The first event given by the NYC arm of the Ethical Writers Coalition, Sustainable Summer Fest, took place at Beef Cut Studios last weekend. The hosts were me, Emma Grady, Juliette Donatelli, and Alden Wicker. If you weren't able to attend, I'm sorry and we missed you. If you were in NYC and you didn't attend, get ready to be eco-green with envy. Here's a recap of what happened at Sustainable Summer Fest:
Reclaimed Wood DJ Booth
A generous discount from Build It Green! NYC helped us build a DJ booth and dance floor out of reclaimed wood. And from that DJ booth came sweet sweet electronic beats by Illich Mujica (Mothlab Recordings), Sophia Valence, and Jasper Stapleton (PART) that kept us moving all night. Get a little taste of it on SoundCloud.
Braid Bar by James Corbett Studio
The braid bar was one of the most popular areas at the party! Attendees lined up to get intricate braids created by Danielle from James Corbett Studio. Could there be a more stylish way to keep your hair up at an outdoor dance party? If you're in the Union Square area, stop by and shop their well-stocked organic boutique.
Cupcakes by Little Cupcake Bakeshop
These mini cupcakes provided by Little Cupcake Bakeshop were a hot commodity. When partygoers learned they were free, I could see them mentally wrestling their willpower. After one, they'd move on, only to return in a few moments. "Okay, just one more," they'd say as they helped themselves to another.
Little Cupcake Bakeshop uses only the freshest, sustainable ingredients, predominantly sourcing locally from farms in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, Vermont, and New Jersey. They do all of their baking on-site in small batches, everyday. A complementary partner to the Ethical Writers Co., their shops utilize salvaged materials, energy-efficient practices, and low-impact supplies. If you didn't make the party, taste what you missed while you check out one of their locations in Manhattan or Brooklyn.
Coconut Cracking Courtesy of The Coco Jack
Have you ever had fresh coconut water? Have you ever tried to open a coconut without the proper tools? The Coco Jack had our backs by providing us with their clever tools so we could enjoy the hydrating benefits of coconut water without injuring ourselves. If you like fresh coco water (FYI, waaaayyy better than the boxed kind), you must get yourself one of these kits.
Drinks Courtesy of Prairie Organic Spirits
Prairie Organic Spirits provided vodka and gin for all of the cocktails. Prairie spirits are made from vintage organic corn, grown by just three family farms and handcrafted in small batches, making it smooth and enjoyable to drink. While all of the drinks were delicious, the best was a concoction called Bahamian Sky Juice. Sorry if you missed it! I'll be nice and provide the recipe here so you can mix some up at home.
Or sometimes we just added it straight in to make a boozy coconut! Highly recommended.
Seltzer & Mixers by SodaStream
SodaStream provided a row of machines to keep us fully stocked with seltzer. You can add one of their syrups to make tonic water, cola, or any number of flavored sodas. Whatever partygoers chose to drink, it was served up in a BPA-free, reusable Beef Cuts cup they got to keep. If you see someone with one, give them a high-five for being waste-free!
Cool People & Sustainability Leaders
As an introvert, I don't always enjoy myself at parties. But everyone I met was really friendly and happy to be in the fresh air, with braids up, double fisting cupcakes and coconuts (actually, who wouldn't be?). Being new to the sustainability community, it was fun to meet some of its leaders in such a relaxed setting. Notable attendees included Lisa Elaine Held of Well + Good, Yuka Yoneda of Inhabitat, Kristen Arnett of Green Beauty Team, Mara Schiavetti of A Green Beauty, Lisa Mechanic of Echoes of Culture, and Massimo Lobuglio of Little Cupcake Bakeshop. Thanks to everyone who came out!
Riding in Style with GoGreenRide
If you actually left before it became Sunday, GoGreenRide was on hand to transport you home safely and sustainably in one of their hybrid cars with a discount to boot! Get their app or book online the next time you need a car service.
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