The world is going greener, and New York City is at the forefront. Not only is living eco-friendly – doing whatever you can to reduce your environmental footprint – good for the environment, can save you some greenbacks as well.
Here are seven super easy things you can do to green your NYC life without giving up the things you love.
1. Green your commute
Citibike’s ever-expanding network of over 8,000 cycles can take you all around the city for crazy cheap. Plus, your heart, lungs, and beer belly will all thank you in the long run. You can sign up for a day or a 3-day pass for as low as $12, or you can go all the way with an annual pass for $155. Not so keen on biking in the rain? Skip the Uber and go for a GoGreenRide, a taxi company that uses hybrid cars.
2. Shop greener
With a city as vibrant as New York, it’s no surprise that there is a massive range of eco-friendly stores and restaurants out there. The Fat Radish is fantastic if you’re looking for something to eat, and you can head over to Kaight for local, organic fashion. Ordering in? No problem – with Seamless, you can actually forgo plastic cutlery and napkins with your order (and let’s be honest, who uses a plastic fork anyways?
3. Shop at farmers markets
There are farmers markets all over the city run at all different days of the week. GrowNYC runs markets all over the city on all different days of the week, so no matter your schedule you’re bound to be able to find one that works for you. Some even have their app that you can download to see if your favorite vendors are going to be there. You’ll pay better prices and get better stuff, usually from local vendors (so it didn’t need to be trucked in). Better for the environment, tastier for you.
4. Start a garden
You can always plant some small herbs in a window planter, grow a lemon tree on your fire escape, or use your rooftop for a larger vege patch. For the more ambitious, look into community gardens where you can use a plot or try your hand at rooftop beekeeping.
5. Switch to bamboo
Bamboo grows at an outrageous rate which makes it the ideal timber to use for things like countertops, cutting boards, and hardwood floors.
6. Fix that old leaky tap
A leaky tap wastes 48 gallons of water a week. Get a wrench and finally fix that dripping tap.
7. Upgrade your kitchen
One of the easiest (and most fun) ways you can make your home more eco-friendly is to upgrade your kitchen appliances. Fridges, freezers, ovens, and dishwashers have become much more energy efficient over the years, but lots of homes are still using antiquated white goods. Upgrading them to models with high energy efficiency ratings can save you some cash and are less of a strain on the environment.
Being eco-friendly doesn’t have to involve living in a yurt. Greening your lifestyle just a little will probably save you money in the long run as well as help the environment. Even a few small changes can make a big difference.