#GreenFest: A Higher Calling for our Fair Trade Clothing Panel


When Elizabeth O’Connell, Green America’s campaigns director, invited Claire Wickland of Alta Gracia and Megan McManus of Amani DC to speak on the ethical apparel panel at the DC Green Festival, she didn’t realize one key commonality embedded in the names of their organizations.  “Alta Gracia,” it turns out, means “high grace,” in Spanish, while “Amani Ya Juu” (parent organization […]

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#GreenFest: 5 Things I Learned from “Gearin’ Up Bicycles”


At today’s DC Green Festival, Katie Lupo of Gearin’ Up Bicycles in Washington, DC came prepared with a fun game of bicycle “Jeopardy” with categories like “Bike Maintenance and Repair,” and “DC Bike Laws.”  Long-time DC bicycle commuters and newbie cyclists alike learned something new.   As a bicycle commuter for the last 10 years in DC, here were my top […]

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#GreenFest Business Snapshot: JUST Designs


Company Name: JUST Designs Mission: We’re a non-profit and in addition to paying the artisans a living wage, we have health, nutrition and finance programs in the villages we work with. We’re also Fair Trade certified. Bestseller: The hand-made bags ($30) are very popular. Personal favorite: We love the vests ($55)! We love seeing traditional textiles meet modern designs. Favorite thing about Green […]

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#GreenFest Business Snapshot: Upcycle Joy


Company Name: Upcycle Joy Bestseller: The scarves with ties and suspenders appliqued onto them ($45 – $55). How did you get started? I’ve always been a thrift shopper. Then I learned to sew and started changing my outfits. Friends asked me, ‘why don’t you sell these things?’ Personal favorite: I’ve just started making photo scarves — I’m going to start selling them soon. […]

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NYC GF: “We were inspired by the Green Festival in San Francisco.”

Chris and Misty at the NYC Green Festival, in front of their wall of socks.

When Misty and Chris Reilly decided to start their own sock business in mid-2000s, they had some very good examples to draw on.  They’d been attending the San Francisco Green Festival on the West Coast (produced annually since 2001), and had seen all of the green, sustainable, eco-friendly, and Fair Trade businesses that make up the Green Festival marketplace. “We […]

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