RSPB Saltholme, the popular nature reserve near Stockton on Tees, is encouraging visitors to think more sustainably by hosting its first ever eco fair this month.

Throughout January, visitors have been encouraged to think a little more about the products they use and the waste that they create, through an initiative called Plastic Action Month. During this time visitors have been educated about alternatives to single use plastics and have been encouraged to take part in soap making and canvas bag painting workshops.

Laura Pringle, Visitor Experience Intern, said “Plastic Action Month has been extremely well received by our visitors so far. A particular highlight for me has been the litter pick we held at South Gare last weekend, where 70 amazing people helped us remove 600kg of waste from the beach. Our pledgehog – a hedgehog themed pledge board – has been another wild success; with over 60 eco-friendly pledges made in the last couple of weeks from children and families of all ages”.

To round off this month of environmental action the reserve is hosting an Eco Fair, which will have stalls selling environmentally friendly products ranging from vegan preserves and cider to household products and cosmetics. The Eco fair runs from 10am – 3pm on Saturday 25th January and entry to the fair is free.

“I am very excited to have organised Saltholme’s first eco fair and we are looking forward to welcoming 12 local eco-friendly business and organisations to our reserve this Saturday. The aim of Plastic Action Month has been to get people thinking in a more eco-friendly way, in line with New Year’s resolution ideals. Whether you have made a conscious choice to be more eco-friendly, or are simply wanting to learn more, pop in and have a browse!”

In addition to the Eco Fair, visitors to the reserve in January can also enjoy exploring the reserve, relaxing in the visitor centre cafe or browsing the new products in the shop. Admission fees apply if heading out on to the reserve. RSPB Saltholme is open 9.30am – 4.00pm every day. Visitor can also follow the reserve on Facebook and Twitter.