News / USA

Festival Offers Green Options for Everyday Living

Recycled wedding gown, water bottle with built-in filter are among items on display

A model showcases a wedding gown made completely of recycled materials at the seventh annual Green Festival in Washington, DC.
A model showcases a wedding gown made completely of recycled materials at the seventh annual Green Festival in Washington, DC.
June Soh

A wedding gown and all of the other clothes modeled at the Eco-Fashion Stage in Washington recently were made from recycled materials. Designer Cherry Kwunyeun also showcased handbags and women's accessories.

"Fabric that may have been a sarong or a skirt, we reuse and make it into a handbag,  something that is more marketable, a little more updated and fashionable," she says. "That's just kind of how we do it."

At the Urban Farming Pavilion, gardening expert Pablo Elliott demonstrated how polyester fabric can easily be used to protect plants from frost. Both Kwunyeun and Elliott took part in the seventh annual Green Festival, an environmental sustainability event which offered practical solutions for everyday living.

"We have about 200 speakers, about 300 green economy exhibits to show the public that the green economy already exists," said Kevin Danaher, one of the festival's founders. "What we encourage people to do is learn a new fact that you didn't know before, find out about a new company or a new organization that you didn't know about before."

Organizers said more than 30,000 people attended the festival at the Washington Convention Center to find out about ecologically friendly products, new technologies and sustainable living.  

Visitor Moe Cunningham wanted fresh ideas for a home improvement project. "We have always been interested in helping the environment and doing what we can to make things more efficient at home, so things like better insulation."  

Exhibitor Kenneth Thacker with NOVA Spray Foam Insulation offered a possible solution.

"This one would be called Heatlok Soy," said Thacker. "It has about 20 percent of its petrochemicals taken away and replaced with soybean oil. With the spray polyurethane foam insulation, we save energy bills up to 50 percent."

One entrepreneur displayed an eco-friendly invention called Hydros, a water bottle with a built-in filter.

Aakash Mathur demonstrates a water bottle with a built-in filter, which he says eliminates the need for 200 disposable water bottles.
Aakash Mathur demonstrates a water bottle with a built-in filter, which he says eliminates the need for 200 disposable water bottles.

"It is a perfect substitute for bottled water, which is as you know very damaging to the environment and costly," said Aakash Mathur, adding that each Hydros filter eliminates the need for 200 disposable water bottles.  

Visitor Punam Shah liked the idea. "I think people are usually overwhelmed by being told they have to change. And I don't think they realize how small little steps can make a huge difference."

Shah believes that if everyone commited to changing one or two things a year, it could go a long way toward helping to save the planet.

You May Like

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said To Be Improving

Experimental drugs have been tried on six people: three Westerners and now, three African pyhysicians More

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities residents rebuild their lives, but many say everyone is being treated with suspicion More

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

Girls learn to object; FGM practitioners face penalties from jail sentences to stiff fines More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improvingi
X
Carol Pearson
August 19, 2014 11:43 PM
The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.
Video

Video For Obama, Racial Violence is Personal Issue

The racial violence in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is presenting U.S. President Barack Obama with an issue to which he has a deep personal connection. To many Americans, Obama's election as America's first black president marked a turning point in race relations in the United States, and Obama has made ending the violence a policy priority. On Monday he issued a new call for calm and understanding. Luis Ramirez reports from the White House.
Video

Video Clinton-Obama Relationship Could Impact 2016 Election

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a long and complicated relationship. That relationship took another turn recently when Clinton criticized the president’s foreign policy. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports there is renewed attention on the Clinton-Obama relationship as Hillary Clinton considers running for
Video

Video Iran Looks to Maintain Influence in Baghdad With New Shia PM

Washington and Tehran share the goal of stopping Syrian-based militants in Iraq. But experts say it's Iran, not the United States, that will most influence how the new government in Baghdad approaches internal reforms and the war in Syria. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.

AppleAndroid