5 Things to Know About Sustainable Seafood

As more of the world becomes aware of the need for sustainability, even the seafood industry has taken steps. But just what is sustainable seafood–is there anything specific you should know about it? 1. 70% of Seafood is Currently Over-Fished According to National Geographic’s page regarding Sustainable Seafood, nearly 70% of the fish that humans…

The Best Eco-Friendly Solutions To Ship A Car to New York

Earth is dying, and it’s because of you. Yes, you and every other human being on this planet. Everything from the perfumes you use to the vehicles you drive has an impact on the environment. Although using day-to-day necessities can’t be avoided, you can always do something to minimize the detrimental effects.

It’s not too late to save the planet and future generations. Your choices can make a difference even when shipping a car to New York City. Considering this, here are some ways to think green on your next auto transport booking.

Hire an Environment-Conscious Shipping Company

Eco-friendly transport begins from the carrier itself. Many shipping companies are only in it for the money and do not care if their methods add more pollution. You’ll want to avoid working with these people as much as possible. Make sure you enlist the help of haulers who share your vision to preserve the environment.

But how do you find a reliable green shipping company? By asking the right questions, of course! While requesting a quote, you might as well ask your potential company:

  • What type of fuel do your trucks use?
  • How often do you perform maintenance on your vehicles to make sure they consistently produce lower emissions?
  • How do you map out the shortest route to your destination?

After asking, try to observe their response. You’ll know that they’re the right company if they can confidently answer these questions while providing you a sensible explanation. It’s also important to check their certifications and see if they’re authorized to run a shipping business.

Choose a Consolidated Delivery Option

Why? Assuming they’re headed to the same destination, an open trailer carrying four automobiles is more fuel-effective than two trucks containing a single car each. This means fewer emissions for the ozone layer. Plus, you’re also reducing the cost since fuel charges are divided among other cars in the transport batch.

One little misconception that some people make is that open-air deliveries aren’t safe. Well, it’s obviously riskier than enclosed private trailers, but this doesn’t mean the company won’t handle the cars properly. You shouldn’t have to worry as long as you hire a trusted carrier.

Opt for Terminal-to-Terminal Shipping

Somewhat relative to consolidated delivery, terminal-to-terminal shipping works by taking your car to a designated warehouse. You’ll then have to pick it up from there and drive it home yourself. Sounds like a hassle, right? But if you want the car delivered to your doorstep, think about the congestion in NYC. It has some of the worst traffic in the country.

The trailer carrying your auto will have to compete with terrible traffic to reach its destination. Keep in mind that the longer it stays on the road, the more harmful gases it will release into the atmosphere. Not to mention your shipping company will probably charge extra for this extended service. Driving your car is more affordable since it consumes less fuel. Looking at the bright side, it’s also a good opportunity for you to get used to the NYC road experience.

Avoid Air Freight if You Can

You don’t necessarily need to ship your car via air. Not unless you’re transporting a luxury car. Besides the absurd costs, planes generate far more carbon dioxide than trucks.

Check out this data by the European Environment Agency (EEA) on vehicle emissions:

  • 14 g of CO2 / passenger/km for the train
  • 42 g CO2 / passenger/km for a small car
  • 55 g of CO2 / passenger/km for an average car
  • 68 g CO2 /passenger/km for a bus
  • 72 g CO2 /passenger/km for a two-wheel motor
  • 285 g CO2 /passenger/km for a plane

If you substitute the bus for a truck (since they’re the closest in size), you’ll see a considerable 217g difference in emission compared to a plane! So, even if you can afford it, think about how your choice can reduce Earth’s already thinning ozone layer.

Choose a Company That Drives Biodiesel Trucks

Although planes are a no-go, on-road vehicle transport still contributes to more than one-third of the air pollution that causes smog. On top of that, at least 27% of greenhouse gas emissions that affect the U.S. come from cars. Since most trucks run on conventional diesel, they make a huge impact as well. However, times have changed. A lot of trailers can now utilize biodiesel, a type of fuel that comes from vegetable oil and natural gas. Studies show that blending it with petroleum diesel results in a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Of course, you won’t be the one doing the science work and creating the mixtures. But you could always ensure that you hire a company that makes use of biodiesel trucks.

Conclusion

Shipping a car to NY without compromising the environment shouldn’t be a problem. It might cost you a little more, but in return, you contribute to the survival of future generations. That alone should make it worth it. Hope your car arrives safely!

5 Best Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Restaurants in Manhattan

New York City pulses with fantastic music, fashion, industry, and of course, food. As we as consumers learn more about where our food comes from, it becomes harder to find ethically sourced and delicious meals. Luckily, as our awareness of sourcing grows, many NYC restaurants have risen to meet the challenge. Thanks to our friends at Imperial Moving, here are five Manhattan restaurants that specialize in eco-friendly and sustainable seafood:

1. Crave Fishbar

At either its West Village or Midtown locations, Crave Fishbar has a good reputation. Crave serves meals prepared with seasonal ingredients, often sourced from Long Island fisherman, and was the first NYC restaurant to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Crave offers a variety of dishes, from lobster curry and tuna tartare to grilled octopus and rib eye. They are probably best known for their raw bar; during happy hour, oysters are only $1 each!

2. Maiden Lane

Maiden Lane was born in the East Village in 2013. Owner Gareth Mccubbin aspires to bring the feel of a European conservas bar to NYC. The idea is to serve high-quality, hand-packed tinned seafood, sourced from Europe. The menu includes a huge variety of canned seafood, including octopus, oyster, squid, anchovies, and several types of sardines. Maiden Lane also has other small plates and sandwiches. Especially recommended: the open-faced whitefish sandwich with smoked salmon.

3. Seamore’s

Located in Little Italy, Seamore’s specializes in a range of less familiar types of fish. The sustainable restaurant has partnered with Sea to Table, a company that brings locally sourced seafood to nearby restaurants, and with Greenpoint Fish and Lobster, an organization that acts as the go-between for suppliers and their customer. A blackboard called “Daily Landings” lists the fresh variety of seafood that is featured, often including hake, redfish, pollock, porgy, and dogfish. The “Reel Deal,” a build-your-own entree in which you choose one of the featured fish and one of four sauces, is delicious.

4. Le Bernardin

This Midtown staple was founded in 1986 and rebooted in 1995 when chef Eric Ripert came on board. Le Bernardin continues to win awards after thirty years in the business. The menu features mostly high-end seafood dishes with Asian sauces, with a focus on sustainability practices. Though pricey, Le Bernardin is a perfect place to celebrate. Three categories make up the menu: Almost Raw, Barely Touched, and Lightly Cooked. The menu often changes but is known for its oysters, sashimi, and smoked yellowfin.

5. Mayanoki

For sushi, check out Mayanoki, a sustainably and locally sourced restaurant on the Lower East Side. It works directly with local fisherman and is the only sushi restaurant partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. The menu is served in a multi-course omakase style, in which you watch the food as it is prepared, and are told where it comes from. Since the menu changes depending on the fish available, always expect something different. Try the sea bass and scallop sashimi!

Courtesy of Imperial Moving & Storage

This article was posted by the generous support of our friends at NYC moving company Imperial Moving & Storage. These movers are committed to the environment and strive to make every household move as eco-friendly as possible. Whether it’s by eating sustainable seafood or using recycled boxes when moving apartments, we can all do our part to protect our earth’s natural resources.