Workshops 19-22: Collaborating on Climate: Commit.Act.Impact | ECOrenaissance: Co-creating a Stylish, Sexy and Sustainable World | Tasty or Toxic? PFAS chemicals lurk in food packaging, frying pans and your body | Stop INFObesity, Enable Better Health
Collaborating on Climate: Commit.Act.Impact! In
Hosted by OSC2, Numi, Lotus Foods, Nutiva, Rebbl and Kuli Kuli
To tackle the epic task of reversing climate change and healing our planet, influencers, businesses and consumers need to join forces. Let’s do this!
In a recent global online survey, 81% of respondents feel strongly that companies should help improve the environment. Stepping up to this challenge, a community of natural products companies called OSC2 (One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community) has assembled to drive systemic change through the marketplace. In 2017, OSC2 launched a project called the Climate Collaborative that already has over 436+ businesses who have made over 1683 commitments to take action on climate change.
But now we need you to help us bring the message to the masses. Influencers play a vital role in educating and encouraging consumers to take action at the register, and brands can help can fuel this narrative with stories of impact taking place up and down the global supply chain.
Join us for an interactive panel with five mission-driven companies from OSC2 who’ll share inspiring stories of how they are addressing some of the most challenging sustainability issues, from packaging, policy and agriculture to energy and waste reduction. Share your insight and use your influence to #CommitActImpact!
ECOrenaissance: Co-creating a Stylish, Sexy and Sustainable World
Buckhead Ballroom 1
Marci Zaroff—award-winning ECOlifestyle pioneer, ladyboss and serial ECOpreneur—will inspire, educate and activate you to join the rapidly growing ECOrenaissance movement—where it’s cool to be conscious and live a “no compromise” lifestyle. Marci will discuss how art, food, wellness, beauty, fashion, and business are interconnected, and the impacts our choices have on personal and planetary health—that we’re not just what we eat, but also what we think, use, and wear every day.
With fashion and design as powerful forces for positive change, ECOrenaissance offers stylish, accessible, and user-friendly wisdom, as well as how to live life to the fullest—turning passion into purpose and waste into worth.
Tasty or Toxic? PFAS chemicals lurk in food packaging, frying pans and your body
Beth Kemler, Gretchen Salter and Leah Segedie
Buckhead Ballroom 2
For decades, the chemical industry has pushed the use of PFAS (poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances) in a variety of products for their nonstick and waterproof properties. Over the years, this class of chemicals has grown to more than 3,000 synthetic compounds, including PFOA, PFOS and PTFE.
And now these toxic chemicals are all around us. They’re in our drinking water, food packaging, frying pans and rain coats. They’re probably in your body. Studies have found them in the blood of nearly every American tested, including newborns. These synthetic chemicals have been linked to increased risks of certain cancers, reduced birth weight, and reduced hormone levels.
Erika Schreder (invited but not yet confirmed), Science Director for Toxic-Free Future, will give an overview of the health effects of PFAS chemicals and how we’re exposed. Leah Segedie will discuss her investigations into nonstick cookware and other products containing PFAS. Beth Kemler will discuss the campaign to protect Americans from PFAS chemicals in food packaging and how influencers can get involved.
Stop INFObesity, Enable Better Health
Ashley Koff RD
If you share information today you are contributing to the INFObesity epidemic that afflicts all of us, regardless of our current health status. That’s not better. We all want better health, and we here want healthier businesses, but to achieve that we have to SHIFT from information sharing to sharing actionable tips, resources and strategies to improve our health. Learn the difference and how to build your better business by sharing less information!