Earth Year

April 22 might be Earth Day, but I think it’s high time we make it Earth Year. For our part, the magazine features several stories in the current issue to inspire and support earth-friendly efforts. You can shop Twin Cities Green for everything from compost bins to solar-powered computer bags. Amy Voeltz, the founder of Do it Green! Minnesota, offers simple ways to go green locally, including ideas for entertaining and disposing of your spring cleaning cast-offs. And if you still think that you can’t live sustainably and stylishly, check out these vibrant—and brilliant—finds for you and your home.

My current carbon-footprint-free craving is Aveda’s Light the Way candle. 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of these support Aveda’s environmental projects around the globe. I am always looking for products that are good for the planet—and me. For $10 you get a candle made of clean-burning soy wax, scented with certified organic lavender essential oil. The container is 95% post-consumer recycled glass and the carton is printed with soy ink on 55% post-consumer recycled paper. I’m scooping them up while supplies last, for future last-minute birthday, hostess, or just-because gifts.

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