More eco-friendly events this weekend, with sustainable sex-toy shopping, a mega plant sale, and dirt-cheap books. Plus, it's time to stock up on spring booties.
Shopping these days can seem like less of a pleasure and more of a test to see how much you can remember (and save), as there's so many things to consider regarding the impact of our purchases on our health and the health of the planet. If you're buying clothes: Is the material organic? Made in a sweatshop? Are you supporting a local designer? If you're buying shoes: Should you forgo leather and buy vegan? Body products: Does it contain estrogenic chemicals? House-wares: Is it made of sustainable material? Will it end up in a landfill in five years? And don't get me started on food: Beef contributes to global warming. Are those vegetables organic? Does it contain high fructose corn syrup? Is it packaged in plastic? Is the can lined in plastic that'll leech into your body? And on and on and on. Now, there's a new thing to worry about: sex toys. Tonight, the sexperts at Good Vibrations will give a tour of its environmentally sustainable sex products, including vibrators, massage oils, and other items, so that you can feel good when you, um, feel good.
Where: 2504 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
When: Friday, April 25. 7 p.m.
30th Annual Plant Sale
If you're more of a plant person than a sex-toy person, consider livening up your garden with more luscious greenery. This weekend, UC Berkeley's Botanical Garden hosts its annual (and notoriously popular) plant sale featuring plants from around the world. Take the opportunity to stock up on California native plants, including shurbs, perennials, bulbs, and ornamental grasses, so that you can not only combat greenhouse gases, but also help restore California to its native-ness. Free.
When: Sat., April 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 200 Centennial Dr., Berkeley.
Used Book Sale
Man, we're feeling more eco-responsible already, and we haven't even bought anything yet! Keeping with the theme, turn off the boob tube and start reading more. (How is that eco-friendly? Saving power.) Help the Clayton Library clean off its shelves with its biannual secondhand book sale happening this weekend. Most books are $1, and on Sunday, everything that's left will be half-off or $3 a bag (furnished by the library).
When: Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, April 27, noon-4 p.m. (half price from 2-4 p.m.)
Where: Clayton Library, 6125 Clayton Rd., Clayton
Check Out a Fashion Show and Help Needy Kids
The Giorgi Gallery presents "Spring Awakening: Fashion Show and Benefit" featuring designers Alex & Lee, Colourdance by Keiki Fujita, and Loretta Warner with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Kensington Hilltop School (we can't imagine kids in Kensington are that needy, actually, but whatevs.)
When: Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m.-7 p.m.; modeling at 4 p.m.
Where: Giorgi Gallery, 2911 Claremont Ave., Berkeley
Yes, it's spring, but in the Bay Area, boots are relevant year round. Take advantage of winter clearance sales and pick up a pair of booties in a lighter color (which won't look so weird during the summer) to pair with your favorite frock. Here are examples of how to wear them and here's a fabulous boot sale to get you started.
Crossroads Fashion Photo Contest
Submit your fashionable pics to the annual Crossroads photo contest. Going on now through June 8. Click here for the details.
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