Southside shopping centre is taking steps towards becoming more sustainable and environmentally aware. Here are some activities you can do with your children that help educate them about being more eco-friendly, as well as other green news.
Visit StreetCube on the Southside Piazza
StreetCube’s sustainable dining food stalls make the ideal stop-off on your shopping trip with the kids. There are lots of world food options, costing between £5-£10 and two new stands have joined us, Mai Thai Street Food and Beirut Sustainable StreetFood. If you’re conscious of choosing organic and locally sourced food, then StreetCube is the place to head with your family.
Our shopping centre uses solar energy
Here at Southside, we care about sustainability and the environment. Take a look at our solar panels that generate electricity for the centre. We’d like to sing the praises of renewable energy and point out the savings that businesses can make.
Stay clear of plastic
It makes sense to choose furnishings, fashion and products made from natural materials, where possible. From bamboo kids’ dining sets, to non-synthetic fabrics in clothes, to homeware hewn from rattan or solid wood, these are just some eco-friendly shopping ideas. Southside’s high street shops are increasingly offering green options, it’s just a case of looking out for them.
The Body Shop’s principles
Since The Body Shop was founded by Anita Roddick in the Seventies, it’s been renowned for being an ethical company, set on fair trade beauty and against animal testing. It’s grown into a sustainable global business and has a plastic recycling scheme in store.
Grab a plant-based lunch
A largely plant-based diet is key to the sustainable future for our planet, and there are plenty of vegan and veggie dishes on offer at Southside. Pret’s veggie soups, Wagamama’s vegan menu, Gourmet Burger Kitchen’s vegan Chocolate Shake, together with veggie & vegan burgers, fit the bill.
Supermarkets on sustainability
Planet Organic is where to buy organic groceries, eco-living kitchen and cleaning products, natural beauty items and vegan food. The café serves nutritious lunches, such as this falafel bowl, as well as children’s healthy snacks.
Supermarkets on plastics
Waitrose are saying bye, bye to plastics. “Our ultimate aim is to eliminate unnecessary plastic and make all own-brand packaging reusable or made out of widely recyclable or home-compostable material by 2023,” says the website. The Waitrose Duchy Organic range champions organic farming as well as mindful meat choices.
Choose sustainable gifts
Opt for greener gifts for birthdays and special occasions by searching out brands that are making efforts to reduce their carbon footprint, use sustainable ingredients and package their products in biodegradable or recycled materials. We love the Beauty Kitchen range at Boots, which features all-natural products in re-usable packaging such as this fragrance free soap that’s kind to kids’ skin.
H&M Conscious Collection
H&M is working towards making the fashion industry more sustainable. Garments containing more sustainable materials can be found in store all year round — just look out for the green Conscious hangtags! Don’t forget, you can also trade in your old clothes. Put together a bag of old clothes from any brand, and hand it in to a H&M cash desk and they will give you a £5 gift voucher to use with any purchase over £25.