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Lauren Singer’s Zero Waste Guide to N.Y.C

The Zero-Waste Guide To N.Y.C

Lauren Singer, founder of the blog 'Trash Is For Tossers' navigates us through The Big Apple with Mother Earth in mind...

I would love to say that this guide is a comprehensive NYC guide, but I’m sticking to where I live, Brooklyn, which in my humble opinion is where it’s at! But I’ll sprinkle in a few Manhattan favorites, for good measure.

Where To Eat

I have to start with Food as it is my biggest passion after sustainability and my dog Rose. I like to go to restaurants that have ethical standards that align with my values of sustainability. This means organic and locally sourced ingredients, aspirations for low food waste, and composting. I’ll list them in no specific order.

Atoboy

 

There are few, okay, like zero, restaurants that I have been to that have been flawless every time except for this one. To this day, one of my favorite eating experiences was in Korea, and this small plates Korean restaurant never lets me down. It is one of the only reasons I will ever go into Manhattan. I have been here about a dozen times and whether it is my chef friends or best friends, everyone always loves it. I spent New Years Eve here and could not have been happier!

"This small plates Korean restaurant never lets me down."

La Rina

 

 My friend Silvia Barban, of Top Chef Fame, makes some effing GREAT pasta. Her entire restaurant feels like the best hug from your grandmother. Everything about her restaurant is rooted in love and you can always feel it. After your meal, you can pick up fresh pasta (and even put it in your own container) and some of her favorite ingredients from Italy. She also hosts monthly pasta making classes which has been one of my favorite NYC experiences and romantic dates to date.

"'effing GREAT pasta"

Buvette

 

I once read that the owner said, and I’m paraphrasing, she would never offer artificial sweeteners because she wouldn’t offer her customers something she would never consumer herself. I thought that was so badass, such a beautiful stance for an owner, and that amongst other things, has made me so happy to support this tiny West Village French restaurant for almost 8 years now. Their brunch is next level, but expect lines.

"Their brunch is next level, but expect lines."

Paulie Gee’s

 

It’s just really good pizza made in a massive oven in an industrial but still incredibly romantic and cozy feeling space, conveniently a block from my office. Expect lines.

"This one is for the vegans."

Bunna Cafe

 

 This one is for the vegans. It is kick ass Ethiopian food, I suggest the Feast for 2. It’s only $37, so super affordable, and so delicious!

Where To Shop

Package Free Shop

 

This is my company! We sell lifestyle products that help you reduce waste. Think everything from stainless steel straws and reusable produce bags to refillable beauty products and menstrual cups and condoms. It’s like an sustainability/eco-lover’s dream. Plus, our team is incredibly knowledgeable about all things waste and are happy to talk trash with you all day long. We also have boxes where you can drop your travel sized containers and stock up on Package Free travel-sized beauty products! After shopping, you can walk over to Devocion, a great coffee shop, where they always let you use your own cup.

"We sell lifestyle products that help you reduce waste."

Beacon’s Closet

 

 I buy all of my clothing here. It’s the best secondhand store. Don’t expect to be here for less than an hour. Pee first, eat first. You’re welcome.

Incausa

 

 The best collection of ceramics, Brazilian indigenous goods, and incense.

"If you want to find something unique and interesting, I recommend stopping here."

Sounds

 

My neighbor and friend from high school, Ester, recently opened this amazing shop. Ester herself is an incredible artist and ceramicist and has combined her love of art with her amazing talent for discovering functional and cool home goods and accessories. If you want to find something unique and interesting, I recommend stopping here.

What To Do

I am pretty much always working, but if I’m not, I’m either eating or at one of these places.

Strand Bookstore

 

 If you need somewhere to get lost for a few hours.

"I Recommend Stopping By Any Of The Farmers Markets."

 McCarren Park Farmer’s Market

 

I recommend stopping by any of the farmers markets. It’s one of my favorite things to do while in a new city. PS if you want to find a place to compost while traveling, there are compost drop offs here.

Modo Yoga

 

My favourite yoga studio.

"If you’re seeking out independent film, this is where you should go."

IFC

 

If you’re seeking out independent film, this is where you should go. You might even get to meet a director as they often have special guests.

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