Posted by: greencrusader
January 4, 2012
An environmentally focused organization gave Spruce Grove residents a few lessons in living green this past weekend.
The Green Shopper Expo brought both information and products designed to create a better understanding of green initiatives to Westland Market Mall this past Saturday.
Put on by Green Crusader, the Green Shopper Expo has visited various malls in Edmonton, but this is the first time they have ventured outside of the capital city, and for event organizer Frankline Agbor, spreading the message is the most important step in creating a greener world.
“There is a real need for green products and green initiatives to be exposed,” Agbor said. “People in Spruce Grove seem very interested in what they can do to help and that’s what this is all about. This is about action.”
Agbor said the Green Shopper Expo is directed at local companies as much as it is towards residents and that business that take environmentally friendly steps play a vital role in creating a green society.
“Businesses often believe that going green is an expensive task but that’s not always the case,” Agbor said. “Again it boils down to information, companies have to learn that going green isn’t going to break the bank.”
The Green Shopper Expo featured information booths from several companies focused directly on environmentally friendly aspects of life like That Solar Place and Ruud, but also featured green lines from companies not traditionally known for being green.
There were also information booths on segway personal transporters and that product’s role in a greener life as well as motors fueled by peddling bicycles.
Agbor believes that expos like this one are crucial to reducing many of the environmental issues in the world today and since earning his masters in Environmental Engineering in 2007 has been
“There are lots of resources out there for people and companies trying to become more eco-friendly,” Agbor said. “Some people get overwhelmed because there is so much information out there, so we try to offer a hands on approach to going green. In many cases people already know what they need to be doing, we just try and show them how.”
The Green Shopper Expo has already made stops in West Edmonton Mall and Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre with upcoming events in Sherwood Park, Red Deer and Calgary.
Agbor said he expects to return to Westland Market Mall next November for two days and every year after in order to keep the momentum going.