Give Back to the Planet This Earth Day

Helping the environment is easier than you might think. Take a look at these simple ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in honor of Earth Day.

Be honest with yourself—you’re never going to get around to turning that Pinterest project that makes good use of your corks into a reality. But reCork will do something positive with them. The cork recycling initiative collects corks and gives them new life through products like yoga blocks and flip flops. Several businesses throughout the metro are drop-off locations, including Bristol, Houlihan’s, Urban Table and Amigoni Urban Winery. Learn more and find the closest place to drop off your old corks here.

Corks are far from the only thing you can recycle. Shatto Milk Company fans know the local company’s delicious dairy comes in glass containers, which can be recycled or reused, reducing the amount of material dumped in area landfills, and locally based Ripple Glass is on a mission to make recycling glass easier and more effective, helping the environment and saving energy and resources. Learn where you can drop off your glass here, and support these local businesses, including Boulevard Brewing Company, that take extra steps to make sure their glass is recycled.

Recycling has its benefits—beyond that warm fuzzy feeling you get from helping the earth. Case in point: When you bring in three Hoopla mini-polish bottles (they can be empty, almost empty or a shade you’re just no longer loving) for recycling, you get a free bonus add-on with your service, such as a pedi scrub or hydrating mani mask.

It always makes sense, but sometimes recycling also makes scents. At Olive Tree, customers are encouraged to bring in their old bottles, which are then turned into candles in fragrances like pineapple, basil, Meyer lemon and fig.

Even the Boys in Blue are going green. The Royals Green Team consists of volunteers who help collect recyclable plastic and aluminum bottles during home games. Your group can watch the action while helping out and get recognized during the game.

Got a drawer full of old technology and documents that you’re not quite sure what to do with? Combine spring cleaning and recycling. Sprint Center is hosting an Earth Day recycling event 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Barnes Plaza (located in front of the box office on Grand Boulevard).

Earthy-friendly fun

Lend a helping hand to KC’s monarch population by planting milkweed in the wetlands adjacent to the Museum at Prairiefire. The butterfly breed needs it as a food source, and by helping providing a habitat, you’re contributing to their survival. The planting begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. or until supplies last.

Explore Powell Gardens and get sustainable gardening ideas, tips on how to choose plants that help the planet’s ecosystems and learn ways to cook food fresh from the garden, all for free. Arrive early and take home a tree seedling as part of the garden’s new Legacy Tree Program, designed to help preserve some of the region’s best tree species so they can be enjoyed by future generations. See the full schedule of events online here.

Making a difference can be as easy as thinking about where you shop. Lees Summit’s Greener Life Market carries recycled, upcycled, repurposed and fair trade merchandise, and you can check it out tonight at the store’s family-friendly Earth Day celebration, which includes science experiments, music, arts and crafts and more.

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