25 Things ...
to help temper your impact on the environment
Pick up some Dolphin Organics personal-care products for your babies at Scotts Corner Market. Pound Ridge parents, Nigel and Ayo Hart, created the all-natural, organic shampoo, sunscreen, and bubble bath for their children and yours. dolphinorganics.com
Hire one of the 120 eco-cleaning specialists trained and certified by Neighbors Link in Mount Kisco to use non-toxic cleaning products when cleaning homes and offices. neighborslink.org. Or, mix your own non-toxic cleaning solutions.
Grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs from the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Their seeds are harvested from trusted organic farms and handlers and are available in beautiful packets at Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills. seedlibrary.org
Replace your gas-powered mower with a battery-operated Neuton Mower that mulches leaves as you go. Lighter than gas-powered mowers, Neutons are clean, quiet, and fuel- and fume-free. neuton.com
Can’t give up your lawn service? Encourage your provider to forego blowing leaves by installing a Vulture, available at Mill River Supply, on their mowers to mulch your grass and leaves, leaving behind quarter-inch pieces that feed your lawn. vulcher.com
Adam Schoelkopf at Bedford’s True Value Hardware recommends painting your home with Benjamin Moore’s Natura No-VOC paint. Virtually odorless with zero VOCs, Natura requires no compromise when it comes to durability or color selection. benjaminmoore.com
Skip the plastic wrap when covering leftovers and invest in a reusable Bee’s Wrap at Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills. Use the warmth of your hands to seal the beeswax-covered, naturally anti-bacterial fabric sheets. beeswrap.com
With a 118 MPGe rating, the 2014 Honda Fit EV is one of the greenest vehicles on the planet. Ideal for commuting, the all-electric motor produces no emissions, and the seats are made from sugarcane, a non-essential, sustainable crop. mtkiscohonda.com
Need some cool shades? Pick up a pair of Panda sunglasses at Catherine H. in Katonah. Handcrafted from sustainable bamboo, each pair sold underwrites a free eye exam and eyewear to a person in need. wearpanda.com
Order a Sno Wolf. Designed in New Canaan, it’s a shovel with a wheel. Using the power of leverage, you’ll move more snow in less time without hurting your back or polluting the atmosphere with gas emissions. snowwolf.com
Heat your home with an energy-efficient wood-burning stove, like the sleek Cosmo model at Wittus in Pound Ridge. It produces a cleaner, hotter fire with very little ash. Optional heat memory stones improve convection and heat management. wittus.com
lWhile sawing branches and logs by hand is the greenest option, for larger clean ups, Chubby’s Hardware in Pound Ridge sells Stihl’s lithium ion-powered chainsaws. They are cordless, virtually silent, use no fuel, and emit no exhaust. stihlusa.com
Need a ride to the airport? Call Green World Transport. The Westchester-based, green taxi company will drive you in one of their hybrid vehicles, which reduces fuel costs for passengers and minimizes damage to the environment. greenworldtaxi.com
Recycle old books at Booksy Galore, a second-hand bookstore in Pound Ridge, where they'll find a new home for every classic novel and how-to manual on your shelf. You can buy from Booksy's online shop, as well.
Give gifts made from recycled materials, like Lewisboro’s Luda Samuel’s Eco Lustre sustainable jewelry. Mining and manufacturing of metals is harmful to the environment, so Eco Lustre recycles and upcycles old materials to create new, wearable works of art. ecolustre.com
Join Chappaqua Moms Sales and become a master recycler. Financial planner Kathy Boyle furnished much of her new, Pound Ridge home through this group of 2,700 women who buy and sell gently used furnishings, fashions, and toys. facebook.com/groups/Cmssales
Improve the quality of your garden soil without using chemical fertilizers. Compost your organic yard waste—leaves, weeds, clippings—to create natural fertilizer using composting bins from Mill River Supply in Bedford Hills. Get how-to’s at bedford2020.org
Reusable grocery bags are commonplace, but Pound Ridger Darcie Peck has taken the handy carriers one step further by upcycling leftover horse feed bags into EcoHorse totes and shoppers. Waterproof, washable, and durable, they are sold on Etsy.com.
LEED architect Carol Kurth and Certified Green builder Sylvain Côté recommend installing Nest thermostats. Nests learn your schedule, program themselves, and can be controlled from your smartphone. Easy to use, they can save you hundreds of dollars in wasted energy annually. nest.com
Call Healthy Home Energy & Consulting in Bedford Hills for a home energy assessment. They will audit your home’s energy performance and make improvements that will result in a more comfortable, healthier, energy-efficient home. gethealthyhome.com
Joe DiPietro at Chubby’s Hardware recommends LED lighting, pointing out that an R40 LED bulb replaces a 100-watt incandescent bulb by using only 17 watts of energy and lasts 20,000 hours. chubbyshardware.com
Join Bedford 2020 Coalition to get involved with reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by the year 2020 and creating a sustainable Bedford community that conserves its natural resources. bedford2020.org