Wednesday, July 27, 2011

NYC Fair Trade Coalition is Just Plain Awesome!

I know there is so much out there in the world right now that needs our attention- from just taking care of our own needs, to the needs of our family, friends, and our communities. Finding extra time to put into thinking about the world outside of our immediate bubble can seem impractical at times. But, when we do have time, finding a wonderful worth-while cause and working with incredible, caring, good people is a great way to go.

My cause right now is the NYC Fair Trade Coalition. They are awesome. These people volunteer their time, energy and care into helping all kinds of people all over the world. They help others provide for themselves and their loved ones by creating opportunities for fair labor and fair wages, which is a great cause and one that truly makes an impact on the quality of people's lives.

We, the general American public, buy goods on a daily basis- so why not get good quality, stylish products that help make the world better and support good values?

I recently attended a networking event with the United Students for Fair Trade and the NYC Fair Trade Coalition. It was great! It was at this eco-boutique, Sustainable NYC. They have a good range of home products, clothing, jewelry, and natural body care products. They also have a cute little eco-cafe!

Along with meeting some cool, nice and ambitious people, I also found out more info about this very exciting fair trade fashion event, Fair Trade Fashion's Night Out. This event is scheduled for September 8, 2011, so mark your calendar's people! This is going to be a night to remember! I will keep you posted as the planing for this event evolves. Can't wait!

Think about what you are passionate about. Find a little time to volunteer somewhere that you feel genuinely helps people and does good. Get involved.

Check out more info on NYC Fair Trade Coalition:

Friday, July 1, 2011

My New Favorite Restaurant: OZU

Sorry for the lack of posts, since my move to NYC things have been hectic, to put it mildly. Anyway, I am back and excited to share some super awesome eco info with you, and I am starting with my new favorite restaurant. I am gonna go all out and say that I think this is the BEST RESTAURANT in NYC! No, really.

So, you may have heard of it, especially the macros out there, but I think it is still worth talking about. Ozu Restaurant is macrobiotic, kosher and just plain awesome. Their menu has a wide selection os tastly and well balanced fare. My favorite thing to order right now, that is great for the summer season and oh-so-relaxing after a stressful week of work is the ZARU SOBA GOMOKU, which is cold soba topped with tofu, fried tempeh, cucumbers, bean sprouts, louts root, shiitake, and kombu, served with dumpling sauce on the side. It is awesome.

Also, I am a big fan of desserts, especially kanten- and Ozu's fruit kanten is by far the best I have had in NYC restaurants.

Along with delicious and well-balanced food, they also provide excellent customer service. Ozu's servers are very friendly, helpful and will tell you what they like best on the menu if you ask. All in all, I recommend this place to anyone who likes fresh, healthy, balanced meals, a clean, cozy atmosphere and friendly, good service. Check them out online and check them out in person!