Green Festival Seattle at Qwest Event Center via Jack Olmstead – Seattle Pi Blogs
Archive for May, 2011
“Kucinich said he doesn’t want to fuel speculation “that is already pretty hot” about his 2012 plan, but he’s scheduled to be back in Washington later this month.
A day before he addresses a Green festival in Seattle, he is scheduled to headline a $45-per-person fundraiser next weekend for the 45th Legislative District Democrats and the Washington State Progressive Caucus in Woodinville, Wash.”
“On the PR side, they’ve launched campaigns like Save The Plastic Bag, which are flooding websites and media with sometimes misleading information: namely, that reusable bags may contain germs that could get your family sick if you don’t wash them (duh: every piece of cloth can contain germs if you don’t wash it, including tea towels, garments, cleaning cloths, etc.).
On the legal side, they’ve sued cities that have banned plastic bags like Oakland, CA, Fairfield, CA, and San Jose, CA, arguing that the decisions were taken without proper environmental impact studies and asking for bans to be taken down.
Unsatisfied with these practices, this business group seems to be taking the next step: filing suits against entrepreneurs that are standing up against single-use plastics. Such is the case of a recent lawsuit that three major plastic bag producers have filed against ChicoBag Company, a pioneering company in the reusable bag movement.”
Plastic Bag Companies Now Suing Entrepreneurs: The ChicoBag Case via Paula Alvarado – TreeHugger
“My latest intellectual Bosnia has been the knot of issues that’s come to be known as “sustainability.” In this regard, I suspect I’m not alone, especially among business people, many of whom still tend to associate these ideas with increased cost and government regulation.
The idea that “going green” could actually be profitable, a notion put forth by economists as long as 20 years ago, remains a source of skepticism in some quarters. If you still need convincing, pick up Edward Humes’s excellent new book, “Force of Nature” (Harper Business, 265 pages, $27.99), the story of how the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, came to go green. I’ll wager that you won’t look at sustainability issues quite the same way again. It certainly opened my eyes.”
“Families visiting the Green Kids Zone at Green Festival Chicago 2011 on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 can enjoy a variety of physical, creative, and educational play activities, as well as lively entertainment presented on stage. On Saturday, this area was bustling with happy children doing everything from making newspaper shark fins at the Discover the Depths table to singing along with The Chicago School of Blues on stage. When taking a break from learning about the eco-friendly products on display at the rest of the festival, families can stop by the Green Kids Zone to learn about the natural world in the following fun and playful ways.”
“Visitors to Green Festival Chicago 2011 can learn about Mr. Ellie Pooh elephant dung paper, used by this eco-friendly fair trade company to craft gifts and other products to try to help the plight of elephants in Sri Lanka. The company’s line of merchandise includes a special children’s story book that explains the situation in a child-friendly way, as well as organic cotton T-shirts and baby onesies that continue to spread the company’s message with a funny “Poo happens…” slogan.”