The very first Earth Day was honored in 1970, when activists across the country participated in protests and discussions on environmental responsibility. Today, more than 193 countries observe Earth Day, hosting special events like beach cleanups, walks and festivals.
Retailers are also doing their part to raise Earth Day awareness, handing out free items and hosting sales on eco-friendly products. Here are 11 awesome Earth Day sales and special offers for 2017.
This year, Ikea is inviting shoppers to attend "Ikea Sustainable Living Your Way" from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 22. The Earth Day sale event will include deals, prizes and freebies, including:
-- A coupon for $20 off $150 to shoppers who bring in gently used furniture. Donations will go to Goodwill Industries.
-- 20 percent off select bamboo products.
-- 15 percent off dracaena plants.
-- A free two-pack of Ryet 400 lumen LED light bulbs to the first 500 members of the Ikea Family loyalty program.
-- Deals on sustainable, organic foods at the Ikea restaurant and Swedish Food Market.
-- Free fair-trade coffee to Ikea Family loyalty program members.
If you are not a member of the Ikea Family loyalty program, you can join for free on Ikea.com.
April 19 -- April 22
Seeking to promote reusing and recycling, Amazon is holding a sale on Warehouse products, which include open-box and preowned items. Visit Amazon.com to receive 20 percent off select Warehouse tools, home and kitchen appliances, cell phones and accessories, and more.
April 18 -- April 26
In honor of Earth Day, Pottery Barn is taking up to 30 percent off items from its Eco-Friendly Collections. The collection includes indoor and outdoor furniture, decor and home goods made from environmentally friendly materials, such as reclaimed wood and sustainably harvested mahogany.
Ends April 22
To celebrate the holiday, Best Buy has launched an Earth Day sale on major appliances, encouraging consumers to cut energy and water costs by replacing outdated models with new, more efficient products. The store's sale includes discounts on Energy Star certified appliances, which are designed to save energy without sacrificing features or functionality. Highlights from the sale include:
-- Up to 25 percent off select refrigerators.
-- Select washers and dryers as low as $299.99.
-- Dishwashers priced as low as $269.99.
-- Up to 25 percent off select ranges.
-- Up to 20 percent off select built-in appliances.
April 17 -- April 30
Target has teamed up with recycling company TerraCycle to help "upcycle" car seats. The retailer will provide a coupon for 20 percent off any new car seat for shoppers who trade in a used car seat, which will be donated to TerraCycle to recycle into new products.
Dick's Sporting Goods
April 17 -- April 22
With Earth Day fast approaching, Dick's Sporting Goods is running its "biggest bike sale of the year," slashing prices on two-wheelers and accessories by up to 50 percent. Noteworthy deals from the store include:
-- 50 percent off Columbia Cruiser bikes.
-- 50 percent off GT Aggressor and Laguna Pro mountain bikes.
-- 33 percent off youth Huffy bikes.
-- 40 percent off Nishiki Pueblo mountain bikes.
-- 30 percent off all youth bike helmets.
-- 30 percent off cycling apparel.
-- 30 percent off cycling shoes.
-- Free shipping on GT and Diamondback bikes.
April 16 -- April 22
As Earth Day nears, Gander Mountain is helping equip shoppers for outdoor adventures with a site-wide sale. The event will include the following deals:
-- An extra 15 percent off your entire purchase.
-- 50 percent off tents, cooking appliances, lighting and other camping gear.
April 18 -- April 22
To celebrate the holiday, Origins is handing out gifts to shoppers who spend $45 or more. The gift includes a free reusable tote bag and deluxe samples of A Perfect World SPF 40 moisturizer and SPF 20 eye cream.
April 13 -- April 26
A purveyor of fine, natural skincare products, Kiehl's is treating customers to Earth Day freebies. Deals include:
-- Four free deluxe samples with any purchase of $65 or more.
-- A reusable water bottle with any purchase of $100 or more.
-- A free travel-sized product of up to $11 in value when you bring in 10 Kiehl's bottles.
-- 100 percent of profits (up to $50,000) from the limited-edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado will be donated to Recycle Across America.
April 10 -- April 26
Jet, an online marketplace, is hooking up shoppers with 20 percent off select natural products. Visit The Clean Living Shop on Jet.com to save on skincare, cleaning products and groceries from top, eco-conscious brands like Kashi and Burt's Bees.
Ends April 22
For Earth Day, Nest is offering deep discounts on the Nest Learning Thermostat, a smart home device that automatically creates a custom heating and cooling schedule to save energy. Offers from the store include:
-- $30 off the Nest Learning Thermostat.
-- $50 off the Nest Learning Thermostat and Google Home.
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