Downtown York is just a few days away from hosting Go Green in the City - a family-friendly street festival that promotes green and healthy living. Living a green lifestyle, especially in a city, is key to conserving Mother Nature. The festival is only a day long, but improving the environment requires dedication 365 days of the year. Several downtown businesses are making big moves toward sustainability. Whether that’s by upcycling, recycling or offering vegan options on their menu, their practices positively impact the planet we call home. Here are eight businesses in Downtown York that are going green:
Compostable Cups and Containers at Molly’s Courtyard Café
Plastic to-go cups and containers have a major negative impact on the environment. The world uses about 500 billion plastic cups a year, most of which end up in a landfill (earthday.org). Molly’s Courtyard Café has made its carryout Eco-friendlier with compostable and biodegradable products. All cups, containers and utensils are ideal for your on-the-go lifestyle and for the environment.
Molly’s Courtyard Café
46 W. Philadelphia St.
Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sustainable Shopping at Revolt Style Studio, My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe & Redeux Vintage
Shopping vintage is an easy way to reduce, reuse and recycle clothing and other products. Revolt Style Studio, My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe and Redeux Vintage offer unique second-hand clothes, accessories, home goods and more. What is better than shopping and helping the environment at the same time?
Revolt Style Studio
26 N. Beaver St.
Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe
38 N. Beaver St.
Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mon 10a.m.-4 p.m., Tues-Thurs 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-7 p.m. & Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
113 S. Duke St.
Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Unique Upcycling at Molly’s Follies
Upcycling is the process of converting unused items into something new and better quality. By upcycling furniture, not only do you get one-of-a-kind pieces for your home, but you are reducing the amount of waste sent to a landfill. Molly’s Follies takes pride in using creativity to turn something old and worn into something new and unique.
56 S. Duke St.
Mon-Thurs by appointment, Fri-Sat 12-6 p.m. & Sun 12-3 p.m.
Eat Delicious and Nutritious at Zwild Vegans
The production of meat and other animal products places heavy strain on our environment for several different reasons. These production processes require a lot of energy and water, which adds pollution to our air and decreases our supply of fresh water. Eating a plant-based diet is ideal for conservation, and the team at Zwild Vegans can turn your favorite meat dishes into something tasty and vegan. Enjoy plant-based burgers, tacos, BBQ ribs and much more!
380 W. Market St. (Inside of Penn Market)
Fri 12-5 p.m. & Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Purchase Local Produce from Central Market York and Penn Market
Most of the food you buy in the grocery store is imported, which means it often travels hundred and even thousands of miles to be delivered. The more food that has to be transported, means more carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Buying your produce locally can help decrease your carbon footprint which has a big impact against pollution. Not to mention, it keeps money in your community and local produce is often organic. Central Market York and Penn Market both offer several different vendors who sell vegetables, fruits and other locally grown or made products. You can even find wine made from local fruits!
Central Market York
34 W. Philadelphia St.
Tues & Thurs 7 a.m.- 2 p.m. & Sat 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
380 W. Market St.
Tues, Fri & Sat 7 a.m.-3 p.m.