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It’s always on trend to be kind to the environment.
Take care of mother Earth, and she’ll take care of us, right? 🌎❤️♻️
While it might not be realistic to totally erase our carbon footprint, we’re always up for the challenge of finding ways to go green throughout our day. Like with anything in life, the little things add up. Taking small steps for the environment can make a big impact in the long run.
As a restaurant, we work to reduce our footprint every day. We buy from brands like World Centric that strive to be eco-friendly. Our single-use straws are compostable along will all our to-go silverware. Our Housemade almond milk mitigates the single-use cardboard container, which is one of many steps we’re taking to move us in the direction of minimizing our footprint. Also, research shows that choosing a plant-based diet helps reduce the effect of global warming. And we know a few good places to get some good vegan and vegetarian food. 😉
We’re sharing 10 simple ways you can go green today, but we’d love to hear your tips, too! Drop your favorite go-green tip in the comment, or add to the conversation by sending us a message on Instagram.
1. Skip the straw
Plastic straws add up! Most plastic straws aren’t biodegradable and can’t be broken down naturally into non-toxic materials. Most plastic straws simply break into ever-smaller particles, releasing chemicals into the soil, air, and water that are harmful to animals, plants, people, and the environment. To combat this, skip the straw altogether or choose a reusable option. We love metal or bamboo straws for something more sustainable. If you’re grabbing a single-use straw from Proper & Wild (or our sister restaurants The Sanctum Cafe or The Sanctum Coffee and Juice Bar), enjoy knowing your straw is compostable!
2. Bring in a reusable mug
We love the convenience of grabbing a coffee in a to-go cup, but with daily or 2x-daily habits, that can add up. A small change that can go far is swapping your takeaway cup for a reusable one. Not only do most reusable mugs and tumblers insulate your drink better, but they drastically reduce daily waste. This one chage will add up fast! (Do you have one of our The Sanctum mugs or tumblers from our sister restaurants? Bring them in on your next visit and we’ll honor 10% off each coffee or tea purchase at Proper & Wild, too!)
3. Shop secondhand
Going green isn’t just about the food you eat, but also about the clothes you wear. Fast fashion like H&M, Forever 21, and other stores might look great at face value, but they cost more than just what’s on the price tag— they come at an added cost to the environment. Factories producing these clothes emit a major amount of not-so-great chemicals and toxins into the environment, and the labor conditions are also questionable. So instead, why not add in a trip to some great local consignment and vintage stores like ChicBoutique or Avalon Exchange to get your clothing fix? There are also lots of mobile options available, like Poshmark and Depop where you can buy and sell clothing, making it environmentally-friendly (and bank-account-friendly, too)!
4. Opt for the SunRail or a scooter
Just running up the block or planning on visiting several places close together? Instead of driving to your next event, consider hopping on the SunRail, a bike, a scooter, or even walking to get around— and maybe even get some cardio in. If you’re visiting us at Proper & Wild or visiting Park Ave., we are fortunate to have a SunRail station right here. Although this might not be possible all the time, even skipping the drive once a week can help drive change.
5. Skip the bottled water
Just like plastic straws, bottled water is a major culprit when it comes to ocean trash and landfill waste. A reusable water bottle is an easy alternative to take a step for the environment and stay hydrated at the same time. And with bottled water often costing more than other bottled beverages, this will keep more money in your pocket, too. It’s a win-win!
6. Unplug your plugs
Fun fact about your plugs: They continue to draw energy, even when nothing is turned on. This has a kind of a butterfly effect since it draws power for no reason, which then contributes to increased energy usage that taxes the planet. When not in use, try to unplug your plugs and switch the power off in the socket to avoid drawing needless energy and conserving resources.
7. Plan your meals
Food waste is a big environmental issue that doesn’t get discussed but is definitely important. Do you find yourself throwing away stinky leftovers, or tossing half a loaf of moldy bread? Taking the extra step of planning meals in advance can save a lot of food from being wasted. Planning for the week and buying accordingly can not only help you budget better but also prevent food from being wasted since you buy exactly what you need and use the ingredients immediately.
8. Try out cloth
If you’re anything like us, you’ve come to rely on paper a lot at home… paper towels, paper plates, paper napkins paper everything it seems! Make a small improvement by trying out cloth in place of paper when possible. Keep rags on hand to wipe down the counters instead of using paper towels. Try out cloth napkins instead of the disposable option with dinner.
9. Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth
A lot of water gets wasted unknowingly, and being more environmentally-conscious is about noticing the small details and trying to make changes. For example, we can easily waste gallons of water by leaving on the faucet when brushing our teeth. Simply turning off the tap while brushing our teeth can seem like a small gesture, but it has great consequences for the planet as more water is saved from being unnecessarily used.
10. Explore plant-based
Switching to a plant-based diet, even for just some of your meals, will be greener for the planet. According to the United Nations, if you eat just one plant-based meal a day for a year, you’ll save almost 200,000 gallons of water (for perspective, that’s the equivalent of 11,400 showers!) and the pollution equivalent to about 3,000 miles driven in your car (if it’s been a while since you’re last road trip, that’s about LA to NYC). And, if everyone in the United States reduced their meat and dairy intake by just 50 percent, it would be equal to taking 26 million cars off the road. With more vegan and vegetarian options available today than ever before, choosing plant-based is both easy and delicious.
Being green is about really considering the products you use, the food you eat, and your lifestyle choices to see where change can be made. Research the products you buy, the places you shop, and the restaurants you eat at to make informed decisions that you can feel good about.
“This place is AMAZING. Its super cute, it is DELICIOUS and the service is very good. Rachel was our server and she was super sweet and quick. I had the rose latte which made my heart smile and the ricotta toast which was so tasty; not too sweet, not too bland, simply perfect and it was so perfectly presented. My husband got the breakfast burger and it was also great (I had a bite) – the chickpea patty had a great “egg” taste and the flavors just worked together great. The drink he had was not my fave but he liked it. Great place! We are definitely coming back.” — Luz G. on Yelp