Carnaby loves the planet, and so should you. Sustainability is at the forefront of Carnaby’s focus, and always will be.
From the Blue Turtle initiative to Bee’s Needs, in CarnaBEE we have been doing our bit for the environment. We only have one ocean and one planet, so if there’s ever a time to make changes in how we live to protect them, the time is now.
Head to Carnaby for some of the city’s best vegan hot spots including Club Mexicana, Shoryu Ramen, and Dishoom. Indulge in a Sri Lankan vegan curry from Kolamba, guilt-free, knowing you are doing your part to help the environment. Over 50 Carnaby restaurants, bars and cafés have been awarded the Blue Turtle mark for their sustainability values, inspiring the wider hospitality community to take action in protecting the ocean.
When it comes to shopping, our retailers are offering sustainable options. Monki use sustainably sourced fabrics, as well as renewable energy to power their Carnaby Street store. The low environmental impact Ice-Blast jean, made with eco-friendly wash fabric is a big hit at Replay. Earthly Matters is one of our newest retailers providing eco-friendly refillable products. This zero-waste refill shop is the first of its kind in our neighbourhood. The adidas Originals concept store on Foubert's Place houses the label's newest and most exclusive collections. With sustainability creeping into the forefront of the brand ethos, they are aiming to create 15 million pairs of shoes with recycled plastic bottles in collaboration with Parley Ocean Plastics.
As we move away from buying plastic water bottles, most of us have made the swift transition to use our own reusable bottles. We have installed a water fountain in Kingly Court for visitors to refill their bottles and help reduce plastic consumption. This installation has saved the use of over 100,000 plastic bottles so far since its launch in 2018. Customers are also encouraged to drop their used coffee cups into the recycling stations throughout the area.
At CarnaBEE we partner with Defra every year to celebrate Bees' Needs Week to raise awareness of the nation’s bees and other pollinators. Carnaby is a haven for wildlife thanks to our commitment to increasing biodiversity through several green projects. We have been planting and sowing seeds across the 14 streets of Carnaby to help promote a natural flow of pollination. This includes 4 beehives, 160,000 bees, 11 insect homes, pollinator planting, 24 green roofs and walls, 13 trees, 725 window boxes, 46 planters and 12 bird boxes.
We encourage visitors to use the Carnaby Bike Hub to help reduce air pollution, one car at a time. Park your bike in the free bike hub at 57 Carnaby Street.
Every year, Carnaby supports WWF and Earth Hour. Carnaby unites millions of people around the world to switch off our lights to raise awareness for urgent environmental issues. We encourage you to download the My Footprint app to take action and make small changes to your lives that will help protect our planet.