New York: A Guide to a Greener Apple
As New Yorkers, we already have a naturally smaller environmental footprint than, say, people almost anywhere else. We live bunched on top of each other, we take public transportation, we have smaller spaces to heat and cool, our residential recycling program is decent, etc.
Well, if you've been looking to step it up a notch, check out the new guidebook, Greenopia New York City--tagline: "Eat, Shop, Live Green." I picked up the plump Zagat's style book at Whole Foods Body the other day, and I'm impressed. There are ratings of eco dry-cleaners, spas, restaurants, retailers, grocers, architects, pet stuff, and more. Most of the categories have a "leaf" rating based on how well a particular place meets the rather scrupulous green criteria for each section.
I don't know about you, but this is the kind of information I obsess over and am so glad to have some help with. For example, ABC Carpet & Home's skin care section gets 4 leaves and the Body Shop gets 1 leaf. Having read the labels at both places, that makes sense to me. There's also info on Farmer's Markets and CSA's; green day trips, and a chart for choosing seasonal, local produce.
The book is printed on glossy recycled paper with organic soy ink, of course. There's not much in the way of yoga, but it does include things like Jivamukti's cafe and shop, Lululemon, Integral Yoga's Apothecary, and the Brooklyn-based Omala yoga clothing store. In the next edition, I'd love to see eco ratings for studios.
To go totally tree-free, check out Greenopia.com (there are also guides to L.A. and S.F.). The site is filled with lots more content and other ways to treat the planet, the city, and your body just a little more kindly.