The green community certainly shined bright in the Northeast last weekend. In addition to 400,000 people marching for climate action and the UN Climate Summit both in New York City, more than 1,000 green businesses displayed their newest products at the annual Expo East in Baltimore, Maryland. More than 30,000 people attended the expo and it was encouraging to see how many companies understand the importance of putting people and planet before profits, and how it can actually help their bottom line.
While climate change was the main topic being discussed in New York, the (just as important) topics being highlighted at Expo East were sustainable business and GMO Labeling. These are two topics that are very important to our future. We are currently at a point where we are able to fight poverty and hunger by using more sustainable practices in manufacturing and farming, as well as live a healthier life by avoiding GMOs or at least having them labeled so we know what we are putting in our bodies. While the political battle seems to be an uphill one, because of the deep pockets of the likes of Big Oil and Monsanto, at least the average consumer is beginning to become educated on what exactly is going into the products they use.
There was no shortage of organic, non-GMO products at the expo, and the number of new products and companies in the space continues to trend upward. Not only will the competition and new practices widen the array of products to choose from, but it will also begin to drive the prices down to better compete with products that the public is used to. From vitamins and supplements to baby products, cleaning products, food and beverages and pain relievers and homeopathic remedies, it seemed like there was an organic alternative to most products used every day by consumers. While walking around the expo and talking to some of the extraordinary people doing great things, I focused not only on the products they made, but the practices that they used to make their products. These companies really practice what they preach, as they continue to use sustainable business practices in production of goods, while having as little of an effect on the environment as possible.
The Honest Company was founded by Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan.