Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. And in an effort to celebrate and preserve our planet’s beauty, we’re eager to live as eco-friendly as possible. There are a number of ways to lower our carbon footprint, such as riding a bike instead of driving or opting for a plant-based meal. Here are 8 ways to go green this week in Newport Beach in honor of Earth Day!
Perched on multiple lush acres in the heart of Corona del Mar, Roger’s Gardens is a serene space blooming with florals and greenery. This garden center takes pride in educating people on the importance of sustainable practices, and this Earth Day, all are invited to learn about the ways we can support our planet. On April 22, stop by and discover more about pollinators and their importance. Then, on April 23, enjoy a Massey honey tasting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by an informative demonstration on composting, vermiculture and how to use your garden and kitchen scraps for healthier soil.
2 | Hop on a Bike
While driving may be the easy option, parking in Newport Beach can be tricky. Instead, swap out your car keys for an electric bike from Pedego Electric Bikes! This five-star rental company on the Balboa Peninsula has a large selection of premium electric bikes for you to choose from. The best part? You can easily zip from place to place while soaking in some vitamin D!
3 | Celebrate the Day
If you’re passionate about sustainability, come celebrate Earth Day at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center on Saturday, April 22! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Newport Bay Conservancy will host Earth Day at the Bay, where guests can enjoy a free, family-friendly day full of hands-on arts and crafts, educational activities and science discovery. There will also be live music, booths, food trucks and a scavenger hunt for prizes and giveaways! For more info on this event, click here.
4 | Vegan Eats
Make your health (and the environment) a priority this Earth Day, and opt for a fresh vegan meal at one of Newport Beach’s plant-based restaurants. Stop by Cafe Gratitude for a bowl or wrap or Jan’s Health Bar for the Earth Salad with mixed greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, sprouts, mushrooms, cheese and sunflower seeds. Gracias Madre is also a stellar spot for some plant-based Mexican fare, which features everything from Mole and Mushroom Tamales to Soy Chorizo Nachos.
Put on by local yoga studio RA Yoga, this event is a great way to get outside, get moving and appreciate the natural beauty of Newport Beach! Celebrate Mother Earth and get your sweat on with a 5k run, yoga class, sound bath and beach clean up. There will also be a raffle with prizes. This event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, and everyone will meet at Lifeguard Tower 28!
6 | Refill, Please!
The beauty industry produces tons of plastic waste each year, and unfortunately, has no plans of cutting back. Little Shop by the Sea on the Balboa Peninsula boasts an assortment of organic home goods, natural skincare products and eco-friendly gifts! Each product sold is plastic-free, making this quaint store a leader in sustainability. The shop will even refill your empty containers with their selection of organic bath and beauty products! Just bring your containers in, fill them up, and a store associate will weigh them to determine the price.
7 | Thrift Shopping
Fast fashion may be tempting, as it’s easy, accessible and pretty much everywhere we look. However, if you’re on the hunt for a few spring wardrobe items, skip the shopping malls and pop into one of Newport Beach’s thrift stores. Swellegant Vintage Clothing on Newport Boulevard features a stellar selection of retro finds, including sweaters, dresses, bags and accessories. Recycled Rags in Corona del Mar is also a great brick-and-mortar store for authentic vintage and designer items. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
8 | Anchor’s Away!
While boating is undoubtedly a popular activity in Newport Beach, we encourage you to try a new skill like sailing! Newport Beach Sailing Charters specializes in private skipper-lead sailing charters, which will save you tons of money in gas compared to your typical boat rental. Each one of the company’s captains is also a sailing instructor, so they can show you the ropes. Hop aboard and experience one of the city’s oldest recreational activities while also putting the environment first.
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger