Food & Drink

Mother Earth

Who says it’s not easy being green? With simple suggestions from Francesca Olivieri and Susan Gluck-Pappajohn, the ecomom founders of Sage Baby, every day is Earth Day.

Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Unplug your cell charger when not in use.

Toss the Toxins
Replace cleansers and detergents with earth-friendly versions, like Seventh Generation’s dye-, chlorine-, and phosphate-free household products. Shop health food stores for shampoos and creams made without synthetic fragrances and parabens.

Clean Water
Ditch landfill-clogging plastic bottles for a sleek, reusable, toxin-free stainless steel Klean Kanteen. The Kid Kanteen is perfect for backpacks.

Paper or Plastic?
Neither. Hold the shopping bags and tote purchases and kid paraphernalia in a compact, nylon Baggu sack. Pack snacks and lunch in reusable containers and use wax paper bags made from unbleached paper instead of plastic baggies.

Buy the Farm
Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) to support family farms and get locally grown produce delivered to your neighborhood. You’ll get seven to ten kinds of vegetables each week, which adds up to 40 organic, just-picked varieties during a season.

See? Green really is your color.

This Week in New York

Melissa Errico
Have date night at the release of the actress/singer/mom’s latest album, Lullabies & Wildflowers.
Why: It’s sweet music.
When: Wed. & Thurs., 7:30 p.m.
Where: Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., b/t E. 4th St. & Astor Pl. Tickets at 212-967-7555 or online at joespub.com.

Living History Days: the 5th New York Regiment
The New-York Historical Society shows kids what life was like in Revolutionary times through reenactments, soldiers in costume, and more.
Why: It’s family history.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 170 Central Park W., b/t 76th & 77th Sts. (212-873-3400).

NYC Grows Garden Festival
Gardening demos, environmental info, live music, and magic tricks.
Why: Dig deep.
When: Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Union Square Park, South Plaza, Broadway, b/t 14th & 17th Sts.

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
bt 76th & 77th Sts
New York, NY 10024
bt 14th & 17th Sts
New York, NY 10003
425 Lafayette St
@ Astor Pl
New York, NY 10003