City Pulse

By Patricia Wersinger

Tomorrow, April 22nd, is the 40th Annual Earth Day celebration. It is a day to take a stroll in Central Park, sit by a stream of water and take in the pungent riffs of blooming trees with full lungs. Leave your blackberry or iPhone in your bag (or better yet, at home) and wade in a shallow pond, observe a ladybird land on your wrist, listen to a squirrel scurrying by on a mission. Take the time to rediscover who you really are in an environment that is green and natural. In the afternoon, everyone is invited to the Chess and Checkers House in the heart of the park at 64th Street for some fun & eco-friendly art & craft projects. For more info visit http://www.centralparknyc.org. You can also go to http://www.EarthDay.org and use the Earth Day Network Footprint Calculator to measure your impact on the planet. Step into an earth friendly beauty routine and discover what some green skin care lines are doing to help their customers love their skin AND the earth!

Swell Skin will offer 20% off all purchases made on Earth Day. This minimalist skincare line (a skin treatment bar and a vial of oil) is based on nature’s most powerful healer, Sea Buckthorn, http://www.swellskin.net

Cali Cosmetics will donate 20% of online sales on Earth Day to Earth Share, which supports several environment charities. Their Oliva Green line, made with Organic Olive Oil, incorporates the beauty benefits of nature into their skin care, hair care and body care. http://www.calicosmetics.com

One Love Organics will donate 25% of sales on Earth Day to the Earth Day Network, which organizes Earth Day events worldwide. This skincare line uses pure, highly concentrated organic ingredients that benefit the skin and sustainable packaging choices. http://www.oneloveorganics.com

What ever your way of celebrating Earth Day today, make sure you toast this special 40th celebration. Our earth has been under the weather for a while but judging by the popularity of the earth friendly initiative in cosmetics and many other industries, there is certainly a good chance of recovery.

Originally published April 2011
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