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Fairfield's Greenest Come Out for Earth Day

Krissy Dorn was distraught a few months ago. She had just finished reading Fairfield’s “One Book, One Town,” choice, Jonathan S. Foer’s “ Eating Animals .” The book’s unrelenting look at the meatpacking industry made her committed to doing something to limit the reach of meat —even down to her dog’s food. So she started Do-Goodies, a line of vegan, human-quality dog treats. The products made their debut Saturday at Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration.

“Dogs are meant to be carnivores, but it’s a treat, not their diet,” Dorn said of her new product. “Anything to reduce factory farming and the environmental impact is in my mind a good thing.”

Dorn’s Do-Goodies were one of more than 100 products exhibited at the town’s annual eco-friendly gathering at Fairfield Warde High School. Along with food from local restaurants, films and panel talks, the fair offered table space to Fairfield area businesses and non-profits that are working to make an environmental impact.

Shoppers will be able to find most of Saturday’s exhibitors on the Website of another new business, Green Towns . Centered in Fairfield, the collection of Websites highlights green initiatives in 15,000 towns across the country.

Deborah Buckley, another pet lover, also set up shop at the Earth Day event. Buckley started her business, Scents of Balance , after one of her dogs was stricken with cancer. Still wanting to let him roam outside but unwilling to expose him to harsh anti-pest chemicals, she did some research into natural essential oils. Now, she sells those remedies for dogs, plus plenty of health products for humans, out of her Bridgeport home.

Many other ways of living green were displayed at the fair. The new Chevy Volt and Red Dot Limousine’s hybrid cars showed off more energy-efficient modes of transportation. Dan Delventhal and MowGreen demonstrated how lawn care could become more eco-friendly. And Black Rock’s Center for Green Building demonstrated cleaner home construction products, such as paints with no volatile organic compounds, or insulation made from recycled blue jeans.

Said Ahna Johnson of the Center for Green Building. “We’re just trying to do our part for the environment, and everybody’s health.”

What green projects would you like to hear more about? Leave suggestions in the comments below or send information to gcanuel@mainstreetconnect.us .

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