Cornwall takes you from the only city of Truro to the warmer Scilly Isles (just across the water, home to many unique flora and fauna). This creative county is known for its music and artists and has its own language. The high influx of second-home owners has meant many locals find it difficult to afford to buy local homes.
South West England is blessed with beautiful beaches (Newquay was the first town to ban the mankini!) and warm weather (if you prefer higher temperatures) and lovely countryside, further inland. It’s also home to two national parks (Dartmoor and Exmoor, both known for their wild ponies) and England’s southernmost regions of Land’s End and the tropical Isles of Scilly.
An area of contrasts, you could go sailing at an elegant seaside resort, or join the alternative travellers to celebrate the summer solstice. You’ll also find the beautiful yet contrasting cities of Bristol & Bath.
- Find nearest zero waste shops
- Find a local veg box scheme
- Join your local credit union
- Enter your postcode at Pet Adoption
- See 14 ways to help your local animal shelter
- Volunteer for your local wildlife rescue
Lovely Local Finds
- The Cornish Life lists all the many zero waste shops in Cornwall. Just take your own containers and fill up with daily essentials. Includes Refill Store in the only city of Truro and a mobile zero waste shop.
- The Cornish Life is a very nice local blog, beautifully written and designed, and with a sustainability slant.
- Frugi is a lovely company in Cornwall producing beautiful organic cotton clothing for children, along with organic maternity wear and other eco-friendly goods. Everything sent in biodegradable packaging, made from potatoes
- Cornwall Hideaways lists lots of nice places to stay (or rent somewhere out, if you live locally).
- Teach your dog Cornish!
Food & Drink in Cornwall
- Cornish Real Food Box delivers veg boxes to your door, along with a wide range of groceries, so you don’t have to use the big supermarkets.
- The Cornish Food Box Company is another shop online that can help you support local producers, rather than big corporate brands. They sell Ann’s Vegan Cornish Pasties (made with local veggies, they don’t do that at Gregg’s).
- Gone plant-based? Vegan Cornwall is your county’s very own website, helping you discover the best places to eat and stay.
- Cornish Country Cordials are made right where you are, in the Tamar Valley. Who needs boring Robinson’s squash with sweeteners, when you can enjoy locally made ‘proper squash’ with seasonal Cornish strawberries and rhubarb?
- Raw Chocolate Pie Company make sweet little raw pies that you grate to add to icing, milk shakes etc. All are raw and vegan (keep pies away from pets as chocolate and xylitol (in one pie) are toxic to them).
- Tregothnan Tea is grown in Cornwall (the herbal ones are like chamomile, and local tea leaves are blended with India tea for traditional tea). The company also sell local flowers (see make your garden safe for pets, to know toxic blooms to avoid). Note some of their mugs are bone china, so not suitable for vegans/vegetarians
Tipples from Cornwall
- Pentire Drinks are made with native botanicals including rock samphire, sage, a blend of plants and Cornish sea salt. A celebration of the unique plant life, climate PH and moisture that grows in this area: they suggest serving over ice with tonic water, garnished with rosemary, sage, rock samphire or lemon peel. The journey began with inspiration while walking along the Cornish coastline, camping near the cliffs and foraging in local hedgerows. These experiences are now bottled and offered to you.
- Jubel is a fresh new vegan beer from Cornwall. Cut with fruit, it’s already receiving rave reviews. Firebrand Brewing also brews beer in cans in the wilds of Cornwall. Full of hops with tropical notes.
- If the fruity beer is more your thing, try Cornish Orchards Cider (they also make juice) or Healey’s Cornish Cyder.
- The Cornish like their gin, there are least 3 local companies: Tarquin’s Cornish Gin (try fruit gins or ‘The Seadog gin’),
- Polgoon produces local artisan wines, ciders & juices on the family-run vineyard and orchard at Penzance. All items are vegan, and you can visit for tours and tasting.
- Camel Valley Wine sells local vegan-friendly plonk, it even has its own sparkly Brut for bubbly days. Trevibban Wines also offer a great range of vegan wines.
- Tinkture is an organic rose gin from Cornwall. Distilled in copper pots, this blends juniper and coriander to produce a citrus golden amber gin, a beautiful pink when mixed with tonic water.
- Rosemullion Distillery is a small artisan creator of Cornish gin and rum, made in the countryside clot to the Helford River. They ferment their own base alcohols and use Cornish seasonal fruit to offer unique drinks including a seaside-inspired gin (with seaweed), an autumn gin (with apples & plums from the orchard) and a chocolate rum. The Christmas Spirit is infused with cloves, nutmeg, candied orange, ginger, raisins & muscovado sugar.
Bloomtown (Cornwall) makes luxury bath gifts (prepackaged or build your own). Everything is plant-based and palm-oil free and 10% of profits go to environmental and animal rescue charities (a few items may contain beeswax, but you can build a vegan beauty box, or try the vegan sampler gift box). Packed mostly in glass and cardboard (you can recycled plastic tops with normal plastic bottles these days), the range includes The Grove (blood orange, pink grapefruit), The Woods (vetiver, cedar, bergamot), The Rose Garden (rose, white floral) and The Hedgerow (blackberry, honeysuckle). Some gift boxes contain candles, so read candle safety notes before use.