Posts Tagged ‘sustainable’

Ethical Dining

June 16, 2010

New Yorkers are getting used to seeing calories posted at chain restaurants, but this Australian based franchise publishes the carbon footprint of every menu item as well.

Otarian, an eco minded vegetarian restaurant with locations in New York and London has a simple mission: to provide delicious, meat-free food while eliminating the negative affects that food production has on our environment.

One of the main contributors to global environmental degradation is the livestock industry. The effects of large scale meat production impacts sustainability as well as economics. Greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and water pollution are just a few of these factors.  Statistics show that if every American gave up eating meat that the population of Africa could be fed with the grain saved.

Almost everything in the restaurant is made from recycled materials. The chairs are made using an ancient South African technique that weaves recycled into recycled plastic onto aluminum frames. The tabletops are made from recycled buttons from clothing. Everything is sustainable and environmentally friendly.

All of the food comes from the best local farms, where the quality and ethics are high. There is never a compromise in food quality to meet their environmental standards.

With each diner making a small but meaningful difference to the planet, Otarian is saving the world one meal at a time.

Alternative Packaging

February 21, 2010

We applaud these Canadian innovators who are creating safe, recyclable, plastic free alternatives for some of the modern conveniences that we use everyday.

O.N.E. / One Natural Experience is Canadian spring water, packaged in a paper box.

The tetra pack carton is BPA- free, and made mainly from natural, sustainable resources.

The profits from the sale of this product will be donated to a non- profit organization, and consumers are directed to a website to vote for the charity of their choice.

Kudos to organizers of New York Fashion Week, for giving out these great water boxes in the Bryant Park tents!

Another company doing their part for our environment and our health is Abeego.

This company has created a natural, hand crafted solution for food storage. Made from hemp/cotton fabric and coated with beeswax and plant extracts, these innovative wraps come in 3 sizes and shapes, with color coded string ties to identify the package’s contents. They are soap and cold water washable, and durable enough to be used many times.

Just by eliminating plastic water bottles, and plastic wrap from our daily use, we can dramatically cut our exposure to harmful BPA’s and help to save our environment at the same time. Not a bad deal, we think!

For more information on the harmful effects of plastic, read our post  Eliminate a Plastic Bottle a Day to Keep the Doctor Away (posted January 18,2010)

photos courtesty of O.N.E. and Abeego


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