“Go Green Expo: Buy Green, Go Green, Live Green.”
The Go Green Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Jan. 22-24, 2010 showcased some very resourceful Go Green products appealing to over 10,000 expecting green enthusiasts and jolting those just curious. The smiles and nods of visitor’s heads at the conglomeration of businesses jumping on the green path seemed to have been influenced by a universal realization that, “Green can be done, and is.”
Over 200 Go Green booths and exhibits seemed to join hands and stand tall in camaraderie. The forward-thinking companies conjointly buzzed with an energy of a tangible success, or, their recognition of their perfectly-timed, actualized, innovative response to a demanding, green-conscious public. In one corner of the convention there were seminars and speeches from the holistic author Mariel Hemingway, actor and director Ed Bengley Jr., eco-futurist John Picard, son of Nancy Pelosi, Paul Pelosi, Jr., an eco-mother of “Blossom” Mayim Bialik, and Sarah Blackhouse, the hostess of the segment The Planet 100 on Discovery’s Planet Green show. Also, in other corners, there were educational film presentations, and across the way, a green marketplace bustling with active consumers. There were also many demonstrations with dozens of hands on activities.
Also, not only was the exposition meant as an introduction to the many inventive Go Green products; but it also teemed with the intention of educating the general public on the benefits and uses of Go Green products and businesses. It should not be forgotten that the Go Green Expo was put on in the first place for teaching people “how green alternatives can positively change the way you impact the environment.”
The design of the exposition as focused on education and awareness reveals that green businesses recognize that in order for there to be a demand for green products their has to be not only an understanding of it, but a desire and compassion for it.
(Nylon Fishnets+ Creroa Chlorine Spandex)(Technology) = Eco-Panda’s Fabulous, Mint Bathing Suits (or, some advanced weaponry).
Now, multiply the outcome by 2 and that is how much stronger and resistant Eco-Panda’s exotic swimwear is compared to other bathing suits that utilize only chlorine resistant spandex. Multiply by 10 to get how much stronger Eco-Panda is than industry standard suits. The secret, you may wonder, and I, in response, will gingerly whisper in your ear: “It’s in the fishnets, baby,” conjoined with the, not so semantically enticing, Creora Chlorine spandex.
The Eco-Panda swimwear is environmentally conscious because it uses recycled nylon and other materials in the production process. Recycling nylon decreases our greenhouse gas emissions, shrinks our landfills, and minimizes the depletion of our natural petroleum resources. In turn, it blesses our children and makes for a better, more habitable planet.
I could not pass up the fact that Eco-Panda has the coolest, most enticing prints of fabric. The fabric is both exotic and subtle, making for some very alluring and aesthetically pleasing pieces. Also, Eco-Panda offers a large number of appealing designs. From the typical bikini sets to monokinis with bandeau tops and halter tops to tankinis to wide band halter bras and wide side tie bottoms. There are hundreds of choices, but in our day and age, there is also another dimension of choice: is it environmentally friendly or not? And, thanks to Eco-Panda we can now weigh that very question.Eco-Panda.com
Skoj (prenounced skoy) is a 100% biodegradable, absorbent, reusable multi-use cloth. The Skoy, absorbing 15x its own weight, is meant to replace the paper towel. The efficiency and durability it provides causes Americans to reevaluate their consumption of paper towels as wasteful and now, unnecessary. The Skoy cloth’s lifetime is equivalent to an average household’s use of 15 rolls of paper towels and. Moreover, with paper towels costing about $2 per roll, the Skoy is as efficient for your wallet as it is for the environment. skoycloth.com
Go Green Oil Filter
Another remarkable and exceptionally valuable product at the convention was the Go Green Oil Filter. The Green Oil Filter is an alternative to unrecyclable oil filters that now contaminate landfills. The manufacturers of the Green Oil Filter pride themselves on the maxim, “Inspect, Clean, Reuse.” What makes the filter reusable is a savvy twist lock design that allows for the filter to be removed, cleansed, and reset. The oil filter is solid evidence that green businesses are producing practical and environmentally beneficial products – or, just what we are looking for. It could very well be the last filter one would ever buy! GoGreenOilFilter.com
The Kennel Club
Whether it is a sheepdog, rattle snake, toy poodle or a pink turtle, The Kennel Club knows how to best handle, treat, and entertain your precious, beloved pet. The Kennel Club opened in 1983 and offers an impressive array of premium pet services. For instance, they use all natural, organic hair products and have an air-circulation system for your pet’s optimal health. They also have a veterinarian on call 24 hours a day, a relaxing music-filled atmosphere, as well as resort packages available that include, Wag Time, Geriatric Program, Pool Time, Personalized Exercise Program, Yappy hour, Jamboree, and much, much more. You absolutely must have your pet experience this magnificent animal world! KennelClublax.com
Taylor’s Tonics Chai Cola
“Revive your verve, hoist a cold one!” Taylor’s Tonics Chai Cola is one special, delicious concoction. Brought to you from deep within the Redwood forest, the herbal blend brews estate-grown black tea, ginger root, cinnamon bark, cardamom, yerba mate, and clove. This refreshing elixir is not only revitalizing, but it is much healthier than a corn syrup soda. taylorstonics.com
Among the original products showcased were EZ WYP an all natural, biodegradable wet toilette that is compacted to resemble an alka seltzer tablet, well, that is before a tablespoon of water enlarges it. The quarter size toilette is perfect for traveling; and whenever one’s in need of a minor touch up or a quick and easy solution to a small spill.
Anything Olives is a company that produces olives and creates the finest products from the fruit and its leaves. Olive leaf extract is one of their specialties and the benefits of the leaf are numerous. As a folk remedy, olive leaves have been brewed throughout the ages to treat fevers. Olive leaf extract has proven to lower blood pressure and has antioxidant levels that are double the amount in green tea extract.
BottleRock was onsite with its wines. They are a combination wine retailer, tasting room and restaurant, boasting an inventory of over 800 wine labels from around the world, handcrafted beers and sake. A unique feature at BottleRock is that any bottle of wine in the store will be opened, regardless of price, if two glasses are purchased. BottleRock’s extensive food menu features thoughtful internationally influenced wine-driven cuisine and is structured to encourage exploration, which will change seasonally, and like the wine list, is structured to encourage exploration. 213.747.1100 – Downtown LA 310.836.WINE – Culver City
Below is a list of all the businesses that attended Go Green Expo categorized by subject.
CBS, Core Recovery, Drukpa Charitable Foundation, eFile Folders, Energy Acumen Solar, EWaste Center, GBN / Green Business Networking, Grandstand Sports Memorabilia, Greener Energy Products, Greenopia, Harris Office Products, Hybrid Light, Indie Printing, KFWB News Talk 980, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Daily News, New York Times, Presidio Graduate School, reGreet, Silo Ink, Solarrific, The Ultimate Green Store, Voice America Network, Wells Fargo of California Insurance
A+Advanced Tinting, Angeles Sierra Chapter Club, California Green Designs, CaterSolar, Core Communications, Dream Green Earth, Ecousable, Inc., Environmental Solar Designs, Inc., Green Innovation Connect by Nikkei America, Green Print Alliance, GreenTorch, HiSaver, Martifer Solar, Mega Solar, Mobile Green Power, Moore Solar & Green Construction, PermaCity Solar, Prevailing Wind Power, Print Responsibly: OnDemand Color Group, Progressive Insulation & Windows, Real Goods Solar, REC Solar, Solar LED Innovations, Solar Tec, SolarWorld California, Southern California Gas Company, Sunsational Sunlight, The Building Doctors, Totum – GoGreen Design / Build, Vanguard Identity Protection, Water Replenishment District, Wilderness Energy Systems, Zephyr Electric
Food and Beverage
A Taste of Life, LLC, BottleRock LA, Cascade Peak Spirits, Cell-Nique, Eat Cleaner, Fenix 5-4, Fruit Fairy Delivers, Glee Gum, Go Fresh, Freen Eco Products, Green Restaurant Association, Hydro Flask, Klean Kanteen, Life Source Water Systems, Mariel’s Kitchen, Mavea, One World Vegetarian Cuisine, Paleta, Planet Matters, Samson Brands, Sauce on Hampton, Sencha Naturals, Soda Stream, Spork Foods, Taylors Tonics, Vapur, Vital Zuman Organic Farm
A-Pduct Select, Aarbur, All-Ett Thinnest Wallet, American Laser Centers, Aquafree, Barbar Hair Tools, Bee Gorgeous Organics, Bgreen Apparel, BioPro Technology, BioTivia LLC, Caerus & Muse, Cancer Control Society, CHEVREAL, Chic Afrique Herbals, Chivas Skin Care, Conscious Clothing, Earthwise Bag Company, Eco-Panda, Ez Wype Inc., Faerie’s Dance, Farm Fresh to You, Froobi, Further Products, Genuine HoBo Men and Women International LLC, Global Ghetto Organics, Golden Path Alchemy, Green Aesthetics/Gindy Laura, Green Candle, Green Sheep Shop, HealthForce Nutritionals, Hemp Elegance, Hemp Industries Association, Hemptress, Infinite Aloe, International Vedic Palm Reader, ItWorks – Inchesgone, Joi Trees, June Fifteen, Ki Energy World, LA Yoga Magazine, Lady Muse Atelier, Let It Bee, Live Pine / Well Being Creator, Made in the Valley, Marathon of Miracles, Mavea, Mobu Herbals, Natural Health Organic Farm, Nava Natural Sparkle, Norwex Enviro Products, OmGym, Orange TKO, Organic Excellence, Oriental Medical Center, Pelcor North America, People Towels, Pet Care Systems, Positive Thought Brand International, PR Concepts, Sahaja Meditation Group, Sapothecary Soaps, Sleep & Beyond, Sovereign Earth, Stephie’s Candles / AIO, Su Nido, Sunrider International, Synergy Clothing Company, Tag it Green, Terramor Organic Home, The eCenter, The Eco Luxe Life, The Living Temple, Transition Nutrition, Trust in Miracles / GodFlower, WAYI LLC, Yes2Green, Your Daily Thread, Z-ION Cleanse, Zavella, Zen’s Puple Garden
Aliso Electric, Amberix, Americraft / Kitchencraft, Avanti Pools, B & B Eco Products, Best Coast Development, BuyGreen.com, California Deluxe Windows, Clark Adams, ClearEdge Power, Cold-Fire Pacific, Inc, Cornerstone Mantels, Cyber-Rain, Danjo Windows & Doors, Danmer Custom Shutters, Earth Friendly Products, Farmscape, Gardenerd, Grass Woods Cabinets, Green Castles, Green Planet Building, Green Point US – Travis Pruitt, Harnessed Humidity, Kiktavi Design, Knoend LLC, LEHR Inc., Lightcraft, LT Generators, LubriMatic Green, Mohr Power, Newtiques, Nuvo H2o, organicARCHITECT, Pacific Home Remodeling, Pacific Kitchens and Baths, Pregra, Pure Green LLC, RCC Solar, Sea Bright Solar, Skoy Enterprises, Smart2BeGreen, Solar-Vents, SolarAttic, The Closet Guy, The Woven Company, Transoptic, Wow Green, You Are What You Drink, Youngevity
Allied Business School, Best Buy, California Solar Innovations, Coco – Cola Enterprises, Coneybeare, ICF International, ITT Systems, Nobska Technologies, Pacific Home Remodeling, SCOPE, Siliken Renewable Energy
Dr. Fresh Inc., G Diapers, Holistic Moms Network, Lifefactory, Mamapalooza, Nintendo – Wii-Fitness, O’BON, organicKidz, The Soi Company, Tomat, Wadell & Reed Financial Services
CBS, Earth-List, KIWI Magazine, Smart2BeGreen, Supreme Master Television
Konbit, USGBC – Los Angeles Chapter
Angels for Animals by Heaven to Home, Animal Behavior College, BlackWing Farms, Danjo Windows & Doors, EasyTurf, Eco-Me, Four Legged Friends Foundation, Gloria’s Pet Rescue, Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, Midwestern Pet Food, Natural Products for Pets Inc, Nature’s Organic Pet, Pet Expo USA, Redmoon Custom Pet Food, Sit Means Sit, The Kennel Club LAX
Audi of America, Alderwood Retreat, Amped Bikes, Better World Club, Coda Automotive, Columbia ParCar, EBike Direct, EZ Green Bikes, GoGreen Oil Filter, Grand Pacific Resorts, GreenTorch, Hollywood Electrics, Honda, Hydrolectric Power, Lab Clean, Pacific Monarch Resorts, PHAT Energy, Plug In America, Plug In Solutions, Universal City Nissan, Vespa of Los Angeles, Xtreme Green
Also, we could never forget the Sponsors:
CBS, KFWB NewsTalk 980, Los Angeles Business Journal, The Ultimate Green Store, 5Gyres, AltUse, Angeles Chapter Sierra Club, BA Eco-tects/ Eco-Times Magazine, Biofuels Business, Bring Your Own, CalMax, Carbon Credit Capital, City Green Advertising, Clean Green Guy, Clean LA, Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization, CleanTech Law Partners, CleanTechies, Coco Eco Magazine, Coda Automotive, Dancing With the Dogs, Dr. Pat, E – The Environmental Magazine, Earth Island Institute, Earth-List.com, Eco Home Resource, Eco Stiletto, EcoTuesday, Environment Magazine, Environmental Media Association, EnvironmentLA, Four Legged Friends Foundation, Friends of the Los Angeles River, Garden World Report, Global Crucible, Go Green Displays, Go Green Street, Go To Green, Green California Summit, Green Dove, Green Dream Jobs, Green Energy Council, Green Home, Green Jobs Network, Green Planet Paradise, Greenopia, GreenTwithTamara.TV, Healthy Planet Healthy Me, KIWI Magazine, LA Daily News, LA Weekly, LA Yoga, LA’s Best, Let It Bee, Live Earth, Los Angeles County Bike Coalition, Los Angeles Fitness Expo, Los Angeles San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, Mamapalooza, Mavea, Metro, Mother Earth News, Natural Health Magazine, Natural Home, OrganicFoodee, Our Green Book, Pet Expo USA, Plug in America, Print Responsibly: OnDemand Color Group, Smart HomeOwner Magazine, Spirituality & Health Magazine, SuperConsciousness Magazine, Supply & Demand Chain Exec. Magazine, Sustainable Travel International, Tapped, The Malibu Foundation, TheSuperGreenPages.com, TreePeople, Whole Life Times, Y.O.G.A. For Youth, Your Daily Tread.
A special thanks to all the green businesses at the Go Green Expo for your ingenious, innovative Go Green products and services! We are truly inspired.
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Written by Jessica Beavers