8 Eco-Friendly Activities in Philly for Earth Week

Shopping fair-trade, cleaning up wetlands, raising butterflies and more ways to honor the planet.

Weight It Wednesday at Weavers Way Co-op

April 24, 8 am-9 pm

Help reduce single-use plastics by shopping in bulk and bringing reusable containers to Weavers Way Co-Op. All eligible bulk purchases in reusable containers receive 10 percent off. Members of the Plastic Reduction Task Force will be on hand to answer questions and raise awareness about the environmental impacts of single-use plastic.
Eligible Stores: Mt. Airy, 559 Carpenter Lane, 215.843.2350; Chestnut Hill, 8424 Germantown Ave., 215.866.9150; Ambler, 217 E. Butler Ave., 215.302.5550

Who Made My Clothes? Fashion Event

April 25, 8-10 pm, $10

Fair Trade Philadelphia with Mata Traders and Ten Thousand Villages bring fair-trade dresses and jewelry to one location at this event, where shoppers learn how these organizations are helping the environment and empowering women. Handcrafted mocktails and mini doughnuts from Philly’s own Federal Donuts supply the fuel for shopping. 
Ten Thousand Villages, 1315 Walnut St., 445.444.0632

Ten Thousand Villages

NaturePalooza

April 27, 10 am-2 pm, Free

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education offers a kid-friendly event including science and art activities, nature crafts, face painting, music, food trucks and hiking. In partnership with the Philadelphia Science Festival, this fun day introduces little ones to sustainability and eco-friendly ideas. 
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, 215.482.7300

Wetland Clean Up & Walk

April 27, 10 am-1 pm (cleanup, 10 am; educational walk, noon)

Help clean up the Cobbs Creek Wetland as part of Bartram's Garden Southwest SpringFest 2019. No need to bring supplies; Boots, bags, gloves and pickers are provided. A free shuttle transports participants to the wetland and offers a chance to enter a raffle to win a bicycle. Bus schedule available online.
Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., 215.729.5281

Philadephia Butterfly Festival

April 27, 10 am-5 pm, $13-$16

Celebrate all things butterfly at this festival at the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion. Workshops and demos offer guidance on growing butterfly-friendly gardens and raising butterflies. Visitors also shop for butterfly-friendly plants, see live releases, participate in arts and crafts and a scavenger hunt and much more.
8046 Frankford Ave., 215.335.9500

Be a Watershed Scientist!

April 28, 10 am-2 pm, Free

Part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, this kid-centered event helps children explore ways they can make a difference in protecting the environment. Presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department and Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, interactive stations cover topics from water quality to recycling.
Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., 215.729.5281

The Spotted Lanternfly Concert

April 28, 10:30 am-noon

This event presents a multimedia program of music and dance from the Relâche Ensemble and Almanac Dance Circus Theatre celebrating the natural world and raising awareness of environmental issues impacting Southeastern Pennsylvania. The event is centered around the new piece "The Spotted Lanterfly" by Philadelphia composer Erica Ball. 
Below the Rose Garden, Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., 215.247.5777

Vegan Restaurant Week

April 28-May 4

First-timers and longtime vegans alike dive into Philly's vegan cuisine during this week-long event, plating a prix-fixe menu with a portion of the proceeds going to animal rescue Misfit Manor. Check website for participating restaurants. 
Multiple venues across Philadelphia

Front Street Cafe

 

Emily Sisco
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