Happy Earth Day you guys! As many of you know, I ran an eco-friendly clothing label called Mountains of the Moon for 15 years. I was very lucky to get to be a part of some really amazing events with my brand, including showing my collections at Chicago and Portland Fashion Weeks, exhibiting at expos all over the country, producing eco-fashion shows at music festivals, and even showing a dress I made out of discarded candy wrappers at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. But one of my favorite events was one that happened every year – our Annual Earth Day project. Every April 22nd for six years, we offered 30% off our entire line, and also teamed up with American Forests to plant trees (30% of every order was given to their tree planting project, where every dollar planted one tree). I loved getting to do this, and I’ll admit that I’m feeling a little bummed that it’s not happening this year. I will be making my own personal donation to American Forests today though, and I also plan on on hitting up a local park after I’m done with work to help clean up trash. I really do make an effort everyday to be environmentally conscious in my choices and actions, but it’s also nice to have a day each year specifically devoted to reminding us all how important it is to respect the earth.
In celebration of this special day, I’m sharing some stunning images of nature that I’ve come across on Pinterest recently, as seen above. (And a few of them are of my two favorite places I’ve ever been: the California Coastal Redwoods, where I lived for a couple of years after college, and the Great Barrier Reef, which I had the intense pleasure of snorkeling in 2010.) How lucky are we to live on a planet that is so absolutely stunning?
If you’d like to make a donation today in honor of Earth Day but aren’t sure where to start, here are some of my favorite environmental organizations: American Forests, Rock the Earth, Water Defense, American Rivers, Wildlife Alliance, Sierra Club, Chicago Wilderness, EDF.
Do you do anything special to celebrate Earth Day?