Celebrate Earth Day with Eco Events


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Illustration: Stewart+Brown’s Wyatt Hough

A sketch of Amanda Hearst in Stewart+Brown. The duo have joined forces for Riverkeeper, a water advocacy group.


April 22 is the 42nd annual Earth Day. Haven’t stocked up on your eco-chic wares? Now’s your chance with these green shopping and fashion events happening across the country. 

In New York? TheGreenShows is partnering with Bloomingdale’s Soho from April 20-23 for an in-store pop-up shop featuring 10-plus designers, including Samantha Pleet and H. Fredriksson.

Diane von Furstenberg and Marc Bouwer have donated designs for an evening at Greenhouse, an eco-friendly nightclub constructed with recycled or reusable materials (they received LEED certification too). The April 20 event, a collaboration with the Eco Action Network, kicks off with a private reception, but tickets are available for the post-green-carpet-arrival celebration.

Can’t make it to that? You can still bid on Yankees tickets, a VIP Greenhouse package, a Marc Bouwer creation, and other goodies online through Charitybuzz.com. Although the event celebrates sustainable and ecological awareness, proceeds from the auction go to Citymeals-on-Wheels.

Marie Claire’s Amanda Hearst and Paper magazine’s Luigi Tadini are supporters of Riverkeeper, the advocacy group for New York City drinking water, the Hudson River, and clean-water standards. Starting April 20, they’ll team with Stewart+Brown, the organic and socially responsible clothing line, to donate 20 percent of online sales to Riverkeeper.

Fancy a trim or a more drastic ’do? Discerning New Yorkers should book an appointment with ION Salon, one of the first eco-salons in the city. The National Resources Defense Council will receive 10 percent of the cost of your cut. The salon was built with 85 percent recycled and reclaimed materials, uses all vegan and natural products, and even recycles trimmed hair with Matter of Trust, an organization that sops up oil spills with snipped strands.

If you’re in L.A. on Wednesday, FIDM is holding an Earth Day Fashion with Compassion street fair. Choose art—environmentally themed, of course—from one of the student designs and silk-screen your own tee. Proceeds go to Faces Behind the Labels, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for migrant workers. In Venice, Calif., the Colorado-born eco-brand Zavella will show its wares at the G2 Gallery; $5 grants admission, with proceeds going to a variety of environmental charities.

Atlanta’s Georgia Tech and Bauder College fashion students join sartorial forces for Throwaway Runway, a Thursday morning show incorporating vintage finds, thrift-store snags, and other secondhand materials into final outfits.

Further west in Colorado Springs, Col., Discovery Canyon Campus High School students will demonstrate their recycled outfits in a fashion show. (Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information and to register.)

Advance tickets to D.C.’s Mother Earth Fashion Show on Friday evening are sold out, but fans of participant Auralis Studio can still snag tickets at the door and get some items from the low-impact brand’s trunk show. A portion of proceeds will serve D.C. Threads, a volunteer group aiming to spread and sustain sewing and stitching throughout the city.

Dallas locals can attend the Earth Day Fashion Show (or if they’re feeling very industrious, can try to scrounge up something relying heavily on recycled materials for last-minute participation) on Friday.

Meanwhile, Aveda has signed up for a whole month of eco-awareness. Purchase the Limited-Edition Light the Way Candle and money will be donated to clean-water efforts. And booking an appointment helps as well. Participating salons are donating funds to one of Aveda’s preferred organizations that make clean water more accessible.

Hold onto your empty makeup containers—on April 22, beloved natural beauty line Origins will exchange one of their full-size cleansers for your used-up foundation or other exhausted skin-care item. Fill out a quick form here, then hurry to any Origins store before supplies run out.

Kiehl’s also encourages you to bring in empty products in participation with their Recycle and Be Rewarded program. Through June, swap your containers for a special tote designed by producer-rapper Pharrell Williams. Each bag is made with nine recycled bottles. (The company is also offering an online additional bonus: free shipping on orders over $40 with code EARTHDAY at checkout, ending April 25.)

This week, DailyCandy’s online discount shop, Swirl, is featuring Edun, Loomstate, and other earth-conscious clothing brands at superb discounts, up to 80 percent off retail.

Stick around your computer at lunch on Friday when Gilt Groupe joins in on the eco-friendly flash sales with Doucette Duvall. Sign up on Gilt.com ahead of time for access to the sale.

Shop with i am BEYOND from April 22-28 and enter EARTH at checkout for 15 percent off TreePeople, a sustainable organization serving the Los Angeles area. 

Green jewelry line John Hardy just added its cotton cord bracelet online after selling a select number at the Christie’s Bid to Save the Earth Event. At $65, each sale profits the National Resources Defense Council, and in time for this Thursday’s celebration, the brand revealed its second collaboration with model Angela Lindvall, who traveled to Bali to create the Wear Bamboo, Buy Bamboo line. Made of recycled sterling silver, Lindvall’s designs circulate money back into bamboo-building initiatives. Order by April 25, and free shipping is yours.

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