Go Green Without Spending it in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Posted October 30, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Ma-cambridge-riverview-def Across the Charles River from downtown Boston, you'll find a city with a green conscience. Discover Cambridge's eco side without spending a fortune. Dine on organic and vegetarian pizza at a local cafe, shop for environmentally friendly gifts, and stay at a hotel that rewards those who drive a hybrid.

Veggie Planet: Veggie Planet makes you feel good about what you eat by creating vegetarian pizzas from organic dough that comes from a nonprofit bakery doubling as a homeless service provider. You can also order homemade soups, salads, and desserts. At night, part of the cafe transforms into a folk club, where Joan Baez has played. Pizzas start at $5.95 for lunch and $10.24 for dinner, and a portion of the profits is donated to organizations working towards social change.

Greenward: Selling a variety of fashionable and functional home goods, gifts, and other fun knick-knacks, Greenward makes being stylishly green a snap. The shop requires that every product meets its criteria for eco-modern standards, meaning it must be either handmade, recyclable, made from recycled materials, biodegradable, organic, energy-efficient, or educational. You can find wrapping paper made from recycled papers, books on green topics, jewelry, baby clothes, cleaning supplies, and handbags. Even the floors are made from cork. You can spend a little or a lot here, but the real value is in the knowledge that every penny helps make a difference.

Hotel Marlowe: Thanks to Hotel Marlowe's EarthCare program, you can sleep easy knowing you've played a part in taking care of the environment. This boutique-style hotel incorporates green practices throughout, including adding in-room recycling bins, conserving energy and water, and using environmentally friendly cleaning supplies. As a guest, you can help yourself to the honor bar, filled with organic snacks and beverages. Rooms start at about $161, and you can save $20 if you arrive in a hybrid vehicle.

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