Celebrate Earth Day! Have Fun and Help the Planet
Happy Earth Day! We’ve pulled together our favorite fun, eco-friendly activities so you and your friends can spread the love to Mama Earth during this global celebration.
Everyone can also make their own bath salts to take home. Mix Epsom, kosher, rock or sea salts with a few drops of essential oil, and add food coloring. Experiment with different colors and scents (lavender is perfect for de-stressing), then layer in glass mason jars with lids. For a relaxing bath, add a scoop to running water in the tub.
One of our favorites is this no-sew recycled T-shirt bag:
1. Cut the sleeves and neckline off of an old T-shirt. The hole at the top of the shirt will now be the opening of your tote, and holes where the sleeves were will form handles at the shoulders.
2. Use the scraps to cut a long strip of material to be used as a drawstring.
3. Cut a slit to make a small opening at the hemline. (Be careful: Don’t cut past the hem!) Attach a safety pin to the end of your drawstring and pull it through one side of the hemline opening to the other.
4. Pull the drawstring cord until the opening is gathered and closed up, and tie to secure. This is the bottom of your totally awesome new T-shirt bag!
How You Can Help: Save the Environment ... by Shopping!
Here are our best tips for buying stuff that has the least impact on our planet:
Find eco-friendly products online. One of our faves is Reuse Jeans, which manufactures all of its really cute jeans using 80 percent recycled denim.
Shop vintage, whether you’re browsing the Web or thrift stores. We love scouting for one-of-a-kind finds. A recent secondhand score? We got a caramel-brown leather Kelly-style handbag from the ’60s with a matching coin purse for just $45.
Read labels. We just bought a jigsaw puzzle by Majestic, and this is on the fine print: “This box and puzzle is made completely of recycled materials.” Check product descriptions for green bonuses!
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