In Honor of Earth Day, The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles (TECO-LA) is proudly announcing its inaugural year as an exhibitor at San Diego Earth Fair at Balboa Park on April 19th, 2015. TECO-LA will be showcasing sustainable products that were made in Taiwan. These products include t-shirts, toiletry bags, scarves, and hats made out of recycled materials such as plastic bottles and coffee grounds. There will be Taiwanese pinball machines at the booth, and visitors can play to win some of these innovative products as prizes.
Taiwan is a global leader in green technology, and has pledged to bring its carbon emissions back to 2005 levels by 2020 and to 2000 levels by 2025. Taiwan is also one of the few developed nations that have successfully decoupled GDP growth and production of household waste. The average Taiwanese citizen produces less than two pounds of waste per day, which is less than half of what the average American citizen produces.
Taiwan boasts one of the world’s highest recycling rates (45.49% in 2009), an efficient waste management system, and a wide range of wildlife refuges and national parks that help to attract millions of nature tourists each year.
EarthFair has been a San Diego tradition for the past 26 years. Each year, it draws around 60,000 visitors. San Diego EarthFair is the largest free annual environmental festival in the world. Produced by 400 volunteers, EarthFair 2015 will feature more than 300 exhibitors. All exhibitors will be showcasing products and educating visitors about causes related to the environment.
“It is wonderful that Taiwan’s green technology is being showcased at such a well known and popular environmental event in San Diego,” said Steve Hsia, Director-General of TECO-LA. “We are excited to raise awareness about Taiwan’s green initiatives, and hope that this year will be the first of many years that TECO-LA will be exhibiting at EarthFair.”