Green Deals For Earth Day

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What’s greener than saving money? Green deals! On Earth Day, you can honor the planet and snag some eco-bargains at the same time. (Unless otherwise noted, specials are available on Monday, April 22.)

Target stores are giving away 1.5 million trendy reusable bags on Sunday, April 21. All bags will include a coupon book; some will include free samples of green products. No purchase necessary, one per customer, while supplies last, but giveaway starts and 10 a.m. and most stores ran out within a few hours last year.

Bring five empty plastic bags into any Disney Store, and you’ll get a free “Brave” or “Cars” reusable bag. (One per customer, while supplies last.)

Beautify your landscape at dirt-cheap prices while supporting local conservation at the Northwest Conservation District’s annual Earth Day plant sale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19, 20 and 21, at the Goshen Fairgrounds off Route 63. Sale hours are Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information:

In honor of National Parks Week and just in time for Earth Day, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to all national parks from April 22 to 26.

Send green love and save trees with free Earth Day e-cards at

Origins will plant a tree for each limited edition Origins Earth Day product purchased between April 21 and 28. (The company has planted more than 250,000 trees around the world.) Spend $55 or more from April 21 to 28, 2013, and you’ll get a free, limited edition Earth Month 2013 tote bag.

Return any six empty MAC containers to a MAC counter or store for a free lipstick of your choice. (This promotion is ongoing.) At Westfarms mall, there’s a MAC store and a MAC counter at Nordstom. MAC counters are also in Macy’s stores in Manchester and Meriden. Find other locations at

Light Bulb Finder offers recommendations for each lighting fixture and location in your home and calculates energy savings, cost and environmental impact. Once you’ve determined which bulbs you need, you can purchase them directly through the app or at suggested local retailers. Available for Android and iOS. Information:

Home Depot stores mark Earth Day with a free “Flower Tower” workshop on Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. Register at

Michael’s Arts & Crafts stores celebrate Earth Day with a free eco-friendly T-shirt upcycling workshop on Saturday, April 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn how to turn old T-shirts into trendy and fashionable accessories. Information:

Whole Foods stores hold an “Earthlings Unite” celebration on Saturday, April 20, at noon. Stop by for eco-activities and specials. On Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, you can drop off clothing to be recycled at Whole Foods Market, 50 Raymond Road, West Hartford and the store will donate it to a local non-profit.

Other sales:

The Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut holds its annual sale Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 18, 19 and 20, at Grasso Tech, 189 Fort Hill Road, in Groton. The event features gently used clothing, books, games and puzzles, CDs and DVDs and more. Thursday is Premium Day: You’ll get first look at the merchandise, but purchases will cost you 25 percent over the ticket price. On Saturday, most items are 50 percent off the ticket price. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Information: 860-443-2896, ext. 1406.

Starting Saturday, Antiques on the Farmington, a multi-dealer shop in the Collins Axe Factory at 10 Depot St. in the Collinsville section of Canton holds a storewide sale, ending April 28. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information: 860-693-0615 or

Amelie Michel, an Essex company specializing in high-end French linens, holds a warehouse sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19, 20 and 21. Merchandise includes table linens and bedding. Savings are 20 percent to 50 percent off retail. The sale is at 192 Westbrook Road. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 860-767-0336,