Eco shop and hot desk spot to open in Malmesbury high street

Called Renew, the hub will include a shop which will sell recycled and environmentally friendly materials as well as have hot desk spaces and meeting rooms which will be available for hire upstairs.

“The community will have an influence on what we do,” said Laura Morgan Forster, Renew Malmesbury director.

“Everyone is keen to see a living high street in Malmesbury.”

The company says the tough time the high street has had over the last few years is one of the main factors behind its opening, as well as looking to do good in the community and the environment.

The shop is expected to be open in December and the upstairs area will follow soon after.

“We want to offer something a bit different,” said Laura Morgan.

“While awareness of the amount of plastic which is in the sea has grown over the last five years, recycled products are still hard to purchase.

“These are all interesting products with an interesting story.”

The shop is set to be open from Monday to Saturday, and as well as being focused on products made from recycled materials, especially stationery.

It will also potentially offer a print area and a place for eco-laminating printing.

Upstairs they plan to have a workshop space and hot desk area, although this will depend on demand and volunteers.

This space can be utilised by community groups who are working on environmental projects.

There will also be plenty of opportunities for volunteering, work experience or crafting, they say.

“Malmesbury is a very creative place,” said Laura Morgan.

“We have been really pleased to see the interest and interactions so far.”

The plan is also to have a website to buy recycled products from as well as offering low cost courses which would be aimed at a wider audience in the community. An example of a course could be how to repair your clothes or adapt them to the new fashion.

Follow Renew Malmesbury online for more information.

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