Trendy & fair
Fair and eco-friendly fashion? With clothes brands that take caring for the planet seriously? You will find plenty of addresses in the cosy shopping streets, where you can buy things with a clear conscience and a heart for the environment. Sway in the Parijsstraat is totally fair & square, just like Harvest Club on the De Layensplein and inLevel5 on the Vaartkom. In these places, eco-friendly is also simply trendy. Besides, lots of other 'normal' boutiques have a range of sustainable clothing on their shelves.
Your new favourite item
A unique piece of designer clothing does not have to be unaffordable. In second-hand shops such as Cyaankali and Rawette you will find clothes by exclusive Belgian designers and well-known brands at very affordable prices. That way, someone else's bad buy becomes your favourite item! Or do you want to browse among the racks full of vintage clothes until you find that one perfect bargain? Then head to Riot or one of the other second-hand shops on the Diestsestraat.
Goldsmith Annelies Veeckmans is the face behind brand Billy Rose. This designer has very sustainable working methods, every material becomes a new piece of jewellery. Get new custom-made earrings or a bracelet. Or come to one of the open workshop days and look, try, put back and try again.
Enter the jungle of Spore Nursery and brighten up your house, your city garden or terrace. You will also get expert plant advice here over a cup of coffee, so no more need of chemical sprays from now on. For this, initiator Jelle works together with Biogroei, a local Leuven breeder of natural enemies.
Fairly delicious food
If you visit the beautiful Park Abbey site, be sure to pop into the De Wikke farm shop for your share of healthy fruit and vegetables. De Wikke is a horticultural project for people who, for whatever reason, find it difficult to enter the regular labour market. In the vegetable garden of Park Abbey, forgotten vegetables are grown organically. That includes a healthy piece of bread, right? De Broodenier in the heart of Leuven is a traditional bakery where you can buy the best sourdough bread. Straight from the oven.
Things buzz and bubble in the historic railway hall in Kessel-Lo, just behind the station. The social heart of the neighbourhood is a breeding and meeting place with sustainable dining and shopping places. Organic bakery Korst uses locally grown and traditionally milled grains. Farmer Pieter fills his food vending machine What-Soup with fresh soup and greens every day. And in the food court, choose from all the goodies the start-up catering businesses in the hall have to offer. Enjoy!