I founded Mere & Meadow with a mission to help free Warrington from avoidable single-use plastic and have since expanded to offer eco-swap deliveries in many parts of Cheshire. An independent small business, I launched Mere & Meadow in April 2020 in the midst of the first national coronavirus lockdown.

After moving to Cheshire in 2019, I found that, while there is a growing trend of eco, bulk and refill stores opening across the UK, starting the journey to a zero-waste lifestyle is still not accessible for many people living in more suburban and rural areas. Mere & Meadow stocks plastic-free and zero-waste bathroom, kitchen and laundry alternatives, including refillable cleaning products. Environmentally-conscious homewares and gifts are also available, with deliveries now made from our new home in the village of Acton, on the outskirts of Nantwich. 

As of January 2022, our refillable eco cleaning liquids have now saved over 725 single-use plastic bottles! We have also qualified for the nationally-recognised “Plastic Free Champion” award from environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage.

Mere & Meadow is also dedicated to removing litter from the community, a problem that has been exacerbated by the Covid19 pandemic. I plan to target plastic pollution in Cheshire’s inland rivers, canals and waterways and I am currently completing a Paddlesport Instructor award to safely lead community stand-up paddleboarding litter picks.

Plastic pollution is something we can all take action on, at every level. Whether it’s swapping to plastic-free alternatives for our most frequently used household items or participating in a local litter pick, we have to believe that individual actions will make a difference if we are going to survive the plastic pandemic.

— Maddy Fowler

Founder of Mere & Meadow