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Read this fab new Greenwala article about our upcoming Project Green Challenge! We now have participants from 46 states… can you help us get to 50 before Saturday (10/1)? We are eager for sign ups from Alabama, Nebraska, N Dakota, and Wyoming… and YOU TOO! Read what Danika Carter has to say below… and join our ever-growing movement.

TEENS TURNING GREEN LAUNCHES PROJECT GREEN CHALLENGE

Posted by Danika Carter @Your Organic Life

One of my absolute favorite groups fighting toxins in beauty products is Teens Turning Green.  Teens Turning Green started in Marin County, the county with one of the highest breast cancer rates in the country…and it’s increasing.  These teens formed a group to examine what chemicals they are being exposed to that may give them cancer or other health concerns.

They have become an effective group lobbying sucessfully on behalf of legislation in California that protects both children and adults from toxic exposure.  They have successfully lobbied for The California Safe Cosmetics Act in October of 2005 and for the Toxic Toys Bill in 2007.

They also spoke at a hearing lead bySenator Carole Migden in San Francisco’s fight for laws in support of Nail SalonWorkers and then again in 2008, at a hearing to ban lead in lipstick. In 2009 they [lead] the BYOBag Marin City ordinance to support the ban ofsingle use bags in Marin County, and are part of many other advocacy initiatives within their schools and communities to support sustainable practices.

Last year they took on Abercrombie & Fitch in a very public campaign for spraying phthalate-containing perfumes in their stores endangering the health of their teenage employees and customers.

 

Starting next month (that would be in 2 days) Teens Turning Green is launching their 30-day green lifestyle initiative, Project Green Challenge.

Project Green Challenge is a powerful, diverse, and far-reaching movement inspiring young people to take action and protect our planet.

This October, Teens Turning Green is energizing high school and college students across the country to participate in Project Green Challenge, a 30-day green lifestyle initiative. The Challenge will raise awareness about conscious living, informed consumption and the collective impact of each of our actions.

With the guidance of eco experts, industry leaders and the PGC Guide to Living Green, participants will discover how fun, easy and effective eco living can be.

And then, when the 30-days is over,

Contestants who complete the 30-day Challenge can apply for the Challenge Finals. Ten finalists will be selected to participate in Green University, a two-day eco summit held in California this December. Students will be flown to San Francisco where they will learn from esteemed eco leaders, present experiences from the 30-day Challenge, and work together to create unique platforms for social action.This new slate of projects will be implemented by Teens Turning Green and youth nationwide in 2012.

The Eco-leaders that they’ve gathered to work with these students are just amazing.  They are some of the leaders in the sustainable lifestyle movement.

If you know a teen or college student who’s interested in nontoxic beauty products and nontoxic, sustainable living, encourage them to sign up for the Project Green Challenge.  There are only 2 days left to sign up!

Back to School with Practically Green

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Erin’s latest post for Practically Green…

Back to School or Work: Eco-Friendly Choices

Thursday, August 25th, 2011 

You don’t have to be a little first-grader to get psyched about freshening up your backpack, lunchbox, and writing supplies! It’s a great time of year for to get great deals and see what’s new on the eco-front. We asked Erin Schrode to help us get organized. She knows her green and she knows her stuff!

Back to School in Eco Style

By Erin Schrode

The end of summer is around the corner and school is, once again, upon us. Early morning wake-ups, packing lunches, and after school activities will all soon become routine, but first… back-to-school shopping. In the US alone, families spend an average of up to $800 on these school supplies. That is a lot of money and a lot of products, yet it need not produce excessive waste. This is the perfect time to incorporate eco into your daily life and become a conscious consumer. It is super simple for parents, teachers, kids, and all the rest of us that love school and office supply shopping (and sales!) can start turning green this back-to-school season!

First things first: let’s talk classroom essentials like pencils, pens, paper.

When purchasing eco-friendly back-to-school basics, it’s critical to look for items made from recycled content. Many pencils and pens are refillable and made using post-consumer waste, as are some rulers and scissors. This reduces resource consumption and the need to manufacture using our limited natural resources.

If buying new, choose FSC-certified pencils to ensure that wood is sustainably harvested. A far better choice! I am a fan of New Leaf notebooks and paper, ReBinder folders and binders, Ecojot notebooks,PaperMate ReThinkpens, and EarthWrite pencilsZebra Pen EcoForest Choice pencilsPilot BeGreenBIC Ecolutions, Kleanearth Scissors, and 3M eco-friendly tape and recycled Post-Its, to name but a few of the many eco brands on the market today.

LOVE the orange EcoJot notebook!!

But what do you put all of these materials in? An eco backpack or tote bag, of course. My top picks are made from either recycled fabrics or organic cotton – and are not only stylish, but also durable, spacious, and multi-purposed, like this recycled Baggu pack (my first choice: red!), any number of these environmentally friendly, artisan-made, and fair labor FEED bags, or solar-powered energy-producing Voltaic backpack.

Backpack from Baggu

Author Note:

Erin Schrode is at NYU majoring majoring in Cross-Cultural Diplomacy and Communications. Right now she’s packing her eco-bags for a semester in Madrid. Erin is the co-founder of Teens Turning Green. “a student led movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities.” TTG hosts a 30-day lifestyle challenge this October. Find out more here.

We were wowed by Erin’s presentation at Sustainable Brands Conference in June, and we think you’ll enjoy watching her describe how her parents raised her green, and how to engage millennials:http://erinschrode.com/Videos.html

Follow Erin on Twitter: @erinschrode. And get involved with Teens Turning Green here.