Moving to another country and experiencing a new culture can mean you need to adjust some of your everyday habits for ease. As climate change is becoming an ever more pressing issue, it is important that your sustainable lifestyle habits are maintained or improved during this change. But, it can be hard to know where to start in a new city so, we’ve created a guide to help you find the eco-friendliest spots around the city, from vegan and vegetarian restaurants to sustainable clothes shopping, all to lower your carbon footprint.
The food industry is one of the world’s largest polluters, and therefore eating fewer animal products is a great place to start reducing your carbon footprint. Going vegetarian or vegan can be hard in Spain as many traditional Spanish dishes are meat-based however, there are plenty of places around the city which offer vegan and veggie options.
One great option is El Enano Verde, which you can find on Calle Feria, not far from the Alameda. This restaurant offers a full vegan menu with plenty of gluten-free options too! You could also try Veganitessen if you’re searching for a vegan lunch in the city centre or VeganEat for a mixture of Spanish and Western dishes with vegan twists.
If you’re looking for a great coffee spot, try Cocome, a café and deli with loads of veggie and vegan options, beautifully presented, ready to be displayed on your Instagram feed!
The fashion industry is the world’s second-largest polluter, and although Seville has loads of amazing shops, many use the fast fashion business model. But if you want to slow down your impact, there is also a great second-hand and vintage shopping scene which is worth exploring in your time here.
Ropero is a great place to start, it’s a small vintage store on Calle Feria, with a good range of clothes and accessories. Nearby, you can find Wonder Vintage Sevilla and Jueves Ropero Vintage, another small second-hand store with clothes and plenty of knick-knacks! These shops stock good value vintage pieces, but if you’re on a tighter budget, try visiting Humana, a second-hand clothing chain just a 10-minute walk from the city centre. Generally, everything in the shop is €5 and there is plenty of selection so put aside some time to have a good rummage around and find some reclaimed gems!
If you’re looking for a typical charity shop with cheaper price tags, try shopping at Piel de Mariposa which donates all of the money from the clothes to the charity and is located on Calle Feria.
It is clear that sustainability is a growing trend in Seville as there are other stores dedicated to supporting a sustainable lifestyle so if you need to buy something new, make sure you check out these shops.
Start by visiting El Jarrillo Lata, one of the first zero-waste stores in the city on Calle Feria and is the perfect spot to pick up a reusable shopping bag or water bottle, or gather ingredients to make your own cleaning products. It’s a must-visit for anyone looking to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle!
If you’re looking to convert to organic skincare, check out Bien y Bio, a natural beauty spot where you’re encouraged to learn about the ingredients in your cosmetics and the effect they have on you and the environment. Therefore, they ensure all of the products in the store are high quality.
If you prefer to buy your clothes new but still want the environmental impact of your purchases to be low, you can try shopping at Verde Moscú, Seville’s answer to Everlane. Here, they stock contemporary clothes which are sustainably manufactured using organic materials and are respectful to the rights and dignity of people and the environment.
To make your food shop more eco-friendly, shop at the local markets as the produce is mostly local and therefore has fewer transport miles and will also likely use less plastic packaging. Try Las Comadres and eco ArteSana for fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition, you could visit Gaia Centro Ecológico, La Despensa Ecológica and Red Verde which all stock a wide selection of organic and plant-based products and are therefore great spots to stock up on vegan food!
Using this guide, you now know all the green spots to check out around the city, so have fun exploring the sustainable side of Seville! Let us know, what do you do to reduce your environmental impact?