Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd since 1970 and has gone global. We all can do our part in saving the planet and creating a better world. Whether you are looking for sustainable products, need more pointers or are looking to celebrate virtually, we’ve got some environmental tips to help you do your part.
Spend Time Outdoors
This Earth Day, find some time to get outside and enjoy the spring in Greenwich Village. Washington Square Park offers tall trees, beautiful flowers and lush grass for New Yorkers to enjoy.
Explore the history of Greenwich Village, the neighborhood's unique architecture, inspiring women, get a taste of Tokyo, and much more. We have mapped out several self-guided walking tours through our district that reflects the past, present, and future of The Village. To view all walking tours, click here.
Public plazas are once again open for everyone in Greenwich Village. Whether you want to enjoy a cup of coffee or take a mid-day break, the Plaza furniture's on the Astor Plaza and Ruth Wittenberg Triangle are there for you to make the most of on a beautiful day.
Pick Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Products
Greenwich Village is home to several environmentally conscious local businesses, offering exclusive Village Access promotions and discounts. Now you can support both the environment and local businesses all while saving $$$!
Try Bamboo Plates
We know you are thinking about spending time outdoors. So, when you are heading to Washinton Square Park for your next picnic, ditch the tradition plastic plates. Switch to Bamboo plates, spoons and knives for your next picnic or party. Bambu All Occasion Veneerware are the best alternative to paper or plastic for your next picnic or party. You can find these elegant and sturdy supplies at Village Party Store at 13 E 8th St.
Eco-Friendly products for all Yogis
Core Power Yoga’s retail boutique sources a variety of eco-friendly products. If you've picked up some quarantine Yoga and in the market for a new mat, the Manduka Travel Mat contains no PVC, toxic dyes or harmful plastics, is made from non-Amazon harvested natural rubber and is great for the traveling or cycling yogi. Also, check out their environmentally friendly Yogitoes towels, a must for all Yogis!
University Floral Design, a family-owned and run florist, has been creating the finest floral arrangements for every occasion since 1928, using the most beautiful gifts from Mother Nature. Get free delivery on orders over $100.00 when you use your Village Access card or app.
Organic Skin Care
Your skin deserves some care too. C.O. Bigelow has a wide range of tried-and-true apothecary products that are good for both your body and mother earth. Erbaviva makes healthy, effective personal care products that benefit the human body and the planet. Whether you are looking for body oils to body care gift sets, C.O Bigelow has it all!
Take NYC Citi Bikes
Biking is one of the best ways to get into a carbon-neutral commute that also has several health benefits. This Earth Month, opt to bike around the city instead of driving or taking the subway. NYC’s Citi Bike is the nation's largest bike share program. Simply get the Citi Bike mobile app and pick up a bike at one of hundreds of stations around Manhattan to start experiencing NYC is a new way!
Try Vegan Cuisine
Vegan diets are the “single biggest way” to reduce one’s environmental impact. Blossom on University is a vegan restaurant group in NYC, established to bring vegan dining to a fresh, new and delicious level! Their fresh organic ingredients come from local farms and small distribution companies and all their dishes are completely animal free.
If you are looking for more options, dive into the neighborhood's hotspot VSpot Express, featuring Latin Vegan Kosher cuisine from brothers Danny and Alex Carabano. VSpot Express offers everything, from handmade arepas to their veganized "Bandeja Paisa," there is something for everyone.
Recycle for the Planet
Take the Ubreak-iFix Recycling Challenge! This spring, uBreakiFix has teamed up with Samsung to launch the Erase E-Waste Challenge. This 6-week initiative encourages people to recycle their old tech by Earth Day, April 22. Get out with the old, bring your outdated or unwanted electronics to your local uBreakiFix, at 36 E 8th Street and recycle them for free.
Lifethyme has been in business for over twenty years selling exclusively organic and natural products. One of the first places to offer fresh organic produce in the city now also offers 10% off salad purchases when you use your Village Access card or app!
Reduce your food waste
Greenwich Village has plenty of places to help you get rid of everything extra and support your local community. Goodwill’s 8th Street location is a prominent local place to donate gently used items. Simply pack up your items and drop them off at their selected donation point.
You should always try to reduce your food waste, and what you can't reduce, don't throw away – compost! There are plenty of ways that you can prevent food waste. LES Ecology Center has a food scraps drop-off at the Union Square Greenmarket on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Visit their website to learn more.
You don’t have to look far to find places that will accept your stuff, click here to find out more about donating and recycling in the village.
Attend Earth Month Events
The NYC Parks Department is hosting a series of both virtual and in-person outdoor activities to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day all month long. Check out activities for kids like Recycled Nature Crafts and learn how to read compass, plus other outdoor clean-up activities in parks across the city.
This year, NYU Is hosting a month-long celebration of the environment. Earth Month festivities will take place virtually, so make sure you register for as many events as you can and celebrate the month. Visit their website to learn more!
Take a deep dive into why it is so important to protect and conserve even the smallest of ecosystems with NYU's very own Tony Hiss, who has a new book--a non-fiction summary, Rescuing the Planet: Protecting Half the Land to Heal the Earth. Hiss thoroughly outines why protecting half the earth is the only way to prevent the mass extinction of one million species of animals and plants. The book also explains how we can make this happen and how everyone can get involved and do their part to help Mother Earth.