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When it comes to consuming in 2024, the goal is, or should be, to make choices that are better informed and more conscientious for the people and the planet.

Obviously it’s no surprise that Birmingham’s Creative Quarter makes conscious consuming easy

Here’s just a few of our go-to places for sustainable shopping in Digbeth!

Cow Birmingham

This is nothing new, but fast fashion is well and truly out with 92 million tons of clothes waste a year globally! The solution is unique vintage clothing, and you can find heaps of this at Cow, the UK’s number one vintage store! Located on the High Street, Cow has a huge selection of branded, reworked and vintage clothing, predominantly sportswear, ranging from the 1960s to 2000s.

Their clothes aren’t the only sustainable thing…you can also find custom furnishings within the store made from 90% recycled materials!

Find them here

Clothing at Cow Birmingham

Doctor Oculus

One of the main contributors to plastic pollution in the eyewear industry is the use of standard acetate, a type of plastic commonly used to make frames. While acetate is durable and lightweight, it can take hundreds of years to decompose.

So, check out Optician Awards Finalist 2023, Doctor Oculus, situated on Gibb Street; they offer a stylish range of eyewear made from plant-based bio-acetate or hemp, recycled stainless steel or Econyl. They also only work with brands that promote reforestation, ocean cleaning and helping vulnerable people, AND all frames come with 2-year warranty against faults!

Not only can you find high quality, planet conscious eyewear, but they also offer a refurb and repair service to “resurrect your glasses from beyond the grave”.

Find them here

Sustainable eyewear at Doctor Oculus

Red Brick Market

The retail sector accounts for roughly 25% of global emissions, with many of these emissions occurring in the retail supply chain, which is why shopping locally is so importan, and one of the easiest ways to be more sustainable!

Red Brick Market, on Floodgate Street, is a hub for Birmingham’s independent traders, local artists and start-up businesses from varying backgrounds, bringing uniqueness you wouldn’t

find with any other shopping experience. You can find everything from vegan food to sustainable clothing, beauty and homeware here!

Take a look at some of the traders currently in Red Brick here

Outside of Red Brick Market

Cafe LoveLife

Conscious consumption isn’t just for shopping! Making ethical choices when it comes to going out is also possible (and fun!) with Digbeth hotspot Cafe LoveLife on Floodgate Street, where you can enjoy a delicious social dining experience with the motto “we waste little, we love a lot!”

Cafe LoveLife is all about choosing local ingredients and suppliers for both their food and drink; their Mediterranean menu changes seasonally (making it more eco-friendly) and features plenty of planet-friendly vegetarian and vegan options.

Current picks include the Winter Kale and Radicchio Salad, Beetroot and Dill Falafel main, and a delicious Garlic Roasted Swede Steak for Sunday lunch – yummy!

Find them here

Waitress holding plates at Cafe LoveLife

Kilo Ziro

Did you know Digbeth’s home to the UK’s first zero waste cafe bar and refill taproom, located on Gibb Street?

From daytimes with locally roasted coffees and pastries, to evenings and weekends with natural and biodynamic wines, local craft beers and ciders and mindfully crafted cocktails, you can enjoy the finest things in life at Kilo Ziro whilst also being environmentally conscious. You can even fill a bottle or keg from their self-service wall to take home with you!

Plus, don’t forget to check out their sustainable workshops, like the batik lantern making workshop on Sunday 28th January.

Find them here

Bartender at Kilo Ziro

We’re also home to many sustainable events, from vintage clothing pop-ups and kilo sales from Worth The Weight Vintage and Glass Onion, to makers markets with Craft & Flea, Paperdolls and more!

Where’s your favourite place to consume more consciously in Digbeth? We’d love to hear from you!