Published: Oct 11, 2010 3:27 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 10, 2010 11:34 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. - With an emphasis on both “work” and “party,” nearly 6,000 groups in more than 180 countries participated in’s Global Work Party to celebrate climate solutions worldwide.

At the Mercado Shopping Center, locals took part in the 10/10/10 “U Gotta Go Green” Eco-Extravaganza.

A highlight of the day was the “Trashion-ista Fashion Show” showcasing local woman strutting their stuff on the runway utilizing recycled, upscale clothing to make the fashion statement, “Re-use is the new status symbol.”

All proceeds benefit the Happehatchee Eco-Spiritual Center. Free events scheduled throughout the day include kids’ recycled art activities, solar power demos, raw food tastings, and much more:

• Local Artisan Eco-Art Exhibits
• Bird House Building & Rain Barrel Making
• “Green” Auto Expo & Veggie Oil Cars
• Solar-Powered Pontoon and Kayak
• Gulf Oil Spill Action Groups
• Free Seedlings & Garden Sale
• Farm Tour & Gardening Course Sign-up
• “No Impact Challenge”
• Eco-Friendly Product Discounts
• Alternative Energy Exhibits
• Bicycle Obstacle Course & Road Safety for Kids
• Solar, Electric & Commuter Bike Demos
• “Eco-Speakers Corner” Soap Box
• Appearances by Local candidates & Officials
• Giveaways & Raffle Prizes

“Our Eco-Extravaganza is an opportunity for us to celebrate our own community’s growing commitment to eco-action,” said U Gotta Go Green founder, Marjorie Ziff-Levine. “Each one of us can make a big difference for tomorrow in the small actions we take today”.

In addition, free on-site shredding (paper, e-storage and computers) and recycling of batteries, ink cartridges, corks and #5 plastic were done.

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