The inspiration for this column comes from a sustainable walking tour through New York City that I attended in 2008. It was organized by the Fashion Institute of Technology. We explored several stores on the Lower East Side and the Flatiron District with green, recycled, repurposed, natural or organic products. It was quiet an eye-opener to find so many green choices in NYC. Eco-Chic NYC will be a virtual walking tour as an ongoing column with a special focus on local designers, stores and businesses in New York City. It will showcase their coolest and latest products that are eco-friendly yet modern by design. These can be stores specialized on sustainable design such as abc home & planet, sustainable NYC, Kaight, or Whole Foods but also just cool finds from a local flea market or second hand store.
Part of a green life-style is about supporting local communities and cutting back on transportation. Both is easy to do in New York City since 77 percent of Manhattan households own no cars and commute by public transit, bicycle, or on foot instead. The objective of Eco-chic NYC is to become a regional resource for locals and visitors alike, to encourage more people to buy green products while supporting local communities. And of course, all eco-chic finds are through the lens of modern design. Please feel free to share your comments, pictures, suggestions or ideas about your eco-design finds in New York City. In the meantime check out my first Eco-Chic NYC entry. Thanks for stopping by!