On Wed., Apr. 22, the 50th Earth Day will be recognized in countries around the world. Although many events have been cancelled or postponed due to social distancing, we live in a community where neighbors are committed to making Earth Day every day by recycling, reducing our carbon footprint and choosing to use products that are eco-friendly.
Local businesses are also conscientious about doing what’s best for our planet. While stores and restaurants are closed to customers, business owners are offering an array of delivery and curbside pick-up options, so don’t wait to call!
For many households, this is a great time to get around to home projects. If you’re painting and want to be environmentally conscious, check out Calumet Paint and Wallpaper, 12120 S. Western. Calumet Paint sells Benjamin Moore products. Benjamin Moore is known as a leader in reducing VOCs (volatile organic compounds) emissions in their paints. According to the Benjamin Moore website, VOCs are chemicals that, along with oxides of nitrogen and sunlight, create ground level ozone, a major component of smog. Certain VOCs are also harmful when inhaled and may pose indoor air quality concerns. Benjamin Moore Natura paint, available at Calumet Paint, meets the Federal Trade Commission standards as a zero–emission product. It is meets allergy and asthma friendly certification standards from the Asthma and Allery Foundation of America. Call Calumet Paint, 708-371-2240 for information.
Swanson’s Deli (773-239-1197) and Open Outcry Brewing Company (773-629-6055) use eco-friendly containers. Horse Thief Hollow (773-779-BREW) uses eco-friendly take-out containers, and their cans of Spoonful Hazy IPA beer now come with shrink-wrap sleeves which can be removed before recycling.
Beverly Bakery (773-238-5580) uses an electric car for deliveries, does not use plastic straws or cups, and has coffee grounds in the back that people can use in their gardens (free). Nicky’s Grill & Yogurt Oasis (773-233-3072) offers vegan menu options and uses recycled napkins.
Turkey (773-941-4751) sells S’well reusable water bottles, sustainable napkins from Dot & Army, and eco-friendly sandwich wraps and bags. Tranquility Salon (773-298-8901) uses all R+Co products which are vegan and cruelty-free.
Do you know of other local businesses that work hard to make Mother Earth happy? Let us know! Email BAPA Business Liaison Brittany Wiley, firstname.lastname@example.org.