by Monika Kowalczyk - 65 Reviews - 40 List
Long before being green was red hot, Austin had a solid grip on the mentality of environmental responsibility. Sustainability weaves itself into the mantras of Austin businesses galore: recycling and repurposing are huge concepts widely applied throughout retail stores, while organic and preservative/gunk-free foods reign at our local eateries. Hotels are even getting in on saving Mama Earth, one biodegradable toilet paper roll at a time. Featured below are our picks for ways to (easily!) incorporate a green lifestyle of your own.
(Photo: Eastside Cafe)
Updated: June 14, 2010
La Boite took the notion of recycling one's resources to the most literal level when it came to the construction of its South Lamar locale. In order to serve you your morning almond croissants and fair-trade organic brew, they brought it upon themselves to ingeniously convert a dingy old shipping container into a fully functioning European cafe.
Going green can mean more than selflessly swapping in your Ford F-150 for a trusty ol? bicycle. Although this is certainly possible at Mellow Johnny's (the adjacent bike shop), we encourage you to put those wheels aside and shimmy on over to Juan Pelota. This environmentally sensitive coffeehouse utilizes energy efficient machines, sophisticated reverse osmosis water purification systems, post-consumer recycled & compostable cups, and straws comprised of cornstarch in lieu of plastic.
Your at-home surroundings should maintain the same ethic responsibility when it comes to sustainable and recyclable components. Browse through Loft's retail showroom at The Domain for organic contemporary furniture and accessories that are ecologically mindful without compromise to comfort or style.
Prototype's home goods shop sits merely two doors away from its vintage fashion offerings, and lucky for us, both offer progressive designs and eco-friendly flare to your furniture, art, cutsie dresses, glassware, and jewelry.
Rest your pretty head on 100% organic cotton linens while a guest in one of these cozy mini-cottages off of South Congress. A member of the Green Hotels Association, Park Lane Guest Houses and owners Shakti and Devkirn Khalsa ensure a natural getaway to the busyness of bustling city life. Top off your B&B experience with an organic vegetarian breakfast and a quick swim in the natural pool under ancient Live Oaks.
A commitment to their green philosophy is illustrated by the small details; air ionizers for clean air quality, grounds free of fertilizers & pesticides, a steadfast recycling program, and unbleached biodegradable paper products promises an environmentally responsible hotel experience.
With Aroma-Chic services, home cleaning takes a holistic approach with the use of plant-derived cleaning products. But that's not the only element that makes this eco-friendly business special; they've recently partnered with ?Cleaning for a Reason?, a non-profit organization that offers complimentary housekeeping services to ease the lives of women undergoing cancer treatments.
Time for a quick personal anecdote: while on the recent hunt for a seemingly elusive type of Brazilian mate, we found luck nowhere else but at 78704's Herb Bar. Stepping inside this ivy-covered converted home, one is overwhelmed with the amount of knowledge these folks have of natural health products. Educate yourself by attending the frequent seminars with topics ranging from ?The Vocabulary of Odor? to growing your own Kombucha tea.