I attended the NYC Green Festival yesterday at the Javits Center to see what’s fresh and interesting on the Green front.
Food, health and beverages (including new fresh teas, organic wines), green gadgets, sustainability career employers, and natural beauty — the hall was buzzing with activity. Packed with vendors, the enormous blow-up recycle bin served as my landmark when my husband and I got separated as we browsed the isles.
Two stands in particular caught my attention: One was Mamma Chia, a new fruity drink that I’ve been seeing in all my local grocery stores. I usually don’t drink a lot of bottled juices or tea but I enjoyed the taste (especially the mango coconut) and texture of this not-too-sweet drink that reminded me a bit of bubble tea.
One reason to like it: it’s very lightly sweetened but still has great fruit flavor, which also means it’s lower in calories too (around 100 to 120 per bottle). The addition of chia seeds pumps up the nutrient profile — high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, each bottle boasts a whopping 6 grams of fiber. Mamma Chia donates 1% of its sales to farmers, community groups and organizations that are building healthy, local food systems. Sounds pretty tasty to me!
My next favorite stand was run by GreenChanges.org, specializing in non-toxic paper printing and eco-imaging on 100% organic and reclaimed materials.
They also sold these fabulous Angelrox wraps in hip colors at their booth. I bought this adorable brick red number — the fabric and design simply caught my eye. It’s a sustainable bamboo stretch jersey that means it hugs each curve in comfy softness.
It also happens to be a well-made locally produced garment, made in Brooklyn NY, that can double as a vest, top and skirt, perfect for summer cook-out and my favorite, tango dancing!