This April 22nd people all over the world will celebrate Earth Day, and make a conscious effort to be kinder to our planet by making more eco-friendly choices.
At Manchester Apartments, sustainability is a huge part of how we work, and is factored into everything from our design to our buildings. Whether it’s sustainable technologies that reduce energy costs, or high-quality furniture to reduce waste going into landfill, we make sure we work with the planet, not against it.
But enough about us — want to know how you can live a little greener in a city like Manchester? We can help! From choosing sustainable slow fashion to trying some vegan cuisine, there’s something to suit everyone in our city. Here are our top 3 eco-friendly activities to try in Manchester this Earth Day.
One of the easiest ways to make your everyday routine that bit more eco-friendly is to swap out your usual shops for a sustainable alternative. Here are our favourite local sustainable businesses in Manchester, whatever you’re looking for.
General Stores are a Manchester staple, with shops in Ancoats, Deansgate, Castlefield, Media City, and Moss Side. This isn’t just your average corner shop either, with refills available for staples like rice, grains, and pulses, sitting alongside local food stalls. They even have a selection of beers and wines available to take away in reusable glass containers. So, next time you need to nip out for some essentials, give a General Store a try — you won’t be disappointed!
If fashion’s your thing, then you’re in for a treat — Spear Street’s Suzy Loves Milo is the vintage store of dreams. After opening 15 years ago by fashion fanatic Suzy Wallis, Suzy Loves Milo has gone from strength to strength, and has both a physical store and a boutique on Depop.
Did you know that the fast fashion industry is currently responsible for over 10% of the world’s carbon emissions, and contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined? According to climate change campaigners WRAP, extending the life of clothes by just 9 months of active use would reduce carbon, water, and waste footprints by 20-30% each. So, why not embrace some pre-loved clothing next time you fancy some retail therapy, and give the planet a well-needed break?
Don’t panic — we’re not suggesting cutting out animal products for life, but did you know that around 14% of the world’s carbon emissions come from meat and dairy production? So, by reducing your intake, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. It’s never been easier to cut down either with Manchester’s wide range of delicious vegan eateries for you to try next time you fancy a meal out. Here are our current favourites.
Providing mouth-watering bites like Katsu tots, truffle burgers, and miso corn ribs, Wholesome Junkies is proof that vegan doesn’t have to just mean veggies. Next time you want to eat out, try something easier on the environment (but just as tasty) at this Manchester eatery.
Check out Wholesome Junkies’ website for their full menu.
Serving vegan food with a difference, the Allotment uses local, sustainable produce to create tasty, eco-friendly vegan dishes. Jackfruit tacos, cauli wings, and sundried tomato risotto? Sounds good to us!
You can find the Allotment behind Exchange Square, and check out their menu here.
Fancy learning more about nature AND exploring Manchester at the same time? Check out this Earth Day event.
Manchester’s famous Portico Library will be hosting a ‘write-walk’ workshop in central Manchester this April 22nd at 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, where nature writer, Anita Sethi, will be discussing ‘the environment, exploring nature, and understanding Manchester’s role in the climate crisis.
You can find out more about the event on Portico Library’s website.
Planning to try one of the suggestions on our list? Let us know over on our social media @mapartments_.