5 NYC Businesses With One Common Goal: Sustainability

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Howard Zinn once said that, “We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” In the fight for a sustainable planet truer words have never been spoken. No one is asking you to be a sustainability superhero, they are asking you to make mindful decisions.

It should come as no surprise that our planet isn’t in the greatest of conditions. After decades of industrial revolutions and exploiting natural resources the very earth we stand on is suffering the consequences. Which in turn, will be our consequences. While conglomerate culture continues to pollute the planet for profit there are still incredible people behind the efforts to turn our situation around.

In New York City alone there are hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses paving the way for a better tomorrow. From restaurants to furniture stores there are leaders in every sector found in the city. Here are five of our favorite sustainable New York City businesses.

1 Bar: The Daily

You may not associate cocktail bars as big contributors to waste, probably because after a drink or two who cares, right? Well actually they are pretty much gigantic trash generators and you definitely should care. As with everything we have exceptions to the rule, The Daily being the exception to the average pollutant bar. Their zero-waste bar concept is changing the game. Take their Green Sour cocktail. It is made up of Ford’s Gin, a coin of fresh cucumber, a whole egg, orange bitters, sea salt, raspberries, crushed ice, and a lemon half, with the peel already removed. The only thing that remained was one egg shell. Even the Gin they stock have bottles that are manufactured for reuse. It’s guilt-free goodness.

2 Restaurant: Bell Cook & Candle

This West Village hotspot is taking farm-to-table to another level. The rooftop level, to be exact. Bell Book & Candle sources the majority of their ingredients right from their aeroponic rooftop tower garden. The menu at this charming spot revolves entirely around local, organic, sustainable and overall responsible procurement. Some of the items they produce throughout the year include Sage, Chive, Chervil, Cilantro, Dill, Genovese Basil, Opal Basil, Italian and Flat Leaf Parsley, Spearmint, Rosemary, 4 varieties of Nasturtium, Cheddar Cauliflower and literally countless more. This freshness translates to your taste buds in an unforgettable way. It’s pretty simple in fact, good ingredients will make you feel and taste that much better.
141 West 10th Street

3 Clothing Brand: Maiyet

Founded in 2010, this lux New York fashion brand is paving the way for sustainable luxury. Maiyet partners with talented artisans from every corner of our earth to create culturally conscious clothing. They have now built relationships with artisans in countries like India, Kenya, Mongolia and Peru. The focus on forging these partnerships has created a platform to promote self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship in developing economies. In turn, creating open source supply chains. If fashion is a means of expression and communication, use your voice to promote change for the better.
16 Crosby St

4 Dessert: Melt Bakery

As if we needed another reason to enjoy ice cream! Or in this case, ice cream sandwiches. Melt Bakery was created in 2010 with the simple mission of creating a sustainable ice cream sandwich company. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients and seasonal flavor combinations they have been serving up tasty treats ever since. Think of a Red Velvet Meltcake with Cream Cheese Ice Cream inside. Then think of one that is also good for the planet. There is simply nothing better!
132 Orchard Street

5 Furniture: URBANGREEN

Furniture is an investment, so you probably want to buy pieces that are built to last. If so, you'll definitely want to check out the mindful folks at URBANGREEN. The home furnishing professionals locally source solid wood which is then crafted and finished by their Brooklyn artisans. URBANGREEN only uses durable materials and finishes without toxins and allergens. Their commitment to organic, sustainable principles shine through the furniture which contributes to healthier indoor air at home and at the workplace. The process of buying furniture is already a calculated decision, so make sure to factor in sustainability next time you're in the market!
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