Earth Day and Fashion Revolution Day are both next week. Here’s how to celebrate and advocate:

SPRING-DINNER-WEB-21Fave Pick: Spring Blossom Dinner

Sat. 04/18 | 8 to 10:30 pm @ The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street, Manhattan

Join the launch of The Seed : DINNER, a special pop-up dinner event series, featuring the incredibly innovative and rising star Chef Daphne Cheng, who will be presenting a Spring Blossom 5-course experimental fine dining dinner with wine pairing. With her hyper-sensitive palate and creative vision, Chef Cheng focuses the culinary spotlight on fresh, seasonal vegetables. She most enjoys juxtaposing ingredients and flavors in unusual ways, defying her father’s repeated admonishments, “Don’t play with your food.” The resulting dishes can be all at once elegant, provoking and even bizarre, but most importantly delicious. Drinks provided by Happy Tree Water, Orleans Hill and Our Daily Red, Cliffton Dry.Special treats provided by CocoRau, Three Little Birds, Cheezehound, Raw Chocolate Love NYC.

$95. Tickets and more info. 

sidetour_full_foragingForaging Tour

Sat. 04/18 | 11 am to 1 pm @ Prospect Park

Wild edible plants are all around — in our city parks, as the “weeds” in community gardens and backyards, even in abandoned parking lots. You just need to know where to look. Leda, author of several books including Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberries, will show you how to safely spot wild edibles such as black raspberries, sassafras, wild “cardoons”, daylily blossoms and many more natural delights. Discover the tastes and aromas of these wild, seasonal ingredients. Learn how to sustainably harvest and then deliciously prepare them.

Reserve a spot for $20

Painting+on+silk+workshop+flier+2Painting on Silk: a Natural Dye Workshop

4/18 | 11 am to 2 pm @ 247 W 29th St between 7th and 8th Aves, Manhattan

Kremer Pigments has been discovering and redeveloping historical pigments since 1977. Their assortment consists of over 1000 different mineral pigments made from precious and semiprecious stones. Using natural dye stuffs and extracts from Kremer Pigments’ vast supply, learn from the dogwood dyer about the direct application of paints made from natural dye plants and extracts. Each participant will leave with two 36″x 36″ painted silk scarves and a handout outlining natural dye painting techniques and recipes to recreate this beautiful art at home.

Reserve a space for $95

earthday2015bookswap-1Earth Day at Union Square

Sun. 04/19 | 2 to 7 pm @ Union Square 

Head to Union Square for Earth Day New York. Representatives from Fashion Revolution and Zady will inform consumers of the connection between fashion and the environment. Plus BK Swappers and other organizations are putting together a book swap. For each book you bring, you’ll get a ticket to take one book from the swap area. Come early to drop off your books, hang out to see what shows up, and stay to chat with fellow swappers. Books must be in good condition and must be used, and you’re encouraged to bring books that made an impact on you. Each person can bring up to five books to swap. Books left at the end of the swap will be donated to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.

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Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 11.51.23 AMEarth Day with Daybreaker

Wed. 04/22 | 6 am to 9 am @ Verboten, 54 N 11th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Daybreaker is a morning rave, that let’s you dance your ass off in the morning to a DJ set before packing off to work, feeling revitalized. They’re having a special Earth Day edition with projections of never-before-scene images of our planet. Expect healthy breakfast treats and ridiculousness. You can do the early yoga session to for a little extra.

Tickets $25 to $40

whiskeyJimmy’s Cocktail Classics with High West Whiskey

04/22 | 6 to 8:30 pm @ Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 E 7th St (btn. 2nd & 3rd Ave.), Manhattan

Come mingle, taste, and learn the tricks of the cocktail making trade in the first of this new series of spirits sampling events at Jimmy’s No. 43. This session of “Cocktail Classics” will feature High West Whiskey produced by High West Distillery & Saloon in Park City, Utah. (High West is the first distillery in Utah since Prohibition and the only ski-in gastro-distillery in the world.) High West Whiskeys have received multiple awards and accolades and High West Distillery was named 2011 “Whiskey Pioneer of the Year” by Whiskey Advocate, America’s leading whiskey magazine. Proceeds from this event will support the programs and activities of non-profit Slow Food NYC, including Urban Harvest, the program that teaches New York City kids about good, clean, and fair food.

Advance tickets $10, $15 at door

fashrevTurn Your Clothes Inside Out! Fashion Revolution Day USA Hosted by BF+DA and Zady

Thurs. 04/23 | 6:30 to 9:30 pm @ BF+DA, 630 Flushing Ave, Suite 704, Brooklyn 

On 24 April 2013, 1,133 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. While the world stands by, social and environmental catastrophes in our fashion supply chains continue. In over 60 countries around the world, tens of thousands of people participated in the first Fashion Revolution Day on April 24, 2014. Join the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator and sustainable lifestyle destinations site Zady, continuing the tradition of turning our garments inside out and showing off where are clothes were made.

In addition to screening the film Traceable, a documentary set against the backdrop of the fast-fashion industry and where and how clothing is made, a post-film panel with industry experts will explore the fashion industry post-Rana Plaza and expose the challenges ahead.

Show your support in the “Who Made My Clothes?” photo booth and be a part of Fashion Revolution Day activism worldwide, and donate to a raffle where tickets get you in the running for a class at the BF+DA valued at $120 and texting glovelets knitted on the BF+DA’s Shima Seiki knitting machines. More prizes to come.

$10 suggested donation. RSVP here.

unnamed-2The True Cost Premiere

Wed. 04/29 @ IFC Center

The True Cost from Director Andrew Morgan is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes. On May 29, The True Cost will be released in theaters in New York (IFC Center), Los Angeles (Laemmle Music Hall) and other markets and simultaneously will be released on VOD platforms and DVD/Blu-ray.

More info.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 10.27.04 AMHappy Heart Yoga Retreat: Let Go & Live Lush in Lake George

Fri. 05/01 thru Sun. 05/03 @ Lake George 

Let go of all worries, all cares, and all that causes you suffering, holds you back or keeps you stuck. Surround yourself in the lush beauty and fresh Spring air of Lake George as yoga teacher Diana cares for you through deeply cleansing and supportive yoga, full moon releasing ceremony, sacred jumps in the lake and so much more. Includes 6 vegetarian, gluten-free gourmet meals cooked by a private in-house chef and a stay at a luxury mansion. It’s life changing. 

$250 to $750. Info and sign up here.

IG swap imageSpring Fashion Swap

Sat. 05/02 | 1 to 4 pm @ La Luz, 135 Thames Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. (Jefferson L stop)

A fashion swap is the most sustainable, ethical, and social way to refresh your spring wardrobe! Arrive at 1 pm to drop off your clothing, shoes, and accessories for the swap and enjoy organic cocktails by Owl’s Brew and music by DJ Tanja while you scope out clothing coming in. The swap officially opens at 2 pm, so don’t be late or you’ll miss the best items! This time we’ll be organizing by sizes to make your clothes hunting even easier. In addition to sizes small to large, Ty-Juana Flores from Style Your Curves will be curating a special plus-size section, so bring your best size 10+ apparel and share your pieces with ladies like you. The first 50 ladies to buy a ticket get a swag bag filled with eco-friendly goodies and discounts to ethical retailers. Proceeds to benefit GrowNYC. Check out pictures from our fall fashion swap!

$10 Early Bird | $15 regular price | Limited entry for $20 at the door

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 12.08.05 PMRiverkeeper Sweep

Sat. 05/09 @ sites from Red Hook to Troy 

In just four years, the annual Riverkeeper Sweep has grown from 30 clean-up and stewardship sites in 2012 to 100 — and possibly more — this year. In the first three years of the Sweep, volunteers removed more than 75 tons of trash from our shorelines, planted or maintained hundreds of shoreline trees, and performed other service projects to improve public access to the Hudson River and its tributaries. In Brooklyn, Riverkeeper has several new Sweep sites this year, including the East River State Park, Newtown Creek and the Thomas Greene Playground on the Gowanus Canal. (The waters around New York City, including the East and Harlem Rivers, the Newtown Creek and Gowanus Canal, are part of the Hudson River Estuary.) At least eleven local breweries have signed on as partners this year, offering a post-event beverage to volunteers. Volunteers will be provided with gloves and trash bags.

Registration is open at

If there’s anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!