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9 Fun and Sustainable Things to Do In Glasgow

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Glasgow. A global city with a commitment to a sustainable future. Previous host of the biggest climate change conference of our generation, COP26, Glasgow has a strong desire to do good things that benefit the community, and there are lots of eco-conscious places to visit on a city break here.

So why not add a few sustainable stops to your Glasgow visit? Here are some ideas for you:

1. Stop for a break in a vegan café

As one of the UK’s best vegan cities, Glasgow has a great selection of cafés, bars and coffee shops offering meat-free and plant-based delights in cosy settings. Grab a table in one of these fabulous spots.

2. Sample sustainable food and drink

Many of Glasgow’s establishments are making excellent efforts towards minimising food waste and adopting ethical practices. From the business of breadmaking, to decadent Scottish cuisine, these small businesses are well worth supporting.

  • Freedom Bakery – purchase fresh bread from the social enterprise and artisan bakery
  • Mharsanta – book a table at a restaurant committed to using local suppliers in the Merchant City

Learn about Glasgow’s City Food Plan which plans to make the city a place full of tasty, healthy and affordable food, available to all.

Read more about Glasgow’s City Food Plan on the Good Food For All website

3. Don’t miss these educational exhibitions

Exterior view of the Riverside Museum in Glasgow

Riverside Museum

At the Riverside Museum, a new display, Driving Out Emissions, showcases a Tesla Model S as the centrepiece, as well as rare Honda Insight MK1s from the year 2000. The Riverside Museum: Going Green – The Drive for Energy Efficiency exhibition explores the next chapter of the electric vehicle movement.

Find out more on the Glasgow Life website

4. Join a walking or cycling city tour

Close up of a tote bag with the Glasgow Music City Tours Logo on it

Glasgow Music City Tours

One of the best ways to explore Glasgow is by exploring the streets by bike or on foot with an expert guide to show you around all the fascinating spots. Discover a range of city tours that will help you get to know the city better without leaving a trace on the environment.

5. Stay in a green hotel

From ethically-sourced bedding to serving up local produce on their menus, a handful of city centre hotels in Glasgow are becoming more conscious of their carbon footprint and several are moving towards a more sustainable model. The latter two hotels on our list have also been awarded VisitScotland’s Green Tourism Award, which rewards businesses who are committed to an eco-friendly approach.

6. Shop for second-hand and vintage finds

Combine retail therapy with recycling, and you’ll be in for a few hours of fun! Glasgow has a wealth of vintage shops, selling a selection of clothing, items and upcycled bits and bobs. Shop without any guilt at some of these shops.

7. Stock up on supplies with zero-waste food shopping

If you’re feeling peckish while out and about, why not do a plastic-free food shop? There are several shops tackling the issue of food waste, with refill shops that you can take your own containers to to fill up with organic groceries and goodies. Perfect for day trips, or if you’re staying in a self-catering apartment.

8. Discover the “Dear Green Place”

Kelvingrove Park

Home to over 90 parks and gardens, you can literally “stay green” during your stay in Glasgow! There are some gorgeous green spaces in the city – whose name translates to “The Dear Green Place” in Gaelic – or venture a little further afield to discover the surrounding countryside.

Discover more of Glasgow’s parks and gardens on the People Make Glasgow website

9. Getting around

Catch one of Glasgow’s two electric buses and cruise around Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone!

Read more about Glasgow’s electric buses on the Glasgow City Council website

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