In 1970, a senator from the great state of Wisconsin decided that politicians and the media needed to pay more attention to the toll industrialization was taking on the environment.
That man was Gaylord Nelson, and he founded Earth Day.
Now, we celebrate the holiday every April 22 by planting trees, cleaning up local parks — and getting deals and freebies from other tree huggers.
We found nine deals to help you make the most of Earth Day 2017 this Saturday!
Earth Day 2017 Freebies
1. IKEA is hosting a “Sustainable Living Your Way” event April 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a bevy of promotions and discounts.
Stores will give away free two-packs of RYET 400-lumen LED light bulbs to the first 500 IKEA Family members in the door. All IKEA Family members will get free coffee, including specialty drinks.
2. EVOS will give away free organic milkshakes April 22 to celebrate its commitment to organic family farmers and sustainability.
3. Cult of Mac wants to put an extra $10 in your pocket this Earth Day. Now through April 22, trade in any Apple product, and it’ll give you an extra $10 on top of your normal buyback price when you use the coupon code “earthday.”
This is probably your cue to get rid of that iPod Nano hiding in the back of your junk drawer.
Earth Day Deals
4. Rockler Woodworking and Hardware stores are real tree huggers! April is also National Woodworking Month, and this national retailer is celebrating with giveaways, weekly make-and-take events and a spring clearance sale through April 22.
Rockler is also partnering with the Hardwood Forestry Fund to support forest restoration. It will match private donations of up to $15,000 throughout April.
5. Amazon is offering 20% off its Warehouse Deals merchandise through April 22. Warehouse Deals are bargains on returned, warehouse-damaged, used and refurbished products.
7. Whole Foods will host a one-day sale on organic produce April 22. Customers will receive $5 off any organic produce purchase of $25 or more.
Many stores are hosting their own Earth Day events, including free yoga, recycling drives and educational activities for kids, so check your local store to see what’s happening.
8. Natural Grocers is promoting earth-friendly food producers with a three-day event April 21-23. When customers visit the store, they can take advantage of deals on products from featured vendors and pick up a free reusable bag.
9. Earth Origins market will offer 25-cent savings for each reusable bag you use when shopping April 22. Paper and plastic bags do not qualify for this discount.
Your Turn: Do you know of any other Earth Day deals or freebies? Let us know!
Jen Smith is an editorial intern at The Penny Hoarder and the blogger behind @SavingwithSpunk.