At HipCityVeg, we go through each day with our mission in mind: to eat well, feel good, and live sustainably. We try our darndest to be as sustainable as possible year-round with our all-plant-based menu and compostable cutlery. Wanna get on board in 2017? It’s as simple as making a few changes in your everyday routine.
Switch to Simple Cleaning Solutions
You’d be surprised by the wondrous stain remover that is baking soda. Once activated with warm water, the fizzy baking soda naturally loosens up the stain in your favorite sweater without the harsh chemicals that impact the environment. And it works on more than just clothes, too—try it on your towels, discolored jewelry, or even that shag carpet you’re trying to resurrect before it goes out of style again.
Shop Local, Shop Fresh
There are so many great reasons to shop local, we’d need at least three hands to count through them all. For one, it’s nice to know where our food comes from. Not only does shopping at a farmers’ market or a grocer with locally-sourced food answer that question, it helps to cut out the time and CO2 emissions normally used to ship food across the country. We bet those local farmers who work to put clean, fresh meals on your table appreciate the love, too.
Go Meatless Weekly
The doors at HipCityVeg have always been open all plant-lovers, vegans and non-vegans alike. Make 2017 the year you dive into that plant love affair. If you don’t follow a completely vegan lifestyle, a great way to live more sustainably is to choose one day per week to eat entirely plant-based meals. Get this: if everyone in the U.S. skipped meat just one day a week, it would be like taking 7.6 million cars off the road over the course of a year. And of course, eating less meat is good for your body, too. It’s a win-win.
Catch The Bus or Subway
A bus transporting just three to eight people already produces the same amount of CO2 emissions as a car carrying one person. Crazy, right? That really adds up after a while. So, HipCityDwellers: if you want to get the most out of the urban lifestyle, ditch your ride and hop on public transportation. You’ll feel like a boss as your train or subway car cruises by that traffic jam on the road. Plus, you’ll save tons on gas money.
BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag
In the eternal words of Katy Perry, if you ever feel like a plastic bag, floating through the wind, waiting to start again, you know you can do better—especially since plastic grocery bags can take up to 1,000 years to decompose! Bringing your own reusable tote bags to the grocery store can seriously cut down on decades of sluggish waste and maybe even prevent a little critter from getting tangled up in it.