Whether you volunteer time, donate money, belong to a charitable board, plan a fundraiser or strive to purchase ethically and environmentally made products, doing your part for a worthy cause makes a difference. In honour of Earth Day, here are four ways you can support the longevity of the planet and the health and well-being of its people. Even a small effort can affect a positive change.
Eco Fashion Week: Robson Square, Vancouver
Now in its sixth year, Eco Fashion Week welcomes designers, artists, photographers, stylists, buyers and industry leaders from around the world. Founder Myriam Laroche and her team have created a global discussion on sustainable style, innovation, transparency and education around a topic that, in the fashion world especially, is often swept under the rug. Eco Fashion Week features 25 clothing, accessory and swimwear designers and unique challenges such as the Thrift Chic Challenge where three stylists must create Fall 2013 collections with $500 and items from event sponsor Value Village and The 68 Pound Challenge where designer Kim Cathers will create a 30-piece collection out of men’s pants from Value Village (happening tonight!). The 68 pounds references the amount of clothing and textiles North Americans throw away each year. Tickets are available online and at the door (cash only please). Eco Fashion Week runs until this Wednesday, April 24.
Kiehl’s Limited Edition Ultra Oil-Free Gel Cream
Kiehl’s has teamed up with Alanis Morrisette to support Evergreen, a not-for-profit organization that deepens the connection between people and nature to develop a sustainable long-term impact on Canadian cities. Through “Kiehl’s Gives” initiatives to date, the brand has raised over $2,000,000 for environmental issues worldwide. This year, 100 percent of net proceeds of the Limited Edition Label Ultra Facial Oil-Free Gel Cream will go to the organization. Formulated with sensitive skin in mind, this paraben-free, silicone-free, dye-free and fragrance-free formula helps rebalance skin’s hydration levels and provides all-day no-shine moisture. $56, available at kiehls.ca
Pureology Limited Edition Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner
Nearly 800 million people do not have access to clean drinking water and in Ghana, nearly 40 percent of the population are without safe water to drink. Pureology will donate $2.60 per duo from sales of their Limited Edition Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner to benefit Smart Water for Green Schools program, which provides clean water and sanitation, and generates a renewed sense of life in local communities. The vibrant artwork on Limited Edition packaging is a compilation of drawings by school children at the Makango School in Northern Ghana, one of the schools receiving the Green Cross International donations. $59 for the duo, available at salons.
Free People Maheya Eco Line
Bohemian clothing line Free People have launched a new, seven-piece eco-friendly line call Maheya featuring dresses, tunics, tops and tanks made from natural silks and cottons incorporating materials such as marigold flowers, rhubarb, lilac and pomegranate skin. The materials contain natural dyes that, in some cases, provide anti-oxidant benefits to the skin. Sweet bonus for you and the planet: Each piece comes with a seed paper tag that will sprout wildflowers when planted. $90-$520, available at freepeople.com.