New York Eco-Shopping Extravaganza
The Green Up Shop, a boutique and event space, is a joint production by upcycle manufacturer Terracycle, the Fashion Center Business Improvement District, the Port Authority of NY and NJ, and the Times Square Alliance. Aside from creating a footprint-friendly store, these partners also offer a weekly list of eco-minded events at the space, such as film screenings, lectures and fitness classes.
Originally, the Green Up Shop opened for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and the shop was to end its run on May 1st. Luckily for the eco-inclined, the store's midtown existence is now extended through May 21.
Here's a rundown of some of the products and manufacturers at the site:
Shoppers will get a chance to select from over 100 everyday products -- like lunch bags, trash bins, or pencil cases -- that are made out of materials that might have otherwise ended up in a landfill. Terracycle uses the waste material of chip bags, food wrappers, soda bottles and pens. As a bonus, the manufacturer is offering a discount to anyone who donates waste material from over 30 different non-recyclable waste streams at the pop-up shop.
Brooklyn designer Abby Valentine Kelly offers a small but handmade portfolio of products from beverage coasters to coffee-cup sleeves. The goods are made from salvaged or scrap materials and are designed to replace otherwise throwaway items. A purchase here not only satisfies a desire to buy products out of current waste, many of the items ensure against future waste as well.
CHRISTINA J. PAUL COUTURE
Who says green clothing can't be high fashion? That's the take by Chicago-based designer Christina Liedtke, who designs custom-made couture garments for clients around the world. Yet she employs upcycled materials to make the clothing. For example, the image above shows off a one-of-a-kind dress that was made completely from M&M candy wrappers.
GARBAGE OF EDEN
And who among us can resist some eco-baubles to spice up our seasonal wardrobe? Garbage of Eden is a design company that collects and uses plastic bags from the local area to transform them into wearable art.
Have a look at the rest of the vendors on site and be prepared to spend some green.
The Green Up Shop is located on the street level of the Port Authority, at 641 8th Avenue at 41st Street in Manhattan, and within walking distance of most major subway lines.