We saw the Sunchips bag for the first time on the shelf! We were out with our dear friends, the Deckers, for dessert and decided to walk over to Vons to see the bag. When we flipped it over, a big cheer went up, causing a shopper to inquire what all the commotion was about. We told him the story and showed him the bag. He and his wife promptly put a bag in their cart and playfully asked me to sign it. Hilarious!
The Green Party Kits have kept me busy ever since we returned from D.C. so I never did update. In short---incredible! We met the other winners of the Green Effect and were able to catch up with their projects, which we followed closely during the voting phase of the contest. Everything then started with a "behind the scenes" tour of the National Geographic offices. One by one, we all then went to the recording studios to talk about our winning ideas. We had pushed hard to have the new and refined "green classroom party kit" ready to travel with us, so we were able to show everyone the completed product. In the evening, Nat Geo hosted an event on sustainability, open to the public, with a film, panel discussion and recognition of the Green Effect winning ideas. Afterward, we enjoyed an intimate dinner with executives, brand representatives, writers and publishers from both Sunchips and National Geographic---a highlight was a slideshow from the very endearing Annie Griffiths Belt (pictured here with her book, co-authored by Barbara Kingsolver), a 30-year photographer with NatGeo.