Earth Day Edibles and Reusables

Posted by / Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Image: Treehugger

Image: Treehugger

A few weeks ago I wrote about restaurants holding Earth Day events around Northern Virginia.  For some Earth Day is a marketing tool, for others it’s a good way to spark conversation and encourage involvement.  Well, there are a few more events worth checking out to spark that conversation.

The Butcher’s Block in Alexandria will host a complimentary wine tasting from a certified biodynamic and organic winery, Quivira Vineyards and Winery.  Jenalyn Johnson of The Country Vintner will lead the tasting of four Quivira wines.  In addition, Anne Amie Winery wines, a certified LIVE winery, will be available.  The tasting will occur between 6-8pm.

The Grille at Morrison House will offer a four course, 100-mile candlelight dinner with the majority of the ingredients being sourced from local farms within a 100 mile radius.  The dinner is $55 per person.  Call 703-838-8000 or visit the website to make a reservation.

Jackson 20 will unveil its “J20 Eco Hour” where a large selection of canned beers and boxed wines will be available.  Cans are easier to recycle as it is more readily available than glass recycling.  The new program will feature $2 “working man’s canned beer” and $5 “craft canned beer.”  Eco Hour will start April 22nd and occur daily from 3-7p.m. 

Jackson 20 will also unveil its new “late night blackout happy hour” on Earth Day.  Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11pm to close the restaurant will turn off the lights and instead use candlelight, turn up the music, and serve their Eco Hour beer and wine specials.  Expect the event to last during the spring and summer.

Firefly will recycle wine corks from the 22nd until the end of April.  For every cork you bring in, $1 will be taken off your bill (up to $22) in honor of the day Earth Day is celebrated.  You could also use corks to make wreaths, bulletin boards, and business card holders.

Several companies will offer Earth Day freebies; however it seems you have to print off a coupon for some places, which seems to defeat the purpose of Earth Day.  Hopefully these places are recycling the paper used for coupons. 

On Saturday, April 24 from 11am-3pm all Wegmans stores will trade you a reusable bag for a bag of tightly packed Wegmans plastic bags, which they will then recycle. 

DC also has a plethora of Earth Day activities this weekend.

Lastly, if you missed some films during the Environmental Film Festival, here is your chance to catch some free films on Sunday, April 25th at the Carnegie Institution for Science.

Other Earth Day notables:

SunChips will donate $1 for every Facebook fan it receives today (up to $100,000) to environmental education programs. SunChips is also debuting its new 100% compostable bag today. Visit the Biodegradable Products Institute to get your own compostable trash bags, food service items, and packaging materials.

Video: SunChips

- Chef Jaime Oliver and Edible Communities publishers and editors, Brian Halweil and Stephen Munshin, are two of The Daily Green’s 2010 Heart of Green Award recipients.

- Treehugger has a list of funny SomeeCard’s to send to your friends.

- Bon Appetit Magazine has lots of information about how to celebrate Earth Day.  Anything from turning old t-shirts into grocery bags to eco-friendly gadgets and how to throw Earth-Friendly dinner parties.

The Daily Green also has some handy tips on how to reuse products you’re considering throwing away or don’t know what to do with.  Highlights include egg shells, plastic bottles, and mason jars. You could even build your own house out of plastic bottles.  The world’s first plastic bottle building was unveiled in Taiwan recently. 

 Happy Earth Day!

–Aisha Salazar

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Matthew C. Kriner Says:

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