The first Earth Day occurred in 1970, with the purpose of channeling energy towards solving environmental issues. This year marks the 46th Earth Day, and with a theme of Trees for the Earth, it also kicks off a five-year plan. The first of five major goals leading up to the 50th Earth Day in 2020, the aim is to plant 7.8 billion trees by then.
So get out there this Earth Day, and participate in one of the many planned events. And when you're done, treat yourself to one of these freebies!
Free National Park Entrance Days
Get out of the house and enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors! During National Park Week, admission to national parks is free. Plan a visit now through April 24 and see all the amazing sights our national parks have to offer.
Discounts at H&M
This is actually a program the fashion retailer runs year-round, but typically you can only net a discount of 15% off. If you're planning to rid yourself of some clothes, definitely take advantage of this offer to get the most for your well-loved apparel.
Free Online Games for Kids at Primary Games
If there's no local Earth Day celebrations going on, consider entertaining your kids from home with Earth Day friendly games on Primary Games. Teach them the correct way to recycle with Recycle It! Let them complete the Planet Earth Jigsaw Puzzle. Let them try out the Earth Day Word Search, or play Flutter's Tic Tac Toe. Or let them try their hand at eco-friendly planning in Plan It Green.
Free Milkshakes From EVOS
Once again, EVOS is offering up free organic milkshakes for Earth Day. The Florida chain prides itself on having high-quality ingredients from responsible sources, so milkshakes are made with organic milk and sugar, and fruit shakes are made with real fruit and fruit juices. Click here to find a location.
Free Glass Straws
Glass Dharma is giving away glass straws to the first 500 entrants who meet the requirements. The catch is they must write letters to restaurants or restaurant suppliers, asking them to take responsibility for the amount of waste produced by their straw trash.
While only the first 500 people will receive a free glass straw, Glass Dharma is also giving away a $100 gift certificate for the most letters written. There will also be a general drawing, with the winner receiving a $100 gift certificate. Glass Dharma is taking entries through today, and winners will be notified by April 30.
The company has suggestions for how to address the issues in your letters, and also further contest details on its website.
Free Environmental eBook
Today at Amazon, you can score this digital, interactive children's storybook, The Four Seasons, for free. Note that this eBook is just for Android users, so it's ideal for any Kindle Fire tablet owners.
Free Wildflower Seeds
Burt's Bees is offering a free "ball" of wildflower seeds with any purchase of a lip balm from its Cause line, found here.
Keep an Eye Out for Other Deals
Of course, definitely keep an eye out today for other deals. Here are some we expect to see.
One you might want to watch closely is Amazon, which hosted a sale last year for Earth Day where DVDs and Blu-rays with environmental and nature themes were discounted up to 50% off.
On previous Earth Days, Wegmans gave away reusable bags, and we've seen Target do so as well. Disney Store has also offered free reusable bags in the past, as long as shoppers brought in a certain amount of plastic bags for recycling (usually around 5).
Natural Grocers has more than 100 stores in 19 states, and it's hosting an Earth Day celebration and giving away reusable bags. Also be sure to look for other freebies there, including free food tastings. Plan to sample pasture-based dairy, summer sausage, and 100% organic produce. Find your nearest location here.
Look early for deals from printing sites like Day2DayPrinting. Sometimes shoppers can score free plantable cards with seeds embedded in them. Those kinds of promotions tend to run out very quickly though, so they're almost always difficult to catch.
Be sure to look for free java. Historically, coffee shop chains like Starbucks and Caribou Coffee have offered free coffee when shoppers purchase tumblers, or when they bring in their own.
Readers, how do you plan to celebrate Earth Day? Are there any offers we missed? Sound off below!