A breath of fresh air: wellbeing and sustainability in Plymouth

Plymouth is the perfect place to be if you want to focus on sustainability and wellbeing in 2023. For many, their New Year’s Resolution will be to perhaps try going vegan or live in an eco-friendlier way.

Sutton Harbour and the wider city of Plymouth offer plenty of ways to motivate and make trying something new a little easier. If you’re looking to be well, try a plant-based diet or be more sustainable, we’ve compiled a list of exactly how and where you can do that.



Going vegan for January has recently become popularised thanks to the Veganuary campaign. People can try out plant-based diets whether it’s for animals, the climate, or their health. Restaurants and retailers also come together to add new plant-based offerings to shelves and menus.

For existing vegans, it’s an exciting time to try the latest products around Plymouth. For those looking to make the daring step into veganism, Sutton Harbour and the Barbican have you covered.

Supha’sBoston Tea Party and The Stable offer vegan alternatives to their already tasty menus as well as offering great views of Sutton Harbour. Just down the road from Boston Tea Party and The Stable, you’ll find the new vegan restaurant Seed|Sip. The menu is 100% plant-based from starters to dessert and the drinks menu offers vegan cocktails, beers, cider, and wine. There are also shakes, smoothies and soft drinks if Dry January is on the agenda.


Dry January 

Speaking of Dry January…there are plenty of places to enjoy alcohol-free drinks options, or spend your time away from the pub in 2023.

Daisy’s Tea Rooms, Louise’s Coffee and Donuts and the Alfresco coffee cart all serve great tea, coffee, and refreshments. They’re the perfect pit stop after an invigorating walk along the seafront or on The Hoe for your wellbeing.

Plymouth Boat Trips offer plenty of exciting day-out opportunities. Whether it’s a sightseeing cruise or a connecting ferry, there’s plenty to explore. Upon landing back at The Barbican, perhaps an alcohol-free beer at The Ship or an evening at The Barcode is on the cards? Just a ten-minute walk away with a cinema, adventure golf and plenty of places to eat, it’s a great way to spend the evening.


Wellbeing by the sea

It’s long been thought that the sea air has health benefits, so much so, the Victorians even used to prescribe it. Regardless of the science, it’s fair to say that a trip to the seafront can help with feeling calmer. The salty air, the sounds of the waves and the vast shades of blue.

Living near the sea is also a great way for people to get in more exercise. Even just a walk along the seafront on your lunch break can make all the difference.

As Plymouth is Britain’s Ocean City there are plenty of picturesque walks to get you out and about. The Harbour Heritage Trail app was launched in 2020 and can make walks around the Harbour more interactive. A one-mile circular route, you can learn about Plymouth’s maritime history and famous landmarks while getting those steps in.



Shopping more sustainably can be quite a challenge. However, it’s one that many consumers are willing to take on. With sustainable vendors on The Barbican’s Southside Street such as Ten Ten and Rockpool Trading, it’s made much easier. Plus, you’ll be supporting local Plymouth artists and makers at the same time.

JAR, a zero-waste shop and Borrow Don’t Buy, a community interest ‘library of things’ sit minutes from the Barbican. JAR allows you to refill all things food and toiletry related saving on harmful microplastics and unnecessary packaging. Borrow Don’t Buy supplies a catalogue of items you may need but not want to pay full price for. They will loan what you need, and you can return it once you’re finished.

The National Marine Aquarium is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust. Their work goes to supporting the health of the oceans and the life that swims within it. As well as learning a lot about their sustainability achievements on your visit, the gift shop also sells lots of sustainable items.

From t-shirts to toothbrushes, have a browse and see what you can switch out to be more sustainable in 2023.


Sutton Harbour 

If you’re looking towards sustainability, wellbeing or even veganism in 2023 then Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour is the place to be. From refreshing seaside walks to delicious plant-based platters, head down and see what you can find.

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