Curious about what’s new in green products and services? Go Green Expo in Los Angeles opens its doors to the public Saturday and Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. With about 150 booths, the expo seems smaller than past years, but does bring together a wide variety of green businesses, from eco-jewelry to solar panel installation companies to the usual reusable bag and bottle vendors. Here are 10 booths I recommend you stop by:
GREENspotDROPoff. Don’t want to pay the $15 expo admission fee? Just bring some e-waste you don’t want — whether it’s an old laptop, cellphones, or toner cartridges — to be recycled at GREENspotDROPoff’s booth. You’ll both dispose of your unwanted stuff responsibly AND get free admission to the rest of the expo.
Grace & Greene. Need an eco-bikini now that the weather’s getting hot? This new eco-friendly boutique in Redondo Beach has its own line of green bikinis, made with organic fabrics, reclaimed textiles and recycled nylon — and modeled by local surfers!
Linda Loudermilk. Shop eco-luxe fashion up at the eco-famous designer’s own spacious booth, with many different styles on display — all finely crafted with the highest green standards.
bgreen apparel. Stock up on organic cotton basics at this local eco clothing company. T-shirts, camis, and undies are on sale at special expo discounts.
Fibre Arts Design. Browse cute handbags made in California with eco-friendly materials. For all of 2011, the local company will send $1 for every bag sold to Red Cross tsunami relief in Japan.
Farm Fresh to You. Get local, organic certified produce delivered to your doorstep every week with this community supported agriculture (CSA) service. A regular box of fruits and veggies usually costs $31.50, but the company is offering an expo special of $25 for your first delivered box — no further commitment required.
CSA California. Get even more local with this L.A.-based CSA service, if a pick-up location is available near you. And stop by the booth for a free healthy snack of raisins and fresh oranges!
Organic Olive Essence. Tired of beauty companies that say their products are organic — when only one or two ingredients can make that eco-claim? Then you’ll be happy to know this company has got USDA certification for its entire green personal care line. Dab on some luscious body butter to see just how good a real organic product makes your skin feel.
Numi Organic Tea. Warm up from the always-too-cold convention hall AC by drinking a cup of delicious organic Rooibos tea from this eco-ethical tea company.
Go Green Expo also features speakers — like Ed Begley Jr. and Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (of "Whale Wars" fame) who’ll speak on Saturday, and Mariel Hemingway on Sunday. And if you mainly started reading this post because you wanted to find out how to save $15 on expo admission, keep in mind that parking at the L.A. Convention Center costs $12. Go green and bike or take public transit to the Go Green Expo and keep the green in your wallet.