Green Goods at Green Festival Los Angeles 2011: written by Amy de Leon Petzel

Waxelene: the petroleum jelly alternative.It’s pretty amazing to see how far the green movement has come along with more than enough green companies and organizations to fill a convention center. It’s also great to see large companies such as Ford supporting events like these.

Most booths were sampling their products and edibles. Food Network created a small set showcasing Stephanie Sparkles’ vegan bite-sized cupcakes. Waxelene, the petroleum jelly alternative had a pyramid of jars on display and offered swabs of the potent jelly. Probably the most popular hand-out was the frozen fruit pops passed out by Sungevity, Solar Home Specialists who had a food-truck like vehicle where quotes could be quickly provided via iPad. Among all the chocolates available, Divine Chocolate stood out. Not only do they have delicious chocolate, but because they’re the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by the farmers.

The event was kid friendly with their Kid’s Zone. They had crafts, interactive demonstrations, stories and music. Pachas Pajamas by Balance Edutainment caught the attention of both parents and kids. The storytellers wore animal costumes and told the story of Pacha with the cadence and rhythm of a hip hop artist. In addition to the Kids’ Zone, many kids gravitated to the interactive piece of YOLO Colorhouse, a no VOC, toxic-free, low odor interior paint company. They rigged a bicycle to spin a piece of paper where attendees could drizzle YOLO paint onto the paper creating an instant centripetal work of art.

Many captivating presentations, demonstrations and speaches went on throughout the festival including Sarah Sikich’s A Sea of Plastic presentation. No many how many times the devastating story of how humans are destroying our planet, it’s still heartbreaking. It’s events like these that help make a small impact on increasing awareness.Zhena's Gypsy Tea

Cuties Juice SmoothiesYOLO Colorhouse paint creations.

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About Jolee Pink

I am a California-based writer, designer, artist, super foodie and avid traveler. I view travel as a superlative learning experience and have visited nearly 50 countries. As the author of Living Coastal: Inspirations for Entertaining, Decorating and Cooking California Style, I brought together artists and chefs to capture the spirit of San Diego influenced by the Pacific Ocean. The Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. My colorful ceramic sculpture has received national recognition and is on permanent display at Rady Children’s Hospital. I also design and market a boutique eco-friendly textile line featuring bold modern motifs based on nature, world travels and the southern California coastal lifestyle.
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