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Earth Day Events & Initiatives for 2021

Apr 22, 2021
three young employees from Le Botaniste Upper West Side pose in front of the restaurant with plants

Earth Day is on Thursday, April 22, and there are various events and eco-friendly initiatives happening around the Lincoln Square area to demonstrate support for the environment.

Le Botaniste (156 Columbus Avenue at West 67th Street), our local organic plant-based food and wine bar, started an initiative on World Tree Day this year in partnership with GoForest for Le Botaniste Forest, a program dedicated to planting hundreds of trees in South America (staff at our Upper West Side location promote the program by posing with in-store greenery in the main image above). Customers who dine with Le Botaniste now have the opportunity to “add” a tree to their meals any time with a donation in support of these efforts. Each donation goes towards planting new trees, and on special environmental dates, the company will match guest donations and more. Click here to read an article about the initiative and learn more about Le Botaniste's commitments to sustainability every Friday on Instagram

The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation is celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day with both outdoor and virtual events! Enjoy live tours, gardening workshops, fun nature-themed activities for the whole family, and more. Events are taking place across the boroughs, including two online activities for children and families: a virtual STEAM workshop on Thursday, April 22 at 3:30pm, during which participants will construct sculptures from items that would typically go in the recycling bin, examining creative solutions for reusing materials, as well as a create your own self-watering seed pot garden workshop on Saturday, April 24 at 1:00pm. Click here to sign up for the free STEAM workshop and click here to sign up for the free seed pot workshopClick here to browse all of the other in-person events.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 (154 Columbus Avenue at West 67th Street) has an ongoing initiative, Future Made Better, focused on reducing environmental impact and more. New Kiehl’s Refillables help reduce waste as they are made with 80% less packaging. Learn more about the Future Made Better initiatives here.

Check out Eileen Fisher’s (10 Columbus Circle) Earth Day, Every Day initiatives and choose organic cotton linen produced with sustainability in mind. Click here to shop organic linen pieces online. As a brand, Eileen Fisher is committed to environmental responsibility, which you can read about by clicking here.

J.Crew (10 Columbus Circle) has introduced a Re-imagined by J.Crew campaign that details the company’s eco-goals moving through 2030, which includes sustainably sourced fibers and packaging, carbon neutral operations, and donating to eco education nationwide. Click here to learn more.

Coach (10 Columbus Circle) has started a collection of pre-owned bags, restored and reimagined, to increase sustainability and decrease waste. Coach Re(Loved) featured recycled totes, eco responsible leather bags, organic cotton goods, and more. Click here to view the products from this collection.

Pottery Barn (1965 Broadway at 67th Street) has a line of sustainable home products in store as part of their efforts to celebrate Earth day every day. Click here to check out the brands and products. Also, Pottery Barn can collect and recycle your used light bulbs. Ask an Associate for details on the light bulb recycling program!

Starbucks (1889 Broadway at 63rd Street & 141 Amsterdam Avenue at 65th Street) is donating 100 million healthy coffee trees by 2025 — each tree is disease-resistant and produces more coffee cherries. Learn more about how the company is supporting farmers here.

Also in celebration of Earth Day, CityMD (2025 Broadway at 69th Street) has put together a list of some fun and safe community cleanups: buff.ly/2CAr9DM.

This is not an exhaustive list of businesses and organizations with Earth Day events, sustainability initiatives, or eco-friendly products. If your business has special offers or items in honor of Earth Day, let us know! We will add to this article as we learn more.

Photo credit: Le Botaniste