Sustainable making is the focus for a new eco makers market on the Fylde coast. The market aims to raise environmental awareness through creativity and celebrate environmentally friendly practices which local artists are adopting.

The Eco Makers Market will showcase local artists, makers and designers with an inspiring array of sustainable products on offer and opportunities for people to find out how they can reduce their carbon footprint. With products ranging from jewellery to homewares, visitors and shoppers can find handmade products which don’t cost the Earth.

The Eco Makers Market is being curated by Hopeful and Glorious who are known in Lancashire for promoting local handmade. The market will take place on Saturday 16th September and offer an array of handmade sustainable, green and eco creative products. Featuring the work of around 30 talented north-west makers, the indoor market will be located in the Hewitt Rooms at Lytham Institute on Bannister Street in Lytham town centre.

The Eco Makers Market is supported by Fylde Council and builds on the success of ‘Green Loop’ an environmental arts project which was designed and delivered by Fylde Council’s arts development service and funded by the Arts Council England in 2022.

Included in the market are a wide range of small creative businesses who are making a positive difference to the environment. Here’s a small selection of the makers taking part :-

Sieluni Ltd from Lytham St Annes produce natural eco-friendly essential oil candles and diffusers.  Jo Gerrard-Dawson explains that their whole approach is to create a product and packaging with a low carbon footprint using UK suppliers for recyclable and compostable paper labels and boxes. All the diffusers use an eco-friendly, naturally derived base and all products are vegan-friendly.

Jitterbugs by Sally from Leyland enjoys taking old tins and vintage metal oddments that might otherwise end up in landfill to create one off, original artworks. Sally is inspired by salvaging items including old cutlery, watch parts, paint brushes, keys and cake tins to make quirky creations.

Yvonne Hall from Lytham will be showing her wide range of handmade jewellery. Yvonne works with precious metal clay which is recycled silver and copper and eco friendly.

String Effects from Pennine Lancashire take guitar strings that would end up in landfill and use these to create original and stunning new jewellery. With friends and family who worked in music, Karen from String Effects could see that it wasn’t possible to recycle guitar strings in the UK so with her interest in jewellery design she came up the eco friendly idea.

Thrift Design from Chorley take salvaged materials that would otherwise head to landfill and creates gorgeous pictures of British wildlife. From old clothes to sweet wrappers, Lucy from Thrift Design sees beauty in the colours and textures of salvaged items and combines these with her passion for the natural environment.

The market will run 11am to 4pm and it’s free to visit.

Cllr Jayne Nixon, Lead Member of Tourism, Leisure and Culture said, “We are thrilled to see the launch of yet another Eco Makers Market in Fylde, these events are the perfect blend of creativity and sustainability. Thank you and well done to the local artists who are showcasing their fantastic eco-friendly products, inspiring us all to make greener choices. This event truly embodies the positive change we need for a more environmentally conscious world.”

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