In April, NYC was the host to Go Green Expo , which contained over 200 plus green vendors on three floors featuring organic chocolates, elephant poop paper, concentrated earth worm poop for your plants, vertical wind turbines, cars to everything in between.
It was so popular that there was hardly any room to walk through the aisles, let alone get pictures of the vendors. As everyone knows this Big Apple Expo was the “it” place to be, lined with vendors from all over the country selling their wares. (Do I sound like a New Yorker that only believes that there is no life outside of NY? Actually I was born in Ohio (a humble Midwesterner), but I know the power of this City).
I met vendors from my backyard (New Jersey) to all the way from California (Seaside Naturals.)
In addition, to the many vendors, there was a who’s who of speakers from Laura Turner Seydel, Chairman of the Captain Planet Foundation, Allen Hershkowitz, Ph. D., Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Ana Paula Tavares, the Director of Development at the Rainforest Alliance, Mark Spellun, founder of the magazine, Plenty, and many other authorities.
I knew from the minute that I was given my impressive recycled lantern (see picture to the right which is doubling as a holder for my USB Flash drive) that hung my equally impressive press pass that this was going to be a spectacular show. (By the way, my press pass was handed to me the same time a reporter from the Wall Street Journal received his. I defineately felt special!)
This event was spectacular, but I felt like Cinderella at the ball hurrying before the clock struck 12 midnight. Since the show was only 2 days and New Jersey also was featuring a green expo that weekend (story to follow), I did my best to talk to as many vendors as I could. Believe me, I could have easily talked to everyone for hours. I was so awe struck by the passion of these vendors.
Realize that I only captured a fraction of the vendors because I have not learned the art of introducing myself, taking a brochure and a picture of the vendor, and moving on. At one point, my husband had to find me to get me to move my act along. I was only 200 feet from the entrance of the door a couple hours into the show.
At one point, I watched Rachel Ray’s production crew interview a vendor. I thought, I could do that and contemplated giving them my card, but on second thought was that being too pushy? I could say EVO (extra virgin oil) with a smile.
I did not stop to eat lunch and noshed on some of the organic chocolate being offered, which was very good I might add. At the end of the show I had a headache from not eating. But what is more exciting than the Big Apple and a Green expo?? (Yeah, you guessed it. My equally impressive press pass.)
So, over the next week, I will try and feature all of the vendors that I took pictures of to give you a feel for some of the great green companies out there. If I missed your company, blame it on my mouth which just does not know when to stop yapping. Every company at the show IMHO (in my humble opinion) was worth writing about. So, if you are reading this post AND you were at the show, please plug your company. Next time, I will have to have a stern talking to with my mouth about expo etiquette. Sheesh.
Here goes (sung to the tune of New York, New York, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere…”) Stop the music! I just had a brain storm (it does happen time to time.)
Instead of doing a long post with everyone’s picture with a short paragraph, I will feature them in their own blog post a few every day. (If you are one of my regular readers, you must be saying, “Oh come on, Anna, you are incapable of writing anything short… ” I guess my fingers have the same problem as my mouth. Is this a genetic thing??)
These are some of the companies that I will be featuring in separate posts so they can stand on their own with out my giddy NYC Green Expo post:
And that is only the A through the Ds… Stay tune.