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Marin County teens going green for prom
CORTE MADERA, CA (KGO) -- A group of Marin County teenagers is leading a nationwide effort to make proms more environmentally responsible. They call it: Project Green Prom.
They are starting with their own prom preparations and they are going online around the country to ask kids to join the effort.
The Marin County teenagers featured on the website teensturninggreen.org want kids around the country to start thinking about their health and the environment by going green, beginning with their proms.
Project Green Prom could include organic make-up, skin products, hair products and nail products. It could even include organic corsages and boutonnieres.
ABC7 caught up with the "Teens Turning Green" kids at a photo shoot in a store being set up by Linda Russell Photography in The Village at Corte Madera Shopping Mall. They are putting together kits for other teens to download that explain how to create a green prom.
The project is sponsored by Whole Foods.
One key element is encouraging people to donate their fancy clothes.
"We're asking people to come to the shop with their fabulous, slightly-used prom dresses, shoes, tuxedos, anything they don't need anymore," said Judi Shils.
The dress prices will range from $25 to $150.
"I didn't buy the new fabric, use the chemicals to make it," said 17-year-old Erin Schrode.
Schrode co-founded Teens Turning Green with the guidance of her mom, Judi Shils. Shils founded the Search For the Cause cancer awareness project.
"For beauty, what can you use that doesn't have synthetic chemicals, that's not harming your health, that's not going to lead to infertility down the road?" Schrode asked.
"It's about becoming informed consumers who read ingredient labels and look to find greener alternatives," said Carly Wertheim.
"I've been involved in my high school, trying to change the chemicals they use as cleaning products, the food they serve in the cafeteria," added 17-year-old activist Max Perrey.
Perrey got his tuxedo for just $25 at a thrift store.
The cool thing about this project is that teens can get a prom dress or tuxedo for as little as $25 and their money goes to the Teens Turning Green project. It is eco-friendly, economical and fun.
These young people also have advice on getting to the prom.
"Maybe you could take a hybrid LIMO. Maybe you could do a Prius," Schrode offered.
The students have already lined up their rides thanks to Mosaic Global Transportation, a hybrid limo and a Prius. It is the new eco-chic for kids who want to go totally green on prom night.
Project Green Prom wants kids to send in a short video, OF three minutes or less, explaining what they would to do "green up" their prom. The deadline is March 30th and prizes include a trip to New York.
north bay news, cheryl jennings
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