Go Green This Fall in Newport Beach!
Ready to book a much-needed vacay in Newport Beach? In the age of climate anxiety, you may be interested in keeping your escape as eco-friendly as possible. There are ways to lower your carbon footprint while still having fun. Simple swaps like riding a bike instead of driving or opting for a plant-based meal instead of indulging in a steak can make a big difference in how your travel time affects the environment. Here are six ways to go green this fall in Newport Beach!
1 | Hop on a Bike
While driving may be the easy option, parking in Newport can be tricky. Instead, swap out your car keys for an electric bike from Pedego Electric Bikes! This five-star rental company on the Balboa Peninsula has a large selection of premium electric bikes for you to choose from. The best part? You can easily zip from place to place while getting an up-close and personal look at all the city’s scenery and attractions. To experience Newport Beach like a local, book a VIP private or group tour and let a guide show you around!
2 | Be the Change
Most vacationers want to kick back, relax and sip a cocktail by the pool, and we don’t blame them! After all, good drinks and R&R are what vacations are all about! However, if you’re passionate about sustainability and find yourself with some free time, look into participating in a beach clean-up! This month, at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, the Coastal Cleanup at Day at Upper Newport Bay will take place on the 18th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come be a part of the solution and help keep Newport’s beaches clean. For more info on this event, click here.
3 | Vegan Eats
A little indulgence on vacation is a given, but if you’re trying to keep your health (and the environment) a priority, opt for a fresh vegan meal at Gracias Madre! This charming restaurant features a chic and airy interior and offers plant-based fare and an impressive spirits menu.
4 | Refill, Please!
The beauty industry produces tons of plastic waste each year, and unfortunately, has no plans of cutting back. Little Shop by the Sea on the Balboa Peninsula boasts an assortment of organic home goods, natural skincare products and eco-friendly gifts! Each product sold is plastic-free, making this quaint store a leader in sustainability. The shop will even refill your empty containers with their selection of organic bath and beauty products! Just bring your containers in, fill them up, and a store associate will weigh them to determine the price.
5 | Thrift Shopping
Fast fashion may be tempting, as it’s easy, accessible and pretty much everywhere we look. However, if you’re on the hunt for a few fall wardrobe items, skip the shopping malls and pop into one of Newport Beach’s thrift stores. Swellegant Vintage Clothing on Newport Boulevard features a stellar selection of retro finds, including sweaters, dresses, bags and accessories. Recycled Rags in Corona del Mar is also a great brick and mortar store for authentic vintage and designer items.
6 | Anchor’s Away!
While boating is no doubt a popular activity in Newport Beach, we encourage you to try a new skill like sailing! Newport Beach Sailing Charters specializes in private skipper-lead sailing charters, which will save you tons of money in gas compared to your typical boat rental. Each one of the company’s captains is also a sailing instructor, so they can show you the ropes. Hop aboard and experience one of the city’s oldest recreational activities while also putting the environment first.
Written By: Kaylin Waizinger