One of the easiest goals for the 2022 is to work towards being more sustainable. It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing approach – the little changes are what make big things happen! Here are some ways you can make this easier here in Harborne. 

Keep your shopping local

Did you know that shopping locally is one of the easiest ways to be more sustainable? Head to Joe Richards to enjoy their groceries, with many of their fruit and vegetables being sold loose to cut down on plastic packaging. Just don’t forget your reusable bags!

Donate to charity shops

Keeping your unwanted items in the loop is much more sustainable than throwing them away – Headway currently has a “clear your clutter” campaign to encourage you to donate. Whilst donating, you can check out some of their preloved items to update your wardrobe and house without breaking the bank or harming the planet!

Try out vegan dishes

Cutting down on meat is one way to look after the environment – but you can still enjoy tasty plant-based meals at the likes of Holy Moly, Giggling Squid, The Proud Sicilian and more! Read our blog here on some of our favourites past Veganuary. 

Pack a reusable cup

Boston Tea Party was the first cafe to ban single-use cups back in 2017 – and now they sell their very own Ecoffee cup so you can enjoy your favourite hot drinks without unnecessary waste. And if you forget yours when picking up a drink, you can use their loan scheme instead!

Repair what you already have

Instead of buying new every time something needs fixing, instead you can make the most of what you already have through repairs. iMend Macs are specialists in repairing Apple products, and if your favourite item of clothing is experiencing wear and tear, head to Damian Marquez Tailors!

Learn how to upcycle

Another way to make the most of what you already have is through upcycling – and Soul House Studio is Harborne’s first upcycling studio and vintage furniture store! They can offer you guidance in any projects you may be undertaking, and they also hold workshops, so keep an eye on their page for more. 

Choose natural beauty products

One of the biggest sources of household plastic is our toiletries – but Harborne Spa and Clinic have their new Jademma range, which is plastic free and made in the UK! Their products, including face masks, body scrubs and natural deodorant, are palm oil free and 100% animal friendly as well. 

Use public transport

Taking a break from the car can have a big environmental impact, but you can still get around this February half term with National Express, who are offering 50% off day savers! Just download the nxbus mTicket app to prebook but be quick, the offer ends on 4th Feb.

These are just a few of our favourite ways to be more sustainable in Harborne, but keep up to date on our social media for more – just search “Harborne Village”.

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