Over 200 product vendors, exhibitors, nonprofits and community action groups came together for the third annual Green Festival in Los Angeles, drawing thousands of eco-minded visitors to the LA Mart to attend panels, view cooking demos, and sample goods at the largest marketplace of environmentally friendly, organic, and fair trade vendors in the country.

A production of Green America and Global Exchange, the festival featured everything from vegan food to fitness products and eco-fashion, gardening, solar energy, yoga classes, pet products, a Green Kids Zone. Harpseals.org, SeaShepherd.org, Greenwish.com, GoodNeighbors.org, MercyForAnimals.org, and TreePeople.org were just a few of the nonprofit and community activist groups represented.

Ford displayed and offered test drives of its hybrid and plug-in Fusion, Focus and C-Max models, and many of the vendors handed out free samples to taste or take home. On the edible side, there were plant-protein chicken from Beyond Meat, energy bars from Clif, organic fair trade chocolates from Theo and cheese alternatives from Daiya and Lisanatti, and on the practical, biodegradable wet wipes from EZ Wyp, all-natural laundry detergent from Rain and Bright Green, beauty products from Pangea Organics, CFL bulbs and shower timers from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Other unique vendors worth mentioning were the stylish Eco Swim bathing suits made from recycled plastic bottles, a micro size electronic TENS massager from IRest, and the cashless designer clothing swap store GivePlusTake.

The organizers will hold another Green Festival in San Francisco on November 9 and 10. Visit www.greenfestivals.org for details.

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