Today is Earth Day, and to celebrate, we’ve selected the best eco-friendly locations in Los Angeles and Orange County for your viewing and pursuing pleasure. We’ve included LEED certified hotels, an eco-friendly fashion label and farm-to-table vegan cuisine. When you check out our picks, know that you’re doing your part for environmental protection…in a haute way.
1 The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles
The sleek and chic Ritz-Carlton in downtown Los Angeles is not only a gorgeous place to while around the evening, but it's also a silver LEED certificate holder. The hotel has energy-efficient windows, designed to maximize daylight, water-saving plumbing fixtures and filtering of storm water runoff, which keeps waterways clean, cool roof installation, covered parking and water-efficient rooftop landscaping, which reduces heat island effects and use of low-volatile organic compound materials to minimize in-air toxins. The Ritz also offers a wide range of alternative transportation opportunities, including bicycle support, discounted parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, carpools and vanpools. Recycled materials can be found throughout the building; there are also recycling areas on every floor of the tower and at the building’s main loading dock.
900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (213) 743-8800
2 The Shore Hotel
In addition to its stellar oceanfront location, Santa Monica's Shore Hotel is also a gold LEED certificate holder. The hotel was built using locally-sourced, recycled and recyclable materials: 50% of construction waste was recycled or salvaged; 10% of all building materials were sourced from within a 500-mile radius of the project; and wood was sourced from sustainable forests. Individual guest room controls automatically turn off the lights when rooms are unoccupied.
1515 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 458-1515
3 Stella McCartney
For eco-friendly couture, there are only a few designers we deem truly haute, and one is Stella McCartney. McCartney does use leather, skins (i.e. python, crocodile and other exotics), or furs in any products or licensed products. Her brand is completely vegan and cruelty free, and she has pioneered innovative fashion items like a line of faux-croc heels with biodegradable plastic soles and DryDye t-shirts, which use DryDye technology - which requires no water to dye clothing and only requires 50% of chemicals and energy that traditional dye uses.
8823 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048 (310) 273-7051
This haute gourmet eatery at the Montage Laguna Beach isn't just a visually stunning location to eat exquisite fare: it's also completely eco-friendly. The restaurant grows seasonal herbs, fruits and vegetables from its personal garden, which are not only used by the chefs, but by mixologists to use for cocktails, in the hotel's spa to utilize in treatments and in children’s programs to use for educational activities. Studio also utilizes local farms for any produce not supplied by the garden and uses organic and sustainable products are used as often as possible. The resort’s on-site composting program also yields approximately 60 pounds of compost daily which is used throughout the resort, including the garden.
30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420
Raya, the gorgeous restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is a stunning and green option for a haute evening out. Culinary delights are prepared with sustainable seafood, local produce, natural and organic meat and Chef Richard Sandoval’s signature Latin flavors. The eatery prides itself on its commitment to serving only natural and organic produce featuring fresh, local California products and showcasing its sustainable seafood, as per the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, which helps to protect the future fish supply in the world’s oceans. Meat options such as the dry aged beef, natural lamb and organic chickens are raised using no hormones or antibiotics.
One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, California 92629 (949) 240-2000