Environmental Factor, May 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Going Green at the EPA Green Vendor Fair
By Laura Hall
The sun was shining, the music was playing, and the vendors had information galore for increasing sustainability in daily living at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Vendor Fair on April 20. The NIEHS family was invited to attend this fair as well as the other EPA events celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
There were local and organic food, earth friendly products, and handcrafted gifts. Several businesses in solar power, electronic recycling, green homebuilding, water collection, and green lawncare presented information on their products and answered questions. Alternative transportation was represented at booths with hybrid vehicles, SmartCommute@rtp information, and folding bicycles.
Technology has improved greatly since the first Earth Day, surprisingly so.
"I plan to recycle an old computer next week," said NIEHS Program Specialist Michelle Owens. "I was impressed at how efficient the electronic recycling is now -- they can reuse 97 percent of every pound recycled."
(Laura Hall is a biologist in the NIEHS Laboratory of Toxicology and Pharmacology currently on detail as a writer for the Environmental Factor.)