Earth Day 2018
Give back opportunities around Austin
by Hannah Morrow
This Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day! When you get down to brass tacks, Austin owes a lot to Mother Nature. From Zilker Park to the Greenbelt to Mount Bonnell, our city wouldn’t quite be the same without its beloved greenery. There are so many easy ways to give back to the planet year round, including limiting use of plastic, eating locally sourced food, and recycling as much as possible. (Fun fact: our own publication is completely recyclable and printed on responsibly sourced paper!)
In honor of Earth Day, here are some extra ways to give our planet some TLC through the rest of April!
Friday, April 20
The 9th annual Austin Give 5 is a one-day, city-wide fundraiser benefitting nine of Austin’s environmental nonprofits, including the conservancies for Pease Park, Shoal Creek, Waller Creek, and the Hill Country. Over 200 business locations across town will donate five percent of their revenue equally among the nonprofits. See the full list of participating businesses here.
Sunday, April 22
From 2 to 5 p.m., Drink.Well on East 53rd Street will serve low-waste cocktails, like the pineapple-hosted Tiki-la Colada. Proceeds from the happy hour will benefit the Pease Park Conservancy and nearby Bruning Green Park.
This East 6th workshop studio will turn into a green oasis with D.I.Y. stations, a Bloom Bar, and an Adopt-A-Plant Stand. A portion of all sales with go towards a local nonprofit, with the goal to raise funds for tree planting in Austin. Get info for the pop-up here!
A mindful morning with begin at 11 a.m. with a free class by yoga instructor Lizzie Aguirre at Native Hostel, followed by cocktails by Juice Society and a brunch with the Native. Donations with benefit the Austin Parks Foundation! Register for a spot here!
Gixo, a fitness app that leads live classes through your phone, is partnering with America Walks combines plocka up (pick up) and jogging for a “plogging” party. Get fit and fight litter with this 40 minutes class. Gixo will donate $10 per mile for each participant to America Walks! Sign up to participate here.
Giveaways, goodie bags, snacks and sips – Sentrel is bringing the works to their natural beauty storefront. Yoga at Studio Mantra will be followed by a brunch + maker’s market at Sentrel. There will be custom beauty by Lip Service XO Cosmetics, bouquet-building with The Flower Social, fresh pressed juice by Jugo and raffles throughout the afternoon. RSVP here!
Spider House Ballroom hosts Sounds for Earth Day. All proceeds of the event go to 350.org, a nonprofit that campaigns for clean energy solutions. Doors are at 9 p.m. and entry is a pay-what-you-want with a $1 minimum. The show is for ages 18 and older.
The largest sustainability event in Central Texas, Earth Day ATX will be held at Huston-Tillotson University on April 29 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s a day of exhibits and programming that educate visitors on environment issues and celebrate sustainability. This is our family pick, as it’s free and open to all with programming for everyone. True to form, Earth Day ATX is a zero waste event! Read more about the event here.
“Spa for a Cause” branded services are 20% off to guests with Hiatus donating another 20% of revenue to charity: water, a nonprofit working to provide accessible water around the world. The spa is working to meet a goal of $10,000, which allow will allow charity:water to build wells in Ethiopia. Read more about the cause and book services here.