Community Partners

Nov 09

Please spread the word to help Riverkeeper win $100,000 from Levi’s Company!

Riverkeeper is in the TOP 10 nominated charities to receive a $100,000 donation from Levi’s Company. Please follow this link, register, and vote for us! It will take but 3 minutes of your time and help us get closer to winning that very important support.

Please watch this video if you’d like to know more about Riverkeeper:

Sep 09

To thinking Global and Buying Local. We love being part of the MADE IN NYC community and thank them and Crains for believing in us enough to highlight RESTORE CLOTHING along with EcoSystems who we look forward to connecting with.

Green database helps firms stay local

Eco-friendly entrepreneurs now have a virtual marketplace to connect with like-minded vendors.

By Joyce Hanson

Going green is hard for most companies, but for Brooklyn-based furniture startup EcoSystems Brand, environmental sustainability is the fun part. It’s connecting with potential customers and eco-friendly suppliers that’s the challenge.

That’s why EcoSystems has placed a listing on the Made in NYC online directory. Created as a business-to-business resource in 2002, the Web site gives manufacturers throughout the five boroughs a place to list their products, and buyers a place to find local suppliers. In 2007, the same year EcoSystems went into business, the directory upped the ante by adding a section geared specifically to green products.

Made in NYC is a nonprofit initiative of the New York Industrial Retention Network (NYIRN), the Industrial & Technology Assistance Corp. and the Manufacturers Association of New York City. The directory, whose 795 listings include 83 green entries, can be found at

“I think Made in New York is totally critical,” said Andrew Personette, executive director of EcoSystems, which uses recycled materials in its furniture. “It’s a great way to find out what’s actually made here instead of in China.”

As more consumers demand green products, companies are seeking to reduce their carbon footprint. Along with learning how to make everything more sustainable, from raw materials to production to distribution, these companies are eager to do more business with local suppliers—especially if those suppliers are also going green.

Just this month, the Harvard Business Review published “Why Sustainability Is Now the Key Driver of Innovation,” a study which says that, in the future, companies that make sustainability a goal will enjoy a competitive advantage.

“The initial aim is usually to create a better image, but most corporations end up reducing costs or creating new businesses as well,” the study finds. “That’s particularly helpful in difficult economic times, when corporations are desperate to boost profits.”

Finding nearby suppliers can be tough in this era of greater-than-ever global imports. So Amanda Kaminsky, a sustainable construction manager working with Bank of America and the Durst Organization, was glad to learn about Made in NYC from contractors who recommended the site.

During the specification process and when working with contractors to source materials, Ms. Kaminsky searches the Web site for local producers. For example, she has done business with IceStone of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, listed in Made in NYC as a green producer of recycled glass and concrete surfaces.

“Made in NYC is one of the only resources around that summarizes local businesses, manufacturers and products,” she said. “It aids in the communication process if the fabrication of material is local. There’s a social aspect that’s lost if the manufacturer is much farther afield. You also don’t have to do a site visit across country, and it saves everybody time. Plus, it feels good to employ people in your community.”

While the Made in NYC Web site was initially created as a business-to-business directory during the post-Sept. 11 economic downturn, green-focused consumers are now using it to buy local, according to NYIRN Executive Director Anne Seifried. To guard against greenwashing—the attempt by some companies to appear more environmentally responsible than they really are—NYIRN staffers vet listings before they’re posted. They look for evidence of certification, written environmental policies and other green attributes.

“The vast majority of manufacturers right now are small businesses employing their neighbors,” Ms. Seifried said. “We can’t produce everything here, but we want to encourage economically viable products that can be made locally.”

Like EcoSystems, fashion startup Restore Clothing in the Garment District uses the online directory. Restore, which started shipping work-to-workout clothing to spas in May 2008, uses Made in NYC to find seamstresses and manufacturing partners for its clothing, made with materials including recycled zippers and fabric made from coconut shells.

Celeste Lilore, who founded Restore with her husband, Anthony, said that even though they’ve yet to see any customer orders from the site, they’ve encouraged their independent designer friends to register on Made in NYC because of its “unbelievable” networking opportunities.

“In the green space, people are willing to try new things and work with small companies that are innovative,” she said. “It’s better to band together, especially in a difficult economy. We would normally [view one another] as competitors, but in the green space, we all read each other’s tweets and Facebook pages.”

Aug 09

Love the teaser, can’t wait for the film!

This is a teaser for the documentary “1% of The Story” for One Percent For The Planet. The film will be a collection of short profiles of One Percent member companies.

Jun 09



We are thrilled for our friends and fellow 1% For The Planet members at REPREVE/Unifi for the addition of a fiber made from 100% post-consumer bottles. RESTORE® CLOTHING looks forward to incorporating fabrics from this fiber into our collection.  Having better, more sustainable materials to work with fuels, drives, and excites us.

Unifi/Repreve has also introduced a verification program called U TRUST™ for traceability and verifiability in analyzing the level of REPREVE® content in a product.

According to Roger Berrier, Unifi/REPREVE® Executive VP “The U Trust™ verification demonstrates our commitment to integrity and authenticity, which are part of Unifi’s core values.”

Working with suppliers like Unifi/REPREVE® allows us to deliver product that is in alignment with our values confidently.

Jun 09



We are making a real difference. We are joined by thousands of New Yorkers who have chosen clean power, making a significant impact  on the environment and the air we breathe. The cumulative impact of these New Yorkers lowers carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 480,000,000 pounds per year, a reduction equivalent to planting over 175,000 acres of trees or taking over 40,000 cars off the road!


Jun 09

Clean Air NY – Clean Air Week begins 6/15/09

We recently met the folks from Clean Air NY at the Brooklyn Business Summit.cany_logo

Breathe it in. Get the facts.


Check Your Local Air Quality

What Is the Air-Quality Index?

The AQI is a method devised by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for rating each day’s air quality. The AQI numbers are associated with a color, a level of health concern and measures people should take to avoid exposure to the unhealthy air. It correlates levels of different pollutants to one scale; the higher the AQI value, the greater the health concern.

May 09

50% of our 1% Donation goes to Breast Cancer Fund. A highlight of their helpful work to Reduce your Families BPA Exposure


Bisphenol A is one of the most ubiquitous chemicals in modern life.
It’s used in hard, clear polycarbonate plastics and as an epoxy resin
in the lining of food and infant formula cans, among other everyday
applications. Leached BPA from food and beverage containers
is one of the most common routes of exposure, but also one that
we can exercise some control over—until federal law shifts the
burden of safety to regulators (see cover story).
Tips for reducing your family’s BPA exposure
• Check kids’ plastics first: Developing children are particularly
sensitive to the hormone-disrupting effects of BPA. Though
many major manufacturers have stopped making baby bottles
with BPA—and retailers have stopped selling them—you may
still have old plastic baby bottles at home. Check the code on the
bottom of these products and replace #7 plastics with glass or
BPA-free plastic versions. Also replace sippy cups and children’s
dishes and utensils with BPA-free alternatives.
• Choose fresh or frozen over canned: Soups, beans, infant formula
and other food packaged in cans may leach BPA from the can
lining. Alternatives are available but not widely labeled. Some
infant formula manufacturers have developed or are working
on BPA-free products. Check with the manufacturers for more
information about individual products.
• Don’t heat plastic: Heat and wear increase leaching of chemicals
from plastic. Don’t microwave or otherwise heat food or drink in
plastic dishes, cups, sports bottles or baby bottles.
• Replace old or worn plastic dishes and bottles: Upgrade your
old sports bottle with one of the many new models labeled

-Strong Voices Spring 2009, Vol. 13