For all you Dragons' Den fans, a special edition of the show airs tonight.
In a unique "green" competition sponsored by SunChips, three nominees - selected from hundreds of auditioners - will compete for the DD "Greenvention" prize, and the winner will walk away with $100,000.
Plus, this one-off episode, taped just a few weeks ago, features a relaxed dress code for the five dragons. (Normally they wear the same clothes all season long, so the editors can mix and match pitches from different days.) Most of the Dragons chose to go without ties this episode, while Kevin O'Leary sports a purple tie with polka dots to match his brown pinstripe suit.
The three finalists include a Toronto woman peddling clothes hangers made of recycled paper ("Landfill is a last-century solution"); a BC man pitching "veggie-plastic," a flexible plastic building material made from recycled drywall and renewable vegetable fibre ("Plastics are evil"); and a BC mom pushing natural baby wipes, biodegradable and chemical-free. ("Did you know that the average Canadian baby uses 2,500 baby wipes a year?")
I auditioned a number of Greenvention pitchers at DD's Toronto auditions in March. Some of them were very credible - well, other than the guy who was going to power a whole city by capturing the wind energy from trucks driving down the highway. I am hoping that some of the more credible pitches will make it on the show this fall.