7 “Green” Ways to Celebrate Earth Day This Year
Earth Day is Friday, April 22, which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. And in an effort to celebrate and preserve our planet’s beauty, we’re eager to live as eco-friendly as possible. There are a number of ways to lower our carbon footprint, such as riding a bike instead of driving or opting for a plant-based meal. Here are seven ways to go green this week in Newport Beach in honor of Earth Day!
1 | Hop on a Bike
While driving may be the easy option, parking in Newport Beach can be tricky. Instead, swap out your car keys for an electric bike from Pedego Electric Bikes! This five-star rental company on the Balboa Peninsula has a large selection of premium electric bikes for you to choose from. The best part? You can easily zip from place to place while getting soaking in some vitamin D!
2 | Celebrate the Day
If you’re passionate about sustainability, come celebrate Earth Day at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center on Saturday, April 23! From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Newport Bay Conservancy will host Earth Day at the Bay, where guests can enjoy a free, family-friendly day full of hands-on arts and crafts, educational activities and science discovery. There will also be live music, booths, food trucks and a scavenger hunt for prizes and giveaways! For more info on this event, click here.
3 | Vegan Eats
Make your health (and the environment) a priority this Earth Day, and opt for a fresh vegan meal at one of Newport Beach’s plant-based restaurants. Stop by Jan’s Health Bar for the Earth Salad with mixed greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, sprouts, mushrooms, cheese and sunflower seeds. Gracias Madre is also a stellar spot for some plant-based Mexican fare, which features everything from Mole and Mushroom Tamales to Soy Chorizo Nachos.
4 | Refill, Please!
The beauty industry produces tons of plastic waste each year, and unfortunately, has no plans of cutting back. Little Shop by the Sea on the Balboa Peninsula boasts an assortment of organic home goods, natural skincare products and eco-friendly gifts! Each product sold is plastic-free, making this quaint store a leader in sustainability. The shop will even refill your empty containers with their selection of organic bath and beauty products! Just bring your containers in, fill them up, and a store associate will weigh them to determine the price.
5 | Thrift Shopping
Fast fashion may be tempting, as it’s easy, accessible and pretty much everywhere we look. However, if you’re on the hunt for a few spring wardrobe items, skip the shopping malls and pop into one of Newport Beach’s thrift stores. Swellegant Vintage Clothing on Newport Boulevard features a stellar selection of retro finds, including sweaters, dresses, bags and accessories. Recycled Rags in Corona del Mar is also a great brick-and-mortar store for authentic vintage and designer items. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
6 | Anchor’s Away!
While boating is undoubtedly a popular activity in Newport Beach, we encourage you to try a new skill like sailing! Newport Beach Sailing Charters specializes in private skipper-lead sailing charters, which will save you tons of money in gas compared to your typical boat rental. Each one of the company’s captains is also a sailing instructor, so they can show you the ropes. Hop aboard and experience one of the city’s oldest recreational activities while also putting the environment first.
7 | Full Moon Hike
If you’re looking to experience Newport Beach’s natural beauty in a whole new way, mark your calendar for April 16! From 7-9 p.m., adventurers can embark on a full moon hike around the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, which will begin at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Hikers will have the opportunity to see nocturnal animals and examine the moon through a telescope! For more information, visit www.newportbay.org/the-bay/things-to-do.
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger