Students are the change makers, the next generation, those who must take responsibility to shape the world for future generations. Young people must take on one of the most critical issues in the world today: genetic modification of the global food supply.
This process involves taking genes from outside organisms and artificially inserting them into the DNA of a plant or animal to display a novel characteristic. While this may seem innocent enough, the long term health effects of such technology are not fully understood. This uncertainty has not stopped large agribusiness from flooding the market with foods containing GMOs / GE ingredients without any labeling disclosure.
GMO products are commonly produced to make a crop pesticide and herbicide-resistant, so that chemicals can be routinely sprayed during the growing season to kill weeds and pests “without” harming the crop. This has lead to increased use of herbicides, elongating the cycle of application and toxification of soils and waterways. To fight insects and pests, an even more internal process is used; crops such as Bt corn and others now contain a protein that when ingested by these animals causes septicemia, yet the FDA considered this safe for humans and other mammals to consume.
The US leads the world in GMO crop production – mainly in the form of corn, soybeans, alfalfa, canola, and sugar beets – yet lack any form of labeling. Of all developed nations to produce large amounts of GE crops, the US is one of the last to require the labeling of products that contain GMOs. 64 countries and counting have already banned or require the labeling of GMO food.
What can we do about this issue?
Students for the Right to Know is our answer – created for students, by students. We want to lead by example and demonstrate to our peers that there exists a more sustainable way to feed our nation and our world without GMOs!
that helps raise money for school lunch programs, like TTG’s Conscious Kitchen.
Project Green Spa is an interactive, student hosted event designed to inform, educate, demonstrate, and inspire a conscious change in the daily use of body care products. Up to 15 schools will be selected to host events on their campuses based on a submitted application and online interview. TTG will support these events with a Whole Body Conscious Collection that will travel from school-to-school from February through May. Each school has to fill out an application to participate here. Once applications are received and reviewed, school leaders will be invited for a Skype interview. Schools will be selected on a first come first serve basis.
What: A Teens Turning Green spring initiative to inspire students to re think their wardrobe choices and gain an understanding about the global and environmental impact of simple purchases. The goal is to encourage a transition from conventional to conscious thinking for every day fashion!
Students are invited to apply here to host a ReStyled event showcasing eco-designed, fair trade, sustainable, repurposed, second hand, recycled, and upcycled fashion and accessory options which are both ethical and gorgeous. TTG will curate a collection of over 120 looks to travel school to school. These looks will be available for students to review and choose from in the “Look Book” link below.
When: February through May
Where: ReStyled events will be hosted on up to 15 high school and college campuses
Why: The size and reach of the fashion industry is enormous. Think about it this way, every single person on earth, all 7 billion of us, get dressed ever day. Buying less clothing, shopping for vintage and ethical fashions, recycling and upcycling, sharing and swapping are just some of the ways we can approach ethical fashion. Remember that clothing sold for cheap is generally manufactured by people who are paid a substandard wage, and made from fabrics and dyes that pollute the environment. (Starre Vartan for the Huffington Post)
How: The ReStyled Toolkit is the go to guide to help define ethical fashion, provide plenty of resources to inform, and share the key information to plan and host an awesome ReStyled event. Read through the toolkit and then fill out your application to bring ReStyled to your school!
Resources: Check out our Style Pinterest Boards for all the latest green trends in fashion!
If you have any questions about ReStyled please contact us at
Cleaning green is about reducing toxic exposures in living spaces and on school campuses to ensure human and environmental health. We seek to provide information, raise awareness, and encourage you to transition to safer products and practices in homes, on campuses, in classrooms, campus stores, and school maintenance closets. We want students, staff, and schools to MAKE THE SWITCH to options that are best-in-category in terms of health, safety, and efficacy. TTG has developed projectgreenclean.info as a resource to help identify these products, which all meet Whole Foods Market Eco Rating Scale standard (full ingredient exposure and ratings based on health and the environment).
Green the Green
How many times a day do you touch paper? Items like textbooks, cereal boxes, receipts, notebooks, catalogs, newspapers, and magazines play a huge role in daily life. But the use of paper and paper goods has a very real price: trees. Over 30% of trees cut down in the US are made directly into paper, and the loss of forests domestically and internationally contributes to global warming, water pollution, and decreased biodiversity and animal life. This is bad news. So what’s the alternative? Reduce, reuse, and recycle! Use less paper by emailing school assignments, buying in bulk, saying no to receipts, and canceling junk mail; small changes can make a significant difference! Switching to 100% recycled, post-consumer or tree free paper while properly recycling the paper you do use protects the planet. Our goal with this initiative is to inform about the impact of paper, empower students to make the switch to 100% recycled, post-consumer waste or tree-free paper on school campuses, demand that bookstores source from and sell products by ethical paper companies, and think about how to reduce paper use in every aspect of daily life.
Within the Conscious Paper Toolkit, you will find a step by step guide to implementing a conscious paper policy at your school. Topics include a paper overview, implementation guide, possible road blocks, organizational tips, and resources. If you have questions or would like to talk further about how to implement a conscious paper policy at your school, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to support you!
We have also partnered with students, teachers, and sustainable manufacturers to produce the Conscious School Supply List with the best, most affordable sustainable alternatives for common classroom products that students use on a daily basis. Have ideas for additions to this list? Share!
Hemp is the most versatile crop on earth – with over 50,000 uses ranging from food to clothing, plastic to fuel, building materials to cars and more! Our campus-based initiative mobilizes students around the legalization of industrial hemp and encourages them to support companies making hemp-based products. We are in strong support of pro-hemp legislation across the country to make it legal to cultivate in the US once again. Hemp truly is the most sustainable crop on earth! Here are a few reasons we massive fans of industrial hemp:
– Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, dating back more than 10,000 years, one of the first and oldest known human agriculture crops.
– It’s most often organic – grown without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides, as only eight of 100 known pests cause problems. Hemp is also a natural weed suppressor due to fast growth of the canopy.
– On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp will produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 acres of cotton. Hemp fiber is stronger and softer than cotton, lasts twice as long, and will not mildew. It takes years for trees to grow until they can be harvested for paper or wood, but hemp is ready for harvesting only 120 days after it is planted.
– Eco-friendly hemp can replace most toxic petrochemical products to use for fuel, paper, plastic, building materials, clothing, twine, and more. Over two million cars on the road today have hemp composite for door panels, dashboards, luggage racks, etc.
– Want to know more? Industrial hemp is the subject of an outstanding documentary, Bringing It Home, which we are screening on campuses around the country. Read more about the TTG Film Festival and sign up below to host a screening.
That is just the beginning! Look at our info board, read through our Hemp Toolkit below, and take action! Join the movement: grow hemp, heal the planet.