Largest environmental consumer event in U.S. opens in LA

2012-11-18 02:58:04 GMT2012-11-18 10:58:04(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Everything is green but green, that is what the Green Festival, the largest and most trusted environmental consumer event in the United States, demonstrated when it opened at the Los Angeles Convention Center Saturday.

The two-day event hosts eco-innovators, over 100 renowned speakers, community leaders, green business experts, and over 300 green and socially responsible exhibitors, health and wellness influencers, and cultural and bilingual programming.

Green Festival is widely recognized as the largest marketplace of conscious businesses as well as great place to find the latest in sustainable products and fair trade gifts perfect for holiday shopping.

A joint venture between Green America and Global Exchange, Green Festival is a non-profit event that celebrates an 11-year milestone hosting over one million attendees in eight cities.

Green Festival is the largest sustainability event and is the only event that screens exhibitors for their commitment to social justice and ecological balance using Green America's Green Business Certification Standards.

A middle aged man, showing his dried fruits grown with organic farming, told Xinhua that to grow organic fruits, he has to use organic fertilizer, commit not to use chemical pesticide, and he has to get a license for his farmland to grow organic fruits and vegetables.

"You will taste the difference between my fruits grown naturally and those produced in non-organic ways, even those are dried fruits," said the man who has been in the organic farming business for several years.

Trikke Electric is test driving its manual and electric powered three-wheeled bikes at the exhibition. The manual powered is equipped with fitness tires that make it easier to propel using the body power.

Different from the traditional way, riders just need to twist the throttle and go. The athletic stance over three wheels allows for an extremely stable and ergonomic riding position.

The electric powered bikes are equipped with batteries which can last for 24 miles per charge.

Green Bee EV Technology Inc. is demonstrating its electric motorcycles which can run for 45 miles with full charge.

"It is exciting to be back in Los Angeles," said Denise Hamler, Green Festival Director.

"Green Festival is a celebration of what is working in our communities and showing the healthy choices we can all make in our communities and in our lives that will make a difference -- from the food we consume to the technology we use," Hamler added.

Organizers expect over 30,000 attendees, some 8,000 more than last year. Regional Director Laurie Kaufman told the press that the event is aimed at those who are green conscious (and "green-curious") from all political backgrounds. "It's fun, it's smart, it tastes good and it's a way to broaden your community," she said.

The event has attracted local politicians like Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who attended the opening ceremony Saturday. It also draws big names of celebrities in Hollywood, organizers said Hollywood's positive impact is important to the movement.

This year, the eco-friendly festival launched the "Art for the Planet" contest, inviting Southern California high school students to create artwork with themes relating to the most pressing environmental and social issues.

The festival also featured documentaries and short films on environmental issues in its Sierra Club Cinema.

The event featured a full-fledged yoga pavilion, the Tadasana Yoga and Movement Pavilion. Massage booths were also seen.

Animal-friendly fashion designers also held "California Dreaming: An Eco-Fashion Show" to feature various outfits ad accessories from local designers.

This year's Green Festival also includes a host of local green food organizations.

The festival has a stage devoted to different food options and approaches -- from urban foraging to living super-foods -- complete with cooking demonstrations from local and national eco-minded restaurants.

In addition, the festival places a focus on organizations dedicated to raising awareness of sustainable food production and eco-minded eating.

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