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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
Yes it is true, the world’s largest and most infamous fast food company McDonald’s, has taken steps to make their main London Olympic Village outpost as sustainable and green as possible. The company which is known to be slow to change their unhealthy food practices has embraced the theme of the London Olympics to be as eco-friendly as possible.
Going against green conventions, it is the largest McDonald’s ever constructed, but there are some promising practices that McDonald’s claims will eventually be implemented into their 35,000 locations worldwide. The building is constructed from mostly recyclable materials. The kitchen includes energy efficient equipment, and water saving sinks. Because this outpost is temporary for the Olympics, after the Olympics is completed 75% of the building materials and all of the kitchen equipment will be recycled and used in other McDonald’s locations. Food wise, the company promises to serve organic tea and organic coffee and milk from local London producers.
Even though McDonald’s is a prime example of unhealthy food, it is great that such a large global company with a huge impact is taking steps to reduce their footprint on a global stage with the world watching and acknowledge that they can do better. This is a great start and hopefully other chains and global brands like Burger King, Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts, etc. will be inspired to compete with McDonald’s and feel compelled to implement some of these practices into their locations worldwide.
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!
The past few days the climate wanted to make sure we all knew that it was summer. With heat waves in full effect, and the common knowledge in the back of our heads that air conditioners are anything but eco-friendly, how do we stay cool? Green air conditioners are being marketed, but there is no way around the energy sucking and harmful chemicals involved in the most popular way to cool air. Here are some tips to help you keep cool in an eco-friendly way:
- The sun is the largest provider for heat in your home, if you close your blinds or shades you will automatically eliminate the entry point for heat. Shade is your friend.
- Ceiling fans and other fans around your house are much more eco-friendly than air conditioners and they spread the air around your living space really well
- Cover any leaks in your insulation that may allow cool air to escape and warm air to enter
- Dresssing cool with light materials goes without saying, make sure you are wearing comfy clothes and don’t be afraid to wear shorts or sleeveless shirts
If you need to use the air conditioner….
- Make sure to keep it on a constant temperature around 78 degrees
- Keep the air conditioner in the shade so it doesn’t need to work extra hard to cool air
- Make sure to complete the proper maintenance on the A/C like cleaning a filter frequently
- Instead of tossing an old A/C into the junk yard, consider taking it to an electrician to be rewired
- When purchasing a new A/C, make sure to purchase the correct size. Don’t purchase too large of an air conditioner for small spaces. It’s best to make sure the A/C doesn’t create more cold air than it needs to. Same for getting too small of an air conditioner, don’t make the air conditioner overwork itself
- At night time turn of your A/C, open your windows and turn on your fans to circulate the cooler night time air