Proms: A Higher Cause Than Romance?


I don’t know about you but on nights I graced the prom with all my sequins and chiffon I was more nervous about my date wearing a bad tux than organic flowers or paraben-free makeup.

Nowadays, teenagers are so much more equipped with green knowledge than we were growing up.

But maybe, just maybe there are teens who don’t know everything about well, everything.

So, just to encourage them further, Whole Foods Market and Teens Turning Green (a national coalition of teens educating peers and community members about eco-lifestyle choices) are launching Project Green Prom.

Project Green Prom hopes to engage teens in the train of thought that there are a number of ways they can green their big night.

From prom attire to flowers to transportation and make up, teens are encouraged to think outside the box and their egos to create a sustainable night.

The project is also offering an amazing opportunity for teenagers who make a unique and inspiring video  (three minutes or less on how they would green their own prom). Winners are flown to New York City and pampered with products and ideas they can use at their own prom as well as receiving an “Eco Teen Lounge” for their school’s big night.

Judged by a panel that includes such notables as Eva Chen, Beauty Editor of Teen Vogue, Jane Iredale, founder of A Skin Care Make Up and Summer Rayne Oakes, green activist, cause related model and author of Style Naturally – The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty, videos are in seasoned, professional hands.

Who knows how much of a carbon imprint they leave on the planet for one night of prom fun? Heck, I dare a high school student to try and measure that amount and we’ll post it here.

Good luck!

Amy DuFault

Amy DuFault is a conscious lifestyle writer, consultant and fashion instigator. She resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.