I'm navigating a maze of signage and samples, brushing by shoppers eager to get their hands on the latest and greatest in sustainable innovation. Producers smile at me with product samples, some vying for my attention with questions like "How often do you do laundry?" and "Want to go solar?" The Green Festival, the self-proclaimed largest green living event in America, is in full swing.
More than 150 producers gathered side-by-side last weekend to share their new products with the masses, and speaker stages, family fun sections, and yoga pavilions beckoned visitors to stay a while. The two-day affair flooded the Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan with tables of eco-fashion, vegan food, natural skin care, green cleaning products—basically anything you could ever need to reduce your personal impact.
"At the end of the day, Green Festival is about inspiring and empowering consumers, communities, and businesses to make more environmentally conscious choices," says Dr. Corinna Basler, President of the festival. "We want people to walk away knowing how they can live a healthier, more sustainable life and that there are plenty of ways in which they can have an impact, such as through their daily health, food and even transportation choices."
This year, more than 10,000 attendees browsed the NY event, with thousands more slated to check out its outpost in LA on September 23-24, San Fransisco on November 11-12, and Ft. Lauderdale on December 2-3. Here are a few of the innovative products featured this year that belong on your wishlist: