Might be fun for a city to have shopping strips competing against each other as to who has the most shops dedicated to sustainability with the top one receiving the sustainable shopping strip award. The judging could be on the basis of their products sold in the strip of shops - or internal shopping strip (as the case may be). I think existing awards are often based on centres and municipalities reducing carbon footprint, pollution and waste.
Either way it would be great as a green marketing tool!
I have been doing some work for Bee Sustainable in Lygon St, Brunswick East, which is an establishment that promotes bee-keeping, sets up home hives, as well as promoting home food production - preserve, sausage, cider and bread-making kits, selling related equipment, sustainable gifts and runs workshops along the lines of bee-keeping and local food providoring. I think that this section of Lygon St North, East Brunswick with Vege to Go (vegan meals), and Organic grocers, a Recycled Clothing Market, and Yoga Lab plus the honey shop can vie for high end green credentials as a shopping strip, as far as greater Melbourne goes.
I will be interested to receive any comments or ideas as to other cities with a sustainable shopping options award!
Shopping can be fun, and what more fun than shopping for products that make us feel good, look after our health and coincidentally (?) that of the earth.
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