Living Green in the City: 8 Eco-Friendly Businesses in Downtown York

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

Enjoy coffee from a compostable cup at Molly’s Courtyard Café.

Enjoy coffee from a compostable cup 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.

facebook.com/mollyscourtyardcafe

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

Stay sustainable with vintage clothes and accessories from Revolt Style Studio.

Stay sustainable with vintage clothes and accessories from Revolt Style Studio.

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.

revoltstylestudio.com

Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe

38 N. Beaver St.

mygirlfriendswardrobe.net

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.

Redeux Vintage

113 S. Duke St.

redeuxvintage.com

Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Unique Upcycling at Molly’s Follies

Give your old furniture life again at Molly’s Follies. Photo courtesy of Austin Gingerich.

Give your old furniture life again at Molly’s Follies. Photo courtesy of Austin Gingerich.

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.

 

Molly’s Follies

56 S. Duke St.

marketplace.apartmenttherapy.com/store/mollysfollies

Mon-Thurs by appointment, Fri-Sat 12-6 p.m. & Sun 12-3 p.m.

Eat Delicious and Nutritious at Zwild Vegans

Feel good and eat good with a curried chickpea salad sandwich from Zwild Vegans. Photo Courtesy of Zwild Vegans.

Feel good and eat good with a curried chickpea salad sandwich from Zwild Vegans. Photo Courtesy of 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!   

 

Zwild Vegans

380 W. Market St. (Inside of Penn Market)

facebook.com/zwildvegans

Fri 12-5 p.m. & Sat 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Purchase Local Produce from Central Market York and Penn Market

Shop for local produce and goods at Central Market York and Penn Market. Photo courtesy of Central Market York.

Shop for local produce and goods at Central Market York and Penn Market. Photo courtesy of Central Market York.

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.

centralmarketyork.com

 

Penn Market

380 W. Market St.

Tues, Fri & Sat 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

pennmarket.com