While Earth Day isn’t an official holiday – no day off work on April 22, sadly – there will be celebrations worldwide – tree plantings, river cleanups, trail building projects. And like most holidays, Earth Day presents ample opportunities to score a deal. All sorts of businesses – big box retailers, hotels and even casinos – are offering special Earth Day sales, Earth Day promotions and Earth Day giveaways.
Saving a buck while doing your part to save the Earth is a great way to mark Earth Day. Here are a few of the special Earth Day deals and Earth Day freebies available.
It’s in the bag
Target stores will be giving away reusable tote bags with every purchase on April 17. While the stores are giving away 1 million of the totes, last year most stores ran out within a few hours, so it may be best to do your Earth Day shopping early that day.
You can swap five plastic bags for a free reusable tote bag at Disney Stores on April 22. And, no, you can’t trade 50 plastic bags for 10 free totes. Find the nearest Disney Store by checking out the website.
You can easily get a fresh, free, reusable tote bag through April 22 at Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market when you spend $20 or more. The totes usually sell for 99 cents. You can find the coupon for the free tote at Fresh & Easy's Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/freshandeasy. Click on “Offers” in the left column.
Recycling can be beautiful
Take an empty cosmetic package of any kind to your nearest Origins store or department store counter and get a free sample from the Earth-friendly skincare and makeup manufacturer. The Return to Origins Recycling Program collects cosmetic bottles, tubes, jars, deodorant sticks and compacts for recycling year round, making every day an Earth Day of sorts. The program has recycled more than 17,000 pounds of cosmetic packaging since its launch in March 2009.
Find the Origins nearest you at by searching on the Origins website.
Admission to our national parks is free on Earth Day – and on a few days on either side of it. Visit one of the 394 units of the National Park Service during National Park Week
April 16-24 for hiking and history, wildlife viewing and volunteering. More information on the spots and events near you can be found on the National Parks Service website.
Your mug, their java
Start your Earth Day with a bracing – and free – cup of joe, or tea, at Starbucks. There are a few of them around. Just bring your own reusable travel cup and the barista will fill it for free.
Toast Mother Earth
Enjoy a virtual wine tasting April 20 during the first-ever "Coast to Coast Toast to Earth Day" co-hosted Jim Collins of Sonoma-based Frei Brothers winery and leading online wine community Snooth.com's New York-based editor Gregory dal Piaz. The event begins 6 p.m. PDT at snooth.com/virtual-tasting. During the tasting, participants can post live questions and comments. The event will also include an official toast to Earth Day, a video tour of Sonoma County's picturesque Frei Ranch and, of course, a tasting flight featuring four Frei Brothers Reserve wines.
The four wines featured in the tasting flight – the 2009 Frei Brothers Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay, the 2007 Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Valley Merlot, the 2009 Frei Brothers Reserve Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc and the 2009 Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – are available through a special offer on their website. The wines are discounted 15 percent and if you buy one of each of the four wines, shipping is free.
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