On my quest to shop more ethically I have recently ventured all the way out to Chorlton (quite the trek during a Manchester winter I can assure you…) in search of a unicorn. Unicorn Grocery, that is. Established in 1996, Unicorn is as well-stocked as any inner city supermarket, but as a workers’ cooperative the shop is owned by the people who work there.
Unicorn is home to the largest selection of fresh organic fruit and veg in the North West and buys direct from local, UK-based grocers whenever possible. Fruit and veg is all sold loose without a plastic bag in sight!
Alongside the fresh produce you can also find over two hundred cereals, pulses, grains, nuts, flours and spices. The spices are packaged in the shop’s own production facility and the warming smell hits you the minute you walk through the door. Everything sold at Unicorn is vegan-friendly without the ‘specialist food’ price tag.
The highlight for me though is the deli counter which stocks salads, curries, pies, stews and sweet treats, all home-cooked by staff in the upstairs kitchen.
Who knew ethical shopping could be so much fun?