It’s that time of year again, when consumerism and family collide into what we call the holiday season. To help you incorporate sustainable choices into your gift giving, decorations and food, we’ve invited Elissa Olin from Green in BKLYN, Ashley Spivak from Clean Plates and Eva Radke of Film Biz Recycling to share their tips and ideas. greeninbklyn.com, cleanplates.com & filmbizrecycling.org
Meet Emellie O’Brien, founder of Earth Angel, a company that provides sustainability management of film and TV productions. Emellie is a pioneer in this burgeoning field, as she coaxes everyone on the set, from directors to grips, to be more eco-conscious. She has worked on the films Noah and The Amazing Spiderman 2, as well as the hit HBO show Girls. To find out more about Earth Angel visit www.earthangelnyc.com
Mark Jupiter hand crafts furniture from salvaged wood and other items found in and around NYC. We discuss how he gathered downed trees from the Brooklyn Tornado of 2011 and turned them into beautiful furniture. He is a true practitioner of the phrase “reduce, reuse and recycle”. He also is the founder of New World Home, which produces an award winning line of green fabricated homes. Visit Mark at his studio and showroom in Dumbo, Brooklyn and go to his website www.markjupiter.com to get more information on his custom crafted furnishings.
Dal LaMagna, CEO of Icestone USA, explains how the unity of his staff helped save his company after Hurricane Sandy left his factory at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in shambles. Dal, who also founded the company Tweezerman, practices Responsible Capitalism, which incorporates employees into the decision practices of the company, as well as making sure they have good wages and healthcare. We also talk about the benefits of being a B Corporation. It’s good to be socially responsible, and Dal LaMagna is leading the way.
Join TMSOG in a discussion with Syd Mandelbaum of Rock and Wrap it Up as we talk about the musicians who participate to help feed the hungry by donating food left over, but not served at concert events. Some of the artists include Phish, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and more. We also talk about the Hotel and College Wrap programs. Tune in to find out how one person’s vision has helped feed millions of people, as well as reduce waste that clogs our landfills, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Visit www.rockandwrapitup.org for more information.
Lindsay Bleier, Community Team member of Yerdle, talks about this new sharing platform, which makes it easy to give, get or borrow items in an effort to reduce waste. We live in a throwaway society, and Yerdle is moving to update the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle,” by bringing it into the 21st Century via social media. For more info go to yerdle.com
Syd Mandelbaum and I discuss hunger and poverty issues that affect 50 million Americans each day. We also delve into the Rock and Wrap It Up program called Sports Wrap, and the upcoming event at Citi Field on April 23rd at 6pm, as the New York Mets and ARAMARK are honored recipients of the Lena and Joseph Mandelbaum Humanitarian Award for their service to help feed the hungry. Go to www.rockandwrapitup.org for more information.