Thursday, May 19, 2011

World Fair Trade Day at Sustainable NYC

The New York City Fair Trade Coalition hosted a great event on Sunday, May 15 to celebrate World Fair Trade Day! Located at Sustainable NYC in downtown Manhattan, the event featured booths from fair trade companies where visitors could learn about the story of their products. And that's a really big part of Fair Trade - bringing the consumer back to the production and increasing appreciation for the resources and labor that went into it.  These booths were in addition to the incredible stock of fair trade and sustainable products Sustainable NYC carries daily. 

Below are a few photos I took at the event. 

Eco Friendly Nail Polish - I've been looking for this!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Women Concerned About Health Risks Yet Lack Knowledge to Promote Wellness at Home

The following is an interesting commentary from Maid Brigade and Despite its plug for Maid Brigade, it is a great report on indoor pollution. 

"Roughly half of women worry about cross-contamination of germs when cleaning and lack confidence that their home is sanitary, according to a new survey conducted by Maid Brigade and Mom Corps. Despite elevated concerns about the safety and health of their home environments and the recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warning that indoor environments are two to five times more polluted than the outdoors, only 27.8 percent of total survey respondents say a 'healthy safe environment' is their primary motivator for house cleaning.
To help consumers become aware of invisible indoor air triggers that can cause potential health risks like asthma and allergies, Maid Brigade has released an educational video ( show how green cleaning can help improve indoor environments. The video explains how to reduce the impact of allergens in the home including combating dust mites, mold, and pet dander and eliminating the detriments to household air quality that chemical fumes from cleaning products and spray air fresheners can also present."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The End

This marks the end of the official project of The Green. I started this blog as an independent senior project for my final semester in high school and was exempted from two of my classes in order to pursue a total immersion in the environmental blogosphere. A 20 page paper on the blogging process is due on Monday, and I will give a 30 minute presentation on Thursday, May 19.

This has been the most incredible project I have ever done! It has further sparked my interest in the fields of environmentalism and sustainability. I am excited to keep blogging over the summer and to continue my education on these subjects next year in college.

Thank you to the readers, commenters, experts of Experts' Opinions on Sustainability, meet-up organizers, and everyone who helped me complete this project.