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The Democrats’ Green Giant

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Posted on Jun 25, 2008
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The Democrats have decided to make their upcoming convention as environmentally friendly as possible, which raises the question: Where does one find 15,000 union- and American-made organic cotton fanny packs? The answer, it turns out, is nowhere.

That’s just one of many challenges facing convention organizers. Leave it to the Democrats to agonize over such questions as how to feed 50,000 people a variety of nutritious, locally grown, organic, non-fried food that conforms to strict color guidelines.

(h/t: Political Wire)


Wall Street Journal:

DENVER—As the Mile High City gears up to host a Democratic bash for 50,000, organizers are discovering the perils of trying to stage a political spectacle that’s also politically correct.

Consider the fanny packs.

The host committee for the Democratic National Convention wanted 15,000 fanny packs for volunteers. But they had to be made of organic cotton. By unionized labor. In the USA.

Official merchandiser Bob DeMasse scoured the country. His weary conclusion: “That just doesn’t exist.”

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By PatrickHenry, June 26, 2008 at 3:21 am Link to this comment

Here’s a good place to start.

http://www.allamericanclothing.com/denim.php

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By cyrena, June 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment

Humm…I ran across this same problem when I was attempting to find a source for “American” manufactured US flags.

Nearly all of them come from China. (the US flags that is). The few that are made here, are of a petroleum base. IE..NOT my idea of ‘organic’. Definitely NOT cotton.

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By jackpine savage, June 25, 2008 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment

Zealotry has ruined many a good idea…

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