LIVING GREEN for April 18, 2013

For Weekly SurgeApril 18, 2013 

Every day is Earth Day

April 22 should be my favorite day of the year, but it’s really no different than any other day for me. April 22 is Earth Day, but I am one of those people that believes Earth Day should be every day. And while I don't consider myself to be a tree hugger, I also believe that going green should be a realistic approach in your own life.

As for me and my house, going green definitely means recycling, going to local farmers markets, saving energy, donating what we don't use anymore and buying from local thrift stores. However, going green is not meant to over-complicate what is already complicated in life. For those that do not practice anything green in their lives, Earth Day is a good starting point for that green resolution. Earth Day is also a good time to add another green routine to what you are already doing.

How to Be Green in Two Easy Steps:

1. Recycle Something - Recycling is the foundation for going green. We only have one landfill in our county and if you don't recycle now, all of your bottles, cardboard, and papers will end up there. Recycling is not mandatory in our area, in fact, recycling is something you want to do. Unless you live in city limits or have curbside recycling, you will have to carry your recycling to a drop-off center. For details, visit www.solidwasteauthority.org or call 347-1651.

2. Thrift Store Shopping - You will find treasures at a thrift store. I know some people don't like the idea of wearing someone else's used clothes, but washing does wonders. Thrift stores also have plenty of other things to offer, such as furniture, books, household items, toys, bags, etc. I bought my daughter’s bike helmet at Goodwill for $2.99, which saved me about $20 from buying a brand new one at Wal-Mart. Plus, she isn't going to be wearing it forever as she outgrows it. You should check out Goodwill, the Salvation Army, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the Recycled Rooster, Once Upon a Child or the Clothesline.

If you want to celebrate Earth Day this year, here are some upcoming local and regional events:

Today - HTC Green Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. HTC Store at 2201 U.S. 501, across from Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Meet other local green organizations. The first 100 visitors get a free gift. Activities include phone book and cell phone recycling, free document shredding, paperless billing sign-ups, live music and hotdogs. There is a prize drawing for a guitar signed by country singer Billy Currington. For details, call 365-2154.

Saturday - Earth Day 5K, 8:30 a.m. McLean Park, North Myrtle Beach. For details and to register, visit www.grandstrandrunner.com 

Saturday - Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1886 S.C. 90, Conway. Bring your unwanted household chemicals to the Horry County Solid Waste Authority. Call 347-1651 for details.

Saturday - 6th Annual Earth Day at the Bay, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ocean Bay Middle School, International Drive, Myrtle Beach. Free family-friendly activities. For details, call 903-8420.

Saturday - Earth Day Music Fest and Expo at the House of Blues, 4 p.m. to midnight. Hosted by Compassion Music and the Wellness Council for South Carolina, this fest brings together educational exhibits, live music including Greener Grass, Finnegan Bell, Josh Grant, Wahoo Creek and Luke Cunningham. For details, visit www.earthdaymusicfest.com.

Saturday - Charleston County's Annual Earth Day Festival, Riverfront Park, North Charleston, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A hands-on science-based interactive experience with free activities and free parking. For details, call 720-7111.

Saturday- Earth Day Celebration, Hugh McRae Park, Wilmington, N.C., Noon to 6 p.m. Activities include a kids zone, live music, environmental exhibitors, food, and more. For details, visit www.wilmingtonearthday.com.

 Sunday - Earth Day Music Fest and Expo at The Boathouse, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hosted by Compassion Music and the Wellness Council for South Carolina, this is the second day of the music fest with Greener Grass, Finnegan Bell, Treehouse, MoBros and Sideways Derby. Sunday Funday headliner Rehab will then begin at 6:30 p.m. For details, visit www.earthdaymusicfest.com.

 Monday - Earth Day Open House at the Landfill, 1886 S.C. 90, Conway, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get a tour of the county landfill, recycling center and authority administrative complex, and learn the positive impact of everyone recycling just one item every day. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Contact 347-1651 for details.

Jennifer Sellers is the sustainability coordinator at Coastal Carolina University and offers her eco-views at her blog, mygreenglasses.com. Contact her at jen@mygreenglasses.com.

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