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Muir of Ord flea market set for Mother's Day launch as zero-waste drive stepped up

By Hector MacKenzie

Lynsey Burns is championing a zero-waste flea market in Muir of Ord.
Lynsey Burns is championing a zero-waste flea market in Muir of Ord.

MUM’s the word for a Ross-shire woman determined to play her part making the world a less wasteful place.

Lynsey Burns is founding what she believes to be the first zero-waste flea market in the Highlands – and has chosen Mother’s Day to launch it.

She said: “It is our goal to demonstrate that you don’t have to buy new and when you do shop it is great to shop local. You can have a beautiful wardrobe of clothes and furnish your home without shopping at fast fashion outlets and big brand stores.

“The Highlands has an amazing array of charity shops and warehouses, beautiful producers and a huge selection of local produce. We can reduce our carbon footprint by shifting our buying behaviour and make a small impact to the fight against climate change – while having a great consumer experience.”

She’s dubbing it the Moo(n) Market, inspired by the work of the MOO Food community group active in the area.

The first one is being staged at Muir of Ord village hall from noon to 2pm on Sunday, March 31.

Lynsey added: “Inspired by the work of MOO Food, this is my effort to make a difference. With Mother’s Day in mind there will be some lovely stalls selling flowers, chocolates and eco-friendly, self-care products. All plastic-free and kind to the planet.

“We encourage shoppers to bring their own containers and bags.” The markets will be held on the last Sunday of each month.

The award-winning Bad Girl Bakery will be there to provide tea, coffee and cakes.

Her ultimate goal is to have a permanent venue where shoppers can browse, eat and socialise.

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