A NEW directory of green businesses and services in the Cardigan area has been launched.

The Teifi Green Guide – available both in print and on line – has been initiated by Alpay Turgot and funded by Naturewise and the Ecoshop in town.

Cat Fothergill compiled the guide and Zodshop (Neil Buckland) designed it.

“The Teifi area has an abundance of suppliers who can enable us to have less impact on the Earth,” said Alpay, who is currently developing the Naturewise Teifi Community Forest Garden on a five acre site at Parc Teifi.

“For anyone who wants to live more lightly on the earth, such as reducing pollution and landfill waste, and using less finite resources like plastic and oil, then the Teifi Green Guide is what you need.

“It features lots of suppliers, services and projects who can help us to live more sustainable lifestyles.”

Starting off with food and eating out, buying local, organic food reduces pollution from food miles, and avoids pollution of the soil with chemicals.

Locally-grown or home-grown food also has less plastic packaging. Plant foods generally use less resources to produce than livestock and dairy.

Moving on to the home and housing, you can heat your home with wood, use renewable electricity, buy eco paints and second hand furniture. Find out where to repair useful items such as tools or even build your own eco home from scratch!

Buses, bikes and electric cars all reduce air pollution and check out all the amazing eco venues in our area.

Various courses related to green living are available locally, such as coppicing, weaving, wild food, scything and forest schooling for children.

Donations are welcome towards the guide, especially the printed version, and the work of Naturewise including the forest garden, forest schooling and awareness raising. See website for how to donate.

Pick up your free copy around Cardigan - if you can't find one, pop into the Eco shop, Pwllhai, Cardigan, or for the online version go to teifigreenguide.org.uk/

“We hope people will enjoy using the Guide and finding out about all the brilliant green businesses in the area,” added Alpay.