My friend Kecia and I, along with Grace, braved the crowds of this green expo last Saturday here in Portland. The mix of vendors was incredible and I regretted putting Grace in the stroller, since it made it difficult to navigate the packed aisles let alone actually enter a booth and see the offerings up close. Still I managed to take note of some really cool companies doing great things for people and the planet. Bambootique didn’t have a booth at this event but I’ll be the first to admit there are a lot of other cool companies out there. Here’s a run-down of a few I liked:
Baskets from recycled chopsticks. Kecia and I went in together on their special buy three, get one free on these cool reworkings of used chopsticks. Yes, we asked, they have been cleaned and sanitized before being made into all kinds of
Paper made from elephant poo. This paper is gorgeous and 75% of the content comes from the fiber “discarded” by elephants.
Burgerville. My favorite fast-food restaurant and only found in the Pacific Northwest. The rest of the country, you have no idea what you’re missing. They compost, they recycle, they convert their french fry oil into biofuel, they buy wind energy, and they buy the majority of their meat and produce locally.
Alternative energy for churches. My church has been moving towards making our building more sustainable and I’m excited to pass along information about Oregon Interfaith Power and Light. This organization assists churches in being better stewards of energy and to investigating the use of solar power.
In light of my recent posting on cloth diapers, I was also pleased to find a cloth diapering business there. Punkin Butt is a Tualatin-based cloth diapering company and I plan to buy my supplies from them next time Grace grows out of her cloth diaper covers.
There were lots of other great booths but these were the ones that caught my attention (and which my stroller could fit into!). I wished I had seen more fair trade companies present. There were a few but they were not very prominent. Fair trade is so closely tied with green issues, but the two get separated far too often. If you had a chance to check out the show, let me know what was most interesting to you.