The Sustainable Guide to New York

Thu, 12 February 2015
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The question of fashion’s environmental impact is becoming ever more important. No brand knows this better than sustainable online boutique rêve en vert. They’ve put together a sustainable guide to New York for us, so that next time you’re in the big apple you can eat, drink, shop and pack, all while being eco-friendly.

Vegetarian and vegan restaurants are very popular in New York at the moment. Inherently, this way of eating is more sustainable because vegetables can be produced locally with much less environmental impact than livestock. Cutting back on the amount of meat we eat will help make us all more sustainable.

THE FAT RADISH We love The Fat Radish. All of the dishes are seasonal, sourced from within the tri-state area, and most of the emphasis is on vegetable-based dishes. It’s super trendy and the clientele are cool, not to mention it’s tucked away in a funky part of Chinatown. The Fat Radish bowl and kale ceasar salad are their signature dishes but during winter, you can’t go wrong with their celery root pot pie. Read more on the Fat Radish here.

BLUE HILL The original restaurant opened up in Greenwich Village and all of the ingredients from the menu are sourced from nearby farms. Their wine list also showcases producers who respect artisanal techniques. They have a daily menu but also offer an amazing ‘farmer’s feast’ tasting menu, which includes a starter of dayboat scallops and a main course of locally farmed pork or venison.

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WILD GINGER This is another one of our favorite spots for lunch in the city. It’s located right on the cusp of Nolita, Chinatown and Little Italy. They serve amazing Pan-Asian vegan cuisine, with absolutely no meat, eggs or dairy products on the menu. They source all ingredients fresh from local farms and use tofu and other soy products in place of meat. The dumplings are some of the best in town.

THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER This juice bar and café serves some of the best avocado toast around. They take pride in their daily-changing menu based on the local, seasonal ingredients available. The menu is also 100 per cent vegetarian and non-dairy, with most offerings on the menu being vegan and gluten-free.

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THE REFORMATION Reformation has now opened in a physical retail space and stocks not only their own label, but other sustainably and ethically produced lines. A great place to go and pick up interesting homeware, fragrances and clothing.

SHINOLA This concept store is located in Tribeca, but everything they stock is made in Detroit. Under the tagline ‘Where America is Made’, they aim to re-ignite American manufacturing and design. It’s a great place to find unique presents and also offers something for men.

SKINNY SKINNY This Williamsburg store is one of our go-to places for organic beauty and skincare. You can pick up everything from regular beauty products to makeup and they have their own products as well.

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When we’re in New York for work, we try to walk as much as we can. Even for people who don’t know the city very well, the grid system makes it easy to navigate on foot and it’s usually pretty easy to find your way around. The city is also making an effort to find greener ways of getting around; for example, they are introducing electric and hybrid vehicles for taxis. Obviously use the subway as well.


Words by rêve en vert

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