Monday, August 31, 2009

Textile Recycling

Did you know you have lots of options to recycle your clothing, bags, towels and more rather than the garbage or some garbage bag on the curb that no one really wants to dig through? FYI, 5.7% of our waste stream is textiles and New Yorkers throw away close to 200,000 pounds of textiles every year. Yikes.

Council on the Environment of NYC has 8 textile recycling drop-off sites in NYC.

Here they are:

97th Street Greenmarket, 8am-2pm
W 97th & Columbus

Union Square Greenmarket, 8am-6pm
(Due to construction, the site may move around the park. Ask at the Market Manager's tent if you have trouble finding it!)

Inwood Greenmarket, 8am-3pm
Isham St b/t Seaman & Cooper

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, Brooklyn, 8am-4pm
(NW Entrance to Prospect Park)

Fort Greene Greenmarket, 8am-3pm
Washington Park at DeKalb

McCarren Park Greenmarket, 8am-2pm
Bedford & Lorimer, Greenpoint

Tompkins Square Greenmarket
, 8am-4pm
E 7th & Avenue A

Jackson Heights Greenmarket, 8am-3pm
34th Ave b/t 77th & 78th Sts (JUN-NOV ONLY)

Union Square Greenmarket
, 8am-6pm
Union Square North Plaza (17th St.)
(Due to construction, the site may move around the park. Ask at the Market Manager's tent if you have trouble finding it!)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Brooklyn Potluck on Labor Day

In support of Slow Food's "Time for Lunch Campaign", Ladies who Lunch formally invite you to a back-to-school block party featuring an extraordinary local foods potluck. The goal is to showcase healthy local lunches, write letters and make calls to legislators in support of the Child Nutrition Act, and have FUN starting fall off on a healthy note!

--Homemade local dishes
--Raffle with Local Prizes (5pm!)
--Cake Walk
--Letter Writing Campaign for Kids & Adults!
--Drink Specials: $1 drafts of Sixpoint from 3-5pm, 2-for-1 drinks at the bar from 5-7PM
--4-square, hopscotch, hula hoops and more!

Admission is free, though donations of yummy homemade dishes are welcome!

Monday, Sept. 7th
The Bell House
7th Ave btw. 2nd and 3rd Ave

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Solar Powered Film Fest

Our friends over at GreenEdge are teaming up with Solar1 once more this year to present the to present the Solar Powered Film Fest. It includes the premiere of Burning in the Sun. Most screenings have eco-friendly snacks including wine and ice cream and are a great chance to get outside and see some good films. September 10 - 19.

Learn More.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tesla Roars into City

Screen the new rides at Tesla Motors' electric car showroom in Chelsea. More gallery than car lot, you can get intimate with its convertible, plug-in, two-seater roadster (similar to a Lotus) that comes in 13 shades like Glacier Blue. No pressure to fork over $100,000+, just enjoy a spin 'round the block and spread the word to your rich friends. PS: It runs on a recyclable lithium-ion battery (like your laptop) for 220 miles and goes from 0 to 60 MPH in under 4 seconds…you get the big picture.

Source: Ideal Bite

Learn more about Tesla Motors.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sigg Alert

For those of us with Sigg bottles from before 2008, read this!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Summer Streets

Isn't it just so sad how all these European cities are much more pedestrian friendly. You can walk down the middle of a street just for walking or cross a huge open plaza with no cars. Well, here's your chance to show NYC how much we need more open spaces for us walkers. Tomorrow's Summer Streets is your chance to spin around in the middle of Park Avenue like you're Mary Tyler Moore.

Learn more about Summer Streets.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

So Weird Its Worth Mentioning

But what happens to all that leftover meat? Most grocers send it to rendering companies, but even then, some of the cut meat gets landfilled, translating into thousands upon thousands of pounds of wasted food.

Some U.S. zoos purchase meat for its carnivores by the truckload. That's tens of thousands of pounds every month. Photo: Amanda Wills/

Quest Recycling launched a company called Sustainable Selections. This new venture created a liaison between retailers and zoos to handle this wasted meat. While the expired meat is not suitable for human consumption, it is still safe for animals. Grocers get rid of their “waste” while zoos and rescues save thousands.

The program is simple: Organizations (such as zoos and animal caretakers) pay a low monthly membership fee. Sustainable Selections matches the member with a local retailer based on the amount of meat needed on a weekly basis.

Maybe if your Greenmarket steak goes bad, walk it over to Prospect Park Zoo...

Source: Earth911

Friday, August 14, 2009

What Better Way to Get Your Hands Dirty than at Gowanus?

Gowanus Canal Conservancy's next Clean & Green volunteer clean up is scheduled for August 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Degraw Street.

Find them on facebook for details. To sign up, email Check out Facebook for details. To sign up, please email them.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Our Friends Over at GreenEdge...

The Solar-Powered Film Festival

September 10, 11 & 12 and September 17, 18 & 19

WHERE: Solar One, Stuyvesant Cove Park; East River just south of 23rd Street


WHAT: For the 2nd year, GreenEdge NYC and Solar One join forces to present this free six-evening program featuring screenings of environmental documentaries. The Solar-Powered Film Series is the first in New York City to use the power of the sun to construct an outdoor “eco-theater” like no other.

Films will include:
A Sea Change, Who Killed the Electric Car?, From Elegance To Earthworms, Addicted To Plastic and the world premiere of Burning In The Sun presented by Rooftop Films and IFP.

Fiji Water

Check out this GREAT article on fiji water from Mother Jones.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Ice Cream

It's summer and so ice cream is a natural choice.  Some suggestions to lower your impact.  Avoid those absurd drip protectors.  It's a sheath for your cone so your hand doesn't have to touch any melting ice cream.  We recommend keeping on top of it so you prevent drippage.  Also, opt for a cone rather than a dish. One less thing to chuck.   

Blue Marble ice cream uses biodegradable stuff, they donate to charities, and use grassfed organic milk and other local ingredients.  The price? about 30 cents more than your favorite uncle ice cream - worth it. 

Then there's that truck, Van Leeuwen, parked in Soho on Green and Prince and also university and 12th and at McCaren Park's free movies.  Artisanal, organic, really good ingredients, and their disposable products are made from renewable resources.

Monday, August 10, 2009

New Vintage Shop

Odd Twin Trading Company at 164 5th Ave in Park Slope has some very cute stuff and not too expensive.

check them out.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

New One Month Eco-Challenge!

Summer Special

One Month. Change It Up.

It's the dead of summer. We're tired. We're traveling. So, for the month of august we're launching a "mini" Eco-Challenge. We've all heard a million times to change a lightbulb to a CFL or an LED if you've got the money. Here's your chance superhero. Get on a ladder and actually do it.

Strength in numbers. Let us know you're committed by emailing us at and writing "It takes me to screw in a lightbulb and save energy." (or some abridged version)

The Facts 
We know there's controversy regarding mercury, that's why it's very important to recycle your bulbs. CFLs last longer. A typical incandescent lasts 1,000 hours. Spiral CLFs will go 10,000+. 
Lighting accounts for close to 20 percent of the average home’s electric bill. ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy (electricity) than incandescent light bulbs.

Here's what Consumer Reports had to say about CFLs. Now read which one Consumer Report'srecommends.

Learn more about LEDs here.

Here's where you can get some LEDs if you can't find them in your neighborhood.

Here's a FAQ on CFLs from ES (we just liked the acronyms) Energy Star

Everybody likes a mechanic. Especially a popular one. Read the findings of their CFL test.

Environmental Working Group has a guide too.

Here's what Treehugger says about why dimmer switches aren't so hot.

CENYC's Office of Recycling Outreach and Education wants you to recycle your used CFL bulbs in NYC. Click here to find out where. Ikea and Home Depot will also take them.

Have friends who might be brave? Pass this email along. Please send us stories, suggestions, inventions and discoveries you have found. We will post them on our blog or in future emails so you others can see the many ways they can contribute to the Challenge.

Thanks for your hard work You are superheroes one and all. 

Friday, August 7, 2009

End of the Line ...second chance to see it

Saturday, August 22
Rooftop Films & the Fledgling Fund present
(Rupert Murray | United Kingdom | 90 min.)
Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine
the global consequences.
Venue: The Beach at Governor’s Island
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Live music presented by Sound Fix Records
9:00PM: Film
Tickets: $12 online at
Ticketing Link:;Rooftop_FilmsThe_End_of_the_Line_on_Gov_Isle

Take-Out Tip

Even though the challenge is over, here's what one reader had to say:

I don't know if it is against code in the city, but I'm down in Charlotte, North Carolina, and I always bring my own containers and reusable bag when I order take out.  Since I tend to order from the same places, they already know me and are very supportive.  I know this is not a genius revelation, but I just wanted to share my "take-out story" with you!
Charlotte, NC

No, thank you joe.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Enviro Hits Keep Coming

Aside from the drama of today's rescue by former pres Bill Clinton, here's something else to enrapture you...

EARTH DAYS opens @ The Quad Cinema on Friday, August 14th

After playing to great acclaim at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Robert Stone’s stunning documentary is coming to the Quad Cinema. It’s all the rage now in the Age of Al Gore and Obama, but once upon a time, everyone in America was not “going Green.” Using personal testimony and rare archival media, EARTH DAYS looks back to the dawn of the modern environmental movement, from its post-war rustlings in the 1950s, to the first wildly successful 1970 Earth Day celebration, President Nixon’s unlikely creation of the EPA, and beyond. The extraordinary stories of the era's pioneers -- including Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich, Whole Earth Catalogfounder Stewart Brand, Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart and renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins -- illuminate the fact that positive changes in social attitudes, technological possibilities and political determination can take place very rapidly if the will exists.

Director Robert Stone will be in-person opening night for a Q&A. The Quad Cinema is located at 34 W. 13th Street. Screening times and advance tickets will be available soon @

Learn More.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

From Christine Quinn

Last week the New York City Council took steps toward creating a more sustainable transportation infrastructure in our city by passing two important pieces of legislation:

Intro. 0780-A (Koppell) - bicycle parking in garages and parking lots.

Intro. 0871-A (Yassky) - bicycle access in commercial buildings.

One of the main obstacles to bicycle commuting is the inability to park your bicycle in a secure location once you have arrived at work. These bills address this problem by improving bicycle access in commercial buildings and creating thousands of bicycle parking spaces in city garages and parking lots. The legislation also encourages cycling by creating a bicycle commuting task force that will explore partnerships with private entities to build sheltered bicycle parking in public and/or private spaces. The task force will issue its report by December 31, 2010. Together, these proposals will improve public health, reduce carbon emissions, and provide a more affordable option for New Yorker's daily commute.

If you would like additional information or have any questions about this new legislation, please contact Nick Rolf of the community outreach staff at (212) 442-5765. You may also e-mail him directly at

Learn More.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

More Film Stuff

We can't help it. They're here.  One Green Team member checked out "The Cove" on Friday. It was great. It's a little Ocean 11 meets environmental documentary A-Z.  It's got some pep in its step. Plus they want to get the word out.  Lastly, it has the trainer from Flipper in it.  It's raining today. Get to Angelika and see it.