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Yesterday marked the first time in over 100 years that New York has had electric cabs operating on their streets. Believe it or not, some of the first taxis in the late 19th century were electric based cars.
Jumping to 2013, the city of New York and Nissan have partnered up to reduce New York’s carbon emissions by adding six electric taxis to the taxi fleet for the next year as part of a pilot program for research. The research will help Nissan and the city collect appropriate information so that the city can reach it’s goal of having a third of the taxi fleet using electric cars by 2020.
As Lydony told you previously, New York will be updating their taxi fleet to more spacious cars. These cars will not be eco-friendly until more field research has been collected.
If you catch these green electric cars on the road, make sure you try to hail one so you can personally contribute to a greener New York!
Photo credit: NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission
- Good Guide allows for you to find out important health, green, and ethical info on your favorite food or lifestyle products and whether you should consider alternate products. Allows you to scan barcodes to find products efficiently.
- inBloom assists in looking for sustainable and local foods in your area. You easily can find organic, local, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo friendly, raw, and environmentally friendly at restaurants and grocery stores in your neighborhood.
- Locavore is similar to inBloom but focuses on primarily helping you locate food originating locally. This app helps you find what’s currently in season and available at your local farmer’s markets and farms
- Meter Readings is not quite US measurement friendly just yet, but it helps you track your energy usage. Look for the US conversions to be available soon.
- Carticipate helps you find fellow carpoolers. This app connects you with those who have free seats in their car or helps you to fill those extra seats. A great way to cut back on traffic and pollution.
- iRecycle helps you locate where in your neighborhood you can recycle some of those old products that you know you can’t just throw in the recycling bin and trust to be taken care of appropriately. Great for finding out where to drop off your batteries and old electronics!
- iViro is just like Meter Readings but very US friendly. Cut back on your utility usage every month!
- MyFitnessPal is on this list because it helps you with your daily diet and calorie intake. Food waste is becoming more and more problematic and this app will help you eat within your means and cut back on how much food you waste.
- Green Outlet will tell you the green performance of your electronics around your home so that you can cut back on your energy usage and also your energy costs.
We recommend all of these apps to help you improve your daily green lifestyle without very much effort.
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Technology reinvents itself daily. It seems that every day a smarter phone, or a faster computer, or a sleeker car, or a more interactive toy is released and scooped up by the masses. Product’s are releasing so fast, our current technology becomes old instantly and then we are stuck with a not so exciting product that we no longer want. Many of us throw it all away. In the past three years alone, we at Lydony have had 4-5 cell phones. We’ve held onto them, but they are wasting away in a drawer. We can cut back on this waste by donating these unwanted items. Thrift stores, Craigslist, Salvation Army, and many many mobile apps now let us connect our used goods to other. So what are the best things to donate?
- DECOR: We all have ideas to make our houses stand out and look different. Clocks, paintings, art, souvenirs, holiday decorations.. but our tastes change quickly. Colors, shapes, and sizes go in and out of fashion. When you fall out of love with your interior design touches, why not offer them up to others?
- MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: The gift of music is one of the most wonderful gifts you could give another person. A new instrument such as a piano, a guitar, or a saxophone can cost upwards to $1,000 and more. Many of us run out of time as we grow older to play and enjoy our instruments that we once adored, so why not donate them? Yes, you may run downstairs to the basement to play the instrument once every couple of years, but it’s not likely.
- BOOKS: Kindles are great and cut back on trees needing to be chopped down for paper. But so do used books. When you’re done with a book, does it really need to sit on your bookshelf? Donate your book to others to cut back on paper and to also give the gift of a great story to someone else.
- FASHION: everyone donates their clothes. But not all of us donate our clean and new clothes we never wear. We wear our clothes once and then wash them… but sometimes we make a bigger offense and we wear our clothes once and then toss them! Remember to donate your unwanted shoes, shirts, suits, purses, wallets, pants. Vintage clothing never goes out of style.
- CARS: Cars may grow to have a lot of problems, but throwing out a car is one of the most damaging things you can do to the earth. Many of us keep cars for only 2-5 years, when we should be aiming to keep our cars for 10-15 years. Yes, it’s tempting with amazing new models that come out every year, but it’s best for the environment (and your wallet) to buy used.
- BABY FASHION: Even though when you are waking up every morning at the crack of down, childhood feels like it takes forever, it really doesn’t! While your newborn is inching through the months and eventually years, they are tearing through lots of clothes that really are not worn for that long or for that many times. Pass your baby clothes (and maternity clothes) to your family members and friends. This goes for toys as well.
- FURNITURE: although I don’t think we’d ever buy a used bed or couch, we love walking into restaurants and bars and people’s homes with vintage reused furniture. Just like clothing, furniture tastes and styles are constantly changing but vintage always adds a bit of character to an otherwise bland room.
- EVERYTHING: Really, anything you own can be sold on Craigslist or donated to a thrift store. Rather than sending your unwanted goods to a landfill, if you don’t want to hold onto it and try to go on Antiques Roadshow or Pawn Stars some day, you might as well donate it to those who might be interested
Looking for a kid friendly gift that will also teach and inspire about the environment? The Wind Power Set by Thames & Kosmos is a great way to start off kids from ages 8 and up.
Much like Legos and Erector Sets, the Wind Power Set is an engineering feet that is helpful with teaching children, and adults, how alternative energies like wind power work. Wind power has been used for centuries to pump water, power windmills, and to generate electricity to power throughout the world. With this set you will not only be able to conduct over 20 different experiments but also able to generate enough electric power to light up an LED light and charge a rechargeable battery.
Our day job takes us into restaurants, event spaces, lounges, bars and stores on a daily basis. Not a day goes by that we don’t see vintage and Edison bulb’s creating an ambiance in these spaces. We must admit, they give a great look to a space, they provide very warm, dim, colorful light, and really make you feel at home.
HOWEVER, we are sorry to say that they are one of the worst light bulbs available on the market. They waste 5-10 times more energy than your standard bulb and the energy they use generates more heat than light.
We refer you to this great NY Times article that discusses the trend. Fortunately, there is a new light bulb option coming out soon that will hopefully provide the Edison lightbulb feel and look while being a greener option. Check out the Panasonic LED Nostalgic, which mixes a modern and vintage look into one option.
Cell phones are involved with virtually every aspect of our daily life. They keep our schedules, give directions, travel alerts, restaurant selections, update our social networks, take photos… and oh yes, they make the occasional phone call or two as well.
We make it a point to recycle our old phones, but what about being green with the current phone you have? Enter the biodegradable case by Innovez. Unlike other phone cases that are destructive to the environment, Innovez uses a 100% organic material called EcoPure during the manufacturing process that creates a biodegradable plastic. In the event that your case ends up in a landfill instead of a recycling bin, the the organic compounds will naturally breakdown with no harm to the environment.
Let’s be honest, if Zack Morris could have put a case on his phone, it would be an green case… lime green!
Photo courtesy of: Innovez