NYC GF: “This art doesn’t speak English. It doesn’t speak French. But it asks you to think before you throw something away.”

Says Sabra, "When we unveiled it, the crowd that had gathered seemed pulled toward it, as though it were a magnet. Then, as they walked around it and looked upward watching it blowing in the wind, they gasped when they realized it was a 'plant.' They got it. It was a very emotional moment!"  (from

Sometime in 2011, the artist George Sabra was approached by a neighbor in his hometown of Austin, TX, who had been collecting unrecyclable plastic bottle caps for years.  She had more than 400 bottle caps from items like soda pop, peanut butter, and laundry detergent, made from #5 plastic, which could not be accepted at the local recycling center.  Knowing that […]

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NYC GF: “Why are we together creating a world that as individuals we would never choose?”

Frances Moore Lappe the the NYC Green Festival, April 20, 2013.

When accomplished writer and activist Frances Moore Lappe took to the stage at our NYC Green Festival, she framed her discussion as a focal shift in the primary question she asks about the world. At the beginning of her career, said Lappe, she asked herself the question, “Why hunger?,” and her pursuit of the answer resulted in her classic text:  Diet […]

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NYC GF: Solar chargers and flashlights from Solar Goose

Tom and Eileen Chorman.  Tom's holding a solar charger for laptop batteries.

Tom and Elieen Chorman of Solar Goose wowed Green Festival attendees with their solar chargers and gadgets this weekend.  With chargers for laptops, iPods, iPhones, Androids, Blackberries, and more, almost everyone can take a step away from fossil fuels to power the devices we use to stay connected in our modern lives.  Even better, while displaying a solar flashlight, Eileen Chorman […]

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NYC GF: Green Festival Commits to Deaf Accessibility

Special thanks to all of our ASL/English interpreter volunteers at Green Festival.

Since 2006, all of Green America’s Green Festivals — in DC, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, and Seattle — have made a commitment to being as accessible as possible, which includes on-site ASL/English interpretation for our Deaf and hard-of-hearing friends.  Below, New York City interpreter Andrea Kremer  (at right, in black) interprets the “Green Your Beauty and […]

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NYC GF: Volunteers help recover 95% or more of Green Festival waste from landfill

Mackenzie Fagan sorts recyclables, compostables, and landfill material at the NYC Green Festival.

When the leader of the Weill Cornell Medical College asked for someone to organize a group of volunteers to help the New York City Green Festival stay green, Mackenzie Fagan raised her hand.  She pulled together 20 members of her campus green group to spend the day at the Green Festival, sorting waste into compostables, recyclables, and landfill waste. First, […]

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NYC GF: Fairly traded, eco-friendly jewelry from Colombia

Tagua:  Seeds from the palm tree to be made into jewelry

It was a pleasure to meet Carolina Lara this morning at the New York City Green Festival. Carolina is the founder of Amano Artisans, an eco-friendly jewelry company that maintains direct-trade ties with local artisans and jewelry-crafters in Carolina’s native Colombia.  With a background in both architecture and fashion, Carolina brought her passion for design to her new fairly traded jewelry […]

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A Fair Deal for Global Sugar Workers

My colleagues Martha van Gelder and Tracy Fernandez Rysavy have been sharing their experience with kicking the sugar habit on this blog for the past week or so. We’ve all been delving deeply into sugar issues recently, working to prepare “Sickeningly Sweet,” the latest issue of our Green American magazine, all about the American sugar habit, and its effects on our bodies and our health. For my part, I confess to being a little stunned at the amount of sugar Americans consume per capita, partially because I don’t tend to consume that much sugar myself.   I don’t keep any sugar-boosted foods in my house — no soda pop, no sugary breakfast cereals, no sweet treats like boxed cookies or or ice cream, and no processed snacks with hidden sugars.   I don’t even put sugar in my coffee, and if a recipe calls for a bit of sweetness, I’m likely to either leave the sugar out, or replace with a few drops of organic honey, maple syrup, or molasses.

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Arkansas Tar Sands Pipeline Spill: More Evidence KXL is a Bad Idea

ExxonMobil hasn’t yet released the final number on how many barrels of tar-sands oil was spilled in Arkansas over the weekend, though the leak near the town of Mayflower prompted evacuation of homes and the closing of an interstate expressway.  Clean-up continues on what appears to be the largest pipeline spill since an Enbridge pipeline in Wisconsin burst last summer.  In light of such accidents, we at Green America see the recent State Department report downplaying the environmental effects of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline as dangerously flawed.  Some in Congress agree: “Whether it’s the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, or … (the) mess in Arkansas, Americans are realizing that transporting large amounts of this corrosive and polluting fuel is a bad deal for American taxpayers and for our environment,” said Representative Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat. In fact, the danger comes not just from pipelines. Last Wednesday, a train carrying tar-sands crude derailed in Minnesota, spilling 15,000 gallons. To avoid these disastrous spills, and the terrible impact on the climate, please urge President Obama today to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.

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National Geographic Finds Using Recycled Paper Would Benefit the Environment


Adapted from a post written for Dead-Tree Edition by Green America’s Frank Locantore on behalf of our Better Paper Project. For more than a decade, Frank  has helped publishers switch to recycled paper, and today he explains a study commissioned by the National Geographic Society, which  found overwhelming environmental benefits to using paper containing recycled content. New Life Cycle Analysis […]

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