Inside peek at Green Festival Seattle 2009

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Here’s a short video that I took today at Green Festival Seattle.  I was trying to pay attention to companies that I hadn’t seen at last year’s Green Festival.  Here’s what caught my eye:

  • Kashless.org – a local Seattle tech company that built a website or online market place where everything is free.  I think it pulls in the free section from third party sources.  After running around on the website it looks like it pulls in Seattle Craigslist free stuff and postings in freecycle Seattle.  It doesn’t appear to pull in other freecycle communities like Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond.  The biggest differences that I can see between freecycle and kashless is the nice user interface that kashless has and the ability to search for things.  Let’s face it, freecycle is pretty much a massive email distribution list.   The weird thing is that even though freecycle is basically a massive email distribution, it has sort of a community feel to it because you can see the names and email addresses of the people posting free things.  Cashless is more of a faceless market place, kind of like a Craigslist.  freecyclers see each other’s names repeatedly and I think it means more when you’re sharing with each other in your own local community.
  • Fair Trade Sports – this company is the first in the US to sell FSC certified and Fair Trade Certified sports balls like soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, and volleyballs.  I see a lot of organic clothes and stuff, but I have not see any sports equipment that is eco-friendly.  This is a first for me.  They are located in Bainbridge Island.
  • Shirey Contracting – Located in Issaquah, Donna Shirey has a cool project under construction called the Zero Energy Idea House.  It’s a house that is under construction and will have a monthly energy bill of less than $40.  The house is located Bellevue, right off West Lake Sammamish Parkway, which is not too far away from thinkspace.  I’m going to drive over there and check out the house.
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