All kinds of ways to Go Green

All kinds of ways to Go Green
PULLMAN - Going Green is a phrase we hear a lot about, but can often seem overwhelming. Friday and Saturday the SEL Event Center and KLEW-TV are sponsoring the Inland Northwest Green Fair at the SEL Event Center in Pullman.

Vendors are helping people discover simple things they can do to reduce their carbon footprint.

From conserving energy, to recycling, to planting trees, vendors at the Green Fair are teaching the community how simple it can be to go green.

"Certain things will eventually run out and we need to be a lot more conservative with those resources," Andy Boyd, manager of Moscow Recycling. "Whether you think there are environmental issues or not, most people would agree that conserving things just makes good sense."

Boyd says they're trying to change the way people think about trash. Upcycling is a term used to describe turning trash into something else useful - such as a dress from an old Twister game.

"There's stuff we use in our every day life that we throw away but actually has more useful life to it. We're just trying to get people to re-educate themselves about trash. If we didn't think of trash as trash, but as secondary or natural resources, we'd use more of this stuff over and over again."

Pullman Disposal President Devin Felsted says recycling is relatively simple to do and has lasting impacts.

"It keeps good natural resources out of the landfill, which benefits the environment in several ways," said Felsted. "First - we don't have to go out and chop down trees or mine things, keep the landfills from filling up."

Booths from local municipalities and businesses share information and green products. Avista Utilities Regional Business Manager Paul Kimmel says green energy is the the best way to reduce costs on utility bills.

"The cheapest energy is the power plants that we don't have to build through energy efficiency. So if we can gain power back into our system by you saving energy, it's a win-win for us. That helps us control costs," said Kimmel.

From curbside recycling to a solar-powered golf cart, attendees are learning how to go green in the home and on the road. And it even goes a little further than that.

"At the Green Fair we're promoting green burial," said Lacyn Jordan, licensed mortician with Malcom's Brower-Wann Funeral Home. "And that allows for a natural return to the earth."

Jordan says going green extended to the grave with an all natural woven casket. And while it may sound different, Jordan says when you think about it, it's actually quite natural.

"This method had been around since the beginning of time. It's the old way and it's the right way. Cremation takes up a lot of gas and electricity and energy just to get one of those done. Traditional burial has a lot of embalming chemicals and metal caskets and they don't really allow for the natural return to the earth."

The Green Fair continues through Saturday afternoon.