Green is the color of the month, and today is the ultimate day to express your environmental concerns. It’s Earth Day! Lots of beauty and fashion retailers understand that for some, being green is already a way of life. For others, a little encouragement by way of sales, giveaways, and discounts, goes a long way. So here are some of the best online offers for today, April 22 — all intended to encourage you to reuse, reduce, and recycle.
One of the most obvious, easy ways to be environmentally friendly starts with shopping. Americans throw out 100 billion plastic bags each year, and the detritus of those unrecycled bags is killing the planet. Some stores are doing away with them altogether — plastic is no longer an option at Whole Foods, and it’s a trend many gourmet grocery stores have adopted. Using a sturdy cloth bag is a practically effortless, often quite stylish way to reduce waste.
You can score chic bags galore today, at places like Kiehl’s. The first 50 patrons to return empty Kiehlâ€™s bottles to any one of their free-standing stores for recycling will receive a Kiehlâ€™s reusable canvas tote bag today — one per customer.
Macy’s also has some chic bags for sale for $3.95, and in all Florida and Puerto Rico stores, they’re having a special charity-shopping event on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th. By making a $5 donation at Macy’s stores or online at www.nationalparks.org, customers receive a One Good Turn savings pass — a two-day in-store and online shopping pass — for 20 percent off most merchandise, and 10 percent off most home items. So you know where I’ll be this weekend — workin’ the plus size section with my discount card.
If you’re looking for a variety of natural and organic beauty products, check out Beautorium.com, a new site that features truly natural, truly organic, good-for-your-skin beauty all in one online store. For every purchase over $75, Beautorium will include a free â€œI Am a Natural Bagâ€ fair-trade burlap bag.
By far the nicest charity-supporting reusable shopping bag I’ve seen is by Star 50 Bags, a line of collectible handbags that are designed to celebrate each state of the union. Is the Louisiana Market Sac not to die for? It’s super sturdy, and works just as well at the grocery store as it does on the beach. It’s pricey — $115 — but 5% of all sales benefit Brad Pitt’s Make It Right foundation, which is assiduously working to rebuild New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, improving the living conditions there with environmentally friendly architecture. Click here to make a direct donation. I’ve got a special Star 50 discount for Afrobella readers!! Use the code Star50bella on your bag purchase, and you can get 50% off your purchase. This will only last for one week — until Sunday May 4 at 5 p.m, so click here for the Louisiana Market Sac!
There are some other initiatives and offers (besides bags) happening today —
Total Beauty.com is featuring a totally green sweepstakes, and you could possibly win a 2008 Saturn Vue hybrid car, filled with beauty products from Origins. Origins is all about Earth Day giveaways, they’re also offering a free Peace of MindÂ® On-the-spot-relief sample, plus free standard Shipping with any order while supplies last, today only. Clicky click!
It’s Earth Month at Ojon (expect a big fabulous review of their products soon!), and the hair product line so many bellas adore is donating 10 percent of all online sales through www.ojon.com during the month of April to MOPAWI. What’s Mopawi, you ask? TheFindGreen, a shopping search engine that exclusively features products that employ eco-friendly practices or materials. Today they launch a week-long series of blogs on helpful “green-living” tips for consumers. I can’t find a direct link just yet… but celebrity and fashion journalist Merle Ginsberg will be offering info about planning an eco-friendly wedding, and the latest celebrity charity causes.
Maybe for you, commitment to the environment goes deeper than shopping, reading about charities online, or toting a chic grocery bag to the store. Maybe you work green, play green, eat green and live green. If your ideas are truly unique, you can submit a short film or photo essay to the Sundance Channel’s original series â€œBig Ideas for a Small Planet.â€ The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000 (!!) to help make their â€œBig Ideaâ€ a reality. The contest runs until May 20. Click here to learn more.
Treehugger has an exhaustive and magnificent Earth Day guide, loaded with information and advice.
Whew! Those are the coolest Earth Day offers I’ve heard about so far, bellas. Do any of you know of anything else happening today, or for the rest of April? Let me know — this is an easy way to support environmental initiatives and charities. But I’m looking for suggestions beyond just shopping, so please share any of your environmentally friendly ideas and tips with me — this week I’ll be writing about other ways to save the planet right from the comfort of your own home.