For Earth’s Sake, a shop that puts the planet, people and provenance before profit will open its doors on Friday 5 April in High Street, Cranleigh. Jenny Seagrove, actress, animal rights campaigner and founding trustee of charity Mane Chance, the horse rescue sanctuary in Surrey, will be ‘cutting the ribbon’ at noon.
Vanessa Ford-Robbins, owner of For Earth’s Sake, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce that we will be opening the doors of For Earth’s Sake at noon on Friday 5 April. The fact that our friend and supporter, Jenny Seagrove has offered to open For Earth’s Sake is the absolute icing on our cake slices!”
Vanessa continued “To say that much work has gone in to make our shop, and the shopping experience we offer unique would be an understatement. We have also taken heed of our own words and re-used, recycled and re-purposed wherever we have been able.
Much of our fabulous shelving and display areas have been hand-crafted from pallet wood and off-cuts; carefully cleaned, sanded and finished for use. We have recycled around 120 pallets, many of which would have been broken up and sent to landfill or been burned. We also re-used light fittings and other elements that were in place in the store when we took it over, though adjusting and moving them to best suit our own style and requirements. Our shop-front sign is made from repurposed wood, allowing, we hope, our customers to understand this is not just a shop; rather it is a shop and shopping experience that puts our planet first.”
Jenny Seagrove, who will open For Earth’s Sake at noon on the 5 April said “I am extremely pleased to be able to assist Vanessa in the opening of For Earth’s Sake. The carbon footprint and environmental impact that humans have on our planet and our fellow animals is now obviously a highlighted concern, and one of which the public is aware. By providing a zero waste, zero single-use plastics and not-for-profit shopping experience, For Earth’s Sake is making it possible for individuals to make changes to their shopping habits; changes that do in themselves make a difference. The more people we have making these small changes, and putting the planet first, the better it will be for our planet, the environment and all the creatures we rely upon.”
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
For Earth’s Sake is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) that will reflect its commitment to both local people and the wider society in general. The not-for-profit structure has been chosen so that For Earth’s Sake and its owners can reinvest any financial surplus back into the business, promote educational involvement and projects, and help it grow and provide a greater service to the local community.
For Earth’s Sake will be a significant addition to Surrey’s zero waste, zero single-use plastics shopping experience. Its aim to provide shoppers with the opportunity to purchase local produce, dried goods, chilled foods, and everyday household items using the most environmentally-friendly methods possible, with strong provenance and without costing the earth. Every aspect of the business will be dedicated to reducing our footprint on the environment and shifting the way we consume products in a more sustainable direction.
For Earth’s Sake is the shared vision of Vanessa Ford-Robbins, Nik Huddy and Charlie Edwards who all live in Cranleigh and are well known in the area. Vanessa and Nik were featured on George Clarke’s Restoration Man (2013 & 2015). Longhurst Lodge on Horsham Road, Surrey which had been left abandoned for almost fifty years, was painstakingly restored over six years, with Vanessa and Nik learning many new crafts in the process; Vanessa is now a glass and leaded-window maker and restorer and Nik (BSc Hons BioTechnology) is rather good at making terracotta dragons! Charlie Edwards, Nik’s nephew, will manage the store daily. Fluent in Mandarin and having been in China teaching and translating for six years, Charlie has been developing their venture of realising this eco-friendly shopping experience, with plastic-reduction, the elimination of single-use plastics and the reduction of carbon footprint at its heart.
For Earth’s Sake:
Address: 73 High Street, Cranleigh, GU6 8AU
Opening Date: 5 April 2019 – Noon
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Saturday, 8.30am to 5.30pm
Sunday 7th & 12th April, 11am to 4.30pm
Refreshments: Tea, coffee, cake, soup and cold drinks will be available to buy from one hour after opening until 30 minutes prior to closing.
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