The Big Apple will always have my heart. New York City is where I first learned about sustainability and green living. Ironic I know, but it’s true. Well here’s some back-to school ideas for all you New Yorkers out there. It’s provided in courtesy of Greenopia New York, the independently researched guide to all green services and business in NYC area
ORGANIC PACKED LUNCHES (don’t forget the BOX!):
Send them to school with healthy snacks and fresh, locally grown grub from these yummy markets:
Back to the Land
142 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
1695 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10028
Vitality Health and Organic Market
Astoria, NY 11103
I am also a big fan of the Farmer’s Market in Union Square. There’s a wide variety of Organic produce and also supporting local farms in upstate New York. Highly recommended.
ORGANIC CLOTHING FOR KIDS:
Revamp your kid’s fall wardrobe with new clothes that love… along with Mother Nature!
1033 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10021
53 Pearl St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
I also recommend consignment shops and vintage stores. Reusing is one of the best ways to conserve the Planet! I am also a Ebay-holic and Craigslist addict. You can also score great bargains and have one of a kind.
ECO-FRIENDLY SCHOOL SUPPLIES:
Pack their bags with chemical-free, non-toxic items from rulers to pens, and recycled paper, too!
JAM Paper and Envelope
135 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10003
Most backpacks come in vinyl, but this year it’s all about the hemp and recycled fabrics.
Rawganique sells certified organic hemp bags, or if you’re hell-bent on something plastic try Earthpak’s SMOSHO bag, made from 98% recycled plastic bottles.
A big thanks to Greenopia for their comprehensive list.
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[This post was written by Susie Kim.]
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