When you think of a lifestyle change, the imagination tends to picture a cataclysmic upheaval topped off with a hefty amount of hard work and struggle. That's when, all of a sudden, you change your mind and find peace with the static way things are. However, lifestyle changes can actually be extremely simple. Furthermore, they can make a big difference--if you know how to bite off the right sized modifications, that is.
“Going green” is all the rave right now, and yes, you can be a part of this movement without having to devote too much time or mental energy into your actions. Let's tackle the basics first: what does “going green” even mean? Well green newbies, or Greenbies, rather, “going green” is a term used to describe the process of changing our lifestyles in order to secure the safety of our environment. If you were to go green you would make decisions affecting your quotidian habits that could have an impact on the environment (i.e. global warming, pollution, destruction of animal habitats, and other environmental concerns). It's hard to see any setbacks now, huh?
Farm Aid is a non-profit organization that has fought to keep family farmers on their land and promote people to buy food from family farms for 28 years. Initiated by a huge benefit concert in 1985, Farm Aid has continued to throw annual concerts to help raise money for their cause. In order to help localize America's food sources, this organization devotes its efforts in raising money to keep family farms afloat and re-establish them as the backbone of American agriculture.
Farm Aid board members include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, and Dave Matthews, all of whom will be returning to the stage at this year's festival. Scheduled for Saturday, September 21st at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) in Saratoga Springs, NY, Farm Aid 2013 looks to be yet another year of popular newcomers playing along side long time veterans. These include such recognizable names as Jack Johnson, Amos Lee, Kacey Musgraves, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Bahamas, JD & The Straight Shot, Carlene Carter, and Pegi Young & The Survivors.
Woody's taking his love for trees a step forward.
Step Forward Paper is a new brand of straw-based paper launched by 51-year-old actor Woody Harrelson and his business partner Jeff Golfman to help fight deforestation. Using 80 percent wheat-straw waste and 20 percent Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood fiber, this paper will revolutionize the way people produce paper and significantly reduce the number of trees that are cut down to produce it.
Swedish designer Gudrun Sjoden has always gotten her inspiration from the earth. Whether it's using all natural materials for her colorful home wares and chic clothing line or promoting eco-friendly business practices, such as shipping her products by sea, Gudrun is always finding new ways of using and giving back to the earth. With a new store in SoHo she now has her heart set on introducing America to her stylish and eco-conscious products. The boutique is even on Greene Street, what a business model!
Out with the old and in with the new.
This often used statement may seem like the motto of 21st century NYC and it has never been more true in terms of New York's recent surge of urban re-purposing. By utilizing vacant and derelict spaces around the city, New York businesses and organizations have utilized and benefited from the large amounts of real estate that these spaces have provided them with.
One prime example of this is the emergence of pop-up shops. Pop-up shops are any temporary shops set up in a vacant or unused space. Pop-up shops are mostly used by big name brands to provide consumers with unique and convenient alternatives to larger outlets. This strategy has been particularly successful for a number of companies which include Target and Adidas as well as many luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton. Yet pop-up shops have not been exclusive to big name companies like Adidas nor are they exclusively utilized as consumer retail outlets. In New York and many other cities around the world, the pop-up shop concept has been used to provide people with unique alternatives to bars, art installations, and in the case of SyFy at the SXSW Festival even pop-up hotel rooms.
On Tuesday, June 4, the City University of New York will help promote the utilization of solar energy as the key to a more efficient and economically reliable future by hosting the 2013 NYC Solar Summit at the CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue). This event will focus on a number of moderated conversations on the benefits, promotion, and implementation of solar energy in NYC. Registration for the event is open to the public and is free of charge to students, faculty, speakers, sponsors, and members of the media.
Breaking the normal routine and starting to think eco-friendly might be difficult to do. In a society where there is constant traveling in cars and planes, the amount of pollution the average individual produces daily is alarming. However, for people that find themselves reducing as much as they can but are still polluting, they can get involved with CarbonFund.org.
CarbonFund is a non-profit organization that aims to tackle global warming by making it affordable for individuals and businesses to reduce and offset their impact on the environment. People can donate to the foundation, whose goals are to increase climate change education and increase carbon offsets and reductions.
Spring is officially here and it is time to clean out your closet and think of becoming environmentally friendly. Going green has never been easier to do since international fashion giant H&M unveiled their new clothing line and service, entitled H&M CONSCIOUS. Customers can bring their old clothes into an H&M location to have them reused, reworn, or recycled. In return for their old clothes, customers receive a voucher for 15% off an item of their choice for each bag they bring. Customers are only allowed to bring in two bags of clothing per day.
This week Manhattan Lincoln and Chef Wolfgang Ban of Seasonal and Edi & The Wolf hosted a special Dine and Drive event, showcasing the all new Lincoln 2012 MKZ Hybrid. Guests enjoyed delicious hand-picked wine paired with small appetizers by Chef Ban upon arrival and were able to walk around and car-gaze at Manhattan Automobile Company.
Appetizers included porkbelly, beef tartar, king crab, oysters, tomato bread with basil, and beet gazpacho. Some of the wines accompanying the dishes include Steininger Riesling Sekt, Forstreiter Gruner Veltliner Grand Reserve 2010, and Wieninger Pinot Noir Select 2008, just to name a few.
If you recycle and carry your groceries in a tote bag, keep in mind that reducing meat consumption is an essential part a sustainable lifestyle, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As much as recycling helps, it is meat consumption that is doing the most damage. Here are three BIG reasons to quit meat for good: