Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Green Eggs and Ham!

It looks like Dr Seuss knew what he was talking about way back when because anything green is all the rage now especially green restaurants. I found this article on the http://www.nytimes.com/ that excited me. "Going out to Eat, But Staying Green." It discusses how restaurants in New York have stepped up their effort to go green. The Gusto Grilled Organics in Greenwich Village is certified as organic and their construction complies with standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council. At Birdbath organic bakery their new location in Battery Park City will be outfitted with planted herbs on the roof to help with air quality and insulate the store. The inside of the store will be made from recycled materials and they use bicycle powered rickshaws. The Pain Quotidien (my favorite place!) has been using organic ingredients for years but they also has a composting plant in Queens (how greentastic!). In Park Slope the Oko frozen yogurt shop uses sunflower seeds in their walls and counters, while their awning has solar panels. This is a wonderful step in the right direction, if all restaurants took that small green step to compost their waste just imagine how much we could keep out of landfills.

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