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Going Green Never Looked So Good: The Green Festival

October 2, 2014

Kermit the Frog lamented it’s not easy being green. America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, Green Festival, begs to differ by embracing eco-friendly lifestyle solutions. The event has been hosted in major cities around the country for 13 years and makes its return to Navy Pier from October 24-26.

Green Festival features a vibrant, dynamic marketplace with 148 exhibitors that represent a variety of categories such as Alternative Transportation, Eco Travel & Adventure, Green Pets, Vegan Foods and more! Among the alternative solutions to the everyday at this year’s event will be Frail Edges, a Chicago-based jewelry company that specializes in handmade paper jewelry, art recycled paper dyes and repurposed beads. Nessalla Kombucha, a company out of Madison, WI, will also be attendance touting the healing and rejuvenating benefits of kombucha used alongside organic and fair trade ingredients. And when your sweet tooth calls, meander over to one of the many food vendors dishing out treats like Darlena Artisan Chocolates.

There’s a little something for everyone and plenty to keep you busy the whole day (or days!) through including vegetarian and vegan cooking demos, inspirational speakers, entertainment and educational activities for the whole family.

Aside from exposure to green products, one of the most exciting aspects of the Green Festival is its dedication to being a zero waste event. Here, there’s no such thing as a trash can. A team of volunteers operate Resource Recovery Stations located throughout the event. These stations are a recycling center with bins for recyclable items, biodegradable and compostable items and the little that cannot be recycled. Even liquids from unfinished beverages are collected as “gray water” and transferred to a treatment center to be cleaned and reused! You can help as well by bringing along personal containers for water, using public transportation or carpooling and spreading the word about the event, of course!

Be sure to get your tickets today for either one day ($15), the weekend ($25) or all three days ($30) and beat the lines at the gate. Working together, we can all make for one healthier and earth-friendly tomorrow.

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