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On a walk to Union Square today we passed GustOrganics, a restaurant that piqued our interest from the name, the look and feel of the restaurant. We were in too much of a rush to sit down but definitely agreed to go back at a later date. After looking more into the restaurant, we were thrilled to see that they are 100% organic and one of the greenest restaurants in the world! Not only does the restaurant use only USDA certified organic ingredients (and is the only restaurant in NYC that can boast about this), the restaurant is also a 4 Stars Certified Green restaurant.
GustOrganics is paving the way by adapting as many eco-friendly and organic practices as possible including: biodegradable take out containers, energy efficient kitchen equipment, printing with soy ink, organic flowers, organic uniforms, solar lighting, using only wind energy, recyling and composting, using recycled glass bottles for their water, sourcing organic ingredients from small and local farms, and finally practicing portion control by not serving jumbo portions that will go to waste. The list goes on and on!
We at Lydony love to say it just takes one green step, but we love GustOrganics’ mantra of “changing the world one meal at a time”. If you are in the Union Square area in NYC, please stop by to check out GustOrganics.
Singapore is redefining the idea behind an urban garden as they are in the process of opening Gardens by the Bay. This “park” will include restaurants, event spaces, shops, a bio-dome and expansive gardens with incredible vegetation cultivated to represent all seven continents.
Perhaps the most impressive addition to the park will be their man made “supertrees”. The 18 supertrees stand between 25-50 meters high and will provide shade to guests in the park, collect rain water, and are lined with solar panels that will provide energy to the park and also light to the supertrees during the night. The trees are certainly interesting looking, so to give them a more natural look they are also covered with globally harvested vegetation. We look forward to seeing if this eco-park takes off!
- Greeting cards that grow: When picking out a card that tells your mom just how much you care, why not get her one she can plant. Much like the Little Kay Gardens gift wrapping paper, seeded gift cards can be planted. Imagine how happy your mom will be in a few weeks when flowers start to pop up.
- Home cooking: Take a trip to your local farmer’s market tomorrow and pick up some fresh fruits, veggies, meats, and flowers from local growers. Not only will you be supporting local retailers but we all know there is nothing moms like more than a homemade personalized gift.
- The everyday canvas bag: Help your mom go green this year by buying her a nice everyday reusable bag she can take with her when she goes shopping. Plastic bags are bad for the environment and with more and more people starting to bring their own bags when going to places like the grocery store, why not get your mom a unique bag just for her.
- Lydony’s weekly picks: Take a look back at all of Lydony’s previous Pick of the Week selections for more great ideas. You’ll find things from our most recent pick of Scotch Nail Polish to iPhone cases. You can’t go wrong.
In 2009, a documentary caught the attention of many at film festivals all over the globe. It was entitled “Vanishing of the Bees”. This film perfectly encapsulated the bee industry with a main focus on colony collapse disorder, what bees do for agriculture, and the future of honey. Bees are an important link between humans and our food supply, and their existence is vital to that of both mine and yours.
I strongly recommend the film, but in short bees have been dying off in large quantities for unknown reasons. This is referred to as colony collapse disorder or CCD. This has a chain reaction directly affecting our fruit and produce supply in a negative way. Information is due out later this year directly linking a German based fertilizer company and certain products they produce to ccd. Now this does not mean some miracle cure will come about solving all problems with the issue.
One positive to this issue has been that more and more independent bee owners have popped up. From small farmers to the roof tops of NYC, there are bees all around. This summer straight wharf restaurant has entrusted its employees, namely myself and my girlfriend Caroline, to raise a colony of bees. We have teamed up with a local farmer, Dylan Wallace, who has been raising his own bees for over five years now.
It truly is a wonderful site to watch bees establish their community. They seem to have such a distinct sense of order and family even though a colony usually retains 8,000-10,000 bees. We supply the bees with a daily dosage of sugar water that they use to build wax cells in which they fill with honey. In the sugar water mixture we add a pinch of sea salt that acts as an antibiotic. The first year doesn’t tend to yield much honey if any at all, but in the second year one colony can produce anywhere from 75-90lbs of honey!
Over the past decade people are becoming more aware of what they are eating and industry has been exposed. In addition to the olive oil scandal and Kashi foods recent problems, there is also the making of “funny honey”, a process in which honey is heated and thinned out with water and high fructose corn syrup, then run through a series of fine filters to remove pollen. The bee pollen is the only way to trace origin of the honey. It is believed that most of this funny honey is coming from China, but there is no evidence.
With the relative low maintenance of bees, if you have the space look into maybe raising a colony. If not, I am sure there are local honey producers in your area. Local is the way to go when it comes to honey, not just to avoid the fake, but because it often helps with allergies caused by local surroundings (they usually keep within two to three miles of their colony). Think of honey as a delicious allergy shot! Until next time bee good.
Everyone loves getting gifts, but gift wrapping can be such a mess and isn’t exactly environmental friendly. It is always a great idea to reuse paper and even get creative with what is around your house for wrapping. One great option we like to use is Little Kay Gardens Gift Wrap That Grows.
Little Kay gift wrap is seeded and made from 100% recycled paper. After you open your present, instead of throwing out the wrapping you can plant the wrapping paper and plants will grow. Little Kay is almost like receiving two gifts in one. It is a great idea for a way to cut back not only on wasting paper, but also helps the environment at the same time.
This past weekend we attended our first wedding to officially kick off wedding season. With all of the planning involved, all of the family involved, picking a menu, picking a dress and tuxedo, choosing the bridal party, bachelorette/bachelor parties, the last thing most couples are thinking about is how to make their wedding greener. But a wedding is a great way to showcase to your family and friends your values.
PAPER: Between Save-The-Dates, invitations, RSVPs, ceremony programs, menu cards, and thank you notes, weddings require a lot of paper. Creating a website with all of the pertinent info is one way to cut back on lots of correspondence. Using recycled paper cuts back on paper waste. When trying to eliminate menus, buffets or stations cut back on the need for a menu while also giving all the picking eaters options for food. Another alternative that is becoming more and more popular is going paperless with invites with website like Paperless Post. Even celebs like Julie Benz are going this green route.
JEWELRY: Engagement rings and wedding bands last a life time. By using family jewelry or vintage jewelry, you can cut back on using vital earth resources.
DECOR: Flowers are an important way to decorate for your wedding. If you have the time, growing your own flowers will ensure you have organic flowers. Making sure you purchase organic flowers through a local florist like Veriflora will cut back on pesticides and chemicals harmful to the environment. Also take into consideration soy candles, recycled paper for confetti, and recycled water for vases. Lights play an important part in the ambiance, make sure you are using energy efficient bulbs. Vintage decorations make a big statement and give a nice touch.
SKIN/HAIR CARE: A bride and her wedding party love to get dolled up on for the special day. Using organic and green makeup proves to be beneficial.
LOCATION/TRAVEL: Picking a central location for guests is key in cutting back on unnecessary travel. Help your party guests figure out carpooling and overnight accommodations to prevent unnecessary pollution, energy and gas usage. By keeping your reception venue and ceremony venue close together, you cut back on unnecessary travel during the two events. Try to pick locations that are green friendly, look into Eco Resorts and venues. Weddings can be as small as 10 people or as large as 500. Either way, a lot of waste will be produced, and it’s nice to know your location will take care in disposing of the waste properly. Also, consider using hybrid or electric powered limos and car service for you wedding party transportation.
CLOTHES: With many more eco couture options available these days, you can look into a wonderful eco friendly dress or tuxedo. If not? Look into vintage. When you’re done, make sure to recycle your clothing option.
MENU: The food options are endless at weddings, and family and friends can be picky eaters. Try to keep the food sourced from local vendors, make sure it’s organic, and make sure if you are goign to offer meat that the animals were farmed ethically. Think organic when choosing your wines and alcohols. An open bar is always exciting, but try to convince your bartenders to encourage guests to continue to use the same glasses all night to cut back on water waste while washing dishes.
REGISTRY: You can show your guests how serious you take green, by picking green options and eco friendly products in your registry. If you receive a lot of gift cards, make sure to recycle them after they have been depleted.
FAVORS: Favors are typically a good gag for a brief moment, then everyone aside from your family typically throws them out. Our friends this past weekend had a great idea and asked everyone to vote for 1 of 3 charities that our friends would in turn donate to lieu of party favors. If you are going to give favors, think something green like small plants, plant seeds, soy candles, organic soaps, and feel free to put use recyclable or reusuable gift bags for the party favors.