About Us

Lightfoot was born from a desire to make our world a better place for future generations, by making changes now in the way we shop, source produce, communicate with each other, treat each other and connect with our community.

We are Paula, Therese and Nina, three friends with the same passion and vision for our environment and community.

Lightfoot is based in the beautiful town of Bangor, Co. Down. We are a zero waste market stocking produce on a refill system or in glass jars – everything from store cupboard essentials to cleaning products, fresh seasonal vegetables to dog shampoo!

Our Mission

1. Sustainability

Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

HOW DO WE ACHIEVE THIS? 

  • No single use plastics. Reusable containers or paper bags which can be recycled.
  • Buying from ethical suppliers who follow the same principles.
  • Using local (based on the island of Ireland) producers where we can and suppliers who can deliver using a closed loop system.
  • Encouraging our customers to be more sustainable in their everyday lives through our social media, marketing and direct conversation.
  • Minimising waste by using apps such as Too good to go for selling off produce that is nearing expiration date or social media sites that allow people to exchange foodstuffs free of charge, careful monitoring of our stock and showing our customers how to minimise waste by offering recipe suggestions and food exchange opportunities.
  • Effective recycling policy and education to others in ways to recycle more effectively. Establishing ourselves as a terracycle collection centre.

2. Environmental Sustainability

The responsibility to conserve natural resources and protect global ecosystems to support health and wellbeing, now and in the future.   

HOW DO WE ACHIEVE THIS? 

  • Using energy from renewable sources.
  • Buying from ethical suppliers who follow the same principles.
  • Organising events or engaging with other community groups who follow the same principles who organise events such as beach cleans, litter picking, horticultural education, clothing swaps etc.
  • Education of reusing, recycling and repairing through conversation and marketing.

3. Creating a Community

A social group whose members have something in common, through joint possession, enjoyment and liability.

HOW DO WE ACHIEVE THIS? 

  • Work towards establishing ourselves as a workers cooperative in the future.
  • Organising projects in our local community to build relationships and improve the appearance of our local area.
  • Events such as book swaps, clothing swaps, food tastings etc.
  • Strengthening relationships with our local business community through loyalty schemes and verbal recommendation.
  • Loyalty scheme that benefits community projects.