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Monday, September 21, 2009

Green Your Theme

A red rose design, by our new subsidiary, BLOOM, sits on the runway

Wednesday evening I had the pleasure to attend and facilitate The “Green Your Theme” event – an eco-aware event in Seattle created for sustainability leaders in the event industry. GreenYourTheme.com is produced by Jessie Upp, Jessie Upp

and is so worth checking out, and listing your business on - and if you have an event that you want to 'green up" Green your theme is the perfect place to start, as many fabulous eco-aware business list their services there.

Every exhibitor who participated in the event is now nurturing this B2B resource, helping produce economic and sustainable growth for their local communities. This is a hot area in the event industry and one that we are continuously following and leading in Bella's own business practices.

Our new subsidiary BLOOM provided 14 eco-friendly centerpieces for this event, all with sustainably grown or recycled flowers (you can hear more about our recycling program when BLOOM officially launches next week!)

I loved these Echevaria plants that stayed planted, and were simply covered with carnations: when the carnations pass on, we will re-use the plant in a different way! Fabulous photos by Philip Meadows .

And we certainly were the “elephant in the room” at this green hob-knobbing, eco-tip-sharing Seattle affair! Yes, we brought an elephant and no she is not part of our creative team, but the hours put into creating the all flower elephant made her feel like family this past week!
It was a pleasure to lead the panel of knowledgeable experts: Gabriel Scheer for Seattle Green Drinks, a social environmental networking organization, Heather Smith Teegarden with Woodland Park Zoo emphasizing greening fundraiser and association events and who loved our "Ellie" (yep, when you work on a flower elephant for 30 hours, you eventually name it). Ms. Mike Thomas with Margo Wendorf & Associates spoke on greening corporate meetings and events, while Nancy Skipton of Simply Celebrations & Events shared ideas and tips for greening weddings and receptions. Mariners Director of Event Sales & Marketing, Jill Hashimoto shared how they are working to green sporting events and Eddie Redman from Grand Event Rentals (whose company built the runway for the models, provided the draped entrance and the dressing room behind the stage) jumped in when one panelist had to cancel, lending his insight on a moment's notice and described how his products from Grand Event Rentals move large gatherings towards a Greener Event. Each panelist presented their own green event case study and I was impressed with the dedication that everyone shared. We are all working towards one goal in an industry that can benefit in so many ways from moving towards green habits. Stay tuned for how Bella Signature Design will continue our green venture…We've been green for all of our almost ten years!