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The Sustainable and Unsustainable at the Eco Design Fair

Jun 3, 2016 | 19:01 Fri
It's year number eight for the Eco Design Fair, happening Friday through Sunday at the Lafayette Arts and Design Center. The fair showcases three floors of "sustainable innovation and design", including lifestyle products, art installations, apparel, accessories, and healthy eats.

We stopped by on the first day for a look. Some booths really upheld sustainable design. Others, not so much. Details and pictures inside.


Let's start with the good. Green Initiatives showcased their We Project, an e-waste recycling program that will dispose of nearly all your electronics responsibly. They're currently still looking for locations to put the box, so if you've got a venue, you should hit them up. VeggiePal displayed their hydroponics indoor garden. Bamboom had some super light bamboo-made bicycles. And Eole and Harry had children's toys made from sustainable wood with non-paint coloring.

Now the bad. Several booths don't fit the exhibition's theme. Quite a lot of the apparel had no sustainable aspect to them. Some booths admitted to it. Others didn't. When asked about deforestation, one woodshop staffer tried to convince me that they were eco-friendly because their wood products were hard to break and would last a long time. He seemed a little confused about the kind of "sustainability" fair he was at.

The third floor has health food -- organic, vegan, and superfoods -- from the likes of Lizzy's All Natural, Pure & Whole, Daliah, Kate and Kimi, Pantry's Best and several others. The main stage is up there too, where they have yoga classes, seminars, and dance performances scheduled.

This isn't the perfect "eco fair", but many of the city's green companies are indeed there, and some of them are doing cool stuff that's worth checking out. Not a bad way to spend your Saturday or Sunday afternoon and grab a healthy bite while you're at it.


The Eco Design Fair runs from 1–8pm on Friday, 11am–8pm on Saturday, and 11am–6pm on Sunday. No cover on Friday; tickets on Saturday and Sunday are 20rmb. More details on the Eco Design Fair event listing.


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