As the world embraces a new ecological way of living, you will be pleased to know that Mallorca hasn’t been left far behind. From organic food to sustainable fashion, the island offers a wide range of places and activities which will allow you to immerse yourself in a sustainable lifestyle that is in-tune with both nature and Earth.
Eco-living in Mallorca
The whole philosophy of eco living strikes towards protecting and preserving the planet’s environment through recognising the uniqueness of different ecosystems and species. It is a lifestyle which searches for sustainability in all its aspects – how we feed ourselves, build our homes, organise our lives and move around, which all has an impact on our health and the health of our ecosystem. Mallorca is no stranger to this way of life which is certainly growing in popularity, thanks to its ample choices to enjoy a more sustainable lifestyle which has a real environmental consciousness.
Eco-living is a sustainable approach to life, where small changes can make a big difference to both your health and the environment. By understanding the true meaning of eco-friendly, you can implement practices that will positively impact the planet and its inhabitants.
“Always support and buy from local companies, products, and services. Do your research to make informed choices about the way you live to lessen your impact on your surroundings. Make small changes that have lasting effect”.
Organic food is becoming easier to get a hold of in Mallorca and the best place to start is at one of the island’s many popular markets. The capital city of Palma is fantastic for this type of produce, with some of its markets even having their own dedicated organic sections. Must-visit stops include Mercat de l’Olivar and Mercat de Santa Catalina in the trendy city neighbourhood, who each have their own specialist organic stalls.
If an exclusively organic market is more appealing to you, then the Mercat Ecologic de Palma is definitely worth a try, being the first organic market in Mallorca. With 15 stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, you can also find a delicious selection of organic bread, wine, olive oil and cheeses.
Further afield from Palma, you will find plenty of markets that sell organic produce which have all been locally sourced. Take the Santa Maria del Camí market for example, which holds an organic produce section in its huge morning market on Sunday, with a fabulous choice for fruits, vegetables and conserves.
Fortunately, Mallorca also holds a selection of special markets throughout the year, such as the Farmers Market in Puerto Portals. Every Sunday in May the boulevard of the sophisticated harbour is full of life thanks to the km0, 100% Mallorca, island market. Fill your basket with fresh produce, handicrafts and other local products, in addition to a great schedule of kids activities, live concerts, yoga and detox classes.
Cafe culture is thriving on the island, with Mallorca having a wonderful selection of vegetarian and vegan cafes that take advantage of its delicious local produce. Dedicated to serving healthy and vibrant food, Ziva to Go has three delightful health food eateries in Palma, being a hotspot for those that desire organic breakfasts, snacks, smoothies and cold-pressed juices.
All their dishes are made with 100% plant-based ingredients, without processed sugars, dairy, preservatives or colouring, and cooked at temperatures below 46ºC. Their choice of organic and vegan raw foods not only supports your bodies through optimally nutritious foods, but also the environment, where all of their containers are all biodegradable, compostable or recyclable.
Another great pick is Simple Smart Food, which can be found in Santa Catalina and Plaça Mercat. Serving seriously nutritious and organic food, the trendy eatery has a fantastic selection of raw options, smoothies, healthy breakfasts, soups and salads.
Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants
In 2015, The Vegan Society awarded Mallorca as the number one vegan destination worldwide – a recognition that was formed by tremendous vegan dining experiences that can be found in the island’s capital city . The members of the world society were invited by the Vegan Association in Mallorca, who savoured the rapidly growing vegan scene on the island.
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just searching for a healthy dining options, the island is home to a wealth of amazing options, where you will find the best veggie dining experiences. Bon Lloc Restaurant is one of the most renowned vegetarian and vegan eateries on the island, located within Palma’s city centre. Their fresh, nutritious and delicious dishes are enough to tempt any tastebuds.
Located in the centre of Palma, the concept of vegetarian food is transformed at Temple Natura thanks to their use of natural and fresh ingredients with a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. Sabores de Sandra Vegan restaurant is another great find, serving an array of options in a warm and cosy environment. The Michelin-starred Marc Fosh, in Palma, has a vegetarian menu and will create a superb vegan menu with notice.
If you don’t want to wait for market days for your organic food supply, fear not, various health food shops are also popping up all over the island in the form of eco supermarkets, bio shops and organic farm shops.
Located near to the renowned and lively market of the Santa Catalina neighbourhood in Palma, LoVegana have successfully brought people closer to the vegan diet and lifestyle, facilitating the acquisition of the respective products and showing the richness and diversity of the vegan world. The store sells a wide variety of 100% vegan products, including biological and gluten-free foods as well as a broad catalogue of cosmetics, books and lifestyle products.
Alternatively, check out Yerbabuena, one of the biggest health shops in the Balearics which is dedicated to organic food, natural medicine and a sustainable lifestyle. Loveeat! and Beyond Organics in Santa Catalina are also our top picks for lovers of healthy food, with Veritas, Spain’s most renowned ecological store, having two shops in Palma.
Outside of the capital, you will find Sa Teulera Farm Shops, which can be found in not only in Palma, but in the towns of Manacor and Petra. For those that seek top quality meat, then Angus Son Mayol is the perfect pick, being an agricultural and poultry farm which sells 100% sustainable meat.
Across the plains and pine-clad hills of Mallorca you will find a lovely offering of organic farms, which supplies the island’s restaurants and supermarkets with the very best produce of each season. Here, they grow many fruits and vegetables, including many local varieties where some farms are home to products which are certified as eco-friendly. One of them is Tomatiga de Ramallet, presented as a local tomato cluster, where their cows are fed with homegrown organic hay.
If you would like to lend your hand to help the environment in Mallorca, there are several environmental causes that you can get involved in. Beach clean ups have risen in popularity in the last year, being developed to tackle one of the biggest threats to our oceans and to ourselves – plastic pollution. Each month, Save the Med organise a monthly beach clean up in Mallorca where residents and locals are encouraged to take part. There are also several other initiatives on the island which are helping to spread the word on plastic pollution, such as the CleanWave movement.
Last year, the inspiring Greta Thunberg, gave a lone protest which caught the world’s attention and has spread to millions of school children and adults who are now sounding the alarm. Each year, the Global Climate Strike also takes place within Mallorca, in a demand an end to the age of fossil fuels in a global initiative.