On Sunday, June 11th, I attended the Green Festival Expo at the Javits Center in New York City. It was pretty awesome! Two of my children, and I, headed out on the subway not knowing what to expect but having a feeling of excitement nonetheless.
From the moment we alighted from the elevator onto the Expo’s floor, we were pleasantly bombarded with items that we could and would want to eat – including gluten free items! The very first stop was the GoMacro Macrobar which is gluten free, and pretty darn tasty! (Please note: some flavors contain soy.) The server behind this booth was so Cali-zen! He put huge smiles on our faces and made us feel at ease.
Then, it was on to Coco-Mat, positioned to the extreme right of the escalators – perfect for grabbing attention! We all loved the softness and the feathery lightness of this all-natural bed. The mattresses are made from various natural materials such as: natural rubber, rubberized coconut-fiber, rubberized horsehair, seaweed, eucalyptus leaves, and cactus fiber. (Yeah! We were amazed as well.)
The next thing that caught our collective eye was the Kia Soul EV – a 100% electric car with 0% emissions. Whoa. Fully loaded? It comes out to $36K. Not bad. But, it’s the perks that really had us thinking about getting behind this luxurious looking wheel.
- $7,500 in credits, rebates back from the federal government because of the money you are saving the planet because you are not using fossil fuel to power this vehicle
- Money savings from state tax credits for environmental ease (not all states have these credits; Illinois does not)
- 120 city miles / 92 highway miles on a fully charged battery
- 24 hours to full charge on a 27 kWh 360 V lithium-ion battery (alternating AC1 current)
- Use of recycled plastics for the car’s décor showing the manufacturer’s commitment to the environment
My whole family wants this car! Including me.
Our next little stop was just a few steps away at the Vegan Smart booth. This is a plant-based protein powder that comes in several different flavors. ( All flavors contain soy.) The strawberry flavor was by far, to me, the best tasting. Given my family’s long history using and drinking protein powders, this ranked in the pretty okay category. It didn’t knock our socks off but it was tasty and nutritious – and it’s a Black-owned business.
From here on, I cannot recall each and every stop we made – we saw so much!
Think we next stopped at Samina, a sleeping system (bed) company that rocked my family’s world. The European Ash Wood“box spring” is individually tied and affixed to the frame in such a way that the slats contour to your positioning leaving your body feeling fully supported and at ease. For the five minutes I laid on the bare “box spring” I was in heaven. And the person sleeping next you is in no way affected if you toss and turn. How do I know? My 3-year-old daughter was jumping on the Samina bed not 2 feet from where I was lying and my side of the bed did not move or vibrate at all. It was incredible. No, it was mind-blowing.
Oh, did I mention that all of the wool coverings this company uses for its mattresses are from sheep that roam freely in Austria and have their wool hand-washed to preserve the wool’s ability to insulate when it’s cold and to keep you cool when it’s warm? Therefore, you’re sleeping on disturbingly happy sheep’s wool. I’m sure 365 days of that along is a fantastic experience!
Okay, now it gets really murky…
City Maid Green – OMG! I am in love with these plant powered cleaners! I was extremely skeptical about using products that did not contain – wait, dare I say it? Okay, I will…bleach. How the heck can you clean the tub and the face basin with plant essences? Well, I’ve been doing it for the past 9 days and I can attest and testify that they do work. I was a bit upset the first couple of days because the water beaded in the area that I just “cleaned.” Then, I realized that a bit more elbow grease is needed when using green cleaning products – so I get my work out on when I clean the bathroom now! [Did I mention the household cleaners are only $4.99 each spray bottle?] http://citymaidgreen.com/
I would say you use a bit more product than you would a chemical cleaner but that stands to reason. It’s the same reason why you don’t have to do much scrubbing with a chemical cleaner – why? It strips everything, including the skin cell from your hand… (Ooops. Did I say that out loud?)
MJ Lemon – hand-crafted Eco-friendly skin care by founder Maheen Lemon. She graduated from the Aveda Institute in New York City with a license in Esthetics and skin care. She has also studied Ayurveda which enhances her line of skincare with a whole-body-mind consciousness. All of her products are 100% natural, organic and cruelty-free.
Twin Pines at Dover Hill – all natural body bar soaps & scrubs; the coffee-mint body scrub with the sweet little wooden scoop comes to mind readily. They smelled and looked great! Tell the owner, Laura Baliotti, I sent you. Congrats on being selected as a GreenFestival Expo Brand Award Finalist!
Element – healthful snacking that won’t leave you feeling guilty! These rice crackers are slathered with a rich topping that is dairy-free, gluten-free and simply gosh-darn good. We loved the strawberry flavor (Yeah, we’re berry citrus lovers.) But, the other flavors are really really good! Fredrik told me that this company came about because his wife has numerous allergies and she wanted a portable snack that she could enjoy without it being messy. (Nutella on rice crackers does not travel well he mentioned to me.) Their solution? Element snacks, of course.
EMFs Protect – Now, I will admit, I have to get more info on all of this but here’s the gist of it. EMFs (electric and magnetic fields) surround us in our ever-expanding technological worlds. While these energy fields power our devices (which we cannot seem to live without these days), the fields do not coincide well with our body’s own electromagnetic field. In fact, EMFs interrupt and interfere with our bodies. EMFs make our bodies weaker and susceptible to illness and disease. Here’s more information from Roy Riggs, a geobiologist: https://bodyecology.com/articles/little-known-dangers-of-emf.php.
So, I said all of that to now tell you that there’s this band that you can put on your wrist that will greatly reduce/dampen the EMFs around you so that your body is not affected by them. The band contains a crystal that produces negative ions. The folks at the booth did a demonstration with my son which seemed to show that when he was wearing the band he was stronger and was able to resist his arm being pushed down. (Without the band, his arm much more easily was pushed down.) [You know my son wants one of these bands, right?] http://mypowerbandz.com/order-negative-ion-bands.html
Solar Tube – brings light from outside into your attic. It loses only 3% of light for every 10 feet of tubing. Four hundred lumens of light is reflected in the material lining the tube (very bright!!) and there’s a layer behind this material that absorbs the heat so you are only bringing the light into your home. And, there’s a 30% federal tax credit!
Di Loren Acacia Silk Face Oil – this woman-owned and run company works with women in Uganda. Desert oil is hand-harvested by the Ugandan women by sustainable methods and this extremely moisturizing oil is combined with Acacia to give you a face oil that does not clog your pores or feels heavy. It helps to reduce wrinkles and the appearance of aging skin. The co-founder Lauren Servin is both personable and passionate about bringing natural products for women, by women and to help heal the earth.
I would be totally remiss if I did not rave about My Eco Bags! I picked up a 4-bag set of these bags that you can take to the grocery store so you don’t use any more disposable plastic bags. My Eco Bags are made from recycled yogurt containers and other types of recycled plastics and materials. The straps are so wide and comfortable that it is not a hardship to bring home a lot of groceries in these sturdy bags.
There was so much more but I’ll stop here. We’ll be looking at more green products and other topics in the arena of sustainability in the weeks and months to come.
Ta-ta for now,