You’ve mastered a five-minute shower to conserve water and have long separated paper, glass and aluminum trash. But there are other ways to show the planet appreciation. This Earth Day, party at an eco-mixer, shop “upcycled” products or attend an informative animal chat.
Go Green’s Earth Day Benefit
Go Green, a marketing and PR firm that produces green business networking events, hosts its annual educational mixer in an ecofriendly building. Stop by for organic eats from Bull and Bear, Falafill, Karyn’s and others. DJs spin music from the last four decades, which is symbolic, since Earth Day is celebrating its 40th anniversary. In addition to tossing back VeeV cocktails, guests will learn what it takes for a building to receive its LEED certification. Proceeds help send needy youth to Camp of Dreams. Flair Tower, 222 W Erie St (312-397-1050). Thu 22, 5–8pm; $40, advance $30.
Reuse, Recycle, Recraft
Eco-conscious accessories are the new black. So don’t get mobbed by fashion police: Buy sustainable and stylish goods here. Check out one-of-a-kind merch, like earrings made from buttons, purses designed out of soda-can tabs and paper made with elephant droppings. Don’t go all Mayor Giuliani on us—the elephant’s digestive track basically processes the natural grasses the animal eats. That dirty stuff is cleaned off and voilà—high-quality paper. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle (630-719-2400). Thu 22, 10am–5pm, free.
Wine and Wildlife
Africa’s crown jewel, the Serengeti National Park, is faced with the threat of a rabies outbreak. Join Princeton University ecologist Andrew Dobson and the zoo’s Tanzanian programs director Felix Lankester for a discussion on how to protect the park’s meat-eating animals. A wine and cheese reception precedes the talk. Must be 21 to attend. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N Cannon Dr (312-742-2000). Thu 22, 6pm–7:45pm; $40, members $35.