In honor of Earth Week, we salute a few of Chicago’s solar-powered, park-loving, garden-growing gurus. They might even persuade you to join their cause.By Madeline Nusser
MARIANNE FAIRBANKS AND JANE PALMER
Job Fresh out of art school in late 2004, this dynamic duo started Noonsolar, an ecofriendly design company that makes solar-panel-covered bags, which carry your belongings and charge your cell phone and iPod. “One of our goals was to make our product fashionable,” Fairbanks says. “Solar panels are associated with a crunchy vibe. We wanted to incorporate them with the urban day-to-day.”
On the side Both are gardening enthusiasts. Palmer keeps an all-organic native garden while Fairbanks made a raised bed and aerates and reseeds her lawn.
Favorite green buys Center for Green Technology’s dirt-cheap composting equipment, native plants at Grand Street Gardens (2200 W Grand Ave), the natural cuisine of Lula Cafe (2537 N Kedzie Blvd, 773-489-9554).
Eco-tip “We have a lot of friends who garden,” Palmer says. “We do seed sharing or seedling sharing—giving unused seed packets to friends.”
Source: Time Out Chicago