The 2020 TEDx New Year Community Gathering
A festival of solutions!
As it is each year, there was an incredibly wide range of businesses showcasing their products and services. It is just amazing to me how creative the human mind is, and to see the investment of time and energy that people put into their passions. Participating businesses ranged from mini-homes to zero waste school products. This was a showcase of solutions. Here are a few of my favorite booths!
After recovering from the initial shock of learning that there was not a table that had chocolate, we headed for the wine counter to order a glass of wine, and we began to explore the tables at the 2020 TedX Marin New Year Community Gathering. We look for cool logos, delicious foods, and interesting products or services.
Wisdom Supply Co. – Zero Waste School Supplies
The emotional response that I had to this company struck me, and the phrase that kept going through my head is “we need to give kids these solutions. They want these solutions. They need them.” I have three kids in school, and they are all learning about the utter wasteland humans have made of the planet. They are motivated to do something! Plastics became available for every-day use just since WWII, and in one generation’s time they have spread to the entire planet’s ecosystem, now overtaking the mass of fish in the oceans. The Baby Boomer and Gen X generation have experienced complete domination of plastics in every facet of life. We need to give the next generation an alternative. They want an alternative! Wisdom Supply Co. has developed a line of products that are either compostable, recyclable, or refillable. I absolutely love their logo, and it emulates simplicity. To learn more about these products and find out how you can get them into your schools, visit them at www.wisdomsupplyco.com/.
Herbologie Teas and Nutraceuticals
There is something about the aroma of fresh ginger and turmeric that draws you in. It’s as though you instinctively know that your body will be nourished by these ancient roots. Herbologie Teas and Nutraceuticals are created by Monika Kathuria Tournis, who hosted the table. She knows her stuff, and has been working with plants for 20+ years. We love her logo! To learn more about Herbologie you can visit their website at: www.herbologieteas.com/
Housing in the North Bay, and the Bay Area in general is needed badly. With the loss of homes due to the fires adding to the shortage of housing, and an aging population that wants to stay put, building contractors are providing unique and creative solutions. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) are a way to increase the value of your home, and can provide rental income. One company, Backyard Bungalows, is building these tiny homes and small structures to be modern and beautiful! The Backyard Bungalows table was hosted by Melanie Cheng, who graciously explained what they do. The company was founded by Barry Price, who moved from building large homes, to specializing in backyard bungalows in Marin County and the North Bay. You can learn more and see their really beautiful portfolio of bungalows by visiting them at www.backyard-bungalows.net/ or call them directly at 415-971-3710.