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The Green Life: Natural Products Expo West Roundup

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March 09, 2009

Natural Products Expo West Roundup

Trade show This year's Natural Products Expo West, a massive annual trade show at the Anaheim Convention Center, just concluded. I attended for two days and was almost overwhelmed by the amount of new and existing products catering to people seeking a natural lifestyle.

In addition to all the food, which probably dominated about 80 percent of the products on display, there was a vast array of beauty and health products; sports supplements; and a surprising amount of stuff from other countries, especially JapanMalaysia, and Israel.

Amidst roaming buyers, exhibitors, and media types, I shuffled quickly past the colon cleanser displays (ew), checked out the filter-equipped water bottles, felt the compostable doggie-doo bags, and kept musing about how many calories had to be under this one roof.

I attended the screening of A Sense of Wonder, a great docudrama about the end of Rachel Carson's life (I'll write a full review soon), sat in on a seminar about Marc David's psychology of eating, and carried home more press kits and samples than were good for me. Trust us, though, to sift through everything carefully to be able to recommend the best eco-friendly stuff (beware, greenwashers) to you about in the pages of Sierra magazine and on this blog.  

--Avital Binshtock

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