Thursday, September 23, 2010

Green Living...

I'm currently traveling in LA and attending a conference called Opportunity Green. I'm mostly here to support my husband who will be speaking in a matter of hours, but the concept behind this entire convention is creating a sustainable future for not only ourselves but for the future of our children. Opportunity Green's mission is to create a dialogue between a community of forward thinkers and those wanting to be in the know of how to make a positive change in the world. The 600 people here are at the intersection of design, sustainability, and business. The speakers are so inspirational that you can't help but WANT to make a difference, no matter how small or big it will be. My husband and I have been doing our best to provide a green and energy efficient household; we're using a rain barrel collector for our potted garden, we compost our food scraps for healthy and nutritional soil, of course we recycle and we try to remember to bring cloth bags when we go grocery shopping. Honestly, the smallest contribution toward the environment can make a big difference.
So just to name a few companies present that you may be able to relate to is Dwell, a magazine dedicated to green home design and architecture, Room & Board, a high-end furniture company, Seventh Generation, a company dedicated to eco-friendly cleaning products, and several media companies, including Fast Company, Planet Green, and Newsweek
Below are pictures I took during the conference. I apologize for the graininess...they were taken with my phone. The first five are pictures of innovative models that showcase sustainability through design. Each model uses less energy to create, all are recyclable, and can easily replace its predecessor way more efficiently. Not only are these products good for the environment, they are beautiful to look at.

  1. IMA-JON: exploration tools by Kenji Huang
  2. SPIRIT: Sustainable Automotive Seat by Magdalene Paluch
  4. CICLO: Scooter jacket and Backpack by Chris Wu
  5. ECO DECK: Skimboard by John Phillips
  6. KIMBALL OFFICE CHAIR: The Fit - Eco-friendly chair
  7. ROOT POUCH: made of 100% recycled material
  8. Mini sculptures made of cardboard rolls and rolled newspaper...found on each table at the main conference room.

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