Sustainable market and a Christmas Carol form part of Nano Nagle's Christmas season

Sustainable market and a Christmas Carol form part of Nano Nagle's Christmas season
Singer Annette Buckley pictured launching the Nano Nagle Place Christmas Programme in costume for a Christmas Carol. A sustainable market on December 1 also forms part of the programme. Picture: Clare Keogh 

A sustainable Christmas market where you can pick up some beautiful and eco-friendly items for the festive season of giving is taking place in the city on Sunday December 1.

The event is taking place at Nano Nagle Place from 11am to 3pm and it is organised by Cork Zero Waste.

Christmas shoppers will be able to trade in their well-worn Christmas jumper for an alternative version at the Christmas jumper swap and a number of stalls will be there showcasing clever and practical gifts that won’t cost the earth.

Among the stallholders taking place are Pebble Lyrics selling gorgeous one-off pieces using natural and organic materials from the seashore.

The work is made with pebbles, shells, seaweed, sea glass and driftwood as well as recycled materials.

The mirrors are created from intertwining pieces of driftwood, while the pebble pictures are framed in wood and glass.

Another stall is Banana Melon Kitchen where you can pick up some hand-drawn, intricate Christmas cards made from post-consumer waste, such as coffee cups or pizza boxes.

The Nappy Camper will also be at the eco-friendly Christmas market.

The Nappy Camper aims to educate parents and caregivers on the use of reusable nappies, providing all the information in detail in a friendly and practical way. This company stocks a range of super cute and colourful nappies from two brands and has put together little starter packs for parents to dip their toe into the world of cloth nappies.

Another handy gift that you can pick up at the market is Hanna's Bee-Wraps. These are reusable food wraps from cotton fabric, Beeswax from hives in East Cork, Organic Jojoba oil and Pine resin.

There is also makes a vegan version out of soy and candelilla wax. The wraps are a fabulous item to have in the kitchen to replace single-use plastic to keep food fresh. They can be 're-waxed' to make them last longer and can be composted when no longer in use.

The event will also have a family-friendly upcycled craft workshop with Cork Environmental Forum where people can learn about how to be more environmentally friendly and how to be eco-conscious around Christmas.

The whole day will be kept going by Good Day Deli who will be serving tea, coffee and cakes for all.

For more information look up Sustainable Christmas Market on Facebook or check out the Cork Zero Waste page.

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