New York City isn’t exactly the greenest place on earth, but there are some (VERY) simple things we can do to help out everyone’s fave planet. Earth Day (April 22nd) is a good reminder to take a step back from our daily grind in the concrete jungle, and really appreciate the fabulous world we live in. Here are three simple ways to incorporate sustainability into your lifestyle and make Earth Day count every day of the year!
Whether you’re boozing or hydrating (after a night of boozing?), you can do so sustainably. Naturawines offers organic wines that tout natural compounds in place of chemicals that encourage sustainable sipping. Upgrade those go-to varietals (meaning wine made from a single type of grape – fancy word, we know!) to organic choices such as Natura Chardonnay, a dry white wine with citrus aromas of grapefruit and lime blend with notes of pineapple or Natura Rosé, a bright light pink choice with fruity aromas.
Once you and your crew have polished off a few bottles of wine at your picnic or other outdoor drinking venue, be sure to down some HFactor hydrogen-rich water. Not only does this water boast multiple benefits from reducing inflammation, improving circulation, aiding in post-workout recovery AND alleviating system stressors such as jetlag and hangovers, this NYC-based brand is focused on sustainability. HFactor comes in a unique patent-pending aluminum pouch which is BPA-free and recyclable. 60 empty HFactor pouches equates to the same size as a single empty water bottle!
Bike / Walk When You Can
This is a given. One of the best things about living in NYC is that you can walk or bike almost anywhere, especially now that it’s warming up. Save that cab fare and the environment by hopping on a Citi Bike instead – that’s one less $35 cycling class you’ll need to pay for too!
Use Tote Bags
As New Yorkers, it seems like we’re ALWAYS carrying something around. Whether it’s your Trader Joe’s groceries, an oversized shampoo/conditioner set from Duane Reade or your miniature poodle, your hands are most likely always full. It’s time to lose the paper and plastic and invest in some cute, reusable tote bags – we’re loving these Aloha Collection summer-inspired totes (because who said you can’t look stylish as you haul who-knows-what up your 4th floor walk up?). Plus, the brand is totally about the planet – ALOHA Collection donates 5% of profits annually to a Hawaii conservation organization to help protect the natural beauty of Hawaii.