Earth Day is April 22 and Miami area hotels and destinations are celebrating. Here’s a look at some of the festivities.
1 Hotel South Beach, known for creating an ecologically friendly, sustainability focused environment, will host several conservation initiatives. These events and activations are part of 1 Hotel’s recently launched Earth Day Every Day campaign, a year-long initiative that will include activations across all properties (1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge & 1 Hotel Central Park) focused on raising awareness of environmental issues, specifically around saving our shores.
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The Earth Day program begins at 9 am with yoga presented by Lululemon on the hotel’s private beach. Mats will be provided with a guest instructor from Lululemon.
At 10 am on the private beach, guests can join the team as they clean up the beachfront. The group will walk out together from the hotel’s Private Beach. Also, guests can plant seeds from wildflowers to vegetables in mason jars to bring nature home with them.
Guests are invited to attend a breath work session 10 am to build awareness inside and out – led by breath expert Sarah MacMilan. Guests will be encouraged to bring out inner focus that will extend to nature and the universe.
From 11 am to 4 pm., the Earth Day Market (Northeast Terrace) will feature samples and merchandise from vendors including WeSnapBack, Miansai, Conscious Coconut, and more.
At noon, a Peace and Sustainability Panel Talk (Northeast Terrace) entitled “Three stories of peace and sustainability: A blueprint on ways to minimize an impact on the planet and maximize it in the world around us,’’ will feature speeches from Sarah MacMillan from Be Generation Love, Anastasia Mikhalochkina of Lean Orb, and Saira Fida from Debris Free Ocean.
At 1 pm, a Marine Animals & Ocean Conservancy Table (Northeast Terrace) will focus on ocean conservancy while interacting with marine life from South Florida’s natural environment and ocean. During this eco-conscious presentation guests can hold live animals and learn how to decrease single plastic usage, with hopes of decreasing the pollution footprint.
At 4 p.m. there will be a butterfly release on the Northeast Terrace. Guests can take pictures with more than 150 painted lady butterflies.
The event will also be celebrating the launch of Stay Plastic Free, an initiative to eliminate single-use plastics in hotels, spearheaded by Ben Pundole, VP of Brand Experience for EDITION Hotels.
All EDITION Hotels will be 90% single-use plastic free, with an aim of being 100% single-use plastic free by the end of the year. What this means – only paper straws, no plastic to-go containers, no plastic in mini bars, non-plastic coffee lids, and sourcing alternative environmentally-friendly options that utilize organic, plant-based materials.
Wellness Grub juice bars will offer an Earth Day promotion for smoothie fans.
Guests can take their pick from any of the 14 smoothies on the Wellness Grub menu and receive free in-store wellness shot.
The Earth Day promotion is valid from April 20 – 22 at ALL Wellness Grub locations (Brickell Heights, Aventura Mall and the Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables).
Wellness Grub is a farm-to-bottle and table juice bar concept, featuring cold-pressed juices, smoothies, shots, tonics and raw superfoods – all made with 100 percent organic, locally-sourced ingredients to fuel and replenish the body and mind.
The Wynwood Yard, along with sponsors Whole Foods Market, Andromeda District, and Awesomely Done Photo Booth will begin Earth Day on April 21 from 11 am to 4 pm.
Admission is free with RSVP: http://bit.ly/EarthDayTWY
The day’s event will feature food demos and hands-on cooking classes, including a Plant-Based Cooking Class with Pamela Wasabi (11 a.m. to noon, $20), maker of some of Miami’s most beloved cookies) and Tip to Tail Cooking demo with Miami Smokers (3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., $20) where guests learn tips from the pros themselves on how to avoid wasting food.
Learn how to make your own easy and trail mix bar with Whole Foods Market and get the kids in the kitchen for a Kids Cooking Class with Skills Culinary & Kitchen (1 p.m. to 2 p.m., $15) where they will make make scissor salsa and a from-scratch pesto. Pre-register for classes at The Wynwood Yard’s eventbrite page, space is limited.
The day also includes a live musical performance from 2 pm. to 4 pm. by Yard artist-in-residence and singer-songwriter Keith Johns; a full body Yoga for Mama Earth experience from noon to 1 pm with Dawn B. and Ahana Yoga; and a family fitness work out with Loop on the lawn for parents and kids to enjoy together from 11 am to noon.
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