Go Green at Baby the Planet Expo

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

It seems like parents among those most likely to feel the urge to "green" their lifestyle are stuck in a difficult position: there's more and more information out there, and they don't have time to sift through it.

The Baby the Planet Expo, which brings together local retailers and experts for families looking to go green, hopes to help. The event debuts this weekend at the Columbus Parent Magazine EXPO.

Exhibitors from Green Elements Carpet and Rug Care, Like Minded Moms and Down the Garden Path will join seminars about cloth diapers, demonstrations on composting and a presentation about how natural childbirth benefits babies.

Kids' activities, like making necklaces out of recycled objects and investigating how personal healthcare products are harming the environment, run throughout the weekend.

Baby the Planet was originally planned as a standalone event, said organizer Jennifer Wright. She was asked to join the Columbus Parent Magazine EXPO, which is in its fifth year at the Columbus Zoo.

One Ripple Effect, which is producing the show, is also considering hosting a pre-holiday show to promote green gift-giving, Wright said.

A portion of proceeds for the expo will benefit the Leave No Child Inside Central Ohio Collaborative, which advocates and educates about time spent outdoors.

The Columbus Parent Magazine EXPO as a whole brings more than 100 exhibits to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's Water's Edge Events Park, offering access to family-friendly resources like local parks and outdoor activities, learning centers and health care.

It runs this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets at the gate are $12 for adults and free for kids 18 and under.

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