My carbon footprint over the last 30-something years has been, well, unimpressive. This is not an excuse, but something about being surrounded by so much concrete just doesn’t inspire green living. So we city dwellers have to work a little harder at establishing an ecological balance.
Enjoy our first Green Issue, chock full of eco-warriors and ideas to lead you to greener pastures. You can find these stories by looking for the green icon (RIGHT) on the Table of Contents.
This year, one of my resolutions is to improve my green rating from a 2 to at least a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10. Here are some of my personal eco- favorites. Remember, it’s all about baby steps. Start your own list on Earth Day, April 22!
Bedside book: Get a little help on your eco-mission with The Gorgeously Green Diet: How to Live Lean and Green, by Sophie Uliano. Available on Earth Day at bookstores citywide.
In the bath: Environmentally sensitive, naturally made, sustainable, and ultrasoft cotton towels by Schlossberg Switzerland. Visit bonswit.com.
Sleep better: Furniture and bedding made with soy-based foam core and acid-free dyes. Available at Ankasa, 135 East 65th Street, 212-861-6800. In the red: I don’t have to keep telling myself red wine is healthy anymore—it is. Go one step further with the Organic Biurko Gorri Arbanta Rioja. Available at Pour Wines, 321 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-501-POUR.
Pure pleasure: Eliminate plastic bottles with the WCH1500 Clean Water countertop hot/cold ? ltration system. Visit cuisinart.com.
Glass houses: To cut down on plastic (the health risks are still unclear), I’ve turned to freezer- and microwave-safe glass for food storage. Available at Crate & Barrel, 650 Madison Avenue, 212-308-0011.
Blue jeans: I didn’t know jeans made with pesticide-free, sustainable cotton could feel so good. Try Del Forte’s organic denims. Available at Kaight, 83 Orchard Street, 212-680-5630.
ABOVE: Me with my husband, Chris, our daughter, Bella, and ballerina Kathryn Morgan at The Nutcracker. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The Gorgeously Green Diet: How to Live Lean and Green, by Sophie Uliano; Susie's Supper Club; Dante Beatrix backpack; WCH1500 Clean Water filtration system; towels by Schlossberg Switzerland; Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Macadamia; Del Forte's blue jeans; Warren-Tricomi's Green Walnut Hair Repair Masque; Organic Biurko Gorri Arbanta Rioja; Crate & Barrel containers; Mercedes-Benz GL320 BlueTEC SUV; Sweventh Generation cleaning products; Ankasa bedding. PHOTOGRAPH BY MARY HILLIARD (CUOMOS)
For the kiddies: Backpacks made from recycled plastic and biodegradable canvas by Dante Beatrix. Each one keeps seven 16-ounce plastic bottles out of the environment. Available at Babylicious, 51 Hudson Street, 212-406-7440.
Dolce: Ben and Jerry adhere to respect- able farming and working conditions, value fair trade, and create farm fresh, organic ?avors—the least we can do is eat their ice cream! Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop, 41 Third Avenue, 212-995-0109.
Hair apparent: Super-conditioning and environmentally friendly: Warren-Tricomi’s Green Walnut Hair Repair Masque. Warren-Tricomi Salon, Plaza Hotel, 1 West 58th Street, 2nd Floor, 212-262-8899.
Cleaning: I use plant-based, biodegradable cleaning products and detergent by Seventh Generation so my kids can play on the ?oor, eat off a countertop, and wear toxin-free laundered clothes. With these products, you just have to scrub a little harder. Available at Whole Foods Markets citywide.
Eats: Susie’s Supper Club is a daily/weekly all-natural and delicious kids’-food delivery service for the busy mom. Brand new, and the only one in town! Visit susiessupperclub.com.
Auto-maniac: Yes, Mercedes-Benz has ?nally built a fuel-ef?cient diesel-powered version of the new GL320 BlueTEC SUV— and it gets nearly 30 percent better mileage than its gasoline counterparts. And I love it. Mercedes-Benz Manhattan, 430 Park Avenue, 212-629-1600.
CRISTINA GREEVEN CUOMO
EDITOR IN CHIEF