Go Green: Free Earth Day Resources

Posted on 04/11/2011

The first Earth Day, held in 1970, was marked by 20 million Americans hitting the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy planet. This grassroots fight against deterioration of the environment has sprouted into a worldwide movement. This year’s theme, A Billion Acts of Green, highlights the organization’s efforts to mobilize one billion acts of environmental service around the world. Need help making your green mark? Here are some free Earth Day resources to help you get involved.

Free Concert and Tree Planting - Origins teamed up with rock group Train to offer a free concert and help the earth. Go to select Origins locations to score two free tickets to a free live concert on April 20th. You’ll also be asked to take a pledge to be more green and in exchange Origins will plant a tree through Global ReLeaf on your behalf. Not in New York? Then head to your Origins location on April 22 with any empty cosmetic packaging. In exchange for recycling your empties you’ll score free Origins samples.

Teach Kids about Earth Day - Inspire kids to go green. Teach them the value of recycling and have a blast! Get some free guidance by checking out these fun Earth Day activities.

Pick Five Ways to Help - The Environmental Protection Agency is asking Americans to choose five or more earth-friendly ideas and implement them. They’ve got dozens of ideas at epa.gov/pick5. Choose five tips to integrate into your life and take the pledge to show your commitment to the cause.

Use Your Travel Mug - Get inspired to use your travel mug instead of disposable ones. Dust off that reusable cup and bring it in to Starbucks on April 22 to receive free coffee or tea.

Picnic for the Planet - Eating smart means preparing more local, sustainable and green foods. Get some help from The Nature Conservancy and throw a Picnic for the Planet with your friends and family. They’re offering up free recipes to help you use local and organic foods. You can also find information on why incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow deforestation rates.

Free Reusable Bag - Make 2011 your year to stop using disposable shopping bags. Get motivated by scoring a free bag at Target on April 17. They’ll be handing out one million totes to customers who make a purchase. Fill it ten times and you’ll save 25 plastic bags from ending up in the landfill.

By Alison Storm

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