Go green for Earth Day

April 16, 2011 7:23:02 AM PDT
Earth Day is on Friday, April 22, and it promotes a green spirit and eco-friendly thinking. There are a lot of events in our area to mark the day.

Bianca Alexander with Conscious Living was in our ABC7 studio to tell us about a few events. She also gave tips we can use in our daily lives to help protect the environment.

1. Green up your wardrobe
The Green Goddess Boutique is in Hinsdale and now also in Lincoln Park. The store sells jewelry, accessories, home goods and apparel that are recycled, re-purposed, fair trade or produced by local artisans.

The Green Goddess Boutique
1009 W. Armitage Avenue

52 S. Washington Street
Hinsdale, Ill.

2. Use green power
- Buy rechargeable, reusable batteries.
- Energizer offers solar-powered products, such as hybrid flashlights and solar-powered chargers that refuel almost any personal electronic device even with low levels of sunlight or overcast days.
- Energizer's also teamed up with the National Park Foundation, so when you buy special-marked products, you'll get a $10 reward that can be turned into a donation.

3. Get Outdoors
There are dozens of fun Earth Day activities happening all over Chicago.

Green Metropolis Fair
Saturday, April 16
Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N. Knox

Earth Day 5K Run and Green Living Expo
Saturday, April 23
Humboldt Park

Chicago Green Festival
Saturday, May 14
Sunday, May 15
McCormick Place
Lake Side