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

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

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?”

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: Green Festival Commits to Deaf Accessibility

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

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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