. And that they can adapt and grow with customers’ lives as they have done during the pandemic.

If you agree, please come and talk to us and see how you can play a role. We would love to hear from you. Speak to a member of staff when you’re next in the shop, email garydeare@aol.com or phone 01803 842148. 

Recycling update

We’ve previously shared details of the products we have introduced during the pandemic to reduce plastic use within the shop. Find out more here.

We’re now looking for new ideas for top-up products you would like to see join our current top-up range, particularly household and non-edible products.

Any suggestions? Please speak to a member of staff in the shop, give us a call on 01803 842148 or email garydeare@aol.com.

Expanding the Galleon 100 Club in 2021

Subject to the pandemic, it is our intention to expand the Galleon 100 Club in 2021.

The club is designed to establish a simple partnership between Galleon Stores and its customers, focusing on living and buying more sustainably. We want to work together to move the shop forward, promoting and supporting produce from local suppliers, reducing plastic and food waste, using ethical companies and more.

If you’re interested to hear more about the Galleon 100 Club and want to make a New Year’s resolution to live more sustainably and support small, local suppliers, we would be more than happy to have a chat with you. Email garydeare@aol.com or give us a call on 01803 842148.

Stage One of our top-up service is now up and running

We’re pleased to share we are now offering a number of top-up services in store, including Faith in Nature Shampoo and Conditioner, varieties of Ecover Washing-up Liquid and Fabric Softener, Cleanol Anti-bacterial Liquid Hand Soap, Concentrate Disinfectant and CleanPro Alcohol Hand Gel.

If you have any questions or feedback about the ranges, we’d love to hear from you. Please do get in touch and make this the last washing up bottle you ever buy!

Supporting our local farmers: new in Autumn produce

We’ve pledged to do more to help support our local farmers during this time, and are continually adding to our wide range of local produce.

Our latest additions are perfect for Autumn meals and we hope you’ll join us in enjoying them in all their fresh, local glory:

– Sweetheart Cabbage

– January King Cabbage 

– Cavolo Nero Kale

For more information or to place an order for collection or delivery, email garydeare@aol.com or phone the shop on 01803 842148.

 

New in: refillable cleaning products

Prior to lockdown and as part of our mission to reduce the use of plastic bottles at Galleon Stores, we had plans to introduce a refilling service for some cleaning products.

You can now find three refillable cleaning products in the shop: Ecover Washing-Up Liquid in Lemon & Aloe Vera and Camomile & Clementine varieties, and Ecover Sensitive Fabric Softener in Apple Blossom and Almond.

The concept is simple – come in and purchase a bottle and once you’re done with it, come back in and refill your bottle.

We want your feedback on the products too, to let us know how they perform and how you find the service. Perhaps you know of other suppliers we could consider? Please let us know!

We’re committed to developing our work to reduce plastic waste in the shop, and the success of our latest refillable products will influence how fast we go in introducing more. We are already looking at laundry liquid from Ecover and shampoo and conditioner from Faith in Nature.

Any questions? Contact us here or phone 01803 842148.

New season produce and supporting our local growers

We think now more than ever is the time to be supporting our local growers (you can find a full list of these below!). Local harvests are reasonable and we have access to a wide range of produce grown in Devon and Cornwall, available on our Market Stall and to order for collection or delivery.

We continue to supply customers with our Seasonal Vegetable Baskets too. Made to order and locally sourced where possible, the baskets offer a different selection of fresh vegetables each time and cost £12. For more information and to place an order, email garydeare@aol.com or phone 01803 842148.

Here’s a selection of some of the produce available, grown locally in the South West and within the UK:

  • Apples (including Cox’s, Russett’s and Bramley varieties)
  • Plums (including Victoria and Marjorie Seedling varieties)
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Beetroot
  • Radish
  • Celery
  • Lettuce (including iceberg, lamb and oakleaf varieties)
  • Cress
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage (including savoy, hispi and spring green)
  • All varieties of kale
  • Carrots
  • Swede
  • Cauliflower
  • Parnsips
  • Herbs (including basil, coriander, chives, dill and thyme).

*Linstone Farm (Kingsbridge), Gluning Farm (Paignton), Luscombe Farm (Stoke-in-Teignhead), Four Elms Farm (Exeter), Hays Farm (Plymouth), Thornes Farm (Crediton), Frank Clarke & Sons Homeleigh Farm (Cullompton), West Trecott Farm (Okehampton), Place Barton Farm (Moreleigh).

The Galleon 100 Club – our vision for a sustainable shop and Post Office

Last year before we had heard of COVID-19, Gary and Kay set up the Galleon 100 Club with a number of likeminded customers.

Our vision was to help create a sustainable shop at the heart of a sustainable village. The club is designed to establish a simple partnership between us and our customers; encouraging greater use of the shop, more two-way communication, easier shopping and a joint approach to how we move the shop forward.

The club will emphasise the use of fresh local produce, reducing plastic waste, using ethical companies, shopping little and often to cut out food waste, walking or cycling to shops and many other initiatives. Put simply, the more customers that get involved in the club, the greater the changes we can make within the shop and community.

If you would like to hear more about this exciting way forward and join the Galleon 100 Club, please email garydeare@aol.com or phone 01803 842148.

Galmpton Post Office

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