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Birmingham sustainable shopping guide

If you’re keen to become an eco-warrior but don’t know where to start we recommend changing your shopping habits. Birmingham has a great range of sustainable shopping options from food to fashion to beauty. It’s not as hard you think to become a sustainable shopper and in doing so become a little greener!

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But what is sustainable shopping? Sustainable shopping can be buying vintage, buying less plastic or buying food that has been ethically sourced. See our guide below to discover a new, exciting retail experience. 

The Clean Kilo

The Clean Kilo is the UK’s largest zero waste supermarket and no plastic packaging can be found in the store. Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable containers to fill with the products on sale in the store. Shopping here will help you reduce your plastic usage and will also save you money. You will no longer be paying for packaging, which normally costs a fifth of your shopping bill! Ditch the plastic and visit the store Tuesday to Sunday in Digbeth. 

COW

A great way to become sustainable in your shopping habits is to buy vintage and Birmingham has a great offering of vintage outlets. Our personal favourite vintage spot is COW in Digbeth, who sell affordable and unique vintage designs as well as reworked pieces. You can find women’s and men’s products and retro accessories, all perfect for channelling your inner fashionista.

Natural Bar and Kitchen

Recent research published in the journal Science, has found that the biggest way to reduce your environmental impact is to reduce your meat consumption. One way you could do this is to try the delicious, plant based menu of Natural Bar and Kitchen located in Birmingham City Centre. The restaurant has been open since 2014 supplying Birmingham with tasty meat-free dishes. Natural Bar and Kitchen also hosts live DJ sessions on Saturday evenings, so you can eat to your heart's content then boogie the night away.

Medicine Bakery & Gallery

Did someone say cronuts? If you love sweet delicacies and enjoy pondering over paintings then Medicine Bakery & Gallery is the place for you. Medicine is a space which produces ethically sourced food to the backdrop of art. We particularly love their organic sourdough which has no additives.  So if you’re peckish for bread, lunch or pastries visit!

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Open Days

The best way to explore what's on offer is to attend an Open Day. Our events provide the perfect opportunity to chat to our staff and students and check out our state-of-the-art facilities.