Londonist’s Green Day Out

By Londonist Last edited 136 months ago
Londonist’s Green Day Out

Depending on how much Internet reading you do, you may or may not be aware that today is Blog Action Day – a day on which bloggers around the web unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind. This year it’s the environment.

And in honour of this, Londonist could think of nothing more appropriate than to suggest ideas for a greener day in this fair city of ours.

1. Get on your bike

Green issues aside, this is one of the cheapest and quickest ways to get around town. And you’ll discover a fair few new things by exploring overground rather than underground.

2. Head down to Neal’s Yard Remedies…

…and replace your conventional, chemical-filled deodorant with something a little more sustainable. Neal’s Yard’s deodorants are based on organic essential oils and come in glass pump bottles – so they can be recycled and no aerosols are involved. Londonist feels confident for hours, not just because we’re pong-free, but because we’re exposing ourselves to fewer scary chemicals and helping the planet. Plus, they have a new branch in St Pancras opening soon.

3. Stop off for a veggie lunch

With the United Nations saying that the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions than transport, the reasons to be veggie extend further than being nice to cute animals. Fortunately London offers loads of tasty veggie nosh: still in Neal’s Yard is the World Food Café, or head to Berwick St to fill up on salad and smoothies at Beatroot, or for fast food, you could do a lot worse than Maoz at 43 Old Compton St.

4. Chat up some fellow greenies at Green Drinks

Pleased with how your day went? Want to share your tips with others and pick up some more? Then head down to The Glasshouse Stores on Brewer St on the second Tuesday of every month. Green Drinks is an excellent place to discuss ideas, find inspiration and network. It also has comic potential – the last time Londonist attended, we were entertained by a man deeply concerned with the rights of slugs. And tell your non-London friends too – it’s an international affair, held at loads of cities all over the world.

By Cate Trotter

Image from Karen CB’s Flickr photostream

Last Updated 15 October 2007