Reducing plastic at Ely Markets: together we can make a difference

Reducing plastic at Ely Markets

Plastic recycling at Ely Markets

Change the way you shop

Susanne Stent of Silver Oak Coffee has been trading for five years and has noticed a huge change in peoples’ attitudes in that time. “At the beginning nobody asked us about the paper cups,” she explains. “About three years ago, around the time of the Blue Planet series on TV, we noticed a big change. Our customers started getting interested in our cups – what they’re made of and what happens to them afterwards. It was the start of a big change for us.”


Unlike big supermarkets, our traders are flexible – if you fancy bringing your own bag or container for your vegetables, bread or cheese then that’s completely OK with us. Simply hand your bag or basket to the stallholder and they’ll be happy to pack your produce straight into it.

Silver Oak Coffee now offer discounts for customers who bring their own cups. “Our customers were totally up for the change,” Susanne explains. “If you bring your own cup, we’ll knock 10p off the price. Over the last 12 months we’ve give away 8721 discounts which means that we’ve saved nearly 9000 cups from going into landfill!”

Compostable and recyclable packaging

We know you can’t always remember to bring containers and cups with you, so we’re helping our traders source compostable and recyclable packaging where possible.

“Ely Markets have been very supportive of our move to fully compostable coffee cups and lids,” says Susanne of Silver Oak Coffee. “Our customers are happy with the change, and we’re also now able to offer a recycling service for our black coffee bags.”

Sophie Ellis of Sophie’s Cakes has also made the switch to cardboard packaging. “Some of my customers love bringing their own re-usable containers but treating yourself to a slice of cake is often a spur-of-the-moment thing!” says Sophie. “People love to know that the boxes I package my cakes in can be easily recycled.”

Hannah George of Oriolo Jewellery agrees. “I’m committed to using as little packaging as possible at my stall. I’ve stopped automatically offering bags to my customers, but I still make your purchases look pretty and special,” says Hannah. “I also offer repairs for everyday costume jewellery, helping you save your favourite pieces from going to landfill!”

We want everyone to get involved with our commitment to reducing plastic at Ely Markets. Here’s some simple ways you can help…

• Remember your shopping bags on market days
• Buy your fruit and vegetables loose from our stalls
• Invest in a bamboo coffee cup and some re-usable cutlery for street food
• Swap plastic-wrapped bread for a simple loaf in a paper bag from our bread stalls


Plastic recycling at Ely Markets


Ely Markets is hosting its annual Vegan and Vintage Fair this May bank holiday weekend. This popular event brings together an eclectic mix of vegan food alongside vintage and retro stalls.  

Vegan Market, Vintage Market, Ely Markets

“We’re delighted to be hosting our third annual Vegan and Vintage Fair again this year,” says Julia Davis of Ely Markets. “It’s a brilliant event for all the family with a unique mix of delicious food, quirky stalls and retro fun.”

There will be a diverse range of vegan food available – from vibrant street food to delicious cakes and bakes. Visitors should also look out for vegan beauty and lifestyle products, plus ethical clothing.

“Ely Markets has a great reputation for vegan food and lifestyle products,” explains Julia. “At our Vegan and Vintage Fair, we bring together local foodie favourites with food and producers from all over the region. We’ve got something for everyone – from Food by Lizzi’s authentic ‘Scotch Eggless’© and snacks to Asian inspired sauces and amazing iced cakes. There’ll also be vegan-friendly cleaning and beauty products {FULL CIRCLE}, plus bamboo socks and activewear.”

As well as sampling vegan food, visitors can also browse a selection of retro-inspired stalls. There will be all kinds of vintage and upcycled furniture – plus collectables, clothes and records. 

“This year there’ll be everything from mid-century furniture and glass to vinyl records and vintage fashion,” says Julia. “People love the unique combination of delicious vegan food and eclectic retro stalls. So, whether you’re curious about vegan food, or a fan of vintage style, come and explore our Vegan & Vintage Fair this bank holiday with your family and friends and discover something new.”

Ely Markets’ Vegan and Vintage Fair will take place on Sunday 5 and Bank Holiday Monday  6 May 2019 from 10am – 4pm. Vegan food will available be on Dolphin Lane and the vintage stalls will be on the main Market Place. There will also be a bar, traditional bank holiday market stalls and street food plus children’s entertainment.   Ely Markets regular weekly Craft, Food & Vintage Market takes place as usual on Saturday 4 May on Market Place and Dolphin Lane.

Ely Markets Charity Stall

Applications now open for 2019.

A charity stall is available at Ely Markets on the first Saturday of every month and every Thursday (providing your own stall).  

Applications are open until 28th February. 

Email us at for an application form.  We will contact you if your application is successful.