Germany is well knows for their happy go eco mentality especially with Berlin being a leader in sustainability. However the smaller towns get less notice and if you happen to be swinging by Cologne (also known as Köln) for a trip, here are three spots you definitely need to stop by to make your trip greener.
Pick N Weight (Ehrenstraße 60-64, 50672 Köln)
This is a well known and loved second hand store with various of shops around Germany. Their concept however is what makes this place so special. The clue is in the name, you literally go in and pick what you like and the price of the items are determined by its weight. There are scales around the shop so you can check before you you go to the register but the whole experience in itself is pretty awesome. Its sort of like buying pick n mix sweets except with clothes! The selection is huge and you have clothes from all eras. It can be pretty overwhelming so make sure you have a lot of time to go and dig deep.
Grüne Erde (Breite Str. 112, 50667 Köln)
This little gem is an all natural shop hidden in a backstreet in the main shopping square of Cologne. The shop stocks its own products all made naturally and sustainably and the range goes from hygiene products, household cleaning products, clothes, candles and interior pieces. The vibe is all very wooden and earthy and is a perfect place to pick up a souvenir. The only downside is that all products are described in german, however the staff are friendly and happy to guide.
Bunte Burger (Hospeltstraße 1, 50825 Köln)
After walking around and shopping you might want to kick your feet up and have a vegan burger. There is not better place for this than Bunte Burgers located in the art district. The award winning diner offers not just one or two but an array of different vegan burgers made with vegan cheeses and ingredients. I personally opted for the italian burger and the truffle chips with the homemade sauce. I cant recommend this place enough it was probably one of the best vegan burgers I have ever tried and I wish I had the chance to try out their other versions. Its very quiet during the day but in the evenings you should make a reservation to avoid disappointment as the local bars in the area gathers a crowd at night.