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Glasgow University’s Climate Action Society is launching a sustainable shopping map of the West End. The society will be distributing physical copies of the map across campus throughout Refresher’s Week, though an online version will be made available too.

The map will include environmentally friendly locations where students can eat, drink and shop near campus. Free facilities, such as drinking water fountains, will also be featured.

The initiative was inspired by a sustainable shopping map created by the RADIAL project at the Glasgow School of Art last August. Staff and students collaborated throughout a series of interactive workshops to design and create Glasgow’s first ever zero waste map. Climate Action aims to create a similar resource that focuses on the West End in order to cater to the local student population.

A spokesperson for the Climate Action society said: “We hope that this map will inspire students to get out and explore the West End, and to see that there are so many ways to be more sustainable in everything they do - whether it's dining out, buying groceries, buying clothes and housewares at a charity shop, or enjoying a walk in one of the many parks and gardens.

“Glasgow is full of amazing places and initiatives that make it easier to live more sustainably. Hopefully this map highlights a few of them and inspires students to get out and get involved.”

The society hopes the map will be useful to students, especially those who are new to Glasgow and want to shop at eco-friendly locations. The team will be distributing the pamphlet at their events for the rest of the academic year.

Initial shopping submissions include Shelter and Roots, Fruits and Flowers on Great Western Road. The society has indicated that any additional suggestions are welcome and can be submitted via the society’s Facebook page.

The map can be found at this link:

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